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Coronavirus In Idaho: Resources & News From Nov. 22 - 28


Boise State Public Radio is here to keep you current on the news surrounding COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This blog contains information from November 22 - 28 on closures, openings, cancellations & news regarding the coronavirus in Idaho.

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Idaho COVID-19 Hospitalizations Set A New Record As Test Positivity Rate Approaches 20%

November 27 - 6 p.m.

Idaho added another 1,137 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, and 536 on Thursday. Idaho has confirmed 83,736 cases of COVID-19 since March.

The state reported 15 new coronavirus-related fatalities. A change in the state’s data shows one fewer death in Bannock County than was previously reported. Bonneville County reported four deaths, Ada and Nez Perce Counties both reported two, and Boundary, Fremont, Jefferson, Latah, Lewis, Madison, and Washington Counties each reported one. This brings Idaho’s death total to 909 since the pandemic began.

The most recent data shows 470 Idahoans hospitalized for COVID-19, a new record up from 463 on November 19. Idaho’s test positivity rate also set a new record: 19.4%.

Idaho Reports Third-Highest Daily Death Toll As Thanksgiving Approaches

November 25 - 5:50 p.m.

Idaho added another 1,354 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. An additional 419 cases were probable—a new record for daily probable cases—bringing Wednesday's total of confirmed and probable cases to 1,773.

The state reported 21 new coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday, Idaho’s third highest daily death toll. The first and second highest were November 17th and 19th, respectively. Since March, Idaho has confirmed 895 deaths total.

Six people died in Ada County, four in Twin Falls County, three in Kootenai County, two in both Bonneville and Canyon Counties, and one each in Bannock, Franklin, Fremont, and Latah Counties.

These numbers paint a grim picture a day before Thanksgiving, when health experts warn gatherings could cause an even larger spike in cases and potentially fill Idaho’s hospitals past capacity.

Idaho Records Another Quadruple-Digit Day For Coronavirus Cases

November 24 - 5:29 p.m.

State health officials have confirmed another 1,299 cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths in Idaho Tuesday.

Four people died in Canyon County, three in Twin Falls County and one in Nez Perce County.
Officials recorded another 341 probable cases, bringing Tuesday’s total to 1,640 combined. Since March 13, Idaho has confirmed 80,709 cases and 874 deaths.

A significant number of the new cases originated from Ada and Canyon counties, though smaller counties like Cassia, Madison and Nez Perce also saw significant jumps.

According to the latest state data, 408 people statewide had been hospitalized with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Nov. 20. That’s down slightly from a record high set the day before. Ninety one people with the coronavirus were in the ICU.

Worsening Healthcare Crisis Forces Hospitals To Look Across State Borders

November 24 - 4:45 p.m.

The Mountain West is facing a hospitalization crisis, and even states that cracked down early are feeling the effects of those that didn't. In Washington State, the frustration is palpable. Read the full story here.

Thanksgiving Gatherings Could Push Idaho Hospitals Over The Edge, Health Experts Warn

November 24 - 7:15 a.m.

The holiday season usually brings an uptick in illness — but health officials say this is no normal year. The coronavirus pandemic is in its most dangerous phase yet, and if Thanksgiving gatherings and travel increase cases, hospitals say they could reach maximum capacity by the new year. Read the full story here.

Idaho Reports More Than 1,200 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Monday

November 23 - 5:20 p.m.

State health officials reported 1,247 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the statewide total to 79,410. An additional 190 cases were listed as probable.

Idaho reported 17 coronavirus-related fatalities Monday. A total of 866 Idahoans have died COVID-19 — 103 of those deaths occurred in just the past week.

The most recent data available for hospitalizations show Idaho breaking its previous record of 404 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 last week Thursday with a reported 463 patients infected with the virus. Hospitalizations dropped to 408 Friday — still a number nearly double than what the state reported in early October. More current information is not available at this time.


Idaho Nursing Homes Face Staffing Crisis

November 23 - 7:15 a.m.

Idaho’s strained Veterans Affairs long term care system recently secured $2 million in federal funds to help with its staffing shortages. But other assisted living facilities have not received aid they say is desperately needed. Read the entire story here.

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