The Delta Variant of COVID 19 has caused new case numbers to explode in the past few weeks in Missoula County, resulting in a new daily record set over the weekend.
COVID 19 Incident Commander Cindy Farr has details.
“The highest number of cases that we saw in a single day throughout this pandemic so far was 151 cases in one day, and that was back in November of last year,” said Farr. “Now this week on Saturday, we reported 157 new cases in one day. So we’ve now surpassed the height of the spike that we saw last year.”
KGVO asked Farr if this report is a plea for more people to get vaccinated.
“No, there’s more to it at this point,” she said. “Obviously vaccinations are the biggest thing that we’re asking people to do, and if you have not yet gotten vaccinated, please do. The Delta variant is just a game changer when it comes to fighting this pandemic because it is so much more contagious than the Alpha, which is the strain that we were seeing circulating last year.”
Farr reiterated the actions that the health department is acting the public to cooperate with.
“Stay home if you’re sick,” she said. “We’re