Each day seems to bring a new record number of COVID 19 cases to Missoula County and Friday was no exception, according to COVID 19 Incident Commander Cindy Farr.
“We got in a new record number of COVID cases today, that’s 158 new cases,” said Farr. “I’ve had a lot of questions from people wanting to know, is it due to increased testing, or is there something that might have triggered that we were getting so many cases, and it’s not. I mean, we’re still doing the same amount of testing but we just have so many more people who are having symptoms of COVID right now.”
Farr said the rapid increase of COVID cases has forced a change in the testing protocols in Missoula.
“That was what prompted earlier this week for us to announce that we’re no longer able to test asymptomatic contacts,” she said. “We’ve got so many people who are having symptoms right now that we really only have enough appointments to get people in who are having symptoms.”
Farr said the number of patients hospitalized has grown, but Missoula hospitals are taking the increase in stride.
“We do have quite a few people hospitalized in