Coronavirus trendline, 1.3.21: Case numbers appear to slow, but deaths creep upward

Coronavirus case numbers appeared to slow again during the final week of 2020.

However, COVID-19 death numbers increased during the holiday week.

As of Saturday evening, the state and its seven health districts reported 142,305 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases. That represents a 5 percent increase from the previous week.

As new case numbers slowed, new hospital and ICU admissions also appeared to slow during the week. This remains a key metric, as state leaders and hospital officials fear a surge of coronavirus cases could overwhelm the health care system.

This week’s numbers are probably incomplete, due to the New Year’s Day holiday. The health districts are not required to report numbers to the state on a daily basis, so some lag in reporting is likely.

Check back Friday evening for a blog post with current numbers.

Here are Saturday’s numbers, and comparisons with the previous week:

Statewide data Dec. 26 Jan. 2 Change, Dec. 19-26 Change, Dec. 27-Jan. 2
Cases, confirmed and probable 135,886 142,305 7,668 6,419
Total cases, ages 0-4 2,005 2,077 104 72
Total cases, ages 5-12 4,712 4,930 202 218
Total cases, ages 13-17 7,625 7,910 329 285
Total cases, ages 18-29 34,328 35,684 1,727 1,356
Deaths 1,354 1,448 79 94
Patients ever hospitalized 5,392 5,687 306 295
Patients ever admitted to ICU 982 1,024 54 42
Patients recovered, estimated 54,574 60,164 4,660 5,590
Idahoans tested 536,767 548,008 14,850 11,241
Health care workers infected 6,629 7,134 414 505
Vaccine doses administered 9,673 18,527 7,367 8,854

Weekly positive test rate, as reported by the state: 13.2 percent for week ending Dec. 26; 12.6 percent for the week ending Dec. 19. Increase: 0.6 percentage points.

Top 10 counties, by total cases Dec. 26 Jan. 2 New cases, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 New cases per day, per 100,000 population
Ada 36,438 38,633 2,195 65.1
Canyon 19,903 20,749 846 52.6
Kootenai 11,942 12,822 880 75.9
Bonneville 10,084 10,440 356 42.7
Twin Falls 7,773 7,978 205 33.7
   
Bannock 6,189 6,482 293 47.7
Madison 5,162 5,266 104 37.4
Bingham 3,536 3,675 139 42.4
Nez Perce 2,944 3,027 83 29.3
Cassia 2,483 2,567 84 49.9
   
Ten hotspot counties (most daily cases, per 100,000 population) Dec. 26 Jan. 2 New cases, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 New cases per day, per 100,000 population
Adams 225 265 40 133.1
Kootenai 11,942 12,822 880 75.9
Valley 443 496 53 66.5
Caribou 506 539 33 65.9
Ada 36,438 38,633 2,195 65.1
Boundary 514 569 55 64.2
Bonner 1,807 1,998 191 59.7
Bear Lake 251 276 25 58.3
Teton 687 734 47 55.3
Gem 1,371 1,431 70 55.2

 

Kevin Richert

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