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.