K-12 coronavirus case numbers taper off


One week after a short-term spike, coronavirus cases in Idaho’s K-12 system tailed off again over the past week.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Monday reported at least 147 K-12 cases for the seven-day period ending Sunday.

A week ago, that case number was at least 201.

The week’s hotspots:

  • Wood River High School, Hailey: 10 cases.
  • Bishop Kelly High School, Boise: Four cases.
  • Borah Senior High School, Boise: Four cases.
  • Eagle High School: Four cases.
  • Nampa Senior High School: Four cases.

Through Sunday, Health and Welfare has linked at least 6,198 coronavirus cases to K-12 students and teachers, up from 5,753 on Feb. 1.

The weekly reports are a snapshot, and they’re incomplete.

Not every school reports its case numbers weekly. Health and Welfare does not release any case numbers from schools with fewer than 50 students, citing privacy concerns. In some cases, Health and Welfare provides only a minimum number of coronavirus cases for a school.

The highest case numbers for 2020-21, by school:

  • Lake City High School, Coeur d’Alene: 136 cases.
  • Coeur d’Alene High School: 95 cases.
  • Mountain View High School, Meridian: 94 cases.
  • Eagle High School: At least 86 cases.
  • Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian: 84 cases.
  • Jerome High School: 79 cases.
  • Meridian High School: 79 cases.
  • Thunder Ridge High School, Idaho Falls: At least 78 cases.
  • Bonneville High School: At least 75 cases.
  • Hillcrest High School, Ammon: At least 73 cases.

Through Saturday, the state and its health districts have reported 165,254 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases.


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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