Coronavirus: 8 Idahoans in the 1990s died near Lewiston


Eight of ten deaths in Nez Percé County related to coronavirus occurred in people in the 1990s, the public health department of central Idaho district told the statesman ‘Idaho.

The district also reported on Wednesday the 10th death of Nez Perce County during the COVID-19 pandemic – the largest state in the country.

The other two deaths involved patients in the 1970s and 1980s, according to the district.

Nez Perce County has only 20 confirmed cases of coronavirus and has not detected community spread in the region. However, seven of the deaths are listed as “probable” – which means that their death certificates indicate that COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 (the related virus) contributed to their deaths, but their cases have not been confirmed by a laboratory test.

All of the deaths included “age-related medical conditions,” the district said in its press release.

With 10 deaths in 27 confirmed or probable cases, the county of Nez Perce has a fatality rate of 37%. Ada County, on the other hand, has a death rate of 1.6% based on the number of health cases in the central district of Boise.

Idaho now has 41 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19. Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare has reported an eighth death in Twin Falls County. No case-specific information was provided.

With the state’s seven health districts releasing at least one update on Wednesday, there have been 43 new cases of coronavirus and 1,508 in the state. Additional cases have been reported from Ada (10 new, 541 total), Blaine (5 new, 463 total), Canyon (12 new, 179 total), Gooding (1 new, 6 total), Jerome (3 new, 32 in total), Kootenai Counties (3 new, 48 in total), Payette (1 new, 10 in total) and Twin Falls (8 new, 87 in total).

There are 80 other “probable cases” of coronavirus across the state, according to IDHW.

Tara Macke, the North Central District information officer, did not want to say whether a nursing home was involved in the Nez Percé cases. Central District Health reported an epidemic at a Boise nursing home on Tuesday.

“In an effort to help the public better understand PH-INCD-related cases and deaths, we have expanded our data sets and will report in this manner,” Macke wrote in an email, referring to the slices age provided on Wednesday. “As a reminder, public health has a legal and ethical obligation to protect the privacy of individuals and their personal information. We understand the public interest in the data. Our obligation continues to be to protect the privacy of individuals with data sharing. “

People who die without being tested for COVID-19 are not necessarily tested after their death, said Dr. Kathryn Turner, Assistant Epidemiologist from Idaho State. They also may not be tested if they arrive at a hospital already close to death, she said.

When patients die in hospital, their death certificate is usually filled out by a doctor, according to previous Idaho Statesman reports. If they die at home or outside a medical facility, the county coroner investigates the death and completes the certificate.

“A very astute coroner could go ahead and stamp a deceased person if he was able to do so quickly enough,” Turner said Tuesday in a telephone interview. “There should be enough viruses depending on where they are in the phase of their illness. “

Meanwhile, Southwest District Health on Wednesday provided the Idaho statesman with an epidemic curve that shows cases in Canyon County based on the date symptoms started. Blaine County released a similar chart earlier this week.

The Canyon graph shows a fairly flat curve since 17 patients began to notice symptoms in a two-day stretch in mid-March.

A statewide spike is coming, Turner said.

“This is our favorite date to use,” said Turner of the onset of symptoms. “… Blaine County has been working to get a start date for almost every case it has. The health of the central district did the same. “

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This Southwest District Health spike curve shows cases of Canyon County coronavirus at the time symptoms started. There is a delay because people who have noticed symptoms in the past few days have not yet gone through the testing process.

COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 32 of 44 Idaho counties: Ada 541, Adams 1, Bannock 5, Bingham 2, Blaine 463, Bonner 4, Bonneville 16, Camas 1, Canyon 179, Caribou 1, Cassia 10, Custer 2, Elmore 18, Fremont 2, Gem 9, Gooding 6, Idaho 3, Jefferson 4, Jerome 32, Kootenai 48, Latah 3, Lincoln 15, Madison 5, Minidoka 6, Nez Perce 20, Owyhee 4, Payette 10 , Power 2, Teton 6, Twin Falls 87, Valley 2, Washington 1.

Idaho has confirmed community spread in 13 counties: Ada, Bingham, Blaine, Bonneville, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Jefferson, Kootenai, Madison, Payette, Teton and Twin Falls.

This is a last minute article and will be updated as new case numbers arrive in the coming hours.

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