Virus cases jump over weekend

| September 22, 2020 1:00 AM

SANDPOINT — The number of new COVID-19 cases in Bonner County jumped sharply over the weekend, with 16 new cases reported Monday alone. Panhandle Health District officials report the county has a total of 306 cases, with 55 of those cases are considered active.

In all, PHD reports the five northern counties added 54 cases Monday, with a total of 3,202 cases with 57 deaths since the start of the pandemic. There are currently 23 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the five northern counties.

Boundary County added no new novel coronavirus cases, with 55 cases reported in the county since the start of the pandemic with one death. Eight of the county’s cases are considered active.

Kootenai County added 36 new cases on Monday, with a total of 2,496 cases since the start of the pandemic. PHD officials said 230 of the county's cases are considered active.

Shoshone County added a new COVID-19 case Monday, with a total at 211 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. The district said seven of those cases remain active. Benewah County had one new case Monday, with 134 cases since the start of the pandemic, 20 of which are active, PHD said.

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare reported 410 new confirmed or probable infections, elevating the statewide total to 37,901 cases resulting in 447 deaths.

The Northeast Tri-County Health District in Washington state said the health district reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with two cases in Pend Oreille County, both in the Newport area, and six of the cases in Stevens County, with two cases in the Colville area, three in the Valley area and one in the Nine Mile Falls area.

Pend Oreille County has had 60 confirmed cases with three cases in the last 14 days. Stevens County has had 149 cases, with 18 cases reported in the past 14 days with two deaths since the start of the pandemic. Ferry County has has 29 cases, with one in the last 14 days.

The Montana Department of Public Health reported 160 new confirmed cases on Monday, bringing the statewide total to 10,429 cases, 160 of which resulted in fatalities.

Lincoln County has had 105 cases since the outbreak began, with seven of them considered active and 95 people reported recovered. The county has had three deaths since the start of the pandemic. The state said Sanders County has had 45 cases over the course of the pandemic, although only four of them are active; with 40 people having recovered. The county has had one death connected to COVID-19, Montana public health officials said.