Rising COVID-19 cases pause jury trials in North Idaho

<p><p>Jury trials will be paused again in North Idaho due to rising COVID-19 cases. </p></p><p><p>Trials in the Panhandle Health District, which includes Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, will be suspended for the week starting Monday.</p></p><p><p><a href=”https://isc.idaho.gov/EO/H21-DW26.pdf” target=”_blank”>The order</a> states counties within a public health district where Idaho’s crisis standards of care are activated should pause jury trials and grand jury proceedings.</p></p><p><p>Those standards mean health facilities may have to ration care because of high demand.</p></p><p><p>Last week, Idaho officials <a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/nov/22/second-spokane-county-community-covid-19-testing-s” target=”_blank”>moved most of the state out of crisis standards of care</a>, aside from North Idaho.</p></p><p><p>The order also states jury trials must be postponed in counties where the seven-day moving average COVID-19 incidence rate is at least 25 cases per 100,000. As of last Wednesday, all five counties had incident rates greater than 25, the highest being Benewah , which had 122.9 cases per 100,000.</p></p><p><p>The order was signed Friday by Rich Christensen, administrative district judge for the First Judicial District.</p></p><p><h3>Here’s a look at today’s numbers</h3></p><p><p>The Spokane Regional Health District reported 216 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. There are 68 people hospitalized with the virus in Spokane.</p></p><p><p>One additional death from the virus was reported Tuesday, bringing the total to 1,093.</p></p><p><p>The Panhandle Health District reported 171 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. It reported one additional death, bringing the five-county district total to 711 deaths due to the virus.</p></p><p><p>There are 77 Panhandle residents hospitalized with the virus.</p></p>