Panhandle Health District Board to evaluate status of Kootenai County’s mask mandate Thursday
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The Panhandle Health District Board will evaluate the status of Kootenai County’s mask mandate at its Thursday afternoon meeting.
This comes as the PHD moved Kootenai and Boundary Counties into the “substantial risk” or “red” category. The decision was made due to rising positivity rates, hospitalizations and seven-day rolling averages. Kootenai Health has also reported that it is at 99 percent capacity and could have to transfer patients out of state as a result of rising cases.
The mask mandate has been in effect in Kootenai County since July, though it has largely not been enforced. However, those in violation are subject to a misdemeanor charge and could face fines or possible jail time.
The board is set to convene at 12:30 p.m.
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