This week’s coronavirus trendline (6.19.20 edition)

Idaho has reported its largest one-week increase in coronavirus cases in more than two months.

As of Friday afternoon, Idaho and its health districts reported 3,888 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases, up 15 percent from a week ago.

From April 11 through April 17  — when Idaho was in the midst of a stay-at-home order — Idaho’s coronavirus case numbers increased by 19 percent. Since then, and even during a statewide business reopening plan, weekly increases have ranged from 7 to 13 percent.

Last week, case numbers increased by 8 percent.

The uptick in case numbers comes as state leaders are deferring to local entities in the response to the pandemic.

Gov. Brad Little unveiled two committees Wednesday that will examine school reopening issues. The committees’ work will be advisory in nature, and local trustees will make reopening decisions. Since early June, Little has said the state’s response to coronavirus spikes would move from a statewide stay-at-home order to a regionalized approach. (More from James Dawson of Boise State Public Radio.)

Idaho’s coronavirus numbers also reached several milestones this week.

  • Ada County became the state’s first county with more than 1,000 coronavirus cases. An outbreak linked to several downtown Boise bars contributed to an increase in Ada County cases.
  • The state reported 96 new confirmed cases Thursday and 112 new confirmed cases Friday — the largest one-day increases since April 9.
  • The number of Idahoans who have recovered from coronavirus passed the 3,000 mark.

The weekly numbers:

Statewide statistics June 12 June 19 One-week change
Cases, confirmed and probable 3,375 3,888 15 percent
Deaths 87 89 2 percent
Hospitalizations 265 279 5 percent
ICU admissions 98 101 3 percent
Patients recovered 2,776 3,183 15 percent
Tests completed 63,328 70,791 12 percent
Positive test rate (approximate: some patients undergo multiple tests) 5.4 percent 5.5 percent +0.1 percentage points
Cases in select counties
Ada County 878 1100 25 percent
Blaine County 515 518 0.6 percent
Twin Falls County 480 507 6 percent
Canyon County 356 403 13 percent
Jerome County 205 216 5 percent
Cassia County 134 163 22 percent
Minidoka County 100 115 15 percent
Kootenai County 98 115 17 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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