Idaho’s coronavirus case numbers have increased by 9 percent in the past week — a continued slowdown in the rate of new cases, as Gov. Brad Little launches a two-month plan to reopen Idaho businesses.
As of 5 p.m. Friday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and local health districts reported 2,043 confirmed or probable cases of coronavirus, up from 1,872 cases a week ago.
This week’s 9 percent increase compares to a 13 percent increase the previous week.
On Thursday, Little lifted Idaho’s stay-at-home order, which had been in effect since March 25. The announcement will allow Idaho places of worship, daycares and youth camps to reopen. Lifting the stay-at-home order represents a step in allowing Idaho public schools to reopen this spring, if they meet a series of State Board of Education guidelines.
Some public schools are weighing their options to reopen. The private Nampa Christian Schools will reopen Monday — but will continue to offer remote learning options for parents who don’t want to send their children to school, or for staffers who are uncomfortable about returning to the classroom.
Little tied the reopening of Idaho businesses to a continued flattening of the state’s coronavirus curve. If cases or hospitalizations increase, he said, the state will slow or halt the four-stage reopening plan.
In other coronavirus news, the state added some 8,000 negative test results to its database Tuesday — two weeks of results from hospitals and clinics. That led to a significant spike in this week’s testing numbers.
Other weekly trends:
|April 24||May 1||One-week change|
|ICU admissions||63||76||21 percent|
|Cases, Ada County||642||691||8 percent|
|Cases, Blaine County||489||498||2 percent|
|Cases, Canyon County||226||259||15 percent|
|Cases, Twin Falls County||139||191||37 percent|
|Cases, Kootenai County||59||62||4 percent|
|Tests completed||19,361||29,335||52 percent|
|Positive test rate (approximate: some patients undergo multiple tests)||9.7 percent||6.9 percent||-2.8 percentage points|