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Idaho surpasses 1,000 COVID-19 cases; Panhandle reports 2 new positives in Kootenai, Bonner counties

A person walks past the triage tent that is set up at Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene for coronavirus testing on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

After confirming no new COVID-19 cases in the Idaho Panhandle on Thursday, public health officials reported a new case in both Kootenai and Bonner counties early Friday afternoon.

Idaho reported 1,013 cases and 10 deaths statewide on Friday, which was in increase of 122 cases from Thursday, according to the state health department. Nearly 8,900 people have been tested statewide.

A total of 39 cases were confirmed in Idaho’s five northern counties as of Friday, with 37 in Kootenai County and two in Bonner County, according to the Panhandle Health District. Boundary, Benewah and Shoshone counties remained without cases as of Friday.

No one was hospitalized in the Idaho Panhandle due to COVID-19 as of Friday, according to health district information officer Katherine Hoyer. One Kootenai County resident was hospitalized earlier this week, but Hoyer did not know that person’s condition on Friday.

Idaho North Central District reported 17 cases as of Firday afternoon, with 13 cases and two deaths reported in Nez Perce County. Latah County, where Moscow is the county seat, reported its first case Wednesday. Idaho County has three cases.