New COVID-19 cases reported in Kootenai County

| April 22, 2020 11:50 AM

SANDPOINT — For the third straight day, Panhandle Health District announced two confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Kootenai County.

The health district announced the cases in Kootenai County bringing that county’s total to 60. There are also have been four cases reported in Bonner County, where it has been more than a week since a confirmed COVID-19 case was reported.

Since the novel coronavirus pandemic begin, the Panhandle Health District has reported 60 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region. Fifty-six of the cases are in Kootenai County and four in Bonner County. There are no reported novel coronavirus cases in Boundary, Benewah or Shoshone counties.

Thirty-seven of the cases are no longer being monitored.

Of the total number of confirmed cases, the health district is no longer monitoring 37 individuals. A person is no longer being monitored when they have stayed home for our recommended period of time AND have not had a fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

Five patients in the region have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Hospitalizations on the website is a tally of total hospitalizations of confirmed cases. This does not mean these patients are currently hospitalized, only that they were hospitalized for COVID-19 and are also confirmed positive with COVID-19.

PHD will make a daily announcement if there are confirmed cases within the Panhandle at noon, 7 days a week.

“We continue to urge the public to adhere to the stay-home order made by Governor Little and the 30-day slow-the-spread guidance by the federal government,” PHD officials said in a press release. “We know practicing social distancing strategies can slow the spread of this virus, but we need everyone to do their part.”

The Panhandle area includes the five northern counties — Kootenai, Shoshone, Benewah, Bonner, and Boundary.

People ill with coronavirus in other states and countries have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If community members have these symptoms and are concerned, they should call PHD’s call center at 1-877-415-5225 or their provider. PHD will provide an over-the-phone assessment to determine if someone should be tested. Please call, do not come into PHD or your provider’s office. Tested individuals must stay home until test results are received. If the test is positive, all household members must self-isolate at home for a recommended period of time.

Individuals may also call the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-330-3010.

CONFIRMED PHD CASES: 60

No longer monitored: 37

Hospitalized: 5

Kootenai County — 56 cases, 0 deaths

Benewah County — 0 cases, 0 deaths

Bonner County — 4 cases, 0 deaths

Boundary County — 0 cases, 0 deaths

Shoshone — 0 cases, 0 deaths

TOTAL — 60 cases, 0 deaths

COVID-19 BY AGE GROUP

18 years and under — 8

19 to 49 years — 26

50 years and over — 26

COVID-19 BY SEX

Female — 26

Male — 34

Unknown — 0

Information: http://panhandlehealthdistrict.org/covid-19