Seven Missoulians died of COVID this week and Missoula again broke its daily record for cases, with 178 more reported on Friday.
Missoula also broke its incident rate record, with 96 cases per 100,000, meaning the virus is circulating at a high rate among the population. There are now 2,546 cases. As a source of comparison, there were just 29 active cases on June 30.
Since that point, cases have increased to disastrous levels. On Friday, Missoula County Emergency Management Director Adriane Beck said a request for an additional two weeks of help from the Montana National Guard was approved.
Hospitals have been at or near capacity for weeks. There are 56 people hospitalized due to COVID in the county, 34 of whom are county residents.
“Honestly, what I think is driving (the case increases) is that people have COVID fatigue,” said Cindy Farr, the health department’s incident commander for the COVID-19 response. “Nobody wants to believe that we’re still in the middle of a pandemic.”
Farr also mentioned again — as have many health care professionals, local politicians