Coronavirus trendline, 4.9.21: Case numbers remain stable, vaccination numbers rebound

Continuing a long plateau, Idaho’s new coronavirus case numbers were virtually unchanged this week.

As of Friday afternoon, the state and its seven health districts reported 183,240 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases, a 1.1 percent weekly increase.

The week’s 1,955 new cases were down just slightly from the previous week. Weekly case numbers have hovered at or around 2,000 since February.

One demographic shift worth noting: Case numbers for preschoolers and school-aged children increased by more than 40 percent during the week — mirroring a recent case increase in the K-12 system.

One other big trend from the week: Vaccination numbers rebounded, increasing by 17 percent. As of Friday, at least a half a million Idahoans have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Gov. Brad Little is urging Idahoans to get vaccinated, but on Wednesday, he signed an executive order banning state government from requiring so-called “vaccine passports.”

In other coronavirus headlines from the week:

Back in session. On Tuesday, the Legislature returned to session after an 18-day recess forced by a Statehouse coronavirus outbreak. The Capitol COVID-19 cluster affected at least 14 people in four of the state’s seven health districts, Audrey Dutton of Idaho Capital Sun reported Thursday.

Extra help for schools. The State Board of Education approved $11.8 million to help some cash-strapped school districts get through the final three months of the budget year. The money crunch came after legislators decided to withhold tens of millions of dollars of federal coronavirus stimulus funding until the 2021-22 budget year, which begins July 1.

A hybrid holdout. Nearly every school district in Idaho has returned to full, in-person learning. The McCall-Donnelly School District is the outlier — and it will stick with a hybrid schedule through the rest of the school year.

Mass vaccinations at Boise State. A daylong vaccination effort brought nearly 900 people to Boise State University’s ExtraMile Arena Saturday. With vaccinations now available to all Idahoans over age 16, colleges and universities are focusing more of their attention to campus vaccinations.

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

Statewide data April 2 April 9 Change, March 27-April 2 Change, April 3-9
Cases, confirmed and probable 181,285 183,240 1,991 1,955
Deaths 1,967 1,993 12 26
Patients ever hospitalized 7,601 7,722 79 121
Patients ever admitted to ICU 1,303 1,320 15 17
Idahoans vaccinated 466,384 518,450 49,260 52,066
Idahoans fully vaccinated 298,650 345,228 39,902 46,578
Vaccine doses administered 748,506 838,855 77,431 90,349
Total tests administered 1,194,162 1,213,463 18,651 19,301
Health care workers infected 10,067 10,175 99 108
Patients recovered, estimated 101,115 102,697 1,022 1,582
Total cases, ages 0-4 2,732 2,794 43 62
Total cases, ages 5-12 6,837 6,979 103 142
Total cases, ages 13-17 10,420 10,588 118 168
Total cases, ages 18-29 45,068 45,677 452 609

Weekly positive test rate, as reported by the state: 5.6 percent for week ending April 3, up from 5.2 percent the previous week.

Top 10 counties, by total cases April 2 April 9 New cases, April 3-9 New cases per day, per 100,000 population
Ada 49,395 50,044 649 19.2
Canyon 25,670 25,879 209 13.0
Kootenai 17,243 17,349 106 9.1
Bonneville 14,194 14,420 226 27.1
Twin Falls 9,152 9,232 80 13.2
   
Bannock 8,456 8,521 65 10.6
Madison 6,904 7,047 143 51.4
Bingham 4,689 4,758 69 21.1
Nez Perce 3,485 3,511 26 9.2
Bonner 3,106 3,136 30 9.4
   
Ten hotspot counties (most daily cases, per 100,000 population) April 2 April 9 New cases,

April 3-9

New cases per day, per 100,000 population
Madison 6,904 7,047 143 51.4
Caribou 660 676 16 31.9
Jefferson 2,844 2,902   58 27.7
Bonneville 14,194 14,420 226 27.1
Elmore 1,793 1,841 48 24.9
   
Blaine 2,272 2,309 37 23.0
Bingham 4,689 4,758 69 21.1
Ada 49,395 50,044 649 19.2
Latah 2,922 2,975 53 18.9
Teton 1,166 1,181 15 17.6
Kevin Richert

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