The Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) on Wednesday reported 21 additional COVID-19 cases since the Monday update.
There are currently 623 active cases in the county with over 1,300 close contacts being monitored.
Overall, local public health officials are reporting 2,192 cumulative cases. There have been 1,555 recoveries and 14 COVID-19 related deaths to date.
Twenty-eight people are hospitalized in Missoula County including 19 county residents.
MCCHD and other community leaders set a goal on Oct. 27 for decreasing the weekly average COVID-19 case count to no more than 25 cases per 100,000 individuals.
Health Officer Ellen Leahy issued a new order containing changes that include limiting businesses' capacities to 50%, reducing gathering size to 25 people, and closing bars at 10:00 p.m.
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.