PHD: 67 new COVID-19 cases in the region

by KEITH KINNAIRD
News editor | August 11, 2020 1:00 AM

SANDPOINT — The Panhandle Health District said on Monday there were 67 new confirmed or probable cases of novel coronavirus, including five new infections in Bonner County.

There are a total of 2,194 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in the five northern counties, according to Panhandle Health. The district said 2,176 of the cases are lab-confirmed.

Bonner County has logged 182 cases since the pandemic began, 176 of which are confirmed through lab analysis and 63 of which are active.

Forty-seven new cases were reported in Kootenai County, lifting the county’s total number of confirmed or probable cases to 1,802, 1,790 of which are lab-confirmed. The health district said there are 610 active cases in Kootenai County.

One new case emerged in Boundary County, bringing the total number of cases to 37, all of which are lab-confirmed. The health district said 24 of Boundary County’s cases remain active.

Shoshone County has had a total of 96 cases, nine of which are new, according to PHD. The health district said 96 of the cases are lab-confirmed and 56 cases are deemed active. Benewah County has had 58 cases, four of which are new. The health district said all of the cases are lab-confirmed and 23 cases are active.

There are an additional 19 cases involving residents whose primary county of residence are undetermined. All of those cases are lab-confirmed and six are active, the health district said.

The virus is blamed for 16 deaths in Kootenai County and two deaths in Shoshone County, according to PHD.

The health district said the virus has caused 126 hospitalizations with 30 currently hospitalized. The district said 1,412 people are either no longer being monitored, refused monitoring or have died.

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare reported 429 new confirmed or probable cases of the virus on Monday, bringing the statewide case total to 25,100. Health & Welfare attributes 239 deaths to the virus across the state.

The Northeast Tri-County Health District said five new confirmed cases of the virus emerged on Monday. Pend Oreille and Stevens counties each added two cases, while Ferry County added one.

Pend Oreille County has 43 cases, while Stevens County has 109 cases and one fatality, according to NETCHD. Ferry County has 24 cases.

There have been 67 new cases in the tri-county area in the last two weeks, 10 of which emerged in Pend Oreille County.

The Montana State Department of Public Health reported 65 new confirmed cases on Monday, elevating the statewide total to 5,017 confirmed cases and 75 deaths. Lincoln County has 12 cases, while Sanders has not, the state said on Monday.

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