New K-12 coronavirus case numbers decrease again

Idaho’s K-12 coronavirus cases continued a three-week decline.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported at least 84 K-12 cases for a nine-day period ending Sunday.

That’s a slight decrease from the Feb. 12 report — which was released early due to the Presidents Day holiday, and covered an abbreviated five-day period.

The week’s hotspots:

  • Bonneville High School, Idaho Falls: Four cases.
  • Post Falls High School: Four cases.
  • Tiebreaker Elementary School, Idaho Falls: Four cases.
  • West Junior High School, Boise: Four cases.
  • Wilder High School: Four cases.

Through Sunday, Health and Welfare has linked at least 6,507 coronavirus cases to K-12 students and teachers, up from 6,408 on Feb. 12.

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: 141 cases.
  • Coeur d’Alene High School: 99 cases.
  • Mountain View High School, Meridian: 94 cases.
  • Eagle High School: At least 86 cases.
  • Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian: 85 cases.
  • Bonneville High School: At least 81 cases.
  • Thunder Ridge High School, Idaho Falls: At least 80 cases.
  • Jerome High School: 80 cases.
  • Meridian High School: 80 cases.
  • Hillcrest High School, Ammon: At least 73 cases.

Through Saturday, the state and its health districts have reported 169,216 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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