Missoula County breaks single-day COVID record

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Missoula County had its largest one-day increase of COVID cases on Saturday, the health department said Tuesday.

On Sept. 11, the county had 157 new cases, a new daily high, according to a news release. Including Sunday, the weekend total was 221 new cases. An additional 121 new cases were reported on Tuesday, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,186.

The county had 1,217 active cases on Nov. 21, 2020, its highest mark of the pandemic.

“If this trend continues, Missoula County will likely break its record high of active cases Wednesday morning,” the release said.

There have been 11,924 cumulative COVID cases in the county — which has the highest vaccination rate in the state, but some age groups are lagging behind. 

“Just over 52% of 20- to 29-year-olds have received at least one shot, which is nowhere near herd immunity,” Missoula County Health Officer D’Shane Barnett said. “It is no coincidence that this age group is making up the majority of our cases right now.”

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