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Missoula Co. logs 34 new COVID-19 cases; additional death reported

325 active COVID-19 cases reported
Missoula City-County Health Department
Posted at 10:03 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 12:25:54-05

MISSOULA — The Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) reports that 34 additional COVID-19 cases have been confirmed since the Thursday update.

An additional COVID-19 related death is also being reported by MCCHD. No additional information is being released.

The number of active COVID-19 cases being reported by MCCHD has dropped from 379 on Thursday to 325 -- continuing a recent downward trend.

One of the new cases -- as well as six of Missoula County's active cases -- is associated with the University of Montana.

The total number of cases has now risen to 5,755 including 5,384 recoveries and 46 COVID-19 related deaths.

The number of active hospitalizations stands at 22 -- including nine Missoula County residents.

The average of daily new cases per 100,000 has dropped from 43 on Thursday to 36. The MCCHD goal is to bring that number down to 25/100,000 people for two consecutive weeks or more.

Community Medical Center (CMC) began administering the COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare employees on Thursday. St. Patrick Hospital also began immunizations on Thursday.

MCCHD announced on Dec. 4 that the drive-thru COVID-19 testing center located on Flynn Lane is accepting weekend appointments.

The Missoula City-County Board of Health updated the local COVID-19 restrictions on Nov. 19.

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.

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