Here's What We Know About The 76,000+ Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Idaho

Nov 17, 2020



Idaho Continues Its Record-Breaking COVID-19 Week

November 20 - 5:15 p.m. 

Idaho added 1,486 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday - a new record, replacing one set just a few days before. There were also 300 more probably cases recorded on Friday, for a total of 76,570 lab-confirmed and 13,194 probable cases over the course of the pandemic. 

Ten additional deaths were added on Friday for a statewide total of 845. Ada, Cassia and Kootenai counties had two deaths each, and Bannock, Canyon, Gooding and Jerome each had one. 

Data added to the state dashboard Friday showed there were a record number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized — 404 — on Tuesday. 

Idaho’s test positivity rate increased for the ninth straight week. The percentage of tests coming back positive for COVID-19 is 17.8%.

Twenty Three New Deaths As Idaho's Lab-Confirmed COVID-19 Case Count Passes 75,000

November 19 - 6 p.m.

Idaho reported 23 new fatalities on Thursday, the second highest daily death toll since the start of the pandemic. The state added another 1,244 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s total of confirmed cases to 75,084.

An additional 299 COVID-19 infections were probable, making Thursday’s total of probable and confirmed new cases 1,543.

Ada County reported eight deaths; Twin Falls reported three; Bannock, Canyon and Kootenai each reported two; and Bonneville, Caribou, Elmore, Fremont, Jerome, Minidoka counties reported one death each. Since mid-March, 835 Idahoans have lost their lives to the virus.

As Idaho’s coronavirus cases continue to skyrocket, Boise Mayor Lauren McLean announced a new health order Thursday, allowing the Boise Police Department to issue fines and misdemeanors to help enforce the city’s COVID-19 rules. The Panhandle Health District also voted in favor of the state’s first district-wide mask mandate.

Idaho COVID-19 Cases Continue To Surge

Nov. 18, 2020 - 5:15 p.m.

Idaho continued to post alarming COVID-19 numbers Wednesday, with another 1,075 lab-confirmed cases and 14 deaths. That comes a day after the state shattered its one-day mortality record with 35 deaths, and it pushed the state’s overall death toll for the pandemic to 812.

There were an additional 235 probable new infections, for a total of 1,310 likely new COVID-19 cases that day. Idaho has recorded over 1,000 new cases every day for the past two weeks, not including Sundays when some health districts don't report numbers.

Despite being in the worst stretch of a deadly pandemic that began in mid-March, Idaho's Republican Gov. Brad Little has resisted a statewide mask mandate, despite pleas from health officials and a steady drumbeat of fellow GOP governors instituting their own mandates.

Idaho Shatters Single-Day Death Record Tuesday

November 17 - 6:21 p.m.

Idaho set new grim records Tuesday, tallying 35 deaths and 1,406 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 as the state continues its free fall into the worst phase of the pandemic it’s yet experienced.

Tuesday’s death count shatters the previous one-day record of 19 set less than a week ago on Nov. 11.

Those include the following:

·      8 in Bonneville County

·      7 in Ada County

·      5 in Twin Falls County

·      3 in both Bannock and Caribou counties

It also includes one death each in Canyon, Cassia, Jefferson, Jerome, Kootenai, Lemhi, Lincoln, Minidoka, Power and Shoshone counties.

One death was removed from Gem County, Tuesday.

1,406 confirmed cases is also a new high water mark for the state, with an additional 375 probable cases. Combined, the two total 1,781 — also a new record.

In all, Idaho has recorded 72,765 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 798 deaths since March 13.


Idaho Reports More Than 900 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Monday

November 16 - 5:20 p.m.


Just days after Idaho Governor Brad Little rolled the state back to a “modified” State 2, health officials reported 924 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the statewide total to 71,359. An additional 175 cases were listed as probable.


Idaho reported four additional coronavirus-related fatalities Monday — one each in Kootenai, Canyon, Bonneville and Bingham Counties. With these deaths, a total of 763 Idahoans have died from the virus.


As state and surrounding hospitals near capacity, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s website shows the availability of ventilators and ICU beds is the best Monday that it’s been all month. Similarly, the most recent data available for hospitalizations and ICU admissions reported Friday, November 3 shows a slight decline in both numbers. More current information is not available at this time.

Back-To-Back Days With 1,519 New Cases, Death Toll Up Seven Saturday

November 14 - 7 p.m.

State health officials announced 1,519 new COVID-19 infections Saturday, which is the third time in four days that Idaho topped more than 1,500 daily cases.

The share of lab-confirmed cases fell compared to Friday, to 1,207.

The death toll Saturday increased by seven, to 759 people, but that likely includes the removal of one October fatality in Bonneville County which was corrected Friday as not attributed to COVID-19.

The Department of Health and Welfare had not updated its individual list of cases by county along with the rest of its data Saturday afternoon, but did update weekly totals showing 1,534 cases in Ada County and 1,070 in Canyon County to lead Idaho over the last seven days. Kootenai, Twin Falls and Bonneville counties each logged more than 600 cases the past seven days.

Idaho Reports Second-Highest Daily Total Of New COVID-19 Infections

November 13 - 6:15 p.m. 

Idaho reported 1,270 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the second-highest daily total since mid-March, when Idaho recorded its first case. There were another 249 probable cases, bringing the total daily case number to 1,519. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 68,350 with an additional 11,448 probable cases since the start of the pandemic.

The state also reported three new deaths, bringing the total to 752 (one less than expected due to an inconsistency in Bonneville County’s reporting*), though county level data appears to count four new deaths. Cassia, Jerome, Minidoka, and Washington Counties reported one death each.

As of Friday, 3,634 people associated with 164 long-term care facilities have COVID-19. Since March, the state has reported 248 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, with a total of 4,592 cases and 346 deaths. Only 84 facilities have resolved those outbreaks.   

*UPDATE: The Eastern Idaho Health District explained the discrepancy in an email after deadline, saying IDHW reported a death to Bonneville County in October that was believed to be a result of COVID-19. The death certificate of the individual in his 80s was recently changed to say the cause of death was NOT from the virus. The health district's death count is now 73.


Idaho Continues Double-Digit Death Trend

November 12 - 5:25 p.m. 

Idaho added 880 confirmed cases and 278 probable COVID-19 cases on Thursday for a daily total of 1,158. There have now been 67,080 confirmed and 11,199 probably cases in the state over the course of the pandemic. 


The COVID-19 death toll rose to 749 on Thursday, with 16 additional deaths. The state has recorded more than 10 deaths each day since Monday. 


The test positivity rate increased for the eighth straight week, according to data posted Thursday, and is up sharply from 14.7% last week to 16.9% this week. 


Southeastern Idaho Public Health District based in Pocatello has the lowest test positivity rate of all health districts with 11.3% of tests coming back positive. Eastern Idaho Public Health based in Idaho Falls has the highest rate of 26.8%.

Idaho Sets One-Day Record for COVID-19 Deaths, New Cases, Hospitalizations

November 11 - 5:18 p.m.

Idaho smashed its one-day records for COVID-19 deaths and new cases Wednesday with another 19 deaths and1,325 lab-confirmed cases. There were an additional 368 probable cases for a total one-day caseload 1,693. That's the most since mid-March, when Idaho reported its first case of the pandemic. The peak in Idaho’s first spike was 222 new confirmed cases on April 2. Wednesday’s number is a 497% increase over that. 

The state also set a one-day record for hospitalizations at 361 and tied a record for intensive care unit patients at 94, just a day after it set that record.

Idaho is grappling with one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, even as numbers skyrocket across the U.S.

Despite that, much of the state has minimal restrictions in place and several cities have voted against mask mandates. Republican Gov. Brad Little has resisted a statewide mask mandate despite pleas from health professionals who say their hospitals are getting overwhelmed.

Neighboring Washington and Oregon, who have instituted more restrictions are faring better, though also seeing rising cases.

Idaho Surpasses 700 COVID-19 Deaths

November 10 - 5:30 p.m.

State health officials reported 964 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Another 237 cases were probable, bringing the total daily case number to 1,201. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 64,875 with an additional 10,553 probable cases since the start of the pandemic.

In the state’s reported weekly hotspots, Ada County has the most new cases with 42 new infections Tuesday, bringing its weekly total to 293. Canyon County has surpassed Bonneville County on the hotspot list, with 156 new infections on Tuesday, bringing Canyon County’s weekly total to 278.

Idaho reported 16 COVID-19 new deaths on Tuesday. Ada County reported six deaths, with Bannock County reporting two. Bonneville, Canyon, Cassia, Idaho, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Payatte, and Twin Falls counties each reported one. The statewide total of fatalities is now 714.

Idaho Breaks Record Of Highest Daily Cases Since Start Of Pandemic

November 9 - 5:20 p.m.


Continuing a trend that started last week, Idaho health officials reported a new record of daily confirmed COVID-19 cases Monday: 1,146. This brings the statewide total to 63,911. An additional 120 cases were listed as probable.


Ada County alone added 364 cases Monday — no other county broke 100 — and is leading the county hotspots, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s website. Other hotspot counties so far this week are Bonneville, Canyon, Twin Falls and Kootenai.


The case numbers come after several Idaho health districts said in a press release Friday that the recent surge means it’s impossible for case investigators to contact every single person who tests positive for COVID-19, let alone that person’s close contacts.


State health officials reported an additional 12 deaths Monday, bringing Idaho’s death toll to 698. Six of the deaths are listed in Twin Falls County, while Shoshone, Canyon, Lincoln, Cassia, Fremont and Bingham counties each reported one.

Idaho Sets New Daily COVID-19 Case Record For Fourth Time in Five Days

November 7 - 7 p.m.

For the fourth time in the last five days, Idaho has set a daily record for total new COVID-19 cases. State health officials announced 1,403 new cases Saturday, 1,050 of which were lab-confirmed - a record high number by itself. Four more people have died, pushing the death toll to 683 people.

Nearly 450 of Saturday's new cases were in Ada County, which was also home to three of the day's reported fatalities. In Idaho's most populous county, 191 people have died of COVID-19 since March.

Hospitalization data was not updated Saturday, the most recent information showing a record high 320 people receiving hospital care for COVID-19 on November 4.


Idaho Sets One-Day Record For Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

November 6 - 5:30 p.m. 

State health officials reported 1,045 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the highest daily total. Another 285 cases were probable, bringing the total daily case number to 1,330. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 61,110 with an additional 9,799 probable cases since the start of the pandemic.Idaho reported eight COVID-19 deaths on Friday. The statewide total of fatalities is now 679. 

Ada County reported three deaths, two more were in Kootenai County, and one was in each of Franklin, Nez Perce, and Twin Falls counties.

The state also reported a new high in hospitalizations and ICU cases. The latest data, gathered on November 4th, shows 320 patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were hospitalized and 90 were in the ICU. South Central Public Health District, Central District Health, Southwest District Health, and the Panhandle Health District released a joint news release Friday saying the surge in cases over the last month have created backlogs and delays for disease investigation teams. These delays, they report, make it impossible to contact all new reported cases or close-contacts. This means there may be an undercount in cases due to overwhelmed public health resources.  


Idaho Adds Nearly 900 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Seven More Deaths

November 5 - 5:20 p.m. 


Idaho added 885 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, and 380 more probable cases, for a daily total of 1,265 cases. The state has been increasing its usage of antigen tests — as opposed to PCR nasal swabs — which count as probable cases. 


The percent of tests coming back positive increased for the seventh week in a row and is now at 14.7%.


Idaho reached a new high of 296 COVID-19 patients hospitalized on Monday. That data was added on Wednesday. 


There were also seven more COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday. Three deaths were in Lemhi County, two in Canyon and one each in Madison and Twin Falls counties.

Idaho Records Deadliest Day Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Nov. 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Idaho reported its largest one-day COVID-19 death toll of the pandemic, with 17, and the most lab-confirmed cases in a day, with 957. The pandemic has been surging in the state and much of the country and health officials worry it will worsen with people staying indoors as the weather gets colder.

There were another 333 new probable cases Wednesday, bringing the combined total to 1,290, also a record.

Wednesday's deaths bring the state's total to 664 since the first Idaho case was reported in mid-March.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little recently took Idaho back to a modified Stage 3 of pandemic restrictions, but it changed little and included no enforcement. A group of health officials has called for a statewide mask mandate to avoid hospitals being overwhelmed, but so far Little has resisted such calls.

15 New Deaths, Another 4-Figure Case Day Tuesday

November 3 - 5:45 p.m.

State Health and Welfare officials posted 1,179 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, 826 new confirmed cases, and a record 353 new probable cases. Fifteen more people have died, pushing the death toll since March to 647 people.

Ada County posted 245 of the day's confirmed cases and 85 probable cases, though the state dashboard shows a declining case rate in the county for the third straight day.

Tuesday's fatalities were most heavily concentrated in Ada and Canyon Counties, with three each. Other new deaths were posted by Bingham, Bonner, Fremont, Kootenai (2), Lincoln, Madison and Payette Counties.

Since March, Idaho health officials say 58, 223 people have been confirmed to have contracted the virus and another 8,801 people have been listed with probable cases. This is the fourth time in 12 days that Idaho has recorded more than 800 new daily confirmed cases and more than 1,000 total new cases.

Idaho Reports More Than 600 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Monday

November 2 - 5:20 p.m.

State officials reported 641 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the statewide total to 57,397. An additional 116 cases were listed as probable.

Following its deadliest week since the start of the pandemic, Idaho reported two additional COVID-19 deaths Monday — one each in Lincoln and Twin Falls Counties. With these fatalities, a total of 632 Idahoans have died from the coronavirus.

On its weekly hotspots and local trends page, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s website shows Canyon, Kootenai, Twin Falls and Bonneville counties as the areas of the state with the most confirmed cases so far this week. Noticeably at the bottom of this list is Idaho’s most-populated county, Ada, which added only 34 confirmed cases Monday.

As state and surrounding hospitals near capacity, hospitalizations and ICU admissions have been on the rise in Idaho. However, the most recent data from the state on October 31 shows a sharp decline in both numbers. More current hospital information is not available at this time.


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