New K-12 coronavirus cases near six-month low

K-12 coronavirus case numbers have dropped to their lowest point in nearly six months.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported at least 71 K-12 cases for a seven-day period ending Sunday.

That’s down from 118 cases the previous week, and the lowest weekly count this calendar year.

Health and Welfare has been tracking K-12 coronavirus numbers since early October; in that initial weekly report, issued on Oct. 1, Health and Welfare counted 51 cases.

This week’s dropoff coincided with spring break in many of the state’s largest school districts.

The week’s hotspots are all in the Treasure Valley and the Idaho Falls area:

  • Eagle High School: Six cases.
  • Iona Elementary School: Six cases.
  • Ucon Elementary School, Idaho Falls: Five cases.
  • Cloverdale Elementary School, Idaho Falls: Four cases.
  • Bishop Kelly High School, Boise: Three cases.
  • Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian: Three cases.

Through Sunday, Health and Welfare has linked at least 7,472 coronavirus cases to K-12 students and teachers, up from 7,022 a week ago.

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.
  • Coeur d’Alene High School: 109 cases.
  • Eagle High School: At least 104 cases.
  • Bonneville High School, Idaho Falls: At least 99 cases.
  • Thunder Ridge High School, Idaho Falls: At least 96 cases.
  • Mountain View High School, Meridian: 96 cases.
  • Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian: 96 cases.
  • Hillcrest High School, Ammon: At least 84 cases.
  • Meridian High School: 84 cases.
  • Jerome High School: 81 cases.

Through Saturday, the state and its health districts have reported 179,489 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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