The number of new coronavirus cases is declining
The Panhandle Health District reported 14 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the lowest number on a day in more than two months.
Kootenai County recorded 105 new cases last week. Bonner County had 15 and Boundary County had five.
Compared to six months ago, PHD registered a record 410 new cases on December 9 and for the six days from December 7 to 12, it registered 1,914 new cases.
There are now only 184 active cases of COVID-19 in the entire PHD, which has a population of approximately 255,000. There has been one death attributed to the virus in the state over the past week. .
Kootenai Health reported 19 hospitalized patients for COVID-19 on Tuesday, including seven in intensive care. A week ago, there were 26 COVID-19 hospital patients, along with 13 intensive care.
Kootenai County’s vaccination rate for ages 12 and older, according to the state’s website, is 39.5%, with 56,489 having received at least one dose of a vaccine. Bonner County’s vaccination rate is 38.12%, 15,049 having received at least one dose of a vaccine and Boundary County’s rate is 31.03% and 3,200 residents have received at least one dose. .
Meanwhile, health officials continue to encourage anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is offering free home COVID-19 testing to residents of Idaho. No personal information is required other than a name and mailing address.
“Reliable and widely available testing is a critical part of our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Elke Shaw Tulloch, Administrator of the Division of Public Health. “Combined with efforts to increase immunizations, this important initiative can help us get back to our usual way of life. “
DHW is working with VAULT Medical to provide COVID-19 PCR tests on saliva for people in Idaho.
The test involves collecting the saliva and mailing it to a lab that analyzes the sample. Saliva collection can be performed at home with the assistance of a trained VAULT medical observer via a Zoom virtual tour on a smartphone or tablet.
Info: 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588.