Missoula County hits record for COVID hospitalizations, sees uptick in deaths

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Katrina Arnold takes vaccination appointment calls inside Missoula County’s call center in April 2021.

TOM BAUER, Missoulian David Erickson

Missoula County continues to see a record-setting surge of hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

On Thursday, the Missoula City-County Health Department’s COVID-19 response team’s incident commander Cindy Farr posted a video update to talk about the numbers.

“Today (Thursday), hospitalizations in Missoula again broke the record with 58 hospitalizations,” she said. “The hospitals continue to ask residents to be responsible and get vaccinated to alleviate pressure on their system. The vast majority of those hospitalized are unvaccinated.”

The hospitals are getting National Guard support to help with the situation.

“However, the National Guard is tasked with cleaning rooms and other tasks that don’t directly involve patient care so they’re still having some staffing concerns,” Farr said.

Of those hospitalized, 42 are county residents and 16 are out-of-county residents. There were 128 new COVID cases reported on Thursday. There have been 129 deaths in the county due to the virus.

“We’ve recently seen an uptick in

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