MISSOULA — The Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) reports that 56 additional COVID-19 cases have been confirmed since the Monday update*.
Twenty of the newly confirmed cases are from Monday while the additional 36 new cases are from Tuesday.
There are currently 575 active coronavirus cases being reported by MCCHD, down from the 653 reported on Monday.
One of the new cases -- as well as 16 of Missoula County's active cases -- is associated with the University of Montana.
The total number of cases has now risen to 5,628 including 5,008 recoveries and 45 COVID-19 related deaths.
The number of active hospitalizations stands at 28 including 10 Missoula County residents.
The average of daily new cases per 100,000 has fallen from 53 to 46.
The MCCHD goal is to bring that number down to 25/100,000 people for two consecutive weeks or more.
*Please note that the Montana data information system was down on Sunday due to a scheduled update. As a result, on December 15th we reported case data for both Monday and Tuesday. Missoula County saw 20 new cases Monday and 36 new cases Tuesday. On December 14th we only reported case data from Saturday and Sunday.
It was announced on Dec. 7 that Community Medical Center and Providence Saint Patrick in Missoula will be among the first health care centers to get the COVID-19 vaccine -- possibly as early as Dec. 15.
MCCHD announced on Dec. 4 that the drive-thru COVID-19 testing center located on Flynn Lane will now be 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.