Idaho’s daily coronavirus case numbers began ticking back upward this week.
COVID-19 death numbers slowed a bit, however.
As of Friday afternoon, the state and its seven health districts reported 148,493 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases, a 4 percent increase over the past six days.
For the six days since Saturday, the state averaged about 1,031 cases daily. For the seven-day period from Dec. 26 through Saturday, the average was 917 — although case reporting might have slowed during the holiday week.
Since Saturday, the state has reported 12.7 COVID-19 deaths per day, down from 13.4 deaths per day from Dec. 26 through Saturday.
In coronavirus headlines for the week:
A mixed picture. Idaho school districts began reopening this week after the holiday break — with a mixture of face-to-face learning and other options. (Click here for a statewide rundown.)
Vaccines on the way. K-12 teachers and staffers could begin receiving coronavirus vaccines in February. Educators are among the next Idahoans in line for vaccines, after health care workers and long-term care facility residents get their turn.
Enrollment heads downward … After nearly 30 years of uninterrupted growth, K-12 enrollment declined for 2020-21. The drop of some 3,200 students came despite an enrollment surge at virtual charter schools.
… and go-on rates head downward too. Only 38 percent of Idaho’s high school graduates continued their education this fall, according to State Board of Education data. The dropoff translates to 7 percentage points — or roughly 1,400 students.
Here are this week’s numbers, and comparisons with the previous week:
|Statewide data||Jan. 2||Jan. 8||Change, Dec. 27-Jan. 2||Change, Jan. 3-8|
|Cases, confirmed and probable||142,305||148,493||6,419||6,188|
|Total cases, ages 0-4||2,077||2,161||72||84|
|Total cases, ages 5-12||4,930||5,162||218||232|
|Total cases, ages 13-17||7,910||8,229||285||319|
|Total cases, ages 18-29||35,684||37,099||1,356||1,415|
|Patients ever hospitalized||5,687||5,995||295||308|
|Patients ever admitted to ICU||1,024||1,062||42||38|
|Patients recovered, estimated||60,164||64,538||5,590||4,374|
|Health care workers infected||7,134||7,579||505||445|
|Vaccine doses administered||18,527||28,194||8,854||9,667|
Weekly positive test rate, as reported by the state: 16.2 percent for week ending Jan. 2; 13.0 percent for the week ending Dec. 26. Increase: 3.2 percentage points.
|Top 10 counties, by total cases||Jan. 2||Jan. 8||New cases, Jan. 3-8||New cases per day, per 100,000 population|
|Ten hotspot counties (most daily cases, per 100,000 population)||Jan. 2||Jan. 8||New cases, Jan. 3-8||New cases per day, per 100,000 population|