Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center, 8:33 a.m. June 28.

A terrible milestone in the global pandemic as the number of COVID-19 cases climbed past 10-million today and worldwide deaths approach 500,000.

As of 8:33 a.m. EST today, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine reports 10,028,614 cases and 499,599 deaths.

The United States continues to hold the dubious distinction of leading the world in the pandemic, with 2,520,984 confirmed cases and 125,588 deaths.

Last week, 30 states set or tied single-day records for the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began just before the onset of the new year, Idaho and Montana among them.

On June 26, Idaho reported 263 new cases, breaking the record of 223 set June 24, which broke the record of 222 set April 22. In Montana, 35 cases on June 24 tied with a record set March 26.

As of Saturday, Idaho had 5,319 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 3,898 recoveries and 91 deaths. As of 10 a.m. today, Montana had 863 confirmed cases, 604 recoveries and 22 deaths, the latest on Friday.

"I am sad to hear of another Montanan lost to COVID-19 and I am holding their loved ones and community in my thoughts," Montana Governor Steve Bullock said off the death in Rosebud County. "Each loss is a sobering reminder that this virus is still here and of the duty we all have. We cannot be passive. Each of us must take actions that mitigate the spread of this virus to protect our fellow Montanans.”


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 KootenaiValleyTimes.com, which he launched in March, 2018.

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So the good news would be that there have been 9,500,000 survivors, right? For some reason, for this virus, we focus on the number of people who have acquired the disease and not on how few die relatively. Not that those deaths are inconsequential, but....

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