MISSOULA — MTN News has learned that new orders to deal with the surge in COVID-19 cases in Missoula County will be announced on Tuesday.
While not giving specifics, Missoula Health Officer Ellen Leahy tells us the Missoula City-County Health Department is preparing the orders and local government leaders as well as the health board will address the changes on Tuesday.
Missoula County has seen a significant increase in cases over the last several weeks with almost 700 active cases as of Tuesday.
Officials hope the new orders will slow the spike. Leahy says health officials are concerned about Halloween activities -- specifically about large parties and older ages spreading the virus.
She adds five businesses in the county were temporarily closed for not following protocols. Two have since reopened and several others have been put on notice.