(UPDATED, 6:39 p.m., with health district figures.)
On Friday afternoon, Idaho reported its largest one-day increase in coronavirus cases in more than a month.
The state reported 55 new, confirmed cases Friday, the most since April 20, when the state reported 57 new cases. But the increase is even higher, when additional numbers from the health districts are added in. These numbers indicate a one-day increase of 103 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases.
Overall, the state and its health districts reported 2,639 confirmed and probable coronavirus cases Friday afternoon, up from 2,390 cases a week ago. Case numbers increased by 10 percent this week, compared to an 8 percent increase the previous week.
But Friday’s uptick in cases could be attributed to a one-day spike in test results. The state reported more than 1,000 test results Friday, an uncommonly high increase.
The state’s coronavirus testing response has come under closer scrutiny this week.
As of Friday, Idaho’s coronavirus testing per capita ranked lowest in the nation, Boise State Public Radio reported. During a news conference Friday, Gov. Brad Little and state health officials unveiled a strategy that could ramp up testing.
“We will need to build incredible testing capacity plus the ability to respond to all of those results with appropriate clinical and public health follow-up care,” said Dr. Christopher Ball, chief of the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories and co-chair of Little’s coronavirus testing task force.
Little has scheduled another news conference for Thursday, to provide an update on Idaho Rebounds, his four-step plan to reopen businesses over a span of two months. Idaho could move into the third phase of the plan late next week — which would allow the public and private gatherings of up to 50 people, and discontinue a 14-day self-quarantine for people arriving in Idaho.
The Idaho Rebounds plan does not directly address schools.
Other weekly trends:
|May 15||May 22||One-week change|
|ICU admissions||89||94||6 percent|
|Cases, Ada County||770||794||3 percent|
|Cases, Blaine County||508||510||0.4 percent|
|Cases, Twin Falls County||310||383||24 percent|
|Cases, Canyon County||277||284||3 percent|
|Cases, Jerome County||88||139||58 percent|
|Tests completed||35,485||40,370||14 percent|
|Positive test rate (approximate: some patients undergo multiple tests)||6.7 percent||6.4 percent||-0.3 percentage points|