Missoula adds more COVID cases, but spike beginning to slow

Jordan Hansen

After months of rising COVID cases in Missoula, numbers have begun to drop.

Missoula County saw 19 new COVID cases on Monday, with 767 total active cases, according to state health department data. There were 49 new cases recorded since last Friday’s update.

After peaking in late October with nearly 3,000 active cases in the county, the caseload has begun to taper off. However, the county is still averaging 25 new cases per day per 100,000 people. The test positivity rate over the last seven days is 12.82%, which is still high.

The county is still averaging significantly more cases than it did over this summer and there have been 178 deaths due to COVID, according to local health department data.

There have been 17,258 cumulative cases, 16,314 of which are considered recovered. 

Nearly 19% of active county cases are in the 30 to 39 age group, with the 20 to 29 age group closely behind, accounting for 17.75% of the county’s active cases. There are 178 cases considered active among people age 19 or under.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the 20 to 29 age group has recorded nearly 4,000 COVID cases, by far the biggest group. The 30

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