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Missoula County reports 92 new COVID-19 cases since Friday, Oct. 2nd

Posted at 11:11 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 13:21:25-04

The Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) on Monday reported 92 additional COVID-19 cases since the Friday update.

There are currently 397 active cases in Missoula County.

Local public health officials are reporting 1,079 cumulative cases* to date in Missoula County, including 17 epi-linked cases.**

There have been 679 recoveries and three COVID-19 related deaths to date.

Nine individuals are hospitalized in Missoula County facilities as of Monday including six county residents.

MCCHD reports that 33 of the newly reported COVID-19 cases are from the University of Montana. UM now has 108 active cases and a total of 182 cases since Aug. 12.

"Our COVID-19 Infectious Disease Team continues working hard conducting efficient and accurate case investigation and contact tracing. Monitoring active cases and notifying close contacts occurs 7 days a week," a news release states.

MCCHD will notify close contacts privately and individually as quickly as possible.

Missoula County residents can call 406-258-INFO weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss COVID information or to be connected with a screener/scheduler for COVID-19 testing if they are currently experiencing COVID-compatible symptoms.

MCCHD is urging people to continue practicing health and safety behaviors.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Keep at least 6 feet of safe space between you and others as the environment permits.
  • Wear a face covering that's fully sealed around your nose and mouth.
  • Remember that physical spacing does not replace face coverings - these are tools to be used together for maximum efficacy and safety.

Missoula became the first major city in Montana to require the wearing of face coverings on July 9.

*the Missoula City-County Health Department may be alerted to additional cases before the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.

** Cases that are “epi-linked” developed symptoms while in quarantine after being identified as close contacts to cases that tested positive.