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MCPS seeing surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases

Missoula – Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) notified families Monday about COVID-19 and the news was worrying.

The District’s COVID contact team said in an email that they have seen an increase in new cases since the winter break.

A total of 126 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in MCPS schools for the week of January 3 through January 7 so far this week, 45 cases have been reported.

MCPS encourages students to stay home and seek a COVID-19 test if they have symptoms. If a student’s test result is positive, parents are asked to contact their school.

There are options for people looking to get tested for COVID-19.

The area’s COVID-19 testing department can be reached at 406-240-4721. They ask you to leave your name and contact information. It may take 24 to 48 hours to schedule the test.

You can contact the Missoula County Health Department or any other Missoula County testing clinic. Additionally, COVID-19 tests can be used at home.

MCPS hopes to update the COVID-19 numbers by 4 p.m. each day.

The latest COVID-19 news at MCPS schools can be found at https://www.mcpsmt.org/Page/15088

Dear MCPS Families:

We want to provide an update on the COVID-19 numbers. Unfortunately, we’ve seen a spike in new cases since the winter break. While we hope this increase will be short, we encourage anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home and seek a COVID test.

The latest CDC guidelines reduce the recommended isolation period for positive cases and quarantine of close contacts to 5 days in most cases. Updated guidelines can be found at www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html [cdc.gov].

Information about the test

If a student develops symptoms, please keep the student at home and seek a COVID test by calling:

  • District COVID-19 Testing Department at 406-240-4721.
    • When calling MCPS, please leave your name and contact information, and our nursing staff will answer the call to schedule an appointment. Due to the large volume, it may take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to schedule the test.
    • While demand is high, we are prioritizing testing for symptomatic MCPS students and staff.
  • Missoula-County Health Department at INFO-258 (4636).
  • Contact one of the other testing clinics in Missoula County.
  • Or by getting a home test.

Information about MCPS data

If a student test result is positive, we ask that you notify your school. This information is confidential and will only be shared with MCPS Health Services.

Families are encouraged to consult the COVID summary data readily available on the MCPS website for regular updates of new positive cases on a school-by-school basis:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vTg8bkYO5cHCV501DVLAR-_yagcjZ20Ap24SNkPSnIF8TklijAekcjyYkb_9EKy3u3YCUGss3ide6uU/pubhtml; [docs.google.com]

Our goal is to update these numbers by 4 p.m. every school day. Every Monday, we will provide an updated tally of total cases since the beginning of the school year, including the total in each school, and the total number of cases among students compared to staff; Plus a weekly update of new cases in grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12, and among employees. Please keep in mind that the numbers may change slightly as new information becomes available or is matched with other data.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the student’s school. We thank you for all of your help as we continue to work to keep our school communities healthy and safe.

Missoula County Public Schools
COVID Communications Team



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