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UPDATE: UM COVID-19 cases linked to clusters in athletics, Greek Life

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Posted at 11:32 AM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 12:43:27-04

UPDATE (9/16/20, 5:45 PM): MISSOULA -- The University of Montana sent out a release on Wednesday saying that UM Greek Life and athletics have been linked to clusters in UM-related cases.

UM announced on Wednesday that over the past week the university has had 24 positive COVID-19 cases, almost one-third of the 76 positive cases confirmed in Missoula County over that timeframe. Of those cases, clusters have been identified within athletics and Greek Life, according to UM.

Through clusters, contract tracing can link cases together.

“Seeing the cases in clusters is a good thing because it means that there are cases that are connected with each other and there are not cases that are just sporadically cropping up without being connected to another case," MCCHD Incident Commander Cindy Farr said in her daily briefing.

You can view the entire update and release here.

ORIGINAL (9/16/20, 11:32 AM): The University of Montana is reporting 24 new COVID-19 cases from the past week.

According to data released by the university on Wednesday, UM added 24 new cases from Sept. 10-16. There are currently 25 active cases at UM.

Since Aug. 12, there have been 29 positive COVID-19 cases at UM. The university also confirmed on Tuesday that some of the cases on campus have been student-athletes.

According to the data, the average number of close contacts with UM active cases is nine.

Montana added 190 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, according to the state tracking map. Data on UM's positive cases can be found here.