This week’s coronavirus trendline (7.3.20 edition)

For the second successive week, Idaho reported a record number of new coronavirus cases.

As of Friday afternoon, the state and its seven health districts reported 7,031 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases. That translates to a one-week increase of 35 percent.

Last week, case numbers increased by 34 percent.

Twice this week — including Friday — the state Department of Health and Welfare reported a peak single-day increase in new, confirmed cases. And in another sign of a widespread spike in infections, three large counties also reported a one-week high in new cases this week: Ada, Canyon and Kootenai.

Meanwhile, Health and Welfare on Thursday said it had miscalculated the numbers on Idahoans who have recovered from coronavirus. In one day, the state reduced this figure by more than 1,500.

The uptick in cases comes as several cities, including Boise, are requiring people to wear masks in public, and as a gubernatorial committee continues to work on guidelines for reopening school in the fall. A draft of those guidelines could come as early as Monday.

This week’s data:

Statewide data June 26 July 3 Change
Cases, confirmed and probable 5,214 7,031 35 percent
Deaths 90 93 3 percent
Hospitalizations 309 355 15 percent
ICU admissions 108 121 12 percent
Patients recovered 3,827 2,831 -26 percent
Tests completed 83,527 100,474 20 percent
Positive test rate (approximate: some patients undergo multiple tests) 6.2 percent 7.0 percent +0.8 percentage points


Cases in select counties June 26 July 3 Change
Ada 1,798 2,507 39 percent
Canyon 652 1,092 67 percent
Twin Falls 546 656 20 percent
Blaine 529 539 2 percent
Kootenai 176 357 103 percent
Cassia 201 262 30 percent
Jerome 232 246 6 percent
Minidoka 148 201 36 percent
Bonneville 109 127 17 percent
Payette 77 122 58 percent
Bannock 99 119 20 percent
Washington 98 113 15 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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