Last update: March 26, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.
Positive COVID-19 in Missoula County*
*MCCHD may be alerted to additional cases before DPHHS.
The situation with COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, and we ask that everyone remain calm.
- 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.
- On March 26, Governor Bullock announced a Stay at Home Directive. The directive will go in place at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 28 and to through April 10, 2020. The directive supersedes previous, less restrictive orders and directives.
- On March 24, the health officer expanded on Governor Bullock’s statewide March 20 closure directive. Health Officer Leahy’s new order for Missoula County extends the governor’s closures to 11:59 p.m. April 15. The new order also extends to additional businesses, including body art establishments, hair and cosmetic salons and massage services, effective from 11:59 p.m. March 24 to 11:59 p.m. April 15. See our FAQs for the list of businesses affected by the health officer's order. The governor's directive is available in the FAQs.
- There is no need to take drastic measures, such as stockpiling medical supplies or food. These actions could unnecessarily burden critical infrastructure within our community.
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.