Kootenai County moved to ‘moderate’ COVID-19 risk category

Lake City High School

KOOTENAI CO., Idaho — The Panhandle Health District moved Kootenai County into the “moderate” risk level for schools and businesses on Thursday.

This comes following several outbreaks at Coeur d’Alene schools, including Lake City High School, where nearly 14 percent of students are quarantined due to either having the virus or being exposed to it.

As a result of the PHD’s decision, the Coeur d’Alene School Board will discuss a possible risk category change at its 11:30 a.m. meeting Monday. Scott Maben with the Coeur d’Alene School District said this will be a new agenda item to their already scheduled special board meeting.

The health district makes its weekly determinations on Thursdays. Since last week, Benewah County has moved from “moderate” to “minimal.” The remaining counties served by the PHD — Bonner, Boundary and Shoshone — are also in the minimal risk category.

More info can be found on the PHD’s website.

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