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PHD: 32 new cases

| August 18, 2020 1:00 AM

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the Panhandle Health District on Monday was 32, bringing the total in the PHD to 2,466.

There were two more deaths of people over the age of 70, bringing the number of deaths attributed to the coronavirus in the PHD to 26.

There are 22 people hospitalized at Kootenai Health due to the virus.

Kootenai County has 1,978 coronavirus cases, while Bonner has 192, Shoshone has 166, Benewah has 70 and Boundary 41.

The age group 18 to 39 has 1,016 cases, which is 41 percent of the total PHD cases.

There are 651 active coronavirus cases in the PHD, about 0.26 percent of the district’s population.

The Kootenai County jail said it has tested the entire inmate population, 334, as of Monday morning.

“There were a total of 51 inmates who tested positive, most of which are asymptomatic but being medically quarantined,” wrote Lt. Kyle Hutchison in response to a question from The Press. “Those with symptoms have been mild to date with no one requiring treatment at Kootenai Health.”

Six staff members at the jail have tested positive.

Health officials say people should continue to wear masks in public when unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others, wash their hands and sanitize often-used areas.

Kootenai County is under a mask mandate, per the PHD.