Idaho’s coronavirus vaccine rollout passed a significant milestone — but vaccinations continued to slow down.
The state has now administered more than 1 million vaccines. But slightly less than 60,000 of those jabs came in the past week — the lowest seven-day rate since mid-February.
From March 20 to 26, barely a month ago, the state administered close to 93,000 vaccinations.
While vaccinations slowed significantly, new case numbers were virtually unchanged.
As of Friday afternoon, the state and its seven health districts reported 187,740 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases, a 0.8 percent weekly increase.
The week’s 1,438 new cases represent only a marginal increase from the previous week.
In other coronavirus headlines from the week:
No money for testing. The House rejected a bill that would have allowed Idaho to use $40 million of federal money for voluntary school COVID testing. Some lawmakers questioned the cost. One, Middleton Republican Tammy Nichols, falsely claimed children do not spread the coronavirus.
Relaxed CDC guidelines. As more Americans and Idahoans complete their vaccinations, the Centers for Disease Control issued new guidelines — saying fully vaccinated adults can safely go unmasked in some outdoor settings. (Details from States Newsroom.)
Here are this week’s numbers, and comparisons with the previous week:
|Statewide data||April 23||April 30||Change, April 17-23||Change, April 24-30|
|Cases, confirmed and probable||186,302||187,740||1,416||1,438|
|Patients ever hospitalized||8,033||8,113||90||80|
|Patients ever admitted to ICU||1,368||1,376||7||8|
|Idahoans fully vaccinated||444,371||486,271||45,261||41,900|
|Vaccine doses administered||997,994||1,057,549||70,329||59,555|
(vaccinated Idahoans who later test positive)
|Total tests administered||1,256,053||1,276,141||21,983||20,088|
|Health care workers infected||10,402||10,469||99||67|
|Patients recovered, estimated||105,732||107,255||1,521||1,523|
|Total cases, ages 0-4||2,865||2,895||28||30|
|Total cases, ages 5-12||7,144||7,236||77||92|
|Total cases, ages 13-17||10,814||10,908||116||94|
|Total cases, ages 18-29||46,529||46,919||415||390|
Weekly positive test rate, as reported by the state: 4.3 percent for week ending April 24, down from 4.6 percent the previous week.
|Top 10 counties, by total cases||April 23||April 30||New cases, April 24-30||New cases per day, per 100,000 population|
|Ten hotspot counties (most daily cases, per 100,000 population)||April 23||April 30||New cases,
|New cases per day, per 100,000 spopulation|