As we begin the first full week in May and the first week of the national economic rebound in the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been 66 cases confirmed in North Idaho; 62 in Kootenai County and four in Bonner County.

Statewide, Idaho is still on the upswing; 26 newly confirmed cases Saturday brings the total number of cases to 2,061, 64 of them fatal.

While social distancing protocols are being eased, Idaho, like the majority of states, has not "flattened the curve," or had 14 consecutive days a decline in the number of cases, two weeks being the time it takes to be cleared after exposure to novel coronavirus.

Idaho's count has slowed, but it's still rising.

One of the Trump administration's criteria for states to begin the recovery phase was to have 14 consecutive days of declining cases.


In Montana, no new cases in the last 24 hours and a total of 455 confirmed cases since the onset of the pandemic, with 16 dead. Montana has flattened the curve but cases aren't yet on the decline.

In fact, only four states are showing an actual decline; North Dakota, Wyoming, Indiana and Arkansas.

Four new cases of COVID-19 confirmed Friday in the Interior Health Region and 33 confirmed across British Columbia bring the total in the province to 2,145 cases confirmed and 112 confirmed deaths shows that the curve there hasn't flattened there, either.

Unlike Idaho or Montana, B.C. officials have postponed easing social distancing restrictions through at least May 12, and most likely longer as they take a more careful approach to reopening the economy.


As of this morning, the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center showed 1,143,433 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, having crossed the one-million case mark at 10:31 a.m. Tuesday, April 21. So far, 67,155 Americans have died.

In Canada, 58,033 confirmed cases since the onset of the pandemic, with 3,692 deaths.

In both nations, the curve continues to climb.

Globally, 3,483,194 confirmed cases as of 10:32 a.m. today, with 245,531 dead.


Mike Weland has been a journalist since serving as battalion Hometown News specialist in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division beginning in 1979. He is publisher, editor and reporter at, which he launched in March, 2018.

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Ill educated, conspiracy theory crazed community? Obviously a comment made from someone who does not share our sense of community. I’m sorry to hear you feel that way. I would like to extend an olive branch and offer to set up a go fund me account for butchotter. We could at least contribute enough to rent her a U Haul.

Bruce Callidus

It appears that Idaho’s plan looks at all kinds of metrics in making the decision to go to the next stages of re-opening the economy. Looking at a chart to see if we are “flattening the curve” is not one of them. Read the plan on page 2, . Making huge economic and public health decisions based on one curve on one chart would be reckless.

According to the plan they are looking at many things including a “downward trend OR low numbers” in ER visits, patients admitted to hospitals, number of verified COVID-19 cases, <5% positive tests over 14 days, reported cases among healthcare workers, availability of ventilators, ICU beds, PPE, etc, etc. No matter what "the curve" looks like, we still have relatively low numbers in Idaho.


"Idaho, like the majority of states, has not "flattened the curve," I'm trying to understand how you could make this statement when it is quite obvious from the graphs that Idaho HAS flattened the curve. Had the curve continued as it was a few weeks ago we would have tens of thousands of new cases by now.


Gee ... who could have predicted that outcome beside, well, anyone with two brain cells to rub together. When it hits this ill educated conspiracy theory crazed community it’s going to hit hard. Just keep on parading around on the bridge waving your flags and guns ... see what happens.

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