Number of patients COVID-19 decreases | Coeur d’Alene Press – Community News

Number of patients COVID-19 decreases | Coeur d’Alene Press

COEUR d’ALENE — The number of COVID-19 patients admitted at Kootenai Health was 69 Thursday, the lowest since early August.

It peaked at 150 in early October.

“The decline in the number of COVID-19 admissions has given us reason to be cautiously optimistic,” said Dr. Karen Cabell, Chief Physician.

But challenges remain.

The hospital’s rolling seven-day positivity rate is falling and is below 20%, “but it’s still higher than we’d like to see,” Cabell said.

Kootenai Health has had 20 COVID-related deaths so far in November.

It has not seen an expected increase in flu admissions, but expects to do so in the coming weeks.

“We are facing new obstacles with an influx of patients who have slowed care in recent months and now need treatment,” Cabell said. “COVID numbers may have fallen, but the overall hospital count is still high.”

The state’s coronavirus positivity rate fell to 9.2% for the eighth straight week based on 30,845 PCR tests for the week ending Nov. 6. That’s the lowest positivity rate since it hit 7.4% on July 24.

Panhandle Health District’s positivity rate dropped to 15.5% for the fifth consecutive week based on 3,132 PCR tests. Kootenai County’s also fell for the fifth week in a row, to 15.9%, based on 2,182 PCR tests.

Idaho is approaching 300,000 total COVID-19 cases at 299,576.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare reported 942 new cases and 3,735 total deaths from the virus on Friday.

This week, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Southwest District Health confirmed the first death of an Idaho child from COVID-19. The child was a baby and died in October.

Vaccinations continue to rise slowly in Northern Idaho. In Kootenai County, 65,474 people have been fully vaccinated, 46% of the eligible population.

Statewide, 843,741 Idahoans are fully vaccinated. That’s about 47% of the state’s population.

Nearly 200 million Americans, approximately 60% of the country’s population, have been fully vaccinated.