PHD: 2 new infections in Bonner County

News editor | August 22, 2020 1:00 AM

SANDPOINT — The Panhandle Health District reported 12 new confirmed or probable cases of novel coronavirus on Friday, which includes two new infections in Bonner County.

Panhandle Health said there has been 2,559 cases of the virus, 2,538 of which were confirmed through laboratory analysis. The virus has caused 33 deaths in the Panhandle, according to the district. Twenty-three of the deaths have been in Kootenai County. The district said nine people have died in Shoshone County and on person has died in Benewah County.

Bonner County has seen 197 cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began. The district said 191 of the cases have been lab-confirmed and 17 cases remain active.

Eight new infections emerged in Kootenai County, bring that county’s total to 2,038 cases, 2,024 of which are lab-confirmed. The district said 347 cases remain active in Kootenai County.

Boundary County saw no new infections on Friday and has accrued 42 cases of the virus, all of which are lab-cVonfirmed. Ten of the Boundary County cases are active, according to PHD.

Shoshone County also saw no new infections on Friday. The district said Shoshone County has had 179 cases over the course of the pandemic, 178 of which are lab-confirmed. There are 83 active cases in Shoshone County, the district said.

Benewah County added two new cases on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 85, all of which are lab-confirmed. The district said 24 of Benewah County’s cases are active.

There are an additional 18 cases involving people whose primary county of residency is undetermined. Panhandle Health said all the cases are lab-confirmed and two remain active.

The health district said 2,076 cases in the Panhandle are closed, meaning residents are no longer being monitored, have refused monitoring or have died.

The virus has caused 147 hospitalizations, 14 of which remain current, the district said.

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare reported 249 confirmed or probable cases of the virus on Friday, bringing the statewide total to 29,369 cases. The virus is blamed for 304 deaths across the state. The department further reported that 12,359 cases have recovered.

Health & Welfare said the virus has caused 1,233 hospitalizations and 344 admissions to intensive-care units. Coronavirus has infected 1,792 healthcare workers and the state has tallied 2,130 cases in which residents were asymptomatic.

The Northeast Tri-County Health District in Washington state said there was one new confirmed infection on Friday in Pend Oreille County, which has a total of 53 confirmed cases. Stevens County has amassed 119 cases during the pandemic, which caused one fatality. Ferry County has had 23 confirmed cases, bringing the tri-county area total to 195 confirmed cases.

The Montana State Department of Public Health reported 142 new confirmed cases, lifting the statewide total to 6,216 cases. The state said the virus was lethal to 89 residents.

Lincoln County added one new confirmed case on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 80, four of which are active. Sanders County added two new cases on Friday, bringing its total to 80 cases, 19 of which are active, the state said.

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