Kootenai Health Circles Wagons Around Scrutinized Doctor

In Kootenai Health’s published response in the Press Sunday, September 26th, the hospital claims the intent of Dr. Carroll’s meeting with Rotary and the corresponding article was “to provide everyone with as clear and up-to-date information as possible to help them make decisions about mitigations, such as vaccinations, masks, and updated social distancing.” 

Unfortunately updated information is missing. Clear and up to date information should have included how many kids under age 18 have already had Covid. What is the actual vaccination rate among middle and high schoolers? The information from Dr. Carroll states a 15% vaccination rate but appears to be an assumption. How many kids have been hospitalized at Kootenai since the pandemic began? How many children have been transferred due to our lack of a PICU? How many kids have been hospitalized recently? Is it getting worse? What is the current rate of hospitalization among children under age 18?

34 patients under age 18 have been hospitalized during the pandemic. None have died. 3,587 cases among the same demographics (1%) including 401 confirmed cases in Sept and 80 suspected. 2,700 kids in Kootenai County have already been confirmed or suspected by PHD. Kootenai Health now includes pediatric covid inpatient numbers on the website with a current count of two.

Since we do not have a PICU in Kootenai Health, perhaps the Rotary presentation was intended to encourage members to open their checkbooks. Given that the hospital only required a numerical correction and did not comment on the tone, timing, nor title of the article it seems Mr. MacPhee’s harsh criticism may be warranted. Hopefully Kootenai Health and Dr. Carroll can provide us some useful up-to-date information rather than projections that fail to take into account local and current data.

Multi-Story Condos Replacing Former US Bank on Sherman?

Sources claim multistory condos will be developed at the former US Bank building at 302 E Sherman adjacent to the Coeur d’Alene Resort Shops. One source indicates half of the condos are already spoken for even though a proposal has not gone through planning and zoning commission. The property is zoned DC, downtown core, and has a building height limit ranging from 75 to 220 feet. Public records indicate the former US Bank building at 302 E Sherman Ave is owned by Front Row Propereties LLC which ties back to local developer Tom Anderl. Downtown Core zoning requirements are here.

Coeur d’Alene Park and Rec Commission delays approving upgraded park

Coeur d’Alene Park and Rec Commission delays approving upgraded park due to lack of portapotty or other restrooms.

Slated to get a $275,000 upgrade one of downtown CdA’s gems, Sherman Park Square could have gravel paths replaced by grass, concrete additional trees and a water feature. The park is proposed to be a centennial celebration of Rotary’s impact on the city and highlighted by their generous donation, and renamed Coeur d’Alene Rotary Centennial Park.

The current park was converted from a building after a devastating fire in 1980 and remained privately owned until recently. The owners recently sold the park to a public/private partnership between ignitecda, the cities urban renewal agency, and the local Rotary chapter. Rotary is poised to invest an additional $275,000 in upgrades prior to transferring ownership to the city. 

Park and Rec commissioners voiced concerns over lack of lavatory options in the 7884 sq ft park and determined that loss of parking stalls would be concerning. Parks and Rec director is concerned about the water feature maintenance and possibilities of soap pranks which have happened to the K27 Memorial at McEuen Park once over the last several years.