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COVID-19 concerns prompt Missoula playground closures

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Posted at 2:46 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 16:49:13-04

MISSOULA — Local health officials are warning that Missoula is now seeing community spread of coronavirus and at least one local healthcare worker has tested positive with COVID-19.

Cindy Farr, who is leading the pandemic response for the Missoula City-County Health Department, said 12 cases have been confirmed in Missoula, including three over the weekend.

There is no indication that the virus spread from patients to healthcare workers, according to the Missoula City-County Health Department. Those who tested positive are isolated, and all close contacts are directed to stay home and watch for symptoms.

Missoula officials have now moved to close city playgrounds effective immediately. For now, are closed open space, parks and trails remain open but local health officials are asking the public to please practice physical distancing out there, staying six feet apart.

Click here to watch the COVID-19 daily briefing from the Missoula City-County Health Department.