Campus coronavirus roundup, 2.1.21: Case numbers drop on most campuses

Coronavirus case numbers dropped on all four of the state’s four-year campuses.

Only two schools reported slight increases in cases.

The slowdown in case numbers coincided with an increase in enrollment on at least one private school campus. Nampa’s Northwest Nazarene University announced a spring enrollment of 1,912 students, its highest figure in several years. “To experience growth during a pandemic is rare among universities,” said Mark Cork, NNU’s associate vice president of marketing and communications.

Here’s this week’s campus coronavirus case roundup.


College of Southern Idaho. CSI reported five cases for the week ending Thursday, up from three cases the previous week. All five cases involve students, including three on the Twin Falls campus.

The College of Idaho. Four new positive tests reported last week, compared to three cases the previous week. One person is in campus isolation housing, while three people are isolating off-campus. For the school year, C of I has reported 99 positive test results.


Boise State University. Decreases in two key metrics.

Forty-five campus cases for the seven-day period ending Thursday, down from 75 cases the previous week. Thirty-one cases involved students who live off campus, six involved students living on campus, and eight cases involved faculty and staff.

In all, 2.6 percent of campus coronavirus tests came back positive, up from 2.2 percent the previous week.

Twelve of Boise State’s 153 isolation beds were occupied, down from 15 the previous week.

Idaho State University. Thirty-three cases for a seven-day period ending Tuesday, a significant dropoff from 71 cases the previous week. In all, 23 cases involve students, and 30 occurred on the Pocatello campus. ISU was investigating two case clusters, both connected to off-campus households.

University of Idaho. A sharp dropoff in cases: The U of I reported 14 positive test results for the week ending Jan. 22, down from 61 positive test results the previous week.

The university’s positive test rate remained at 1.8 percent.

In a memo last week, President C. Scott Green and Provost Torrey Lawrence said students who do not get tested could face limits on campus access. “Their lack of testing puts people around them at risk, so it is important for us to take this requirement seriously.”

Lewis-Clark State College. Five cases were active as of Friday, down from seven cases the previous week. Two of the active cases involve students, three involve faculty or staff. Two students were in isolation.

North Idaho College. Two students and one employee self-reported a positive test last week, compared to 10 self-reported cases the previous week. Since July, 275 students and employees have reported a positive test.

College of Eastern Idaho. Two cases reported last week, both involving students. CEI reported four cases the previous week, and has reported a total of 158 cases since August.

Northwest Nazarene University. NNU reported just one case last week, involving an employee. NNU reported four cases the previous week. Twenty-two people are under stay-at-home directives, and NNU is tracking three active cases.


BYU-Idaho. No updates. On Jan. 24, BYU-Idaho reported 24 active student cases and two active cases involving employees.

College of Western Idaho. CWI reported three new confirmed cases last week, in addition to one probable case and one suspected case. CWI reported 11 cases for the month of January.

Check Kevin Richert’s blog each Friday for a weekly roundup of statewide coronavirus trends.

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