“To date, Missoula County has had a total of 1,377 cases of COVID-19, with 917 recoveries and 5 deaths. As of August 12, 2020, the University of Montana has a total of 241 cases of COVID-19 related to their institution,” he said. District Communications Manager Alison Franz. “Exposure to a known active case continues to be a significant cause of new cases.”
County Health Officer Ellen Leahy said there had been a recent jump in cases in the 18-24 age group.
“At one point in this leap we are still in, a good half of all new cases in the county were among people aged 20-29,”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that in other parts of the country, a jump in this age range will lead to transmission to other age groups. Leahy said it happened here.
“What we are seeing now is that the proportion of active cases due to the age group between 20 and 29 is declining to 30% from 50% and on each side of this age group from 10 to 19 and from 30 to 39 years , are at 15% and 16%. “
Leahy said there were also a “large number” of cases in people over the age of 80.
“We are seeing a spread in long-term care, elderly and life support facilities and places like that,” Leahy said. “And of course, this is a very dangerous place to spread. These people are at very high risk. This, unfortunately, is not unexpected, but it is still worrying when you look at the risks. “