Idaho’s new coronavirus cases continue to rise — but not among school-age children

New coronavirus cases continued to climb statewide last week, but cases slowed among school-age children.

The state reported more than 1,300 new cases last week — still a relatively low number compared to last fall’s delta variant surge and the winter’s record-setting omicron variant surge. Still, new cases increased by 27% last week.

Meanwhile, the state reported 86 new cases involving 5- to 17-year-olds, a 17% decrease.

  • Numbers from the state’s largest school districts were mixed:
    Boise reported 74 cases last week, down from 98 cases the previous week.
  • West Ada reported four active cases Sunday, up from one active case a week ago.
  • Nampa reported six cases last week, unchanged from the previous week.

Other metrics worsened slightly.

On Wednesday, 55 Idahoans were hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 44 the previous week. Seven patients were in ICUs, down from seven the previous week. One COVID-19 pediatric patient was hospitalized.

For the week ending May 14, 5.5% of test results came back positive, up from 4.9%. A positive test rate exceeding 5% suggests a virus is spreading.


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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