Missoula County reports 89 additional COVID-19 cases

634 active COVID-19 cases reported
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Posted at 10:06 AM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 13:06:58-04

MISSOULA — The Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) on Thursday reported 89 additional COVID-19 cases since the Wednesday update.

The number of new cases marks a single-day record of new coronavirus cases in the county.

There are currently 634 active COVID-19 cases in the county with more than 1,500 close contacts being monitored.

Six of the new cases -- as well as 56 of the active cases -- are associated with the University of Montana.

Overall, local public health officials are reporting 1,871 cumulative cases. There have been 1,228 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.