K-12 coronavirus cases increase slightly

Caused in part by outbreaks at a Boise junior high school and a Panhandle high school, K-12 coronavirus case numbers increased slightly this week.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported at least 95 K-12 cases for a seven-day period ending Sunday, compared to 93 cases the preceding week.

Nearly all of the weekly hotspots are in the Treasure Valley:

  • Riverglen Junior High School, Boise: 10 cases.
  • Lake City High School, Coeur d’Alene: Nine cases.
  • Caldwell Senior High School: Four cases.
  • Centennial High School, Boise: Three cases.
  • Fernan STEM Academy, Coeur d’Alene: Three cases.
  • Mark’s Catholic School, Boise: Three cases.
  • Sawtooth Middle School, Meridian: Three cases.
  • West Junior High School, Boise: Three cases.
  • Willow Creek Elementary School, Meridian: Three cases.

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: 170 cases.
  • Thunder Ridge High School, Idaho Falls: 142 cases.
  • Hillcrest High School, Ammon: 132 cases.
  • Bonneville High School, Idaho Falls: 127 cases.
  • Eagle High School: At least 121 cases.
  • Coeur d’Alene High School: 114 cases.
  • Rocky Mountain Middle School, Idaho Falls: 105 cases.
  • Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian: 104 cases.
  • Mountain View High School, Meridian: 101 cases.
  • Meridian High School: 90 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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