K-12 coronavirus case numbers climb sharply — again

New coronavirus cases in K-12 schools continued to climb sharply last week.

On Monday, the state Department of Health and Welfare reported at least 326 cases for the week ending Friday, a 64 percent increase from the week ending Oct. 29.

The week’s K-12 hotspots:

  • Mountain View High School, Meridian (17 cases for week, 37 cases for the school year).
  • Meridian High School (11 cases for week, 39 for school year).
  • Eagle High School (nine cases for week, 18 for school year).
  • Thunder Ridge High School, Idaho Falls (nine cases for week, at least 35 for school year).
  • Tyhee Elementary School, Pocatello (at least seven cases for week, at least 21 for school year).
  • Boise Senior High School (seven cases for week, 13 for school year).
  • Coeur d’Alene High School (seven cases for week, 15 for school year).
  • Lewis and Clark Middle School, Meridian (seven cases for week, 12 for school year).

The Health and Welfare numbers include student and staff cases. The list is not complete. Citing student privacy concerns, the state releases no data for schools with fewer than 50 students. In some cases, Health and Welfare reports only a school’s minimum case numbers.

In addition to the statewide reports, some school districts post their own case reports.

The Boise School District’s new numbers suggest a sharp increase in local cases. Boise has reported 61 positive cases since Tuesday, including seven cases apiece at North Junior High School and Whittier Elementary School. The 61 cases match the two-week period spanning from Oct. 20 to Nov. 2.

The West Ada School District reports 63 student cases and 31 staff cases for a two-week period ending Saturday. The West Ada site also lists the numbers of students isolating; for Mountain View, Meridian and Eagle high schools, that number exceeds 400.


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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