Last update: June 2, 2020 - 1:30 p.m.
Missoula County Numbers
Cumulative Positive Cases*: 42
Cumulative COVID-19 Positive Tests: 40
Cumulative COVID-19 Epi-Linked**: 2
COVID-19 Related Deaths: 1
COVID-19 Recoveries: 41
*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.
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. The governor's directive for Phase One and the Phase One Expansion remained in effect until June 1.
- 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.
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.
Phase Two Requirements and Recommendations in Missoula County: Quick Guide - Coming Soon
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.