This week’s coronavirus trendline (5.8.20 edition)

Idaho’s coronavirus cases increased by 8 percent over the past week — marking a fifth successive week of a slowdown in new cases.

On Friday afternoon, the state and its health districts reported 2,207 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases, up from 2,043 cases a week ago.

Idaho’s coronavirus cases skyrocketed by 339 percent from March 28 through April 3, but the growth in new cases has steadily decreased each week since then. Last week’s increase was 9 percent.

Earlier this week, the State Board of Education effectively closed most Idaho schools for the remainder of the school year — limiting classrooms to no more than 10 people, in order to comply with Gov. Brad Little’s directive urging Idahoans to avoid public or private gatherings.

Little last week launched the first phase of Idaho Rebounds, a two-month plan to reopen the state’s economy. Little hopes to move into the second phase of the plan on May 16, further relaxing restrictions against business operations and gatherings.

During an AARP Idaho town hall meeting Tuesday, Little said he believes Idaho will be able to move into this second phase next week, “predicated on the incredible progress we have made.”

Other weekly trends:

May 1 May 8 One-week change
Deaths 63 67 6 percent
Hospitalizations 178 206 16 percent
ICU admissions 76 86 13 percent
Cases, Ada County 691 733 6 percent
Cases, Blaine County 498 499 0.2 percent
Cases, Canyon County 259 272 5 percent
Cases, Twin Falls County 191 248 30 percent
Cases, Nez Perce County 60 78 30 percent
Tests completed 29,335 31,628 8 percent
Positive test rate (approximate: some patients undergo multiple tests) 6.9 percent 7.0 percent +0.1 percentage point


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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