Missoula Co. adds 99 COVID-19 cases, additional death reported

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Posted at 10:09 AM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 12:16:46-05

MISSOULA — The Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) is reporting a third COVID-19 death in two days.

The total number of deaths has risen to 40, with two of the deaths reported on Wednesday.

Additionally, Thursday morning's report is showing an additional 99 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county.

A dozen of the newly confirmed cases -- as well as 69 of the active cases -- are associated with the University of Montana.

The number of active hospitalizations in Missoula County has jumped from 34 to 41 -- including 17 county residents.

Overall, there are currently 1,105 active coronavirus cases in Missoula County. Additionally, MCCHD reports that the number of recoveries has risen from 2,610 to 2,662.

There have now been a total of 3,806 confirmed coronavirus cases in the county including 40 COVID-19 related deaths.

The average of daily new cases per 100,00 in the past seven days dropped from 69 to 67 0n Thursday.

The MCCHD goal is to bring that number down to 25/100,000 people for two consecutive weeks or more.

The Missoula City-County Board of Health will review the current COVID-19 restrictions during a Thursday meeting.

MCCHD notes that the Board of Health may adopt that current order or add revisions.

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

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 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.