Campus coronavirus roundup, 3.1.21: Case numbers rise at Eastern Idaho schools

(UPDATED, March 2, to correct information from the College of Southern Idaho.)

Eastern Idaho institutions account for 75 active coronavirus cases, by far the majority of cases on the state’s college and university campuses.

Case numbers rose at Idaho State University, however slightly, and increased more sharply at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

The campus increases come as infection rates increase in Eastern Idaho. Madison County, home to BYU-Idaho, had the state’s highest infection rate for the seven-day period ending Friday. Bannock County, home to ISU, had one of the state’s highest infection rates.

Here is this week’s campus coronavirus case roundup.


Idaho State University. Cases increased for the third successive week, but not by much. ISU reported 37 cases for a seven-day period ending Tuesday, up from 36 cases the previous week. All the cases occurred on the main campus in Pocatello. Twenty-nine of the new cases involve students.

ISU was investigating eight case clusters last week, including four cases in athletics and four cases involving off-campus residents.

BYU-Idaho. Cases climbed after a sharp decrease the preceding week. On Sunday, BYU-Idaho reported 33 active cases involving students and three active cases involving employees. On Feb. 21, BYU-Idaho reported a total of 29 active cases.

Northwest Nazarene University. Increases across all metrics. NNU reported seven new cases last week — five involving residential students and two involving employees — after just one case the previous week. NNU is tracking eight active cases, and 51 people were under stay-at-home directives Friday.

College of Western Idaho. CWI reported three new cases this week, after a week without any new cases.

College of Eastern Idaho. Two cases reported this week, one involving a student, the other involving an employee. CEI reported one case the previous week, and has reported a total of 170 cases since August.


Boise State University. Another week of decreases across the board.

Boise State reported 20 campus cases for the seven-day period ending Thursday, down from 21 the previous week. Thirteen cases involved students who live off campus, three involved students living on campus, and four cases involved faculty or staff.

Meanwhile, 1.2 percent of campus coronavirus tests came back positive, down from 1.4 percent the previous week.

No students were in isolation Friday. Boise State has 153 isolation beds set aside for students with the coronavirus.

University of Idaho. New case numbers dropped slightly. The U of I reported four new cases for the week ending Feb. 19, down from six cases the preceding week.

Positive test rates crept upward, but only slightly. Last week, 1.3 percent of cases came back positive, up from 0.9 percent.

Lewis-Clark State College. No active cases Friday, compared with one case the preceding week.


North Idaho College. Six students self-reported a positive test last week, unchanged from the preceding week. Since July, 297 students and employees have reported a positive test.

College of Southern Idaho. No new cases, for the second successive week.


The College of Idaho. No report available.

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


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