Idaho’s coronavirus trends continued to move in the right direction last week.
New case numbers continue to slow — with large school districts and Idaho college campuses reporting no more than a handful of cases.
Here are the weekly numbers.
Overall cases: The state and its seven health districts reported 3,911 new coronavirus cases last week — the lowest weekly rate since before Christmas.
All told, Idaho has tallied 442,178 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases.
Case backlog: All but erased.
The state says it still has about 400 positive laboratory results from late January or early February, “pending local public health district review and followup.” A week ago, the backlog was 3,400.
Child cases: Also decreasing, to a three-month low.
The state tallied 323 new cases involving school-age children last week, the lowest figure since the week ending Dec. 18.
Test positivity rate: A record low.
For the week ending March 12, only 2.5% of coronavirus tests came back positive.
That’s the lowest rate in the two years of the pandemic, and down from 3.7% the previous week.
Hospitalizations: Dropping across the board.
Numbers from Wednesday:
Total COVID-19 hospitalizations: 98, a 28% weekly decrease.
ICU admissions: 18, down 40%.
Pediatric admissions: Two, down from four the previous week.
Deaths: Also decreasing.
The state reported 15 deaths last week, less than half the deaths from the previous week.
Idaho’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 4,834.
Vaccination rate: 54.2%, for all Idahoans, ages 5 and up. (Last week, 54.1%.)
Booster shot rate: 44.5%, for all age groups. (Last week: 44.4%.)