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14 COVID-19 cases now reported in Missoula County

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Posted at 1:28 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 16:09:58-04

MISSOULA — Local health officials announced on Tuesday afternoon that there are now 14 confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Missoula County.

There had been 12 confirmed cases as of Tuesday morning according to State of Montana numbers.

The Missoula City-County Health Department had warned on Monday that there was now community spread in the Missoula area.

Watch the daily briefing for Tuesday, March 31, 2020 below.

COVID-19 Incident Commander Cindy Farr explained community spread means the department now has cases that have developed within county lines.

Farr also clarified am item from Monday's briefing, explaing that more than one healthcare worker at more than one healthcare facility in Missoula County has tested positive for COVID-19.

She added that each infected worker has been isolated and close contacts in each case have been notified.

"We don't believe there is a risk to the pubic or patient care in those cases," Farr noted.

Additional information about COVID-19 in Missoula County can be found here or by calling (406) 258-INFO weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

A tortal of 184 confirmed COVID-19 cases were being reported statewide early on Tuesday, including four deaths and 14 hospitalizations.