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Idaho Sees Highest One-Day COVID-19 Total

Heath Druzin
Boise State Public Radio
A Boise Stinker Station put a mask on its dinosaur mascot in recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, the state recorded its most confirmed infections since the pandemic began.

Idaho saw its highest number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in a single day Wednesday, with 223 and another 20 probable cases. There was also an additional death, bringing the state's total to 90.

Wednesday's total includes 101 cases in Ada County, which is in the midst of a spike, with some tied to downtown bars where patrons did not practice physical distancing. In response, Central District Health has ordered bars in the county to close again and the county to return to Phase 3 of reopening.

There have been 908 cases over the last seven days, representing by far the worst week for COVID-19 infections in Idaho since the pandemic began in March. In addition, Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced the first confirmed infection of an inmate at an Idaho correctional center.

Gov. Little has all but ruled out a statewide rollback of reopening and in most of the state. Despite rising numbers, nearly all businesses have been allowed to reopen.

The state has now reported 4,645 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 — 4,166 of those cases have been confirmed. Idaho is one of a number of states across the country seeing rising cases.

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Heath Druzin was Boise State Public Radio’s Guns & America fellow from 2018-2020, during which he focused on extremist movements, suicide prevention and gun culture.