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.