New guidelines could affect school sports and extracurricular activities in the Treasure Valley. Deaths and case numbers hit one-day peaks. And a health district entertains COVID-19 conspiracy theorists.
Northwest Nazarene University issued the Nov. 10 stay-in-place directive as case numbers began climbing on the Nampa campus. Since then, the case numbers are showing signs of tapering off.
The hotspots are high schools — especially in the West Ada and Boise school districts.
The NCAA is pulling the men’s basketball tournament from Boise State University and other campus-aligned venues across the nation, opting to hold the tournament in a single geographic area.
The coronavirus has forced its first campus closure of the fall semester — a stay-in-place order at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa. Meanwhile, nearly every college and university in Idaho is grappling with increasing case numbers.
All the key numbers are careening in the wrong direction. Case numbers peaked again — for the sixth successive week. Idaho reported its deadliest week in the pandemic. And hospitalizations far exceeded the state’s targets.
Since Nov. 3, the Boise district has counted 123 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases, compared to 84 cases in the previous two-week period.
Since Nov. 2, Northwest Nazarene University has reported 37 confirmed coronavirus cases — 29 involving on-campus students.
The state reported at least 326 new coronavirus cases in K-12 schools last week — a 64 percent increase from the previous week.
Since Oct. 21, more than 31,000 Idahoans have applied for a share of the Strong Families, Strong Students grants to offset the cost of online education.