MISSOULA — A second test conducted by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) shows a Missoula County resident that initially tested positive for COVID-19 in late May was a false positive.
In Tuesday's daily briefing report, Ken Parks, Missoula County COVID-19 Incident Commander, said on May 29 a local resident tested positive for the coronavirus. At that time, health officials reported that case was likely linked to community spread.
Following the initial test, DPHHS conducted a second test on that same individual which yielded a negative result. State health officials determined the first test was a false positive.
DPHHS notified Missoula City-County Health Department officials on Tuesday about the test. The new information has moved Missoula County from 40 to 39 cumulative COVID-19 cases.
Parks reported there has not been a positive COVID-19 case in Missoula County for four weeks.