Coronavirus trendline, 1.8.21: After holidays, case numbers begin to climb

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
Deaths 1,448 1,524 94 76
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
Idahoans tested 548,008 559,371 11,241 11,363
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
Ada 38,633 40,370 1,737 60.1
Canyon 20,749 21,644 895 64.9
Kootenai 12,822 13,754 932 93.8
Bonneville 10,440 10,737 297 41.6
Twin Falls 7,978 8,279 301 57.8
   
Bannock 6,482 6,748 266 50.5
Madison 5,266 5,425 159 66.8
Bingham 3,675 3,825 150 53.4
Nez Perce 3,027 3,123 96 39.6
Cassia 2,567 2,643 76 52.7
   
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
Teton 734 810 76 104.4
Valley 496 564 68 99.5
Kootenai 12,822 13,754 932 93.8
Benewah 438 482 44 78.9
Adams 265 284 19 73.8
Washington 1,001 1,045 44 72.0
Madison 5,266 5,425 159 66.8
Canyon 20,749 21,644 895 64.9
Oneida 251 268 17 62.5
Ada 38,633 40,370 1,737 60.1
Kevin Richert

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