33 COVID cases reported at UM; 20-29 crowd represents 42% of all county cases

Normally full, the parking lot outside the Adams Center at the University of Montana was empty on Monday afternoon. (William Munoz/Missoula Current)

State health officials on Monday reported 212 new cases of COVID-19, a relatively mild day given the record number of cases reported last week, including one day with more than 500 new reports.

Missoula County also saw a jump in cases over the weekend, with 92 confirmations since Friday. It has the fourth most active cases in the state with 397.

“There are currently 397 active COVID-19 cases with more than 1,120 close contacts in Missoula County. Of those 397 current active cases, 108 are associated with University of Montana students, staff and faculty,” county health officials said Monday.

Of the 108 cases associated with the University of Montana, 33 were reported on Monday. Nearly half of all cases in the county, or 42%, include those between 20 and 29 years of age.

Those between the ages of 10 and 19 account for 18% of all cases, while those between 30 and 39 account for around 15%. Nine individuals were being hospitalized in Missoula County on Monday.

“Our COVID-19 Infectious Disease Team continues working hard at conducting efficient and accurate case investigation and contact tracing – efforts that occur 7 days a week,” county health officials said.

Across Montana, 190 people have died of the virus and 201 people are currently being hospitalized. To date, nearly 15,000 cases have been reported, including 1,079 in Missoula County.