UM, Missoula health department to begin providing COVID-19 case information

Posted at 11:58 AM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 13:58:10-04

MISSOULA — We are learning more details about how COVID-19 cases at the University of Montana will be reported to the public.

Missoula COVID-19 Incident Commander Cindy Farr says that beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 9 the Missoula City-County Health Department will begin providing updates on the coronavirus situation at UM.

Farr told MTN News that each Wednesday the following information will be reported on the health department's website:

  • Total historical cases associated with UM (since August 12, 2020)
  • Current active cases associated with UM
  • Number of new cases
  • Average number of contacts per case
  • Number of UM students, staff, and faculty currently in isolation and quarantine

Farr also noted that if the number of COVID-19 cases increases, more frequent updates will be made available.

University of Montana President Seth Bodnar stated earlier this week that the school is working "closely" with the Missoula City-County Health Department to share information "regarding campus-specific cases."

He noted in the letter that the only case data UM can access directly comes from students who have tested for COVID-19 at the Curry Health Center.

It was announced late in August that a faculty member at the University of Montana has tested positive for COVID-19.