Idaho lurched past a pair of troubling milestones this week, as the coronavirus tightened its grip on the state.
On Sunday, confirmed and probable coronavirus cases passed the 100,000 threshold.
Later in the week, Idaho’s COVID-19 death toll reached the 1,000 mark.
As of Friday afternoon, the state and its seven health districts reported 108,564 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases, up nearly 10 percent from last week.
The death count stands at 1,032, after a one-week record of 123 COVID-19 deaths.
In other coronavirus headlines from the week:
A Thanksgiving week dropoff. With schools closed for all or part of the holiday week, new case numbers dropped sharply in the K-12 system, and on most college and university campuses. (Check back Monday for case numbers from this week.)
Online vs. in-person. Three large Treasure Valley districts — Boise, Caldwell and Nampa — will go to online learning through the end of the year. But three of East Idaho’s largest districts — Bonneville, Idaho Falls and Pocatello-Chubbuck — plan to maintain some face-to-face learning. Elsewhere in Eastern Idaho, the Teton County district is shifting from fully online instruction to a hybrid model that includes face-to-face instruction.
Vaccines on the way? Idaho’s K-12 teachers and staff could begin receiving coronavirus vaccines by early to mid-January. For college and university employees, the wait will be longer. The rollout of any vaccines hinges on federal approval. Two companies, Pfizer and Moderna, have sought the go-ahead from the feds for distribution of their vaccines. In trials, both vaccines have produced effectiveness rates exceeding 90 percent.
This week’s numbers (and comparisons with last week):
|Statewide data||Nov. 27||Dec. 4||Change, Nov. 21-27||Change, Nov. 28-Dec. 4|
|Cases, confirmed and probable||98,967||108,564||9,068||9,597|
|Total cases, ages 0-4||1,488||1,603||132||115|
|Total cases, ages 5-12||3,472||3,834||347||362|
|Total cases, ages 13-17||5,723||6,244||515||521|
|Total cases, ages 18-29||26,092||28,243||1,949||2,151|
|Patients ever hospitalized||3,878||4,342||386||464|
|Patients ever admitted to ICU||727||805||54||78|
|Patients recovered, estimated||39,900||42,671||2,668||2,771|
|Health care workers infected||4,985||5,388||236||403|
|Positive test rate (based on all cases divided by testing numbers, as reported by the state)||21.1 percent||22.3 percent||+1.1 percentage points||+1.2 percentage points|
|Top 10 counties, by total cases||Nov. 27||Dec. 4||New cases, Nov. 28-Dec. 4||New cases per day, per 100,000 population|
|Ten hotspot counties (most daily cases, per 100,000 population)||Nov. 27||Dec. 4||New cases, Nov. 28-Dec. 4||New cases per day, per 100,000 population|