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Information, news and resources on the COVID-19 coronavirus response in Sandpoint, Idaho, and Bonner County, Idaho. Links are provided to relevant information on local, state and national websites and news sources including local Sandpoint-area newspapers.

Coronavirus news & resources
Local news, announcements and actions concerning the coronavirus.

    With declining COVID case rates, this page is now reporting data once a week on Monday afternoons.

Current local and regional coronavirus case reports 5/17/2022
The Panhandle Health District is now reporting COVID data weekly on Thursdays. As of May 12 for the previous week, PHD number indicate there were 27 new COVIC cases processed in Bonner County, among 112 cases overall in the five northern counties that comprise the health district. There were no new deaths reported, leaving total COVID deaths reported in the health district at 961 to date. There have been a total 58,317 COVID cases reported to date in the district, of which 58,104 have been closed. There have been 3,372 hospitalizations with 2 currently hospitalized.

Case statistic totals reported by county in the health district on Thursday, May 12, with new cases for the past week, are as follows:

  • Bonner County: 27 new cases, 8,936 to date | 188 deaths
  • Boundary County: 10 new cases 2,107 to date | 62 deaths
  • Kootenai County: 67 new cases, 42,132 to date | 594 deaths
  • Shoshone County: 16 new cases, 2,746 to date | 76 deaths
  • Benewah County: 1 new case, 2,3967 to date | 41 deaths

The health district provides assessments of each county's risk levels as guidance for business and school operations. All five counties of Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone and Benewah are now assessed at the lowest risk level. Click for risk level criteria. For Panhandle Health District's latest news releases, click to its News page or Facebook @PanhandleHealth.

Current Idaho statewide case reports 5/9/2022
On Monday, Idaho state reporting indicated there were 932 new confirmed and probable virus cases statewide the past seven days, for a total of 447,159 cases to date. There three additional deaths reported the past week, bringing the total COVID deaths statewide to 4,930 to date.

Local and regional vaccination providers 5/9/2022
Want to get the jab? The State of Idaho has a pre-registration system where you can sign up for an appointment at local or nearby providers, or use its tools to find locations for a walk-in vaccination. Click for info.

Current county and state vaccination counts 5/9/2022
The Idaho COVID-19 dashboard on Monday reported a total 938,603 people in Idaho are fully vaccinated, up by 1,183 from the 937,420 reported seven days previously and comprising 54.8% of the population age 5 and up. Nationally, 70.5% of the population age 5 and older is fully vaccinated. In Bonner County, the state reported a total 18,503 people are fully vaccinated, an increase of 17 from the 18,486 reported seven days previously and constituting 41% of the county population age 5 and older.

Canada drops testing requirement for vaccinated visitors 4/1/2022
The Government of Canada announced that effective April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water. Travelers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, may need to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival if selected by mandatory random testing. Travelers selected for mandatory random testing are not required to quarantine while awaiting their test result. For more details, click to the Government of Canada news release.

Free food resources for local families and residents
Here are food resources for those impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Expanded student meals. The Lake Pend Oreille School District provides free breakfast and lunch on weekdays, to those 18 years and under regardless of household income utilizing federal funding from the USDA. Details and applications at the district website,
  • Bonner Community Food Bank continues services but click to Food Bank website to check any changes in operations.
  • Free weekly meals. Everyone is welcome to take part in these free meals provided each week by churches and businesses:
      North Summit Church provide free meals to families in need. Pick up Mon-Fri 4-6 p.m. at 201 N. Division St, or Sagle Community of Christ Church, 950 Sagle Rd. (208) 263-4818
      Hoot Owl Cafe, Highway 200 in Ponderay, serves free dinners to go Mondays, 4-7 p.m. Just swing by.
      Agape Cafe hosted by the Seventh Day Adventist Church serves free lunch Tuesday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 221 S. Division (Church of God). (208) 263-3648
      United Methodist Church, 711 Main St, offers free dinners Thursdays 4-6 p.m., either indoors on site or to-go. No need to call ahead.
      St. Joseph Catholic Church, 601 S. Lincoln in Sandpoint, has free packaged to-go meals Fridays 4-6 pm. No need to call ahead. Enter at side door.
  • Other businesses and service groups are offering free food and meals. Go to Sandpoint Community Resource Center for current info and daily schedules.

Personal health resources
If you believe you may have the coronavirus, the Panhandle Health District has a hotline with operators to discuss symptoms and potentially provide a referral for testing. The PHD COVID-19 Hotline is 877-415-5225.

Links to help manage personal and family health:

Help for businesses from SBA, state, Bonner EDC 3/26/2021
The U.S. Government has enacted multiple programs to assist businesses financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Paycheck Protection Program, Shatter Venues Grants and more. The State of Idaho also has assistance programs for Idaho companies, while locally the Bonner County Economic Development Corporation can provide guidance. Click links for more details.

'Support Local' listings of business operations
Sandpoint's restaurants, shops, services, and churches have re-opened! With the state progressing through the governor's Idaho Rebounds stages to ensure safe re-opening of economic and social activities, most Sandpoint businesses have opened their doors. Click to the Support Local business directory to find info on hours and operations. Provided by the Sandpoint Chamber and Sandpoint Online. All businesses are invited to add their information with the form on the listings page.

Free public Internet hot spot activated downtown 3/27/2020
Ting, in conjunction with the City of Sandpoint and Matchwood Brewing, has activated a free drive-up hot spot for wi-fi Internet in the city parking lot directly east of Matchwood at 503 Oak Street. The free Internet is available 6 a.m.-10 p.m.


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