Idaho reports one-day record increase in coronavirus cases

Idaho reported a one-day record increase in coronavirus cases Wednesday.

The state reported 223 new, confirmed cases Wednesday. The previous one-day record —222 new, confirmed cases — occurred on April 2, during the initial surge of the coronavirus pandemic in Idaho.

These Wednesday numbers do not include new, probable cases of coronavirus. In addition, some of the state’s health districts are reporting slightly higher case numbers than the state is reporting.

All told, the state and its health districts reported 4,667 confirmed or probable cases of coronavirus Wednesday afternoon.

Some of the largest increases have occurred in Ada County. On Monday, Central District Health moved Ada County back to stage three of Idaho’s business reopening plan, closing bars and prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people.

However, neighboring Canyon County has reported similar increases in recent days. But Southwest District Health officials have said they have no plans to impose new restrictions, (Details from Ruth Brown of the Idaho Statesman.)

Another current hotspot is more than 400 miles north of the Treasure Valley: Kootenai County.

During an AARP Idaho teleconference Wednesday, Gov. Brad Little voiced concern over the increasing case numbers. “Things aren’t great right now.” He has a news conference scheduled for Thursday to discuss Idaho’s business reopening plan.

The recent trends:

Statewide statistics June 19 June 24 Change
Cases, confirmed and probable 3,888 4,667 20 percent
Deaths 89 90 1 percent
Hospitalizations 279 300 8 percent
ICU admissions 101 106 5 percent
Patients recovered 3,183 3,610 13 percent
Tests completed 70,791 80,060 13 percent
Positive test rate (approximate: some patients undergo multiple tests) 5.5 percent 5.8 percent +0.3 percentage point
Cases in select counties
Ada County 1,100 1,486 35 percent
Canyon County 403 546 35 percent
Twin Falls County 507 532 5 percent
Blaine County 518 524 1 percent
Jerome County 216 232 7 percent
Cassia County 163 191 17 percent
Kootenai County 115 155 35 percent
Minidoka County 115 136 18 percent
Bonneville County 92 103 12 percent





Kevin Richert

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 "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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