By Mike Weland, Publisher
At a town hall meeting Tuesday in Philadelphia, President Donald Trump did his best to assure a rare, mostly skeptical audience that his administration did all it could have to slow the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“I think what I did by closing up the country, I think I saved two, maybe two and a half, maybe more than that, lives,” he said. “I really don’t think so. I think we did a very good job.”
Blaming China for the pandemic, he said he would not do anything differently with regard to his response to the pandemic.
His audience, comprised of undecided voters, didn’t appear to receive his words in the spirit of enthusiasm he’s familiar with at the majority of campaign rallies he holds..
The nation he leads still leads the world in both number of cases and number of dead. In the past 24 hours, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 34,597 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the United States and another 387 Americans died of the illness.
Closer to home, Panhandle Health reports that 53 North Idahoans have died of COVID-19 as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, up four since the last KVT report September 6, and 3,013 people in the five Panhandle counties have been infected, up 184 since that report.
In Boundary County, 50 cases have now been confirmed, five in the past week.
Statewide, 278 new cases were confirmed Tuesday, bringing the total number in Idaho to 35,810. That’s up 2,333 in 10 days; 423 Idahoans have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, 39 since September 6.
Lincoln County, Montana, has had 105 confirmed cases to date, with 14 active, Flathead Couny has had 736, with 135 cases currently active.
Statewide, there have now been 9,244 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Montana and 140 deaths due to the illness, 24 since the September 6 KVT report.
The Interior Health Region of British Columbia has seen 479 total confirmed cases, up 28 in 10 days, 19 of those cases currently active and two fatal.
Province wide, 7,376 total cases since the pandemic began with 219 dead.
In Canada, there were 793 new cases confirmed September 15 and nine deaths to COVID-19.
The case count in the U.S. stands, as of 8:23 a.m. Eastern today, at 6,600,566, with 196,103 dead, up 7,549 in 10 days.
Other nations with over a million cases are India, 5,020,359, Brazil, 4,382,263, and Russia, 1,075,485.
In Canada, 140,993 have been confirmed infected with novel coronavirus and 9,239 Canadians have died.
Globally, there have been 29,624,865 cases and 936,313 deaths.