For the third straight week, Idaho has reported an unprecedented seven-day spike in new coronavirus cases.
As of Friday afternoon, the state and its seven health districts reported 10,045 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases, a 43 percent increase from the previous week.
Last week’s increase was 35 percent.
Big increases in three large counties drove the continued surge in cases statewide. Ada, Canyon and Kootenai counties have reported another one-week spike in new cases — as they had the previous week.
Here’s a quick recap of some coronavirus-related education headlines:
State issues reopening guidelines. Despite the sharp increase in cases, Gov. Brad Little said Thursday he expects public schools to reopen for the fall. “We want our students back in school at the end of summer,” Little said Thursday, hours after the State Board of Education approved a set of nonbinding school reopening guidelines.
A warning from the White House. President Trump also weighed in on the reopening issue, saying he wants to see schools reopen — and threatening to withhold federal funding for schools that remain closed.
Boise State reopens. While K-12 reopening issues dominated the headlines, Idaho’s colleges and universities are just a few weeks away from the start of fall semester. Boise State University allowed some employees back on campus after a two-week closure. But in a strongly worded email Friday, university Chief of Staff Alicia Shier Estey reminded employees that masks are required in all campus buildings, and outside if employees cannot maintain social distancing.
“We continue to receive complaints of employees not wearing facial coverings when required,” Estey wrote. “Employees who do not wear facial coverings when required are putting members of the university community at risk. Any behavior that puts members of our community at risk is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.”
This week’s numbers:
|Statewide data||July 3||July 10||Change|
|Cases, confirmed and probable||7,031||10,045||43 percent|
|ICU admissions||121||138||14 percent|
|Patients recovered||2,831||3,066||8 percent|
|Tests completed||100,474||121,640||21 percent|
|Health care workers infected||558||708||27 percent|
|Positive test rate (approximate: some patients undergo multiple tests)||7.0 percent||8.3 percent||+1.3 percentage points|
|Cases in select counties||July 3||July 10||Change|
|Twin Falls||656||812||24 percent|
|Nez Perce||98||108||10 percent|