Coronavirus In Idaho Live Blog: Resources & News

Oct 24, 2020

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834 New Confirmed Cases, Ten New Deaths Saturday

 October 24 - 6 p.m.

Health officials confirmed ten deaths and 834 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, plus 187 new probable cases. The total daily cases in Idaho eclipsed one thousand for the third time in the past eight days. In that same time span, 49 people have died due to coronavirus complications.

Since March, 51,736 cases have been confirmed in Idaho and 572 people have died.

Idaho has the fifth highest concentration of recent new cases per 100,000 of population in the United States, at 48.6. That metric averages new cases over the previous seven day period and divides by population. Idaho joins North and South Dakota, Montana, Wisconisn and Wyoming as states with the worst current spread.

Nearly 200 new cases this week were among long term care residents and staff, according to weekly information provided Friday by Idaho Health and Welfare. While new cases continue to grow, they are growing at a slightly slower rate than earlier this summer. 

Second-Highest Number Of Total COVID-19 Cases Recorded, Highest Confirmed Infections

October 23 - 5:35 p.m. 

State health officials reported 1,073 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Of those, 921 are confirmed and 152 are probable.The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 57,673. There are an additional 6,771 probable cases statewide.

Friday’s count broke the record for the highest number of new test-confirmed COVID-19 infections since the beginning of the pandemic. 

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported nine new deaths Friday, bringing the statewide total to 553. Bingham and Bonneville counties each had two fatalities. Blaine, Gooding, Jerome, Madison, and Twin Falls each saw one death.

Kootenai County, whose health board lifted the mask mandate earlier this week, saw a new one day record for infections Friday, with 112 new cases. 

Friday, St. Luke’s Magic Valley announced it has temporarily stopped admitting children to save capacity for the increasing number of COVID-19 patients. Children will instead be transferred to St. Luke’s Children in Boise.

 

Idaho Adds More Than 750 Coronavirus Cases, Plus Seven Deaths

October 22 - 5:15 p.m.

With hospitals around the state reporting they’re at capacity, Idaho’s daily case numbers are consistently hitting record levels, suggesting the hospitalization trends will only continue. 

 

Thursday was the third day since Monday the state has added more than 700 confirmed cases in a single day. The state recorded 753 confirmed cases and 197 probable cases for a total of 950 new cases. 

 

Seven deaths were recorded on Thursday, too. Ada and Gooding counties had two deaths and Gem, Twin Falls and Washington had one. 

 

Ada County had 207 confirmed cases, Bonneville had 97; Canyon and Twin Falls both added 83 confirmed cases.

Idaho COVID-19 Cases Continue To Skyrocket

Oct. 21 - 5:15 p.m.

New COVID-19 cases continued to skyrocket Wednesday, with 704 new lab-confirmed cases. That's the third-highest total of the pandemic, with all three of those days coming in the past week.

Idaho also reported 11 more deaths, tied for the second-highest one-day total of the pandemic. Since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Idaho in mid-March, 546 people have died in the state.

There were an additional 283 probable new cases on Wednesday, bringing the overall one-day total to 987.

Despite infections at their worst levels of the seven-month long pandemic, it's business as usual in most of the state. Gov. Brad Little continutes to resist a statewide mask mandate and few cities or counties have pandemic restrictions.

As Magic Valley Hospitals Fill Up, Health Board Issues Large Gathering Limit, But No Mask Mandate

October 21 - 4:45 p.m.

During the South Central Public Health District board meeting on Wednesday, trustees in the Magic Valley heard updates from hospitals, which are under great stress as they're running out of beds and staff to take care of patients. The trustees voted against an order for mandatory face masks, but passed a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people indoors.

Read the full story here.

Idaho Confirms Over 700 Coronavirus Cases Tuesday

October 20 - 5:12 p.m.

State officials reported 754 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, its second-highest count since the pandemic began in March, which continues the spike in daily case counts that began last week. 

Idaho’s total confirmed case count is now 48,524. An additional 119 cases were listed as probable. In addition to Ada and Canyon counties, Bonneville, Madison and Kootenai continue to be hotspots of community spread.

The state death count now sits at 535, as four COVID-19 deaths were reported Tuesday — one each in Canyon, Shoshone, Bonneville and Gooding counties.

The demographic that continues to lead confirmed case counts in Idaho is 18 to 29 year olds — they account for 32% of all cases, though there has been only one death in that age range.

The Monster Mask: How Idahoans Are Adapting For Halloween

October 20 - 7:45 a.m.

October 31 usually means yards full of glowing, grinning pumpkins, swarms of costumed trick-or-treaters, streams of fake cobwebs and buckets of candy.

“This year was really setting up to be an epic Halloween because it falls on a Saturday and it's not only a full moon, but it's a blue moon. And so with good weather, we may see 20,000 people on Harrison Boulevard,” said Julie Madsen.

Read the full story here.

Another Nearly 600 Cases Of Coronavirus Confirmed Monday

October 19 - 5:21 p.m.

Idaho confirmed another 595 coronavirus cases and three deaths Monday, as hospitalizations in the state remain high.

That adds up to 47,770 confirmed cases and 531 deaths since mid-March. Two people from Bannock County died, as well as another from Bingham County.

 

Eastern Idaho remains the epicenter of the state’s current outbreak, with Madison County accounting for nearly 100 of Monday’s overall cases.

 

ICU capacity hit an all-time low on Friday, with 61 people occupying critical care bed space. It decreased slightly to 54 as of Saturday, the latest data available.

 

 

School's Out: West Ada Cancels Class For A Second Day

October 19 - 5:05 p.m.

Idaho’s largest school district has cancelled classes for a second day after teachers called out sick again, demanding better safety measures during the pandemic.

Read the entire story here.

668 New Confirmed Cases Saturday, Six New Fatalities

October 17 - 5:15 p.m.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare posted 668 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday, plus 210 new probable cases. Saturday's numbers don't come close to Friday's record high count, but are among the highest daily totals of the entire pandemic.

No county posted a triple-digit increase in confirmed cases, but eastern Idaho's Bannock County came close, with 92 new confirmed cases. Elsewhere in eastern Idaho, Bingham County added 50 new cases, Bonneville County 41 and Madison County added 61. Ada County, the state's most populated, increased by 65 new confirmed cases Saturday.

Idaho Breaks Record For Most New COVID-19 Cases In Single Day

October 16 - 7:15 p.m. 

State health officials reported 1,094 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Friday. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 51,704. There are 5,618 probable cases statewide. Friday’s reported cases broke the record for the highest single-day count of COVID-19 infections since the beginning of the pandemic. 

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported six new deaths Friday, bringing the statewide total to 523. 

This Thursday, both the West Ada and Boise school districts cleared students to continue some in-person teaching, despite being moved to the highest risk category for COVID-19 transmission on Tuesday.  

 

Boise, West Ada School Districts To Continue Some In-Person Learning, Despite COVID-19 Surge

October 16 - 7:15 a.m.

Central District Health moved Boise and West Ada school districts to the highest risk category for COVID-19 spread on Tuesday. Because of that, both districts held special meetings Thursday to discuss learning plans going forward.

Read the full story here.

 

Boise Organizations Help Students Learn Outside The Classroom

October 16 - 6:44 a.m.

Idaho schools are still not fully in-person. To engage students in other ways, some Boise organizations have modified their extracurricular activities, so that young people can continue learning outside the classroom.

Read the entire story here.

 

Gov. Brad Little Leaves The Door Open To Helping Idaho's Cash-Strapped Universities

October 15 - 6:00 p.m.

Gov. Brad Little is walking back comments he made last week that he would not reverse a one-time, $200 million cut to state agencies, even though Idaho is expecting its largest budget surplus in history.

Read the full story here.

Idaho Reports Fifth-Highest One Day Confirmed COVID-19 Caseload

October 15 - 5:18 p.m.

For the second day in a row, Idaho had one of its highest count of new COVID-19 infections, with 572 lab-confirmed cases and another 146 probable cases.

The combined 718 new cases is the second highest state total since the first infection was reported here in mid-March. The 572 lab-confirmed cases is the fifth-highest one-day confirmed total. One new death was reported bringing the state total to 517.

Despite the surge in infections, it's business as usual in most of the state with few if any pandemic restrictions in most cities and counties and Gov. Brad Little still resisting a statewide mask order.

Boise State University Announces Faculty Furloughs As Idaho Predicts Record Surplus

October 15 - 8:00 a.m.

Boise State University has announced its plan to furlough faculty members over the next few months, despite projections that the state is on track for a record-breaking budget surplus.

Boise State Interim Provost Tony Roark sent the plan in an email Wednesday. It would affect 540 faculty earning more than $40,000 a year. Those who earn more will be required to take more time off.

Read the full story here.

 

Despite Rising COVID-19 Cases, Idaho Students Must Take SAT To Graduate

October 15 - 6:45 a.m.

Idaho High School students are required to take a college admissions test to graduate. That requirement was waived for 2020 graduates, but not for the class of 2021.

Read the entire story here.

 

Idaho Reports Nearly 500 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Four More Deaths

October 14 - 5:16 p.m.

Idaho continued it's alarming spike in COVID-19 cases with another 491 new confirmed cases Wednesday in addition to 154 new probable cases.

The 645 combined cases was one of the highest state totals of the pandemic since the first Idaho case was reported in mid-March.

Four more deaths were reported, bringing the state total to 516.

Despite the trend, most of the state has few or no pandemic restrictions and just a handful of cities and counties have mask orders.

COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise in Madison County

October 13 - 5:19 p.m.

Idaho added another two deaths and 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday.

That brings the state’s totals to 512 deaths and 44,160 cases.

 

Madison County, with nearly 40,000 residents, has led the pack this week with significantly higher case counts per capita than others around the state. The county recorded 67 new confirmed cases Tuesday.  

 

The news comes just after Brigham Young University-Idaho, which is located in Madison County, said it had learned of cases where students were purposely getting infected by the coronavirus so they could sell their blood plasma to help others recovering from the disease.

 

“Students who are determined to have intentionally exposed themselves or others to the virus will be immediately suspended from the university and may be permanently dismissed,” the university said in a release.

 

Madison County has the highest poverty rate per capita in the state.

 

Magic Valley And Eastern Idaho See Increase In COVID-19 Hospitalizations

October 13 - 12:30 p.m.

Hospitals in the Magic Valley and eastern Idaho are filling up due to an influx of COVID-19 patients in the past couple weeks.

St. Luke’s Magic Valley started off the week with more than 40 COVID-19 patients, Dr. Joshua Kern, the vice president of medical affairs for the hospitals in Twin Falls, Jerome and Ketchum, said during a press conference Tuesday morning.

Read the full story here.

Idaho Coronavirus Cases Continue To Rise

October 12 - 5:12 p.m.

State officials reported 547 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, though the total could be higher as both Southeastern Idaho Public Health and Panhandle Health District cases were not reflected in the state’s totals by county Monday – this includes counties such as Kootenai, Bingham and Bannock where community spread of the virus is particularly high.

Idaho’s total confirmed cases is now 43,660. An additional 50 cases were listed as probable. Madison County, where BYU-Idaho is located, logged the highest daily count of cases at 141. Ada County added 111 and Bonneville added 72.

Three additional COVID-19 deaths were reported Monday, bringing the state death count to 510. Ada County reported two deaths while Canyon County reported the other.

With daily confirmed case counts on the rise again, the number of hospitalizations and ICU admissions has begun rising as well, according to the latest data from the state reported Oct. 10.

More Than 500 New Confirmed, 100 New Probable Cases For Fourth Straight Day

October 10 - 5 p.m.

State health officials confirmed 510 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, with an additional 103 new probable cases. More than 100 cases may have been held over from Friday, as the number of new cases October 9 reported by the state was 115 fewer than combined reports from individual health districts. Ada County reported 132 new confirmed cases, and more than half the probable cases. Madison County, home to a growing outbreak centered around the BYU-Idaho campus in Rexburg, showed an increase of 93 cases Saturday. Per capita, Madison County has the most new cases in Idaho and is one of the hottest spots of viral spread in the country.

One additional fatality was reported Saturday, a resident of Washington County, bringing the death toll to 507 people.

Idaho Records 520 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

October 9 - 5:25 p.m. 

State health officials reported 520 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Friday. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 42,260 . There are an additional 142 probable cases statewide. 

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported three new deaths Friday, bringing the statewide total to 506. 

Central District Health said Friday that if cases continue to rise, Ada County schools could be moved into the highest category of community spread on Tuesday. But, CDH said even the county falls into the highest level of community spread, children could remain in school. 

Idaho's Daily Coronavirus Cases Stay In the 500s

October 8 — 5:30 p.m. 

 

Idaho added 520 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday, for a statewide total of 41,740 cases. Three additional deaths were recorded as well, bringing the total number of fatalities to 503. 

 

The three deaths were in Bonneville, Cassia and Kootenai counties. 

 

Twin Falls had the highest confirmed case count on Thursday with 87 cases added, follow by Ada County with 85 cases and Bannock County with 39. 

 

Idaho Coronavirus Deaths Top 500 As Cases Surge

October 7 - 5:20 p.m.

For the third time in the past week, the number of Idaho’s confirmed coronavirus cases has topped 500.

On Wednesday, state health officials reported 535 new cases, along with eight new deaths.

 

Since mid-March, 500 Idahoans have died from complications related to COVID-19 and has recorded 41,220 confirmed cases.

 

Three people died in Kootenai County, two each in Bannock and Bonneville counties and one in Lewis County.

 

The latest hospitalization data from Oct. 5 shows 191 people were admitted statewide — the highest number since August 20. ICU admissions remain stable, but elevated at 41 cases.

 

Doctors Combat Misinformation About Flu Vaccines Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

October 7 - 8:15 a.m.

Misinformation about the flu vaccine is spreading as public health officials are organizing to protect bed space at hospitals this winter amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Doctors have been telling people for months to get a flu shot. They’re typically between 40-60% effective at preventing the flu with few side effects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and lessen the severity of the illness if a person still gets it.

Read the full story here.

Idaho Has Biggest Jump in COVID-19 Cases In Two Months

October 6 - 5:07 p.m.

Idaho saw it's largest daily total of confirmed COVID-19 infections since Aug. 6 on Tuesday, reporting 554 new lab confirmed cases. And there were another 106 probable cases, bringing the one-day total to 660.

The state reported five additional deaths, bringing the total since March to 492.

It continues an alarming rise in cases over the past three weeks. Despite that, most of Idaho has few or no pandemic-related restrictions and Gov. Brad Little has resisted calls for a statewide mask mandate or other cumpulsory measures.

Experts worry that with fall bringing colder weather, people will spend more time inside further increasing the risk of transmission.

 

Pandemic Pivot: Nampa Church Welcomes Students For Tutoring

October 6 - 12:30 p.m.

While some may cringe at the mere suggestion of finding a silver lining in the pandemic, for others, this time has sparked a new sense of what’s possible; finding new ways to get things done — for ourselves, for our neighbors and for our communities.

At Nampa’s Grace Episcopal Church, services are still all digital. The Parrish Hall — normally booked solid with weddings, quinceaneras and church events — was quiet and empty. Reverend Karen Hunter saw an opportunity.

Read the full story here.

Uptick In Coronavirus Cases Moves Boise, Valley County Schools From Green To Yellow

October 6 - 7:15 a.m.

Public health officials are now recommending new restrictions for five school districts in southern and central Idaho where coronavirus cases are on the rise.

Central District Health released its weekly guidance to school districts Monday, elevating those in Boise and Valley counties from the green to yellow categories.

Read the entire story here.

 

Central District Health Rejects State Funds To Test Teachers And Staff For COVID-19

October 6 - 7:00 a.m.

Last week, Idaho’s public health districts received funds to put toward testing school teachers and staff for COVID-19, which were earmarked by Gov. Little in July. But one health district is rejecting the state’s money.

Read the full story here.

Idaho Reports Over 400 Coronavirus Cases Monday

October 5 - 5:12 p.m.

Following a slight dip in daily cases over the weekend, state officials reported 409 new lab-confirmed cases Monday. This brings Idaho’s total to 40,131. An additional 49 cases were listed as probable.

Ada County logged the highest daily count of confirmed cases at 70, while Madison County added 63 and Canyon County added 45.

Five additional COVID-19 deaths were reported Monday, bringing the state death count to 487. Kootenai, Ada, Cassia and Bannock counties all reported a death, and Franklin County reported its first.

Although daily confirmed case counts have been on the rise again, the number of hospitalizations and ICU admissions has remained steady, according to the latest data from the state reported Oct. 3.

Idaho Schools Wait On Rapid Tests And Promised Funding For COVID-19 Testing

October 5 - 7:07 a.m.

Governor Brad Little said during a press conference last week that rapid tests, which produce results in 15 minutes, will soon be available for testing Idaho’s school teachers and staff. But more than a month into the school year, districts have been waiting for testing options promised by the state.

Read the full story here.

Idaho Records Highest One-Day COVID-19 Case Count Since August, 553 New Confirmed Infections

October 2 - 5:13 p.m. 

State health officials reported 553 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Friday. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 39,137, with an additional 124 probable cases statewide. This is the highest number of daily cases reported since August 6. 

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported two new deaths Friday, bringing the statewide total to 474. Caribou County reported its first fatality. The other death was from Kootenai County. 

Coronavirus could be on the rise in schools across the state. On Friday, Boise State University reported nearly 100 new cases on campus over the past week. The university now has 349 total cases. On Monday, the University of Idaho announced several sororities and fraternities are under quarantine, following growing cases among greek life. BYU-Idaho sent out a memo last Friday, warning students campus may close if cases continue to rise.

 

 

Idaho Adds 398 Confirmed Cases, 3 Deaths On Thursday

  Oct. 1 - 5:30 p.m. 

Idaho added 398 confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday for a statewide total of 38,584 cases over the course of the pandemic.

 

One hundred and seventeen cases were in Ada County, 43 in Twin Falls, 31 in Canyon and 27 in Kootenai County.

 

Three deaths were recorded on Thursday for a total of 472 in the state due to the virus. One death was recorded in Jefferson County, and Teton and Lewis counties each saw their first death during the pandemic.

 

Camas, Madison and Lewis counties lead the state for the highest seven-day average case rate, whereas Ada, Twin Falls and Bonneville counties have recorded the highest number of cases in the past week.

Idaho Continues Alarming COVID-19 Trend

September 30 - 5:07 p.m.

Idaho continued its surge of COVID-19 infections Wednesday reporting 487 new lab confirmed cases and 127 new probable cases. 

There were also five more COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the state's total to 469 since Idaho reported it's first case in March.

Despite the alarming trend, Gov. Brad Little has rejected calls for a statewide mask mandate and most of the state has few or no restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.

University Of Idaho Quarantines Many Greek Houses After Coronavirus Spike

September 30 - 9:33 a.m.

Several University of Idaho Greek houses are under quarantine after coronavirus hotspots were detected among fraternities and sororities.

U of I President Scott Green released a memo on Monday, saying most of last week’s positive COVID-19 cases came from the school’s live-in Greek houses. Eight of the 26 houses now under quarantine.

Read the entire story here.

 

Why One Idaho County Is Opting For Stricter Metrics To Determine Its COVID-19 Risk Level

September 30 - 7:44 a.m.

Red, orange, yellow, green. These colors, referenced over and over again in public meetings, translate to COVID-19 risk levels set by Idaho's public health district boards. Blaine County, in south central Idaho, is ditching its health district’s colors for stricter ones set by researchers at the Harvard Global Health Institute.

Over the course of the pandemic, Blaine County has stood out. It had Idaho’s first surge in coronavirus cases and it's implemented some of the strictest coronavirus mitigation efforts in the state.

Read the full story here.

 

Callers Demand Statewide Mask Mandate In Idaho From Gov. Brad Little

 September 30 - 7:30 a.m.

Coronavirus cases have begun spiking statewide in Idaho again after the Labor Day holiday and people continuing to hold get-togethers with family and friends, according to public health officials.

During Tuesday’s town hall hosted by AARP Idaho, several callers confronted Gov. Brad Little. They were frustrated that not much was being done, in their minds, to cut the spread of COVID-19.

Read the entire story here.

Coronavirus Cases, Deaths On The Rise In Idaho Tuesday

September 29 - 5:30 p.m.

 

Idaho’s added another 427 confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday, along with four more deaths.

 

That brings the state’s total to 37,699 and 464 deaths since mid-March.

 

Bannock, Cassia, Gem and Payette counties each recorded one new death Tuesday. Eastern and Southern Idaho saw the highest per-capita case growth in the state.

 

South Central Public Health District reported its case counts have doubled over the last month, with “significant increases” in six of its eight counties.

 

“Most of the spread we are seeing starts when one person is infected at work or at a social event and then unintentionally brings the disease home to their family,” Tanis Maxwell, an epidemiologist with the district, said in a statement.

 

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen said Tuesday that the spike in cases is due to Labor Day celebrations and people attending social gatherings without wearing a mask or properly physically distancing themselves from others.

 

BYU-Idaho Warns Of Possible Campus Closure Due To COVID-19 Infections

September 29 - 7:00 a.m.

BYU-Idaho sent a campus-wide email on Friday, urging students to follow coronavirus guidelines and mask requirements. The school also warned it could close down campus if infections don’t drop. As of Sunday, 56 students and 11 employees were infected.

Read the entire story here.

Idaho Confirms 373 New Coronavirus Cases Monday

September 28 - 5:14 p.m.

Idaho state officials reported 373 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the statewide total to 37,272. An additional 49 cases were listed as probable.

Ada County logged the highest daily count of confirmed cases at 75, while Latah County added 61 and Canyon County added 43.

Idaho’s death toll still stands at 460, as no new deaths were reported Monday.

Although daily confirmed case counts have been on the rise again, the number of hospitalizations and ICU admissions has remained steady, according to the latest data from the state reported Sept. 26.

Idaho Records Highest One-Day COVID-19 Case Count Since August, 468 New Confirmed Infections

September 25 - 5:19 p.m. 

State health officials reported 468 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Friday. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 39,575. There are an additional 3,525 probable cases statewide. This is the highest number of daily cases reported since August 14. 

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported one new death Friday, bringing the statewide total to 458. The fatality occurred in Kootenai County. 

Southwest Health District noted significant increases of COVID-19 cases in area schools. The health district reported more than 300 students and staff are now in quarantine and 21 individuals are in isolation.

 

Idaho Coronavirus Cases Top 400

September 24 - 5:30 p.m.

 

Idaho added 401 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday, for a statewide case count of 35,764 over the course of the pandemic. 

 

Three additional deaths due to COVID-19 were recorded, one in each of Adams, Canyon and Twin Falls counties, bringing the total number to 457. 

 

Ada County added 50 cases on Thursday, Twin Falls saw 45, Kootenai had 44 and Canyon had 43.

 

Camas, Idaho and Madison counties had the highest seven-day averages for daily coronavirus cases on a per capita basis.

Resurgence Of Idaho COVID-19 Cases Continues

September 23 - 5:28 p.m.

Idaho reported another 258 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, but it also reported a record 138 probable cases. That means the total number of new confirmed and probable cases was 396, continuing a week-long resurgence in cases.

The state also reported an additional four deaths, bringing the total since the first Idaho case was reported in March to 454.

Idaho has reported 35,363 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.

Despite the uptick in cases, most parts of Idaho have few pandemic-related restrictions.

Idaho Doctors: Don't Wait On The Flu Shot

September 23 - 7:05 a.m.

Health officials are urging people to get the influenza vaccine this year to lessen the burden of the flu during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they're emphaszing getting it sooner rather than later.

Read the full story here.

Idaho Coronavirus Cases Remain Elevated Tuesday

September 22 - 5:27 p.m.

Idaho continues to report elevated levels of new coronavirus cases a little more than two weeks after the Labor Day holiday.

The state recorded 373 newly confirmed cases Tuesday and another four deaths related to COVID-19.

 

That adds up to 35,105 confirmed cases and 451 deaths since mid-March.

 

Over the past week, the number of cases recorded have spiked to levels not seen since mid- to late-August.

 

Hospitalizations, which have repeatedly kept Idaho back from moving out of Stage 4 of Gov. Brad Little’s reopening plan, are slowly declining.

 

The latest data available from Sept. 19 show 130 total hospitalizations and 39 people in the ICU, down slightly from recent levels.

Idaho Coronavirus Numbers Increase After Slight Weekend Drop

September 21 - 5:21 p.m.

Following a typical dip in lab-confirmed coronavirus cases over the weekend, state officials reported 373 new cases Monday. This brings Idaho’s total to 34,741. An additional 37 cases were listed as probable.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported four new deaths Monday — two in Kootenai County and the first death in both Custer and Bear Lake Counties, bringing the state death toll to 447.

Idaho County, the largest county by area in the state, logged the highest daily count of confirmed cases at 91 Monday. This tops the state’s most-populous county Ada County, which logged 56. As of July 2019, the population of Ada County according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates was 481,587 — Idaho County’s was 16,667.

Other hot spots so far this week include the counties of Twin Falls, Canyon and Madison.

Skiing In Idaho This Winter? You Probably Won't Need A Reservation

September 21 - 7:45 a.m.

Ski resorts across the country are rolling out their plans for the winter season, which will begin during the COVID-19 pandemic that forced most mountains to shut their lifts early in March. 

Since Vail Resorts announced in August that visitors will need to make reservations to access the more than 30 resorts it owns, as a COVID-19 precaution, skiers and snowboarders have been eyeing updates from other mountains.

Read the entire story here.

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