County adds 66 new virus cases

| November 17, 2020 1:00 AM

SANDPOINT — COVID-19 cases in the community kept up their sharp upward climb, noting 66 new cases in Bonner County over the weekend, according to Panhandle Health District.

The new cases tabulated from Saturday to Monday brings the total number of cases in Bonner County to 773 cases. Of those cases, 251 are considered active. Since the start of the pandemic, the county has seen three deaths attributed to COVID-19.

In all, PHD reports the five northern counties added 345 new cases in that time frame, with a total of 7,655 cases and 89 deaths since the start of the pandemic. There are currently 52 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the five northern counties.

Boundary County added seven new novel coronavirus cases since Saturday, with 293 cases reported in the county since the start of the pandemic with one death. PHD officials said 122 of the county’s cases are considered active.

Kootenai County added 244 new cases since Saturday, with a total of 5,968 cases since the start of the pandemic. PHD officials said 1,767 of the county's cases are considered active.

Shoshone County added 20 new cases over the weekend, with a total at 395 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. The district said 103 of those cases remain active. Benewah County had four new cases between Saturday and Monday afternoon, with 223 cases since the start of the pandemic, 46 of which are active, PHD said.

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare reported 1,099 new confirmed or probable infections on Monday, elevating the statewide total to 83,344 cases resulting in 763 deaths.