The Missoula City-County Health Department reported 24 new cases connected with the University of Montana Sept. 16. The current number of active cases is 25, exactly 22 cases higher than last week.

Missoula County Health officer Cindy Farr confirmed cases are on campus and said the recent increase is due to two cluster outbreaks in and around campus. She added that while the increase is a cause for concern, contact tracing is being done to find those affected.

“We are identifying cases that are cases that were found through contact tracing and not just spontaneously cropping up around campus,” Farr said.

It is unclear how many cases have been added each day. According to MCCHD, the UM stats update weekly because there are not enough cases to make it a daily update.

Close contact numbers dropped from 12 per person to nine, but that means there are 225 close contacts affiliated with cases at UM. A total of 29 University-related cases have been reported.

Missoula County reported an increase of 22 cases Sept. 16, making the now 91 active county cases triple what it was on Friday. Of all active county cases, 34% are from people ages 20-29.

No comment has been made by UM at this time.

This story will be updated as new information arises.

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