VIDEO: Missoula Co. COVID-19 daily briefing - July 14

Posted at 2:24 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 16:26:20-04

MISSOULA — Missoula County COVID-19 Incident Commander Cindy Farr offered up the latest information on the coronavirus in her Tuesday, July 14 briefing.

Missoula County is reporting 44 active cases, 97 recoveries, and one death.

There are more than 340 active close contacts at this time. Active cases and close contacts are in quarantine and isolation.

There are also currently three active hospitalizations in MSO County, one of which is a county resident.

Farr reviews processes related to testing, including test results and patient notification. She also revisits cloth face coverings in today's briefing.

VIDEO: Missoula Co. COVID-19 daily briefing - July 14

It should be noted that the Missoula City-County Health Department often finds out results from private labs and updates numbers before the state and there are also differences in reporting criteria, so the local numbers may differ from those that appear on the Montana COVID-19 tracking map.

For example, the state does not report epidemiologically linked cases. Cases that are “epi-linked” developed symptoms while in quarantine after being identified as close contacts to cases that tested positive. Epi-linked cases are isolated and monitored by public health, just like lab-confirmed positive cases.

There are mental health resources and information available for residents who are in need of help. Click here for details on what services are available. The Missoula County COVID-19 info line can be reached by calling (406) 258-INFO weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional local information about the coronavirus situation can be found here.

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