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Missoula Co. adds 255 weekend COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rise

Missoula Co. adds 255 weekend COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rise
Posted at 11:30 AM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 13:30:02-05

The Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) is reporting a continued rise in COVID-19 cases as well as a jump in hospitalizations.

MCCHD reports an additional 255 cases have been confirmed since Friday's update while the number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations has risen to 36 -- up from 31 on Friday.

Seven of the newly confirmed cases -- as well as 60 of the currently active cases -- are associated with the University of Montana.
Overall, there are currently 1,076 active cases being reported in Missoula County. The number of recoveries has risen to 2,492 from 2,282.

To date, there have been a total of 3,604 confirmed coronavirus cases in the county including 36 COVID-19 related deaths.

Additionally, the average of daily new cases per 100,00 in the past seven days has risen to 78. The MCCHD goal is to bring that number down to 25 or fewer.

The Missoula City-County Board of Health will review the current COVID-19 restrictions during a Thursday meeting. MCCHD notes that the Board of Health may adopt that current order or add revisions.

The community is encouraged to give feedback on the feedback portal on missoulainfo.com before Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.

The current COVID-19 restrictions for Missoula County began at 8 a.m. on Oct. 29.

MCCHD issued a revised Public Health Order in regards to face masks as well as new restrictions on senior facilities on Oct. 15.

Missoula County residents can call 406-258-INFO weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss COVID-19 information.

MCCHD has a new website solely focused on COVID-19 information which can be found here.

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.

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