This week’s coronavirus trendline (9.11.20 edition)

For the fourth successive week, new coronavirus case numbers dropped in Idaho, falling to their lowest numbers in more than two months.

Testing numbers also dropped sharply.

As of Friday afternoon, the state and its seven health districts reported 35,275 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases, a 5 percent increase in the past week.

New case numbers decreased in several Idaho coronavirus hotspots: Ada, Canyon, Bonneville, Bannock and Twin Falls counties.

But with test numbers dropping — by nearly 33 percent over the past week — the positive coronavirus test rate actually increased slightly this week.

In this week’s coronavirus headlines:

A plan to backfill K-12 budgets. State leaders want to use $99 million of federal coronavirus stimulus dollars to offset K-12 spending cuts previously ordered by Gov. Brad Little. The state also wants to launch a $50 million grant program to help families offset the costs of equipping students for online learning.

Schools move toward reopening. The state’s three largest school districts said they will begin to bring students back to the classroom this month. West Ada will resume face-to-face learning on Monday, Boise will open pre-k through second-grade classrooms on Sept. 21, and Nampa also will begin hybrid learning on Sept. 21. The news comes as public health districts are recommending a return to some classroom instruction.

Cases increase on campus. In its weekly summary posted Thursday, Boise State University reported 42 new coronavirus cases, up from 32 cases the previous week. Most cases involved students: 25 students who live off campus, and 14 living on campus. Fourteen of the university’s 115 isolation rooms were in use Friday, up from just two units the previous week.

Idaho State University reported 12 new cases for the seven-day period ending Tuesday, up from nine cases the previous week. Ten cases involved students.

Previously, the University of Idaho reported four new cases last week, down from 24 cases the previous week.

This week’s numbers (and comparisons with last week):

Statewide data Sept. 4 Sept. 11 Change, Aug. 29-Sept. 4 Change, Sept. 5-11
Cases, confirmed and probable 33,562 35,275 1,987 1,713
Deaths 382 412 29 30
Hospitalizations 1,461 1,569 112 108
ICU admissions 394 412 25 18
Estimated, patients recovered 16,071 18,052 1,896 1,981
Tests completed 263,183 272,888 14,429 9,705
Health care workers infected 2,183 2,348 179 165
Positive test rate (approximate: some patients undergo multiple tests) 12.8 percent 12.9 percent +0.1 percentage points +0.1 percentage points

 

Cases in select counties Sept. 4 Sept. 11 New cases, Aug. 29-Sept. 4 New cases, Sept. 5-11
Ada 11,481 11,873 453 392
Canyon 7,385 7,652 334 267
Kootenai 2,243 2,335 79 92
Bonneville 1,924 2,128 227 204
Twin Falls 1,758 1,862 108 104
   
Bannock 788 850 122 62
Payette 717 758 78 41
Bingham 616 701 146 85
Jerome 624 677 32 53
Blaine 607 609 6 2
   
Cassia 587 594 7 7
Minidoka 569 584 19 15
Jefferson 372 401 34 29
Nez Perce 324 372 41 50
Madison 268 331 35 63
   
Washington 298 318 31 20
Owyhee 309 317 12 8
Elmore 296 307 22 11
Latah 257 274 24 17
Bonner 233 255 16 22
   
Gem 231 255 24 24
Gooding 240 247 21 7
Power 157 182 26 25
Teton 131 144 5 13
Fremont 120 135 12 15
   
Benewah 121 124 12 3

 

Kevin Richert

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