This week’s coronavirus trendline (6.5.20 edition)

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
Deaths 82 83 1 percent
Hospitalizations 240 257 7 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


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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