Missoula health officials offer COVID-19 update

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Posted at 2:52 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 12:37:50-04

MISSOULA — MTN News had the chance to hear directly from the hospital leaders on how they're coping with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a development they call "life changing" for everyone.

Friday's briefing covered a lot of territory. Among the latest developments were praise for everyone following social distancing and other precautions, with assurances government services are fine. But there could be changes and county officials will encourage people to vote-by-mail.

Some of the newest information came on how the hospitals are dealing with the crisis, setting up specific COVID-19 wards, limiting visits, canceling elective procedures, and doing everything possible to keep staff safe. Doctors explained how they're preparing for a possible "surge" in cases.

Missoula County Public Schools says teachers are geared up for remote learning next week, and MCPS will offer pickup meals at four schools, with bus drivers helping deliver too. All that info will be coming up on a new website.