COVID-19 growing worse

By Mike Weland

Montana for the first time topped 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in one day Thursday, reaching 1,063, and another 887 new cases were confirmed Friday as the pace of the pandemic continues to pick up.

In Idaho, the 1,000 a day threshold was crossed October 13, when 1,324 cases were confirmed. There have since been three more; 1,031 October 19, 1,030 October 20 and 1,139 October 23.

In Montana, 694 new cases confirmed as of 10 a.m. today brings the total case count to 33,495, with 11,721 cases active and 376 Montanans dead.

Lincoln County logged eight new cases Saturday, bringing the total to 334, with 66 cases active. On Friday, Lincoln County officials, on review of records, attributed another death to COVID-19, bring the death toll in the county to five.

Flathead County rose by 134 new cases, bringing the case count to 3,615, with 883 cases active. Flathead County has lost 27 to COVID-19.

In the Idaho Panhandle, 134 new cases in the day ended at 5 p.m. Friday brought to cumulative count to 5,587, with 4,405 cases closed and 76 deaths.

The highest days for single day new cases confirmed in the Panhandle since the pandemic began are October 20 and October 28, both with 141.

Boundary County has now had 188 cases confirmed, 104 were active, surpassing Benewah County with 179 total cases. Kootenai County had 4,410 COVID-19 cases, Bonner 522 and Shoshone 285.

Statewide, Idaho had 798 newly confirmed cases in the day ended at 5 p.m. Saturday, which brought the count to 64,608, with 629 dead to date.

Nationwide, there were 84,285 news cases confirmed on the day ended October 31, down from a one-day record 99,784 set October 30. On October 31, 848 more Americans died.

As of 11:24 a.m. today, Johns Hopkins shows the United States has had 9,176,710 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 230,814 deaths.

With about four-percent of the world population, the United States accounts for 19.7-percent of the world’s cases and 19.2 percent of the world’s deaths.

In British Columbia, 272 new cases in the day ended at 4:30 p.m. Friday brought the count to 14,381, with 2,390 cases active and 78 patients hospitalized, 25 in intensive care. British Columbia had lost 263 residents to COVID-19.

In the Interior Health Region, there were seven new cases to bring the total to 741, with 86 cases active. Three in the region have died of COVID-19.

Nationwide, 2,512 new cases were confirmed in Canada October 31, down from a one day record of 4,109 set October 26. On October 31, Canada lost 26 citizens to COVID-19.

Per Johns Hopkins, Canada has had 239,134 confirmed cases and 10,227 COVID-19 deaths.

With less than one half of one percent of the world’s population (.48-percent), Canada accounts for .0051 percent of the world’s COVID-19 cases and .0085-percent of deaths.