(Map Credit: Idaho Statesman/McClatchy)
March 25 - 5:38 p.m.
As Gov. Brad Little announced a stay-at-home order for the state, the state reports the number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 50 today to a total of 123. The Panhandle Health District has nine cases in total, reporting one new case today: a man in his 40s from Kootenai County. The health district said one of its nine cases seems to be from community transmission because health officials can’t track it to travel or contact with a confirmed case.
Idaho North Central Health District announced its first case in Idaho County today, bringing that district's total to two. The Central Health District is reporting 15 more cases since yesterday. That district is reporting 39 total cases in Ada County, while the state website says that county has 37.
The South Central District Health Department is recording 63 cases in Blaine County as of yesterday. But the state is still recording 52 cases there today.
The Eastern Idaho Public Health reported two more cases in Fremont and Custer counties with one case tied to out-of-country travel and the second to travel to an area with community transmission. As of Wednesday evening, the state was not reporting the case in Custer County.
If the county cases (two in Ada, 11 in Blaine and one in Custer) from the health district cases are added to the state total, Boise State Public Radio calculates the case number in Idaho is 137. Almost 2,200 individuals have been tested for the virus at state and commercial labs.
March 24 - 8:18 p.m.
In a press release Tuesday evening, Idaho North Central Health District confirmed the first positive test for coronavirus in New Perce County. The patient is an adult under the age of 60 who did not require hospitalization and is at home recovering. The point of transmission was not stated.
Public health officials are working to determine risk criteria for locations and contacts that may have been exposed to this individual.
March 24 - 5:51 p.m.
Payette County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19, according to Southwest District Health. The largely rural county borders Oregon in southwest Idaho.
A woman in her 20s contracted it, experienced mild symptoms and recovered at home, according to the health district.
Officials are investigating how she was infected. Southwest District Helath asks household members and anyone who had prolonged exposure to anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 to self-isolate at home.
March 24 - 5 p.m.
At 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the state of Idaho website for confirmed cases of COVID-19 was partially updated. The site states, “Idaho is currently reporting 73 cases,” which is up 13 from its count Monday. However, the accompanying table below this text was not updated. It’s still reporting yesterday’s total of 50.
Calculating each public health district’s tallies, the total case count in Idaho is at 87 at end of business on Tuesday. Eastern Idaho Public Health reported the first two confirmed cases in Jefferson County. Southeastern Idaho Public Health reported the first two cases in Bannock County. Southwest District Health announced the first confirmed case in Payette County.
The Panhandle Health District sent a press release announcing another two cases in Kootenai County. Central District Health and South Central Public Health District both reported an increase in case numbers — Ada County now has 24 and Blaine County has reached 40.
Idaho North Central Public Health District, which serves the counties of Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce, is the only public health district yet to report any confirmed cases of coronavirus.
March 24 - 1:28 p.m.
Panhandle Health District has confirmed two more cases of novel coronavirus in North Idaho.
The cases are both in Kootenai County, which includes Coeur d’Alene.
One is a woman in her 20s and the other is a man in his 60s. Both are self-isolating at home.
Epidemiologists are investigating possible contacts with other people, according to the health district.
For more information, visit http://panhandlehealthdistrict.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus_Cases-3.24.2020.pdf
March 24 - 11:15 a.m.
Eastern Idaho Public Health District has confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus in Jefferson County. This brings the total number of cases in this region to six.
The first confirmed case is a woman over the age of 65. She was not hospitalized and is self-isolating in her home. The point of transmission was connected with travel outside the country.
The second patient in Jefferson County to test positive for coronavirus is a male over the age of 65. He is self-isolating at home and has connected his case to travel out of the country.
Officials are currently investigating both of these cases further and will contact others who may have been exposed.
March 23 - 5:00 p.m.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Idaho has ticked up again. The state website is officially reporting a total of 50 cases, showing an additional case in Canyon County and two more in Ada County. But numbers are slightly higher according to the indivual public health districts.
Central District Health is reporting a total of 20 cases for Ada County, while South Central District Health is showing a total of 36 in Blaine County — more cases than the number currently reported by the state. Southwest District Health sent out a press release Monday afternoon that announced additional Canyon County cases, bringing the total there to five. Also left out of the state's Monday number report is the first confirmed case in Cassia County and the first two confirmed cases in Bannock County. Taking into consideration all of the numbers reported by public health districts, this brings the statewide total of coronavirus cases to 69.
March 23 - 1:40 p.m.
Southeastern Idaho Public Health has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in Bannock County.
These are the first two confirmed cases in the county, which is in southeastern Idaho and includes Pocatello.
Both patients are men in their 30s who have a history of travel, though an investigation is ongoing to determine how they got the virus, according to Southeastern Idaho Public Health.
Both are recovering at their homes. It brings the total number of confirmed cases in Idaho to more than 60 (these numbers are changing fast and may be outdated).
March 23 - 10:17 a.m.
South Central Public Health District and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Cassia County.
The individual who tested positive is a woman in her 70s who has been hospitalized. Officials say she hosted visitors in her home from areas with documented community spread, which is likely how she contracted her virus.
More information about the woman’s status and symptoms were not immediately available.
March 22 - 5:30 p.m.
In the 9 days since Idaho’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, on March 13, the state has tallied 47 cases across the state, with the majority in Blaine and Ada counties.
Other counties with more than one confirmed case are Madison and Teton counties in the east, Kootenai County in the north and Canyon County in the west. Twin Falls, Valley and Bingham counties have each reported a single case.
To date, more than 1,300 people have been tested for the novel coronavirus in Idaho, most of them through the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories.
March 20 - 5:20 p.m.
The Southeastern Idaho Public Health office has confirmed Bingham County’s first case of COVID-19. The case isn’t yet noted on the state’s website, and would bring Idaho’s total to 32.
March 20 - 5 p.m,
The state of Idaho saw another uptick of reported COVID-19 cases Friday bringing the state total to 31. So far, the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories has tested 692 individuals and commercial labs have tested another 219. Southwest District Health is poised to announce its first coronavirus case in Canyon County. Boise State University announced today one of its employees tested positive and the Ada County Courthouse was evacuated around 1 p.m., after the spouse of a worker there tested positive. The South Central Public Health District, which includes Blaine and Twin Falls County, remains the epicenter of the virus with 20 confirmed cases, the highest number in the state.
March 19 - 5:30 p.m.
Idaho Governor Brad Little has announced that there will be an isolation order in place for residents of Blaine County. That county reported 17 positive cases of COVID-19 so far, two of them healthcare providers.
Nearly all of these 12 new cases were found in people younger than 60 years old. They’re evenly split between men and women. It’s unclear whether they’ve been hospitalized or are recovering at home.
A spokeswoman from the South Central Public Health District didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking clarification.
Twenty-three cases have been confirmed statewide as of Thursday afternoon, including Idaho’s first in the panhandle.
March 19 - 3:14 p.m.
North Idaho has now confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus. The Panhandle Health District and Kootenai Health say the patient is a male older than 60 in Kootenai County. Health officials say he has mild symptoms and he has been told to isolate. This is the 12th confirmed case in the state. Officials are still investigating contacts for possible exposure.
March 19 - 2:20 p.m.
The first case of community spread of the novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Idaho. South Central Public Health District and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced Thursday afternoon, the patient is a male from Blaine County in his 40s — this is the same case Blaine County announced Wednesday afternoon. The individual had no out-of-state travel and no known contact with another person confirmed with COVID-19. He has mild symptoms and is recovering at home.
March 18 - 6:15 p.m.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has confirmed two new cases of coronavirus, bringing the state's total to 11.
Both are in south central Idaho, which is home to nearly half of the state's cases.
One is a man in his 80s from Twin Falls County, the first case in that county. He was briefly hospitalized, but is now recovering at home. The second is a man in his 40s from Blaine County. He displayed mild symptoms, health officials said, and is also recovering at home.
The South Central Public Health District said the four other women in Blaine County who contracted the disease are still recovering well. Officials believe three of them received it from visitors to the area, while the origin of the fourth is under investigation.
March 17 - 6:29 p.m.
South Central Public Health District announced a fourth confirmed case of COVID-19 in Blaine County. This is the state's ninth confirmed case.
The patient is a female over the age of 80. She is recovering in a local hospital under isolation. The point of transmission remains under investigation.
March 17 - 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday afternoon Eastern Idaho Public Health confirmed the first positive case of novel coronavirus in Madison County. This is the state’s eighth case. The individual is a male BYU-Idaho student in his 20s with recent out-of-state travel to a COVID-19 affected area.
The individual is recovering with mild symptoms in his Rexburg apartment. The patient became symptomatic on March 8, returned to Madison County on March 11 and stayed in his apartment until seeing his medical provider on March 12.
March 17 - 2:53 p.m.
Eastern Idaho Public Health has confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in Madison County, bringing the statewide total at this time to eight. More details about the case will be announced in a press conference in the County Commissioner's Chamber at the Madison County Courthouse at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17 - 9:52 a.m.
South Central Public Health has confirmed a new case of COVID-19 in Blaine County. The patient if a woman over the age of 50 who did not require hospitalization. As soon as she began showing symptoms, the individual self isolated. The point of transmission is still under investigation.
Tuesday, March 17 - 9:48 a.m.
Central District Health has announced Ada County's third confirmed case of COVID-19. The patient is a woman from Ada County under the age of 50. She reported mild symptoms that did not require hospitalization. She reamins in isolation at home and has indicated possible travel-related transmission.
Saturday, March 14 - 8:21 p.m.
The second Blaine County resident confirmed by South Central Public Health to have tested positive for COVID-19 is a woman over the age of 70. She is currently being hospitalized for her symptoms and is recovering. At this time, officials are still trying to determine how the patient contracted the virus.
Saturday, March 14 - 6:16 p.m.
The Central District Health Department confirmed a second case of COVID-19 in Ada County Saturday evening. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to four. Central District Health reports the patient is a male in his 50s and is believed to have contracted the virus through travel. He is recovering in his home and did not require hospitalization.
Saturday, March 14 - 6:11 p.m.
Officials from Eastern Idaho Public Health and Teton Valley Health announced Idaho's third confirmed case of coronavirus in Teton County in a press conference Saturday evening.
The patient is a woman under the age of 60 who was in close contact with a confirmed case in a neighboring state. Officials say she remains at home in good spirits with mild symptoms that did not require hospitalization.
After learning of her contact with a confirmed case, this patient contacted her health care provider to determine the necessity of a test. She presented to Teton Valley Health Thursday evening, when her sample was sent to the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories for testing. The positive result was delivered Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
During the press conference, officials said there is no indication of community spread of the illness as this time and the risk to Idahoans remains low. Public health staff will work to notify those who may have been at risk for exposure.
Saturday, March 14 - 1:49 p.m.
A second known Idaho resident has tested positive for coronavirus, said Melody Bowyer, the director of South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) during a press conference on Saturday.
The patient is a Blaine County resident in her 50s. Health officials said she is resting at home with mild symptoms and did not require hospitalization. Her symptoms were cough, shortness of breath of breath and fever, according to Logan Hudson, a public health division administrator for SCPHD.
The first confirmed case in Idaho was a woman from Ada County who had traveled to a conference in New York. Health officials said she is also recovering at home and did not require hospitalization.
The Blaine County resident saw a local provider, who sent a sample to the state public health lab on Thursday. The test was run Friday and SCPHD learned of the positive result Friday night.
The investigation into the Blaine County case started Friday evening.
So far, officials know the individual traveled to a neighboring state within a two-week time window before her symptoms began. At the time that neighboring state did not have a confirmed case of COVID-19, but it does now. Officials would not say which state she traveled to, citing privacy concerns.
“If we ever learn of a location here in Blaine County where people were at risk at some point, we will notify those people immediately,” said Hudson.
The woman followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines by staying home and not going into work when she started feeling sick earlier this week. Hudson said because she followed the social distancing protocol, officials believe the risk to the public is the same as it was prior to learning of the positive test last night.
“We do not feel like any businesses and schools in the area have any more risk than they did before last night,” Hudson said.
Blaine County verbally announced a state of emergency in the county on Friday, the day Gov. Brad Little made the same declaration for the state of Idaho. At Saturday’s press conference, the commissioners said they would formalize this announcement in writing on Tuesday.
Friday, March 13 - 5:30 p.m.
Gov. Brad Little (R) and state public health officials announced Idaho's first confirmed case of coronavirus Friday afternoon in a press conference, just hours after declaring a state of emergency.
The person is a woman between the age of 50 and 60 and is in isolation at home in Ada County. She recently returned from a conference in New York City where three other attendees tested positive for coronavirus. She is currently doing well and recovering from mild symptoms.
"We are concerned for this person, but we're glad her symptoms have been mild," Elke Shaw-Tulloch, administrator for the Division of Public Health for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, said in a press release. "I'm impressed at how well the clinic where the sample was collected minimized the risk to staff and other patients."
The patient was asymptomatic when she traveled from New York City back to Idaho via the Boise airport. Officials said she was only back "a few days" before feeling sick and seeking medical attention. Her treating physician ruled out influenza and then worked to gather information on the woman's travel history, symptoms and exposure risk.
The sample was taken late Thursday and sent to the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories, where it was tested Friday morning. Her positive test for COVID-19 did not require hospitalization.
This case was not contracted from community spread. Epidemiologists with Central District Health are working with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to determine reasonable risk criteria based on her movements since her return to Idaho. If others are found to be at risk for exposure, health officials said they will monitor them closely.
"We understand that this is scary," said Shaw-Tulloch, "but we encourage everyone to do their part to stay healthy and prevent illness: Wash your hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes, stay home if you're sick, and stay away from sick people."
In a press conference Friday afternoon, Gov. Little said the state has been preparing for its first confirmed case since January, putting precautionary measures and recommendations in place.
"Our focus is on slowing the spread of coronavirus to protect vulnerable individuals and preserve capacity in our healthcare facilities," Little said.
Saturday afternoon, Idaho State University students received an email from university president Kevin Satterlee that stated the woman confirmed as Idaho's first positive COVID-19 case is a student at ISU's Meridian campus.
His announcement said this patient was last on campus Tuesday, March 10, though contact with others in the school community was limited. Anyone deemed to have been at risk for exposure has already been contacted by Central District Health for guidance and monitoring.
Prior to learning this information, Satterlee sent an email Friday announcing the university's decision to extend spring break by one week and move all courses to remote delivery for the remainder of the semester, starting March 30. These measures were put into place to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 situation.
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