Coronavirus trends show continued improvement

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%.)

Kevin Richert

About Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on KIVI 6 On Your Side; "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television; and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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