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Missoula Co. reports 18 additional COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 11:04 AM, Mar 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-23 13:10:40-04

MISSOULA — The Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) is reporting 18 additional COVID-19 cases have been confirmed since the Monday update.

The number of active cases has fallen from 138 on Monday to 128.

One of the new cases and seven of the active cases are associated with the University of Montana.

The total number of confirmed cases in Missoula County stands at 8,578 including 8,361 recoveries and 89 COVID-19 related deaths.

There are currently 13 COVID-19 related hospitalizations being reported -- up from eight on Monday. Eight county residents are currently hospitalized.

The average of daily new cases per 100,000 has risen from 16 on Monday to 18.

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

Missoula City-County Health Officer Ellen Leahy issued new COVID-19 requirements on March 19 for long-term care, assisted living and retirement homes operating in Missoula County.

Missoula County has entered Phase 1B+ of the state COVID-19 vaccination plan.

The Missoula County Board of Health announced an easing of some of the COVID-19 restrictions in Missoula County during a Feb. 18 meeting.

A call center to help answer questions regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution can be reached at (406) 258-INFO.

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.