Five new COVID-19 infections: PHD

News editor | August 28, 2020 1:00 AM

SANDPOINT — The Panhandle Health District reported 29 new confirmed or probable cases of novel coronavirus on Thursday, including five new infections in Bonner County.

The health district said there have been 2,696 cases in the five northern counties, 2,674 of which are confirmed through laboratory analysis. Of that sum, 2,355 cases are closed, which means residents are no longer being monitored, have refused monitoring or have died.

The virus, which causes COVID-19, is blamed for 43 deaths in Kootenai, Boundary, Shoshone and Benewah counties.

The five new cases in Bonner County brings the total number of cases during the pandemic to 217. The health district said 21 of the cases remain active.

Boundary County saw no new cases on Thursday. It has had 43 cases since the outbreak, five of which remain active.

Kootenai County added 16 new infections on Thursday, according to PHD. The district said there have been 2,135 cases in Kootenai County over the course of the pandemic, 220 of which remain active.

The district said Shoshone County tallied three additional cases, bringing that county’s total to 194, 69 of which remain active. Benewah County added five new cases on Thursday, lifting that county’s total to 107 cases, 26 of which remain active.

The health district has ceased reporting on the number of lab-confirmed cases in individual counties, in addition to the number of deaths in each county.

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare reported 342 confirmed or probable cases of coronavirus, lifting the statewide total to 31,122 cases. The department said 343 Idahoans have died from the virus.

The Northeast Tri-County Health District in Washington state reported no new confirmed infections in Pend Oreille, Stevens and Ferry counties. There are 202 confirmed infections, with 54 in Pend Oreille County. Stevens County and Ferry County have 123 and 25 cases, respectively.

The Washington Department of Health said there have been 72,703 infections across the state and 1,890 deaths because of the virus. The virus has caused 6,674 hospitalizations, six of which are currently in Pend Oreille County, and more than 1.4 million residents have been tested for the virus.

The Montana State Department of Public Health reported 143 new confirmed infections on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 6,929 cases with 98 deaths. Lincoln County added two new confirmed cases, resulting in a total of 87 cases over the course of the pandemic. No new cases were added in Sanders County on Thursday. Sanders County has had 31 infections, 15 of which remain active, according to the state.