New COVID-19 cases reported in Kootenai County

| May 17, 2020 12:56 PM

SANDPOINT — For the second day in a row, the Panhandle Health District reported a new COVID-19 cases in Kootenai County on Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in North Idaho to 70. Of the cases in the region, 66 are no longer being monitored.

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 symptoms first appeared

Sunday’s case pushed the number of cases in Kootenai County to 66. Bonner County has had four cases, all of which are no longer being monitored, according to the health district. The virus, which causes COVID-19, has not been detected in Boundary, Shoshone or Benewah counties.

The health district said the virus has resulted in seven hospitalizations in the region.

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, meanwhile, reported on Friday there were 38 new confirmed or probable cases of the virus, pushing the statewide total to 2,389 cases. The death toll from the virus inched up to 73, according to the department.

Idaho case counts include both probable and confirmed cases based on an interim COVID-19 position statement issued by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists on April 5, Health & Welfare said.

Confirmed cases involve persons with a positive laboratory result for coronavirus using a molecular amplification, the department said. Probable cases involve symptomatic people that have epidemiologic risk factors or evidence of infection detected through non-molecular amplification tests and deceased people whose death certificates lists COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 as contributing to death without laboratory confirmation. Probable cases can be reclassified as a confirmed case or as not a coronavirus case if confirmatory laboratory testing is done, according to Health & Welfare.

The Northeast Tri-County Health District in Washington state reported no new confirmed cases in Pend Oreille, Stevens or Ferry counties.

There are 12 cases, with nine in Stevens County, two in Pend Oreille County and one in Ferry County. Both of the Pend Oreille County cases are south of Cusick.

Montana tallied four new cases on Friday, bringing the state’s total to 466 cases. There are seven cases in Lincoln County and none in Stevens County.

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

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.


No longer monitored: 66

Hospitalized: 7

Kootenai County — 66 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 — 69 cases, 0 deaths


18 years and under — 9

19 to 49 years — 31

50 years and over — 30


Female — 31

Male — 39

Unknown — 0