Missoula Co. reports 46 additional COVID-19 cases

579 active COVID-19 cases reported
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Posted at 10:43 AM, Oct 21, 2020

MISSOULA — The Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) on Wednesday reported 46 additional COVID-19 cases since the Tuesday update.

A ninth COVID-19 related death is also being reported in Missoula County.

There are currently 579 active COVID-19 cases in the county with more than 1,500 close contacts across the county.

Fifty-three of the 579 active cases are associated with University of Montana staff, faculty, and students.

Overall, local public health officials are reporting 1,782 cumulative cases. There have been 1,195 recoveries and nine COVID-19 related deaths to date.

Twenty-three people are hospitalized in Missoula County including 12 county residents.

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 new 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.