CORONAVIRUS TRENDLINE, 12.18.20: Sharp trends dip after post-Thanksgiving surge

A record-setting surge in COVID-19 cases after the Thanksgiving holiday looks to have flattened out this week.

On Friday, the state was reporting 128,218 new cases, about a 7 percent increase from last week.

Last week’s coronavirus trends were simply frightening. Cases set a weekly record, eclipsing the 10,000 mark for the first time. The state set two daily records in one week. And deaths set another weekly record.

The past week saw 8,375 new cases, according to state data, the smallest weekly increase in at least a month.

In other coronavirus headlines from the week:

K-12 COVID cases down after record-breaking November.  The state saw 315 new cases this week, the lowest increase since the start of November. Some of the state’s largest districts, including Boise, Nampa and Caldwell, have moved online, some citing staff shortages and others the risk of infection.

Education leaders try to strike a balance between spectators and safety. A coalition of Idaho education groups sent a proposal to Gov. Brad Little, seeking to allow more spectators into youth sports events. Under current statewide health mandates, spectators are capped at 10 people per game. The new proposal would allow two spectators per participant, but also require rigid safety protocols and penalties for districts that break those.

Also this week, Boise and Nampa school districts announced a return to sports competitions while students are online.

Statewide data Dec. 11 Dec. 18 Change, Dec. 5-11 Change, Dec. 12-18
Cases, confirmed and probable 119,843 128,218 11,279 8,375
Total cases, ages 0-4 1,758 1,901 155 143
Total cases, ages 5-12 4,239 4,510 405 271
Total cases, ages 13-17 6,861 7,296 617 435
Total cases, ages 18-29 30,807 32,601 2,564 1,794
Deaths 1,166 1,275 134 109
Patients ever hospitalized 4,719 5,086 377 367
Patients ever admitted to ICU 871 928 66 57
Patients recovered, estimated 45,810 49,914 3,139 4,104
Idahoans tested 502,070 521,917 14,610 19,847
Health care workers infected 5,797 6,215 409 418
Positive test rate (based on all cases divided by testing numbers, as reported by the state) 23.9 percent 24.5

percent

+1.6 percentage points +0.6

percentage points

 

Top 10 counties, by new cases this week Dec. 11 Dec. 18 New cases, Dec. 12-18 New cases per day, per 100,000 population
Ada 30,775 33,610 2,835 84
Canyon 17,858 19,082 1,224 76
Kootenai 9,797 10,937 1,140 98
Bonneville 9,090 9,574 484 58
Bannock 5,513 5,845 332 54
Twin Falls 7,382 7,600 218 36
Bingham 3,203 3,399 196 60
Bonner 1,368 1,563 195 61
Nez Perce 2,667 2,846 179 63
Madison 4,862 5,019 157 56

 

Ten hotspot counties (most daily cases, per 100,000 population) Dec. 11 Dec. 18 New cases, Dec. 12-18 New cases per day, per 100,000 population
Adams 133 173 40 133
Shoshone 643 733 90 100
Kootenai 9,797 10,937 1,140 98
Lewis 294 317 23 86
Ada 30,775 33,610 2,835 84
Washington 857 917 60 84
Gem 1,226 1,326 100 79
Canyon 17,858 19,082 1,224 76
Clearwater 731 777 46 75
Oneida 210 231 21 66

 

Sami Edge

About Sami Edge

Reporter Sami Edge, a University of Oregon graduate, joined Idaho Education News in 2019. She is a 2019 Education Writers Association fellow reporting on Latino student outcomes in Idaho. She also is a 2019 American Press Institute fellow. She can be reached at [email protected].

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