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VIDEO: Missoula Co. COVID-19 daily briefing - April 6, 2020

Posted at 12:56 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 16:22:57-04

MISSOULA — Missoula County COVID-19 Incident Commander Cindy Farr offered up the latest information on the coronavirus in the below video.

Farr noted that as of Monday afternoon there were 24 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Missoula County and that nine people had recovered.

One COVID-19 related death was reported over the weekend from Missoula County.

Local health officials note that their numbers may differ from what the state is reporting, as the Missoula City-County Health Department often finds out results from private labs and updates numbers before the state.

Farr discusses current case numbers, resiliency and mental health, and CDC’s new mask recommendations in Monday's briefing.

VIDEO: Missoula Co. COVID-19 daily briefing - April 6, 2020

The health department is continuing to emphasize the importance of social distancing, which means avoiding crowds and providing distance between yourself and another person when interacting.

Businesses, groups, and other organizations are encouraged to find different ways of delivering services and holding meetings and events.

Whenever possible, stay home, limit exposure to large crowds, and use technology to meet your needs. Anyone who is in the vulnerable population recognize that you are at higher-risk, and should limit exposure as much as possible.

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.

Local health officials note that Missoula County is seeing signs of community spread, meaning we have cases where their exposure can no longer be traced to another positive case or connected to travel.

Anyone who has arrived in Missoula County after having traveled out of state in the past 14 days is asked to contact local health officials at (406) 258-3896. This applies to all travel, including vehicle travel.

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.

Gov. Steve Bullock’s orders closing public schools and requiring people to stay home -- except for essential activities -- are both currently set to expire April 10.