Missoula County Health Officer on New Cases – Mask Wearing

With the new COVID 19 cases emerging in Missoula County recently, County Health Officer Ellen Leahy said on Tuesday that this type of virus expansion is what the health department has been hoping wouldn’t happen, but has been planning for.

“This is what a pandemic disease will do,” said Leahy. “This is what we’ve been preparing for and trying to forestall as well as what we’ve been trying to alert everyone to so that they can do more guard against it happing to them in their workplace or in their family.”

Leahy said many of the exposures and recent infections have come when people have their guard, and literally their masks, down.

“We would like to see more people, particularly in their workplace,” she said. “We’ve seen a lot of coworker to coworker spread. Interestingly enough, they’ve been wearing their masks mostly, if not always in these cases with their public facing work, and then taking them off when they’re not doing public facing work and spreading it among their coworkers.”

Leahy said another way that the virus is being brought into the area is through regular travel by residents.

“Residents of our community leaving the community, and perhaps the

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