New K-12 coronavirus cases drop somewhat

On the heels of a significant increase, K-12 coronavirus case numbers dropped somewhat last week.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported at least 99 K-12 cases for a seven-day period ending Sunday, down from 111 new cases the previous week.

The week’s hotspots were generally found in the Treasure Valley:

  • Fairmont Junior High School, Boise: Four cases.
  • Thunder Ridge High School, Idaho Falls: Four cases.
  • Boise High School: Three cases.
  • Mountain View High School, Meridian: Three cases.
  • Pocatello High School: Three cases.
  • Riverglen Junior High School, Boise: Three cases.
  • South Junior High School, Boise: 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: 150 cases.
  • Thunder Ridge High School: 136 cases.
  • Hillcrest High School, Ammon: 129 cases.
  • Bonneville High School, Idaho Falls: 125 cases.
  • Coeur d’Alene High School: 110 cases.
  • Eagle High School: At least 109 cases.
  • Rocky Mountain Middle School, Idaho Falls: 105 cases.
  • Mountain View High School: 100 cases.
  • Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian: 97 cases.
  • Meridian High School: 85 cases.

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