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PHD: 419 new cases, 11 deaths

| December 10, 2020 1:00 AM

The Panhandle Health District reported there were 419 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

Eleven more deaths in the PHD were attributed to the virus, bringing its total of deaths to 140. Of those, 127 were people age 70 and older.

There have been 11 deaths in the 60-69 age group attributed to the virus, according to PHD, and two deaths in the 50-59 age group. There have been no deaths attributed to the virus in the PHD among those under the age of 50.

The PHD now has had a total of 12,116 cases, with 8,118 closed coronavirus cases, leaving nearly 4,000 active cases, about 1.6% of the population in the PHD.

The death rate in the PHD attributed to the coronavirus, based on a population of about 245,000, is about .05%.

Kootenai Health reported it has 71 coronavirus patients with 17 in critical care.

Health officials remind people to wear masks when unable to maintain social distance of 6 feet, per mandates of the PHD and the city of Coeur d'Alene, and wash hands often.

Most people who get COVID-19 will have mild symptoms, according to health officials. But it can cause severe symptoms, even death, in some, especially those who are older or have compromised health conditions.