October 27 - 5:12 p.m.
Idaho set new high water marks Tuesday for hospitalizations and ICU usage as the state added nearly 700 new cases and five deaths.
As of Oct. 23, the latest data available, 272 people were hospitalized statewide who are confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19. 75 confirmed COVID-19 patients are in the ICU.
53,539 cases have been confirmed in Idaho since mid-March. State officials say there are another 7,384 probable cases, for a total of nearly 61,000.
The five deaths recorded Tuesday include two in Kootenai County, one each in Bonner and Jerome counties, as well as Latah County’s first.
October 26 - 5:12 p.m.
State officials reported 584 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the statewide total to 52,846. An additional 113 cases were listed as probable.
The state death toll now sits at 580, as seven coronavirus deaths were reported and one was subtracted from Kootenai County Monday — three in Bannock County, two in Ada County, and one each in Franklin, Bingham and Bonneville counties.
These numbers come in shortly after Gov. Brad Little announced Idaho is moving back to a modified Stage 3 in a press conference Monday afternoon. Little acknowledged the rising case numbers and said the state’s current healthcare capacity is in a “crisis.”
Hospitalizations and ICU admissions have been steadily climbing since the beginning of October. Idaho logged its highest number of both patients currently hospitalized in an inpatient bed who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and patients currently hospitalized in the ICU with COVID-19 on Friday, Oct. 23 — the most recent data available from state health officials.
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.
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 50,902. 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 562. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Six new fatalities were added, increasing the statewide death toll to 529 people.
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.
Oct. 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.
Oct. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 25 - 5:15 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 reports more than 300 students and staff are now in quarantine and 21 individuals are in isolation.
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.
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.
September 22 - 5:26 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.
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.
September 19 - 5:15 p.m.
State health officials confirmed 248 new cases of COVID-19 in Idaho Saturday; 43 in Ada County, 42 in Bonneville County and 23 in Canyon County. Eastern Idaho's largest county confirmed 624 new cases in the last seven days, a 35% increase from September 12. Overall, Idaho's seven-day average of new confirmed cases rose 10% in the last seven days.
The COVID-19 death toll in Idaho rose Saturday from 438 to 441, but the state data dashboard did not have updated county-of-death information.
September 18 - 5:37 p.m.
State health officials reported 412 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Friday. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 36,959 . There are an additional 3,058 probable cases statewide. This is the highest number of daily cases reported since August 14.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported four new deaths Friday, bringing the statewide total to 438. One fatality occurred in Ada County, two in Canyon County, and one in Nez Perce County.
Recently, some school districts in Idaho started relaxing restrictions and allowing some events, like football games. In early September, the West Ada School District and the Boise School District were approved to start phasing in in-person instruction.
This increase in infections could be cause for concern as students head back to classrooms and the field.
September 17 - 6:07 p.m.
Idaho reported 335 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday, the highest one-day total in more than three weeks. It also reported an additional 61 probable cases.
Idaho also reported five more deaths from the disease, bringing the pandemic total to 434 since the first case was reported in the state in mid-March.
Despite daily new case counts regularly in the hundreds, most of the state is without business restrictions or mask mandates.
September 16 - 5:25 p.m.
Idaho added 207 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, for a state total of 33,154 cases over the course of the pandemic.
Six deaths were recorded as well — two in Ada County, three in Canyon County and one in Jerome County. The total death count due to COVID-19 is now 429.
Ada County saw the most cases on Wednesday with 83, Canyon County had 50 and Bonneville County had 42 cases.
Camas County — which had three cases one week ago — now has 12, making it the county with the highest seven-day average of cases per capita. Clark, Madison and Custer follow Camas in that category this week.
Sept. 15 - 5:18 p.m.
Hospitalizations due to the coronavirus appear to be taking a sharp downturn in Idaho as the state adds another 217 cases and 4 new deaths.
State health officials report two new deaths in Ada County and one each in Kootenai and Payette Counties, bringing the total to 423.
Since March 13, Idaho has recorded 32,947 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The latest hospitalization data from Sept. 12 show a marked decrease in both overall hospitalizations and those in the intensive care unit.
105 people were hospitalized that day, down 40 from the previous day. ICU cases also dropped to 34 statewide — the lowest number since Aug. 13.
Idaho has seen single day drops in hospitalizations before in August, with sharp increases recorded over the following days.
September 14 - 5:11 p.m.
Lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 are back up Monday after a brief dip over the weekend. State officials reported 224 new cases confirmed by lab tests, which brings the statewide total to 32,730. An additional 29 cases were listed as probable Monday.
Twin Falls County logged the highest daily count of confirmed cases at 35, though Bonneville County has the highest number of cases so far this week, according to data on the state dashboard.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported four new deaths Monday — three in Canyon County and one in Bingham County. Idaho’s death toll is now 419.
The most recent data released on September 12 show a significant drop in both hospitalizations and ICU admissions, recording the lowest daily totals since August 1.
September 13 - 5:20 p.m.
State health officials say 95 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed Sunday, the second straight Sunday with fewer than 100 new cases. No new fatalities were announced. Ada County continues to outpace the rest of the state in number of cases (26 new Sunday), but Bonneville County had more new cases Friday and nearly as many Saturday and Sunday. Idaho has confirmed 32,506 total cases since March and 415 deaths.
September 11 - 5:30 p.m.
State health officials reported 285 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Friday. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 32,228 . There are an additional 2,722 probable cases statewide.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported five new deaths Friday, bringing the statewide total to 412. One fatality occurred in Ada County, one in Canyon County, one in Kootenai County, one in Madison County, and One in Minidoka County.
Bonneville County has surpassed Canyon County in new cases this week, reporting 55 confirmed infections Friday. That brings Bonneville County’s total confirmed cases to 1,744.
September 10 - 5:15 p.m.
Idaho recorded 255 additional lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, and one more COVID-19-related death in Nez Perce County. There are now 31,943 confirmed cases and 407 COVID-19-related deaths in the state.
Idaho’s 7-day average of daily case numbers is trending downward, as is the state’s test positivity rate, although the White House labeled the state as one of six in the “red” alert level for both daily case numbers and test positivity in a Sept. 6 report.
September 9 - 5:27 p.m.
Idaho saw its worst one-day death toll from COVID-19, reporting 17 deaths Wednesday. With that the state passed a grim milestone, surpassing 400 deaths since the first state case was confirmed in March.
The state's death toll now stands at 406.
Idaho also reported 245 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, an uptick after three straight days below 200. There were an additional 84 probable cases reported for a one-day total of 329 new confirmed and likely cases.
Despite daily cases consistently in the triple digits, most businesses around Idaho remain open and few cities have mask mandates, though there are some restrictions in hot spots like Ada County.
September 8 - 6:00 p.m.
For three days in a row, Idaho has seen fewer than 200 cases a day with 198 new confirmed cases reported Tuesday. Ada County still leads the state with a total of 10,868, adding 41 new cases Tuesday. The less populous Canyon County added 28 new cases with a total of 7,108 confirmed cases since the first case in March. Kootenai County has the third highest cases at 2,266 adding 15 new cases. There are 114 patients in hospitals with confirmed or suspected cases of the novel coronavirus. Four new deaths were reported with the total number of the fatalities at 389.
September 7 - 11 p.m.
Data from the State Department of Health and Welfare shows the seven-day average number of new COVID-19 cases in the state continues to fall. Health officials announced 511 new confirmed cases statewide over the holiday weekend. The seven-day average fell 14% from Friday to 207 new cases per day - its lowest level in more than two months.
Ada county continues to be home to the bulk of new cases in the state, but those numbers are also falling. Central District Health Director Russell Duke told the Health Board last week that his office was prepared to lower the county's risk rating from Category 3 (high risk) to Category 2 (moderate) if the data continued a favorable trend. Between Friday and Monday, the seven-day average of new cases in Ada County fell 24% according to state data.
Lowering the county's risk level to Category 2 would allow schools to implement plans to reopen schools for in-person learning, and bars could reopen provided each has a safety plan approved by Central District Health officials.
The state reported three more deaths over the holiday weekend, bringing the statewide death toll to 385 people. State data show 24 people have died already in September, but that number appears to be missing two additional fatalities recently reported by local health districts in Bonneville and Bingham Counties.
The state has confirmed 31,245 cases of COVID-19, and consider another 2,496 to be probable infections. Fewer than 1,500 have required hospitalization, and the state considers 16,760 to be recovered.
Nearly one-third of Idaho's cases have been in people between the ages of 18-29. Two-thirds of hospitalizations have been for people older than 60.
September 4 - 5:16 p.m.
State health officials reported 245 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Friday. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 33,196 . There are an additional 2,462 probable cases statewide.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported ten new deaths Friday, bringing the statewide total to 382. Four of Friday’s reported deaths were in Canyon County, one in Ada County, one in Adams County, one in Bingham County, one in Minidoka County, one in Twin Falls County, and one in Shoshone County. This was the first fatality recorded in Adams County.
The encouraging trends of dropping daily case numbers and declining test positivity rates might not be here for long. Labor Day Weekend starts tomorrow, and Idaho health professionals say they are expecting to see a rise in cases after the holiday.
September 3 - 5:45 p.m.
Idaho added 262 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday for a total of 30,489 confirmed cases over the course of the pandemic. Zero deaths were recorded, so the total remains at 372 deaths.
The percent of positive tests coming back dropped for the seventh week in a row to hit 8%, down from a peak of 15% in early July.
The state coronavirus website now includes a map showing each county’s transmission level (red, orange, yellow, green) according to its local health district. There are three counties in the red category: Ada, Canyon and Payette.
Despite some encouraging trends including declining daily case numbers and declining test positivity rate, Gov. Brad Little announced Idaho will stay in Stage 4 for the sixth time due to high hospitalizations and ICU admissions.
September 2 - 5:00 p.m.
Idaho recorded an additional 258 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 30, 227. Thirty-eight probable cases were also reported.
Wednesday saw four more COVID-19-related deaths in Idaho — one in each of Ada, Bannock, Canyon and Minidoka counties. Three-hundred and seventy-two Idahoans have now died from the virus.
Ada County added 90 confirmed cases on Wednesday and Canyon County added 40. Clark, Payette and Butte counties currently lead the state for the highest 7-day averages of new cases.
September 1 - 5:11 p.m.
Another seven people have died due to COVID-19 in Idaho as the state adds another 222 confirmed cases to the state’s total.
368 have died due to the virus since mid-March in Idaho, including two deaths in Ada and Canyon counties, as well as one death each in Benewah, Bonneville and Kootenai counties.
29,969 lab-confirmed cases have been tallied as of Tuesday, according to state health officials.
Hospitalizations continue to slowly tick down, with 162 people having been admitted as of Aug. 29, the latest data available.
But ICU admissions have been among their highest levels throughout the pandemic. As of Aug. 29, 46 patients were receiving intensive care.
August 31 - 5:15 p.m.
Idaho added 191 additional lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the statewide total to 29,747. Ada County had the day’s largest number of newly-confirmed cases at 61, while Canyon added 18 and Bonneville and Kootenai Counties each added 16.
Canyon County recorded the only two deaths of the day in the state, bringing Idaho’s death count to 361. Despite the low daily number, Monday wraps up Idaho’s deadliest month since the pandemic in March. In all of August, 172 Idahoans died from COVID-19. The month with the second-most deaths was July at 97.
August 28 - 5:45 p.m.
State health officials reported 247 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Friday. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 31,384. There are an additional 2,311 probable cases statewide.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 10 new deaths Friday, bringing the statewide total to 353. Six of Friday’s reported deaths were in Ada County, one in Canyon County, one in Cassia County, and two in Shoshone County. Three of the reported deaths were individuals between 70-79, while the remaining seven deaths were individuals 80 and older.
Boise State University sent out a news release Friday announcing the suspension of three fraternities, as well as 18 students, due to large gatherings that “violated university policies designed to protect our entire community from COVID”. This comes on the fifth day of in-person classes at Boise State.
August 27 - 5:11 p.m.
Idaho reported another 285 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and another six deaths Thursday.
This brings the state's total confirmed cases to 28,841. The additional deaths bring that total to 343 since the first Idaho case was reported in March.
Numbers are lower than their peak in mid-July, though much higher than the first three months of the pandemic and have been going up and down for the past two weeks.
August 26 - 5:00 p.m.
Idaho added 224 more lab-confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday for a statewide total of 28,556 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
Eleven additional deaths were recorded as well, following yesterday’s 12 deaths, for a total count of 337. Four of Wednesday’s deaths were in Ada County, two in Kootenai County, and one in each of Bingham, Boundary, Canyon, Shoshone and Washington counties.
Payette County leads the state this week for the highest seven-day case rate per capita, whereas Ada County has seen the most cases total.
August 25 - 5:39 p.m.
Coronavirus cases have increased to their highest levels over the past five days in Idaho, with state health officials confirming another 343.
Another 12 people have also died, bringing Idaho’s death toll to 326.
The state has recorded 28,332 confirmed cases since March, according to the state health department.
Overall hospitalization numbers continue their slow decline, with 160 people having been admitted as of Aug. 22, the most recent data available.
But the number of people with COVID-19 in the ICU is still elevated at 47 statewide.
Overall, laboratory testing continues to drop, along with the percent of people testing positive. From Aug. 9-Aug. 15, 9.2% of the roughly 19,000 people tested came back positive — the lowest number since mid-June. Health officials have repeatedly said they want to have fewer than 5% of people test positive.
August 24 - 5:15 p.m.
For the fourth-straight day, the daily number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Idaho has come in under 300. State health officials announced 174 newly-confirmed cases Monday, continuing a downward trend. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 27,989. An additional 43 cases were listed as probable.
Ada and Canyon Counties continue to report the highest percentages of confirmed cases, with Latah, Nez Perce and Kootenai seeing significant spikes Monday. Of Idaho’s 44 counties, 19 did not report a single new confirmed case today.
Despite the dip in case numbers, Idaho logged seven additional deaths Monday after recording just three over the weekend. Canyon County recorded three while Shoshone and Ada each logged two.
August 23 - 5:45 p.m.
State health officials announced just 178 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday, following a trend in dropping Sunday numbers that began late last month. This brings the statewide total of confirmed cases to 27,815. Similarly, only one death was reported statewide from Canyon County, putting the Idaho death toll at 307.
August 22 - 5:10 p.m.
State Health officials Saturday announced 266 new COVID-19 cases confirmed by lab testing, the fifth of the last eight days with fewer than 300 new cases. The Seven and 14-day trends continue to fall, down 27% and 19% respectively in the last seven days. The majority of new cases continue to be found in Ada and Canyon counties. Combined, the two counties account for nearly 59% of confirmed cases statewide.
Two more fatalities were confirmed by state officials Saturday, both in Canyon County (64). Statewide, the death toll is 306, with 109 in Ada County, and the bulk of fatalities afflicting residents in long-term care facilities.
Hospitalizations increased by 13 Saturday. Governor Brad Little and state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn said Friday, too many people continue to need hospital care due to COVID-19 to move the state beyond phase four of its rebound plan. The threshold to advance is eight hospitalizations per day, recently increased from four.
August 21 - 6:00 p.m.
State health officials reported 232 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Friday. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 29,359. There are an additional 1,988 probable cases statewide.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 6 new deaths Friday, bringing the statewide total of deaths to 304.
Idaho’s small decrease in positive tests may not mean cases will continue to drop. Dr. David Pate, a member of Idaho’s Coronavirus Task Force, told Idaho Matters that with students heading back to school, numbers could be very different in a month.
August 20 — 5:15 p.m.
Idaho added 385 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday for a statewide total of 27,139. Seven deaths were recorded as well. Now 281 Idahoans have died due to COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
Canyon and Shoshone counties saw two deaths, while Fremont, Gem and Kootenai each had one.
Ada County added 117 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, while Bonneville added 44 and Canyon added 43.
August 19 - 5:15 p.m.
Idaho reported nine more deaths and 323 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday, the second straight day above 300 after a brief decline. The state reported another 47 probable new cases.
Idaho now had 26,754 total confirmed cases and 291 deaths.
Despite the high rate of infection, rules for prevention remain a patchwork across the state, with masks only mandated in a handful of municipalities.
August 18 - 5:08 p.m.
Idaho recorded 340 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 after a several day slide in the numbers, along with nine new deaths.
The prior three days each tallied fewer than 300 cases. The state has now confirmed 26,431 cases since mid-March.
Three people each died in Ada and Canyon counties, along with one in each of Kootenai, Payette and Shoshone counties, bringing Idaho’s death total to 282.
Hospitalizations appear to be declining, albeit still elevated. 167 people had been admitted to the hospital as of Aug. 15, the most recent data available. 37 people had been admitted to the ICU with COVID-19.
August 17 - 5:15 p.m.
State health officials reported 250 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases Monday. This continues noticeable drop in case numbers over the weekend, following Friday’s case count of 502. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 26,091.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare also announced four additional deaths after reporting zero on Sunday — two in Canyon County and one each in Owyhee and Kootenai Counties. This brings the state death count to 273.
Since Sunday, Aug. 16, 19 patients have been hospitalized and three were admitted to the ICU
August 16 - 5:45 p.m.
Idaho health officials announced a total of 487 confirmed cases of COVID-19 this weekend — 304 Saturday and 183 Sunday — bringing the statewide total to 25,841. An additional four deaths were logged Saturday with no new deaths Sunday, putting Idaho’s death toll at 269.
Ada, Canyon, Bonneville & Kootenai Counties saw the biggest spike in coronavirus cases over the weekend, making up more than 75% of the newly reported cases.
August 14 - 5:15 p.m.
State health officials reported 502 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Friday. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 25,385. There are an additional 1,788 probable cases statewide.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 14 new deaths Friday, bringing the statewide total of deaths to 265.
This is the most deaths the state has reported in a single day since the pandemic began.
August 14 - 5:15 p.m.
State health officials reported 502 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Friday. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 25,385. There are an additional 1,788 probable cases statewide.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 14 new deaths Friday, bringing the statewide total of deaths to 265.
This is the most deaths the state has reported in a single day since the pandemic began.
August 13 - 5:15: p.m.
Idaho added 465 more lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday for a statewide total of 24,883 confirmed cases. Five additional deaths due to COVID-19 were recorded — all in Ada County. There are now 251 deaths total.
Ada County saw 162 more confirmed cases, Canyon County gained 69 and 30 were recorded in Bonneville. Shoshone County, with a population just short of 13,000, added 20 confirmed cases.
As of Wednesday, the state health department reported all Idaho counties had a case of COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. Lewis and Butte were the last counties to record positive cases; Lewis gained three more cases on Thursday.
Aug. 12 - 5:02 p.m.
Idaho reported another 468 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths Wednesday.
This brings the state's total of confirmed cases throughout the pandemic to 24,418.
The numbers come a day after The Central District Board of Health limited social gatherings in Ada County to no more than 10 people and required masks in Valley County.
August 11 - 5:02 p.m.
State health officials say another seven people have died due to complications from COVID-19, bringing Idaho’s total to 246.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare recorded two deaths in Ada County, three in Canyon County, one in Payette County and Benewah County’s first.
Officials also confirmed 425 new cases Tuesday. The state has now recorded 23,950 since mid-March.
Total hospitalizations dropped slightly, but the number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU dropped by about 25% to 32 patients as of Aug. 8.
August 10 - 5:13 p.m.
State health officials Monday confirmed another 402 cases of the coronavirus in Idaho, as well as two more deaths.
Idaho has now recorded 23,525 cases of COVID-19 and 239 deaths since March 13.
Nearly two-thirds of these newly confirmed cases originated in Ada and Canyon counties.
Hospitalizations are still among the highest levels Idaho has experienced during the pandemic, but appear to be dropping slightly.
As of Aug. 5, the latest data available, 201 people were hospitalized, with 48 in the ICU.
August 9 - 5:28 p.m.
For the second consecutive Sunday, the number of new COVID-19 cases confirmed by lab testing in Idaho dropped dramatically below the seven-day average. State health officials listed a total of 170 confirmed cases Sunday. The Seven-day average of daily new confirmed cases is 436.5. Sunday, August 2, the state listed 218 new confirmed cases, but the seven-day average at that point was nearly 426.
The state website also listed two additional deaths Sunday. The statewide total is now 237, following additional fatalities in Owyhee County, and Bonneville County. However, Eastern Idaho Public Health had previously announced the Bonneville County death midday Saturday.
The total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic reached Idaho in March is 23,123 plus an additional 1,548 probable cases.
August 8 - 5:15 p.m.
Idaho Health Officials announced 545 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday, 207 in Ada County, 95 in Canyon County. Six more people have died, bringing the statewide death toll from the virus to 235 people since March.
St. Luke's and St. Alphonsus Hospital Systems have each released data dashboards to share COVID-19 information publically. It is some of the same information they send to state officials and the new national database operated by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Even as daily cases remain high, the state's test positivity rate continues to drop from a peak near 15% in early July. Official state data from the week beginning August 2 should be released Sunday, but hospital data from Idaho's largest health providers showed test positivity rates the last week near 9%.
State officials have confirmed 22,953 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic reached Idaho, and list another 1,542 probable cases.
August 7 - 5:01 p.m.
Idaho officials are adding another 492 confirmed cases coronavirus to state totals Friday — down from yesterday.
Six additional people also died, bringing the death count to 229.
Since March 13, Idaho has recorded 22,408 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Hospitalizations also remain elevated. After setting a record earlier this week, the numbers declined a bit to 201 people admitted to the hospital as of Wednesday.
Despite having half as many people, Canyon County is now outpacing Ada County in both total infections and infections per capita.
The counties are served by two different public health districts. Central District Health, which covers Ada County, implemented a mandatory mask order a few weeks ago, while Southwest District Health has declined to do so, instead just recommending residents wear them.
August 6 - 5:05 p.m.
There were 648 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases added in Idaho on Thursday, for a state total of 21,916 confirmed cases statewide. This was the third-highest daily case count over the course of the pandemic. In mid-July, Idaho saw 691 and 658 cases two days in a row.
Six deaths were also added to the state count for a total of 223. Three of the deaths were in Canyon County, and one in each of Ada County, Bonneville County and Kootenai County.
Canyon County also saw the highest case count of the day with 242 cases. Ada County followed with 138 confirmed cases, Kootenai had 61 cases and Bonneville recorded 51.
Earlier in the day, Gov. Brad Little announced Idaho would stay in Stage 4 of the reopening plan for the fourth two-week period, after failing to control the spread of the virus enough to meet the necessary metrics.
Aug. 5 - 5:01 p.m.
Idaho reported another 401 lab-confirmed cases COVID-19, 7 deaths and a record number of hospitalizations Wednesday, as the state remains in the worst stretch of the pandemic since the first case was reported in March.
There were 242 patients hospitalized with suspected or confirmed cases on Wednesday.
An additional 72 probable new cases were reported Wednesday, bringing Idaho total confirmed and probable cases to nearly 23,000, with 217 deaths.
Despite the numbers, most businesses remain open across the state and Gov. Brad Little is encouraging schools to open for in-person instruction.
August 4 - 5:06 p.m.
After several days of relative declines in cases of coronavirus, Idaho added another 495 Tuesday, as well as 10 deaths.
The state has now recorded 20,867 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 13 and 210 deaths.
Five of those who died were from Canyon County. Two were from Ada County and one each from Kootenai, Owyhee and Washington counties.
Ada and Canyon counties are still the hotspots for Idaho, accounting for nearly two thirds of Tuesday’s cases.
Data show admissions to hospitals and the ICU have spiked after a one-day dip. 195 people were hospitalized as of Aug. 2, while 39 of them were in the ICU.
August 3 - 5:17 p.m.
After three days straight of declining numbers in new confirmed cases of COVID-19, Idaho saw an uptick Monday with a reported 305 lab-confirmed cases. This brings the statewide total to 20,375.
Canyon County alone accounted for more than a quarter of Monday’s new confirmed cases at 84. Kootenai County had the second-highest count at 42. Ada and Twin Falls Counties logged 23 and 21 new cases respectively.
Three additional deaths were also reported Monday: two in Ada County and one in Twin Falls County. State officials recorded two of the fatalities in the 80-years-and-older age range and one in the 50-59. A total of 200 Idahoans have died from coronavirus since March.
Since Sunday, 12 COVID-19 cases have been hospitalized and three have been sent to the ICU.
August 2 - 5:15 p.m.
Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare Sunday posted an increase of 218 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the state past 20,000 total cases since March. The daily total of new cases declined for the fourth straight day and was the fewest since July 2. Health officials announced no new fatalities across the state, but the state's death reporting has lagged behind local health districts in recent days. The reported number of available ICU beds at Idaho hospitals increased for the fourth consecutive day, currently 157. July 28, there were fewer than 100 ICU beds available.
Across Idaho, 20,067 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed and 1,277 cases are probable. The death toll is 197.
August 1 - 5 p.m.
State health officials posted eight new COVID-19 fatalities Saturday, bringing the statewide death toll to 197 since March. Two of Saturday's deaths came from hard-hit Ada County, another death Shoshone County was its second total of the pandemic. State data show five deaths Saturday in northern Idaho's Kootenai County, though it was not clear how many of those fatalities were new. The state website, run by the Department of Health and Welfare, has recently been several days behind data posted by the Panhandle Health District. Saturday, the state showed 13 deaths in Kootenai County, and the district website - last updated Friday afternoon - showed ten.
Daily case data provided by the state showed 386 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis Saturday; 171 of those were in Ada County. When combined with the 71 new confirmed cases in Canyon County, the two Treasure Valley counties accounted for 63% of the day's new cases in Idaho. Idaho's statewide count since March stands at 19,849 confirmed cases and an additional 1,265 probable cases.
Between July 1 and August 1, the number of cases confirmed by lab testing increased by 14,063, and 105 people died.