K-12 coronavirus cases nearly double

Coronavirus cases in Idaho’s K-12 system nearly doubled over the past week.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Monday reported at least 201 K-12 cases for the seven day period ending Sunday.

A week ago, that case number was 101.

The sharp increase in K-12 cases runs counter to an overall decrease in cases statewide. Still, K-12 cases remain far below peak numbers from November and early December.

The week’s hotspots:

  • Bishop Kelly High School, Boise: 11 cases.
  • Borah High School, Boise: Eight cases.
  • Skyview High School, Nampa: Six cases.
  • Capital High School, Boise: Five cases.
  • Pioneer School of the Arts, Boise: Five cases.
  • Sun Valley Community School: Five cases.

Through Sunday, Health and Welfare has linked at least 5,753 coronavirus cases to K-12 students and teachers, up from 5,561 on Jan. 24.

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.

Here are the highest case numbers, by school, for the 2020-21 school year:

  • Lake City High School, Coeur d’Alene: 134 cases.
  • Coeur d’Alene High School: 94 cases.
  • Mountain View High School, Meridian: 94 cases.
  • Eagle High School: At least 82 cases.
  • Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian: 81 cases.
  • Meridian High School: 79 cases.
  • Thunder Ridge High School, Idaho Falls: at least 78 cases.
  • Hillcrest High School, Ammon: at least 73 cases.
  • Bonneville High School, Idaho Falls: at least 72 cases.
  • Lewiston High School: 72 cases.

Through Saturday, the state and its health districts have reported 162,756 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases.

Kevin Richert

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