Missoula County reports 173 additional weekend COVID-19 cases

Missoula City County Health Department
Posted at 11:17 AM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 18:48:10-05

MISSOULA — The Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) on Monday morning reported 173 additional COVID-19 cases since the Friday update.

MCCHD has confirmed that 106 of these 173 cases were from Saturday, Nov. 7 which is a record number of cases reported in a single day for Missoula County.

There are currently 898 active cases with more than 1,200 close contacts across the county. Fifty-six of the active coronavirus cases are associated with the University of Montana.

MCCHD also confirmed on Monday that four additional COVID-19 deaths occurred in the county over the weekend.

Forty-two people are currently hospitalized in Missoula County with COVID-related complications, 23 of whom are county residents.

MCCHD reports a total of 2,596 cumulative cases. There have been 2,031 recoveries and 31 COVID-19 related deaths to date.

Tighter COVID-19 restrictions for Missoula County began at 8 a.m. on Oct. 29.

MCCHD and other community leaders set a goal for decreasing the weekly average COVID-19 case count to no more than 25 cases per 100,000 individuals.

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.