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Missoula County reporting 39 additional COVID-19 cases

379 active COVID-19 cases reported
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Posted at 2:52 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 16:52:58-05

MISSOULA — The Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) reports that 39 additional COVID-19 cases have been confirmed since the Tuesday update.

The number of active COVID-19 cases being reported by MCCHD has dropped from 568 on Wednesday to 379.

One of the new cases -- as well as seven of Missoula County's active cases -- is associated with the University of Montana.

The total number of cases has now risen to 5,721 including 5,297 recoveries and 45 COVID-19 related deaths.

The number of active hospitalizations stands at 24 -- including 11 Missoula County residents.

The average of daily new cases per 100,000 now stands at 43. The MCCHD goal is to bring that number down to 25/100,000 people for two consecutive weeks or more.

Community Medical Center (CMC) began administering the COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare employees on Thursday.

Community Medical Center and Providence Saint Patrick in Missoula both received the first COVID-19 vaccine shipments on Dec. 15.

MCCHD announced on Dec. 4 that the drive-thru COVID-19 testing center located on Flynn Lane is accepting weekend appointments.

The Missoula City-County Board of Health updated the local COVID-19 restrictions on Nov. 19.

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 website solely focused on COVID-19 information which can be found here.

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