Last update: July 16, 2020 - 10:32 a.m.
Missoula County Numbers
Cumulative Positive Cases*: 151
Cumulative COVID-19 Positive Tests: 148
Cumulative COVID-19 Epi-Linked**: 3
COVID-19 Related Deaths: 1
COVID-19 Recoveries: 103
Current Active COVID-19 Cases: 44
Missoula County Resident(s): 1
*MCCHD may be alerted to additional cases before DPHHS.
** Cases that are “epi-linked” developed symptoms while in quarantine after being identified as close contacts to cases that tested positive. Epi-linked cases are isolated and monitored by public health, just like lab-confirmed positive cases.
***There may be lag between hospitalization and MCCHD notification
To report a violation of a state or local order (including the mask/face covering order) call the Environmental Health Division at 406-258-4755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The situation with COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, and we ask that everyone remain flexible, vigilant and informed.
- The health department investigates all presumptive positives in the county, and confidentially reaches out to all close contacts of the cases. Close contacts are asked to separate from the public and monitor for symptoms.
- People with symptoms who are concerned that their illness may be COVID-19 need to call one of the Focused Screening Centers, the Ask a Nurse Line, or use one of the Providence online screening tools. Do not call or come to the health department for screening. A public health nurse will not come to your home to test you for COVID.
- Starting April 28, the Missoula County COVID-19 Testing Site expanded testing criteria to include anyone having any of the symptoms listed on the CDC website: fever over 100.4, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell. Tests are free and by appointment only. Same day appointments are available. If you have symptoms and would like to schedule a test, call 258-INFO and select Option 2 to speak to a nurse.
- On May 19, Governor Bullock announced Montana will enter Phase Two of the reopening on June 1st.
- On May 28, Health Officer Ellen Leahy issued a local order for Phase Two reopening in Missoula County that addresses the governor's requirement in his May 19 Directive that individuals planning an event with more than 50 people consult with their local public health office on a plan to implement adequate social distancing. Event planning guidance is available in Appendix A of the local order. The May 28 order also maintains local personal care services, retail, and food and beverage requirements from Phase One.
- On June 19, the Health Department released the Sentinel Testing Plan for testing of high-risk asymptomatic individuals will be conducted through a coordinated approach within the community. The County Testing Clinic will serve individuals that are not currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and have been in high-risk environments for exposure or transmission. The County criteria prioritizes health care workers and first responders, grocery store and service industry workers, personal care workers, individuals experiencing homelessness, daycare and preschool workers, camp staff and counselors, and County residents returning home to Montana.
- SENTINEL TESTING UPDATE: Due to a high volume of new cases and close contacts, the County Testing Clinic is prioritizing testing of symptomatic patients and their close contacts this week, June 29th, until further notice.
- On July 9, 2020, the Missoula City-County Board of Health held a special meeting to review a Board proposed face-covering rule and Health Officer Order that if passed would require people 12 years of age and older to wear a face-covering when inside public spaces, including public transportation to reduce the spread of the pandemic disease COVID-19. The Board passed the rule with a unanimous vote and Health Officer Ellen Leahy immediately issued a companion order. The rule and order went into effect immediately.
- On July 15, Governor Bullock issued a directive requiring everyone five years old and older to wear a face covering when inside public spaces and when participating in outdoor activities with 50 or more people where social distancing is not possible or is not being observed. Read the directive here. Where the governor's directive is more strict than the Board of Health's Rule and Health Officer's Order, the directive takes precedence.
The health department continues to emphasize the importance of social distancing, which means avoiding crowds and providing distance between yourself and another person when interacting. The health department encourages businesses, groups, and other organizations 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. If you are in the vulnerable population recognize that you are at higher-risk, and should limit exposure as much as possible.
Use the links below to navigate to Health Department news releases, closure and order information, daily briefings, and guidance for businesses, travelers, volunteers, homes, organizations and more!
Missoula County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Please call with any questions or concerns.
These web pages will be updated with new information and resources as they develop.