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Missoula County reports 105 additional COVID-19 cases

Missoula County reports 105 additional COVID-19 cases
Posted at 4:43 PM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 18:43:03-05

The Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) on Tuesday morning reported 105 additional COVID-19 cases since the Monday update.

There are currently 946 active cases with more than 1,500 close contacts.

Sixty-three of the 105 currently active cases are associated with University of Montana staff, faculty, and students.

MCCHD confirmed on Monday that four additional COVID-19 deaths occurred in the county over the weekend.

Thirty-six people are currently hospitalized in Missoula County with COVID-related complications, 21 of whom are county residents.

MCCHD reports a total of 3,061 cumulative cases. There have been 2,084 recoveries and 31 COVID-19 related deaths to date.

Health officials report they are continuing to see active cases arising from close contact with known cases.

According to a news release, more than 60% of the currently active cases are the result of contact with an existing COVID-19 case.

Additionally, nearly 60% of all currently active cases are associated with folks 20-49 years of age, according to MCCHD.

The Missoula City-County Health Department’s COVID-19 response will continue uninterrupted on Veterans Day.

The call center and the Flynn Lane clinic will operate as normal from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additionally, case investigation and contact tracing efforts will also continue as normal.

Tighter COVID-19 restrictions for Missoula County began at 8 a.m. on Oct. 29.

MCCHD and other community leaders set a goal for decreasing the weekly average COVID-19 case count to no more than 25 cases per 100,000 individuals.

MCCHD issued a revised Public Health Order in regards to face masks as well as new restrictions on senior facilities on Oct. 15.

Missoula County residents can call 406-258-INFO weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss COVID-19 information.

MCCHD has a new website solely focused on COVID-19 information which can be found here.

MCCHD is urging people to continue practicing health and safety behaviors:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Keep at least 6 feet of safe space between you and others as the environment permits.
  • Wear a face covering that's fully sealed around your nose and mouth.
  • Remember that physical spacing does not replace face coverings - these are tools to be used together for maximum efficacy and safety.

*The Missoula City-County Health Department may be alerted to additional cases before the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.