The Montana National Guard on Nov. 18 withdrew from Montana State Prison after assisting the facility, strained by an outbreak of COVID-19 among inmates and staff. Eleven soldiers tested positive for the virus prior to and during the roughly three week mission.
Major Dan Bushnell says it’s unknown how nine National Guard members contracted the virus while on assignment at the state prison.
"We do not know that at this time," Bushnell said.
Bushnell says contact between service members and inmates was minimal.