Panhandle Health District (PHD) is reporting the first death related to COVID-19 in Shoshone County. The man lived in Shoshone County and was in his 80s.

He had been hospitalized due to complications with COVID-19. Out of respect to him and his family, no additional details will be released.

This is the tenth death in our area. The other nine have occurred among Kootenai county residents.

“Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones as they grieve their loss,” said PHD Director Lora Whalen. “It is vital for our community to take this virus seriously. COVID-19 is highly contagious and we ask that individuals take the necessary precautions to protect their fellow citizens.”

PHD urges all residents to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

This includes, practicing physical distancing, wearing cloth face coverings in public places, practicing good hand hygiene, staying home when sick, sanitizing high-touch surfaces regularly and isolating immediately if you show symptoms of COVID-19.

PHD will continue to monitor the situation closely and are working with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, city leaders, our tribal communities, schools, emergency management, first responders, healthcare providers, and our community at large to help prevent the further spread of this virus.

The Panhandle area covers the five counties of northern Idaho; Kootenai, Bonner, Benewah, Boundary and Shoshone.

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms.

For more information regarding COVID-19, visit or call the Panhandle Health District Hotline from 8 a.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday at 1-877-415-5225.

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