State reports one-day peak in coronavirus cases, and deaths

Idaho is reporting another one-day peak in new coronavirus cases.

The state and its health districts also reported eight COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, also a one-day peak.

Here’s the breakdown from Wednesday’s reports:

Cases: The state added 727 confirmed and probable cases to its records. The previous peak, 577 new cases, occurred Friday. Some of Wednesday’s peak can be attributed to lag time; the state’s database added more than 100 cases from Ada County that Central District Health first reported on Tuesday. But that accounts for only a fraction of the daily spike.

Deaths: Seven of the eight deaths occurred in the Treasure Valley, four in Ada County and three in Canyon County. The eighth death occurred in Jerome County. The state’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 110. The previous one-day spike in fatalities was six — which occurred on three separate dates in April.

Hot spots: The Treasure Valley again accounted for the preponderance of new cases. Central District Health reported 213 additional cases in Ada County. Canyon County reported 274 cases.

The bottom line: Idaho Education News’ daily coronavirus count includes numbers from the state and the health districts — so the count varies from the state’s daily report. On Wednesday afternoon, the state and the districts reported 12,579 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases.

Tests: The state says 136,055 coronavirus tests have been conducted since March, including 2,913 tests Wednesday. The accelerated cases account for some — but not all — of the state’s surge in coronavirus cases.

What’s next: The board for Southwest District Health, which includes Canyon County, meets Thursday morning — and a possible mask mandate is on the agenda. On Tuesday, Central District Health approved a mask order in Ada County.


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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