From the Document: "The state of Montana has developed a COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Testing Plan designed to expand current testing capacity beyond symptomatic individuals. Identifying COVID infections as early as possible will allow for public health contact tracing and implementation of interventions to prevent and respond to outbreaks. The expansion of testing in asymptomatic, at-risk populations such as long-term care and clinical settings serving underserved populations, is a component of state and national strategies to better detect and understand transmission of the virus responsible for COVID-19. Sentinel testing may allow us to detect and respond to the transmission of the virus in high-risk settings at an earlier stage and improve containment efforts. In addition to providing useful information in key populations and helping guide response efforts, surveillance testing may help us assess our efforts to protect essential and frontline workers who interface with others in the community who may be at a higher risk for exposure."
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