Parks Department Reacts After First COVID-19 Case

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The Missoula (Mont.) Parks and Recreation Department saw its first and only case of COVID-19 last week after a volunteer tested positive for the virus.

The volunteer’s last exposure to others was on Sept. 9.

After an investigation, the Missoula City-County Health Department was able to establish that the individual had exposed fewer that 15 individual participants within a specific recreation program.

MCCHD will now be responsible for contacting all affected families.

The investigation into the matter has not resulted in a recommendation that any facilities be closed or programs suspended.

Parks officials say this is the first and only COVID-19 case they’ve seen.

"Since the pandemic began, we have served thousands of residents in our recreation programs and at aquatics facilities," Parks and Recreation director Donna Gaukler "This is the first COVID-positive case linked to Parks and Recreation. Participant and staff exposure is limited, due in part to our rigorous COVID-19 safety protocols. We want to thank Missoula residents for honoring the Governor's and Health Officer's Orders and Parks’ guidelines and rules related to COVID-19."

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