Benewah County loses man to COVID-19 case count climbs

Benewah County on Tuesday lost its first resident to novel coronavirus, a man in his 60s who had been a COVID-19 patient at Benewah Community Hospital.

According to Panhandle Health, he is the 19th person to succumb to the illness in the five North Idaho counties.

“BCH is saddened to hear that one of our community members has passed away from COVID-19,” said Benewah Community Hospital CEO Chuck Lloyd. “BCH had the honor of caring for this community member for a short period of time before they were transferred to a higher level of care. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. BCH is committed to ensuring that our community, staff, and healthcare providers remain safe and healthy.”

PHD logged 81 new confirmed North Idaho COVID 19 cases for the day ending at noon Tuesday, bringing the total case count to 2,275, 18 classed as probable, the rest confirmed.

In the Panhandle Health District, only Boundary County went with no new cases reported yesterday, staying at 37, with 23 cases active. Only Boundary and Bonner Counties have made it to date with no COVID-19 deaths.

Kootenai County had 47 new cases, bringing its total to 1,849, 12 probable and 1,837 confirmed. 638 cases are active, 18 fatal. Bonner County had one new case to bring the case count to 183, six probable and 63 active. Shoshone County saw 25 new cases for a total of 121, all confirmed by lab test, with 78 active and two dead. Benewah County saw five new cases to bring its total to 63, all confirmed, with 26 cases active and now one dead.

PHD and all North Idaho hospitals urge all area residents to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

This includes, practicing physical distancing, wearing cloth face coverings in public places, practicing good hand hygiene, staying home when sick, sanitizing high-touch surfaces regularly and isolating immediately if you show symptoms of COVID-19.

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear two – to 14-days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms.

For more information regarding COVID-19, visit or call the Panhandle Health District Hotline, 877-415-5225, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Statewide, Idaho saw its COVID-19 case count climb by 495 cases as of 5 p.m. August 11, bringing the state to 25,595 cases and 246 dead, a rate of 13.8 Idahoans dead per 100,000 residents.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, based on 2017 vital statistics records, flu was the ninth leading cause of death three years ago, with 255, a rate of 13.7. Heart disease was the leading killer with 3,084 for a rate o 162.4.

In that same year, 280 Idahoans died of firearm-related causes, a rate of 16.4 per 100,000, 236 died of drug overdose, 14.4, 392 died by their own hand, 23.2, and 50 Idahoans were murdered, a rate of three per 100,000.

Montana saw 97 new cases as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, bring the state total to 5,104, with 1,485 active cases and 77 dead. There were no new cases confirmed in Lincoln County, which has 77 total cases, a dozen active. Flathead County saw five new cases, bringing its total to 352, with 65 cases active.

Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logged 40,522 new cases on Tuesday (2,377 more people than call Post Falls, Idaho’s ninth most populous city, home), bringing the nation’s total to over five-million. The U.S. lost 565 citizens to COVID-19 Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Creston Town officials encouraged its residents not to let down the vigilance required to flatten the pandemic’s curve.

“Town of Creston Council and staff ask that citizens continue to follow the advice of the provincial and federal health authorities,” information officer Kirsten Dunbar wrote in Tuesday’s daily town update. “In the words of Dr. Bonnie Henry, ‘fewer faces, larger spaces,’ make sure you avoid crowded areas, wash your hands, maintain a physical distance of two meters or six feet from those outside your bubble and stay home if you are unwell. As always, kindness and patience towards each other is key to moving through this pandemic together. Thank you Creston for your part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community and beyond.”

As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Interior Health Region of British Columbia counted two new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total count to 393. One person is currently hospitalized, two have died and 377, 96-percent, have recovered.

Province-wide, there were 46 new cases confirmed Tuesday, bringing the total to 4,111 cases. Eight BC residents were hospitalized as of 4:30 p.m. August 11, five in intensive care, 3,444 have recovered and 195 have died.

According to Johns Hopkins statistics as of 5:27 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time today, 5,141,879 United States residents have been infected with novel coronavirus since the onset of the pandemic, and 164,545 Americans have died.

Canada has had 122,389 cases and 9,038 deaths.

Worldwide, 20,372,619 people have experienced COVID-19 and for 743,344, the experience proved fatal in just over eight months.

That’s 16,133 more people than call Denver, Colorado, population 727,211, home. Hayden, Idaho, counts 16,012 residents.