MISSOULA — The Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) reports that 47 additional COVID-19 cases have been confirmed since the Wednesday update.
The number of active cases has dropped from 726 on Wednesday to 695. Twenty-three of the active cases, as well as one of the reported new COVID-19 cases, are associated with the Universtiy of Montana.
The total number of cases has now risen to 5,368 including 4,628 recoveries and 45 COVID-19 related deaths.
The number of active hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has risen from 39 on Wednesday to 44 -- including 16 Missoula County residents.
The average of daily new cases per 100,000 now stands at 67. The MCCHD goal is to bring that number down to 25/100,000 people for two consecutive weeks or more.
MCCHD noted on Thursday on Dec. 8 that eight previously reported confirmed cases have been classified as duplicative cases and are no longer included in the cumulative case total.
The health department has switched to a new data collection software so "some data points may be unavailable for a short period of time."
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.