U.S. still far ahead of other nations in COVID cases, deaths

Nationally, there were 238,390 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed January 14 and 3,973 more Americans died. January 12 saw a record 4,406 U.S. COVID 19 deaths. As of 5:22 p.m. Eastern today, Johns Hopkins reports 23,503,736 COVID-19 cases in the United States and 391,631 Americans dead of the virus.

The only other nation with over 10-million cases, India, has seen 10,527,683 cases and 151,918 deaths, well under half the totals of the U.S. in both categories.

With those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in North Idaho now getting the first doses of vaccine, there is a glimmer of hope in sight, but the end is likely still months away.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, North Idaho had seen 19,017 confirmed cases since the onset of the pandemic, with 216 cases confirmed that day. One North Idahoan died of novel coronavirus Thursday to bring the death toll to 202 and 76 are in hospitals.

Boundary County has now had 662 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 238 of them active with ten dead. Bonner County has 2,338 confirmed cases, 703 active and 20 dead.

Kootenai County has had 14,605 cases, 4,626 confirmed and 136 dead, Shoshone County 915 cases, 249 of them active and 30 dead and Benewah County 497 confirmed cases, with 165 active and six dead.

Statewide, 153,358 state residents have had COVID-19, with 994 new cases confirmed yesterday and 1,591 have died. On vaccines, 9,739 Idahoans have received both injections and a total of 51,233 doses have been administered.

Lincoln County saw 16 new cases confirmed in the day ended at 10 a.m. Thursday, bringing the total COVID-19 case count to 1,258 with 97 cases active, two county residents hospitalized and nine dead.

Of those cases, 707 have been in the Libby area, where 53 cases were active January 14; 339 cases were in north Lincoln County, with 28 active cases and 118 cases have been in the Troy area, where 19 cases were active. Flathead County has had 9,480 cases, with 460 of them active and 60 deaths to COVID-19.

Statewide, Montana saw 515 newly confirmed cases in the day ended at 10 a.m. today, bringing the count to 88,635, with 5,089 cases active and 1,086 dead.

The CDC predicts that numbers will continue on the upward trend as SARS-CoV-2,B.1.1.7, a more transmissible variant of the COVID-19 virus first detected in England, has now been found in 10 U.S. states.

In the Interior Health Region of British Columbia, there were 86 news cases in the day ended at 4:30 p.m. today, bringing the total count to 5,056 with 992 cases active and 46 deaths, with 34 patients hospitalized and nine in ICU.

Province-wide, there have been 60,117 cases and 1,047 deaths to COVID-19, with 349 British Columbians in the hospital and 68 in critical care.

Across Canada, there were 7,563 new cases confirmed yesterday, bringing the cumulative case count to 700,538, 74,695 cases active. There were 154 deaths on Thursday, bringing the toll to 17,743.

Worldwide, there have been 93,816,953 cases of COVID-19 and 2,008,237 mothers, fathers and children have died just over one year into the pandemic.