The coronavirus trendline (6.15.20 edition)


As Idaho began its fourth and final phase of a business reopening plan, its coronavirus case numbers showed some signs of tapering.

The Department of Health and Welfare and its health districts reported 3,375 confirmed and probable coronavirus cases Friday afternoon — a one-week increase of 8 percent.

A week ago, the increase was 11 percent.

Since late April, when Gov. Brad Little began relaxing the restrictions from a historic stay-at-home order, the state’s coronavirus case numbers have generally increased by 7 to 10 percent each week.

During a news conference Thursday, Little said Idaho barely met the mileposts necessary to move into the final phase of reopening. Little urged Idahoans to maintain social distancing and wear masks in public.

“This isn’t just a Boise and Treasure Valley issue,” he said. “All across the country we’re seeing the virus move from cities into rural areas where health care access is limited.”

Nearly half of this week’s 253 new cases were reported in only one of the state’s seven health districts — the Magic Valley’s South Central Public Health District.

The weekly numbers:

Statewide statistics June 5 June 12 One-week change
Cases, confirmed and probable 3,122 3,375 8 percent
Deaths 83 87 5 percent
Hospitalizations 257 265 3 percent
ICU admissions 98 98 Unchanged
Patients recovered 2,408 2,776 15 percent
Tests completed 54,949 62,328 13 percent
Positive test rate (approximate: some patients undergo multiple tests) 5.7 percent 5.4 percent -0.3 percentage points
Cases in select counties
Ada County 834 878 5 percent
Blaine County 514 515 0.2 percent
Twin Falls County 438 480 10 percent
Canyon County 336 356 6 percent
Jerome County 194 205 6 percent
Cassia County 109 134 23 percent
Minidoka County 71 100 41 percent


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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