Idaho’s coronavirus case numbers increased by 11 percent this week — the highest weekly increase in more than a month.
The state and its health districts reported 3,122 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases Friday afternoon, up from 2,812 cases a week ago.
This week’s increase is up from 7 percent the preceding week. It also marks the largest increase since a seven-day period spanning from April 18 through April 24 — a period when Idaho remained under an unprecedented stay-at-home order.
Idaho has rolled back business restrictions since early May. Next week, Gov. Brad Little is expected to decide whether to move Idaho into the fourth and final phase of the Idaho Rebounds reopening plan. Little has scheduled a Statehouse news conference for 10 a.m. Thursday.
Phase Four would allow “unrestricted staffing of worksites” and public and private gatherings of more than 50 people, with social distancing protocols in place. Large venues such as sports arenas or stadiums would be allowed to reopen.
The reopening plan does not address schools.
While case numbers increased, the state’s coronavirus testing numbers increased sharply. That means that the state’s positive coronavirus test rate continued to drop.
The weekly trends:
|Statewide statistics||May 29||June 5||One-week change|
|Cases, confirmed and probable||2,812||3,122||11 percent|
|ICU admissions||96||98||2 percent|
|Patients recovered||2,225||2,408||8 percent|
|Tests completed||45,172||54,949||22 percent|
|Positive test rate (approximate: some patients undergo multiple tests)||6.2 percent||5.7 percent||-0.5 percentage points|
|Cases in select counties|
|Ada County||811||834||3 percent|
|Blaine County||512||514||0.4 percent|
|Twin Falls County||418||438||5 percent|
|Canyon County||300||336||12 percent|
|Jerome County||166||194||17 percent|
|Cassia County||62||109||76 percent|