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July 9 - 5:10 p.m. 

 

Idaho added 433 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday, for a state total of 8,740.  The state also reached 100 deaths; Ada and Canyon counties each saw one additional death. Twenty-one hospitalizations were recorded today, as well as 27 healthcare workers who tested positive. There were 156 new cases in Ada County, 101 cases in Canyon County, 52 cases in Kootenai County and 31 cases in Twin Falls County.

July 8 - 6:01 p.m.

Idaho reported 423 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday, the second day in a row the state topped 400 in the midst of a worsening outbreak. Before Tuesday, the state hadn't seen 400 cases in a day since the outbreak began in March.

Four more deaths were reported, bringing the state's total to 98.

Idaho's total of confirmed probable cases during the pandemic is 8,307.

July 7 - 5:45 p.m.

State officials reported 448 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Tuesday. This brings the statewide total of confirmed cases to 7,884. There are an additional 655 probable cases statewide.

Coronavirus cases continue to climb in those 29 and younger, with 159 new cases falling in that age group. The average age of Idahoans with COVID-19 is 37.8 years old. There are no new deaths, however Dr. Joshua Kern told Boise State Public Radio this week that fatalities often happen weeks after a positive test.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reports nine new hospitalizations. 

July 6 - 5:33 p.m.

 

For the fourth-consecutive day state health officials have reported more than 300 daily cases of COVID-19 in Idaho. Of the 319 added today, 143 were reported in Ada County and 51 were reported from Canyon County.

 

Monday’s death comes from Bingham County, its first. This brings Idaho’s coronavirus-related deaths to 94.

 

Since Sunday, 18 more cases have been hospitalized— six of which were sent to the ICU. An additional 26 health care workers are reported to have contracted the virus since yesterday.

 

Earlier today on Twitter, St. Alphonsus announced COVID-19 testing would now be based on medical necessity and severity of symptoms, due to an influx of possible coronavirus cases.

July 5 - 5:30 p.m.

State health officials said 365 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by lab test results Sunday. Since Friday, the state has announced 1,141 new cases; the fastest jump of 1,000 cases or more since the pandemic was first identified in Idaho in mid-March. According to state data, 7,144 Idahoans have contracted the virus. Cases identified in Idaho's most-populated areas have surged in recent weeks, with 207 new cases confirmed in Ada County Sunday. Ada county has more than 1,000 cases more than any other county in the state.

Canyon County added 91 new cases Sunday, a lower number than recent days but adding to one of the fastest-growing outbreaks in the state. The number of cases in Canyon County have more than doubled in the last eight days.

Hospitalizations increased again Sunday, with 10 new patient admissions.

July 4 - 5:30 p.m.

State Health officials say lab results confirmed another 378 cases of COVID-19 Saturday, the second-highest daily total since the outbreak began in March according to state data. The state website shows 776 new cases confirmed in the past two days.

Saturday, Ada and Canyon counties accounted for 287 new confirmed cases; 76% of the statewide total. Canyon County Saturday set a new record high of daily cases (163) for the fourth day this week, according to the Idaho Statesman. For the week ending Saturday, July 4, Ada county added 672 confirmed cases and Canyon county added 549. New cases have boomed in the Treasure Valley since June 19.

The total lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Idaho is 6,779.

The state says 93 people have died from COVID-19, but data from health districts shows 94 fatalities.

July 2 - 5:10 p.m. 

 

Idaho added 217 confirmed coronavirus cases for a state total of 6,003 on Thursday and no additional deaths. Canyon County saw the largest uptick with 79 new cases, followed by Ada County (48 new cases) and Twin Falls (26 new cases). Fifteen of Thursday’s cases were healthcare workers. 

 

July 1 - 5:12 p.m.

Idaho reported another 233 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, continuing a grim trend.

After topping 200 cases just once from March through much of June, the state has surpassed that number seven of the past eight days.

Wednesday's cases brings the state's total to 5,786 confirmed cases. No new deaths were reported and that number stands at 92.

The rising cases have caused Idaho to pause its reopening at Phase 4, though practically that means very little, as almost all businesses are allowed to be open. Ada County has shut down bars once more and the cities of Moscow and Hailey have mandated mask-wearing.

June 30 - 5:21 p.m.

Idaho saw another record day of confirmed coronavirus cases as numbers continue to climb amid the final phase of the state’s reopening plan.

341 new cases were recorded by state officials Tuesday. Last week set two new single-day records, with the previous being 263 last Friday.

 

The majority of these cases were detected in Ada and Canyon counties. Central District Health last week implemented new restrictions in Ada County, closing bars, large venues and reducing the size of allowable public and private gatherings.

 

It’s the only county in the state under such restrictions after Gov. Brad Little relinquished much of his control over the coronavirus response to the seven public health districts.

 

Little also said the rest of the state would remain in the final phase of his reopening plan amid the surge in outbreaks.

 

Since March 13, Idaho has confirmed 5,553 cases of COVID-19 and 92 deaths.

June 29 - 5:14 p.m.

Idaho has 422 new lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 221 positive tests on Sunday and another 201 for Monday. Five of the last six days have seen daily case counts at more than 200. Ada County remains a hotspot and has had the most cases since the start of the pandemic at 1,920. The county has moved back to a modified Stage 3 of the reopening process, which means bars are closed. Because of the recent surge, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced today it will start reporting new COVID-19 cases every day including Sundays and holidays. It was previously updating its coronavirus.idaho.gov site Monday to Saturday. 

June 27 - 5:15 p.m.

State Health officials say there were 161 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Saturday. Ada County accounted for 67 of Saturday's cases, more than one-third the state total. Idaho's most populated county had more than 600 cases the last week, more than twice its total the week prior.

Three additional cases required hospitalization (312 total), and three more people required intensive care treatment (111 total) according to state data. Seven more healthcare workers contracted the virus, for a total of 475 since mid-March.

Idaho has a total of 4,790 lab-confrimed cases of COVID-19. An additional death was reported in Jerome County, bringing the statewide total to 91.

June 26 - 5:09 p.m.

Idaho hit a new record Friday for lab-confirmed coronavirus cases with 263 positive tests. Coronavirus cases are on an upward trend with a total of 1163 new cases over the last seven days. The last highest seven-day period was in March with a total of 791. The Idaho North Central District confirmed its first positive case in Clearwater County of an adult in their 20s.

Governor Brad Little delayed moving out of Stage 4 of his reopening plan this week because of the increasing caseload. Ada County, at the heart of the new outbreak, moved to a modified Stage 3 this week and ordered bars to be closed. The Central District Health Board violated the state’s open-meeting policy when it initially made the order and rescinded it late Friday. The board  immediately reinstated the county order. The death toll remains at 90. 

  June 25 - 5:08 p.m.

 

Two-hundred more lab-confirmed cases were added on Thursday, for a total of 4,366 statewide, with an additional 499 probable cases. That’s the second day in a row the state has hit at least 200 new cases. Ninety-four of the day’s new cases were in Ada County, and Boise County saw its first confirmed case. 

 

The recent surge in new cases, an increasing percentage of tests that come back positive and a growing number of healthcare workers testing positive are among the factors that kept Idaho from moving out of Stage 4 today. 

 

Going forward, Governor Little said public health districts, city mayors, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Little have the ability to impose further restrictions.

June 24 - 5:23 p.m.

Idaho saw its highest number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in a single day Wednesday, with 223 and another 20 probable cases. There was also an additional death, bringing the state's total to 90.

Wednesday's total includes 101 cases in Ada County, which is in the midst of a spike, with some tied to downtown bars where patrons did not practice physical distancing. In response, Central District Health has ordered bars in the county to close again and the county to return to Phase 3 of reopening.

There have been 908 cases over the last seven days, representing by far the worst week for COVID-19 infections in Idaho since the pandemic began in March. In addition, Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced the first confirmed infection of an inmate at an Idaho correctional center.

Gov. Little has all but ruled out a statewide rollback of reopening and in most of the state. Despite rising numbers, nearly all businesses have been allowed to reopen.

The state has now reported 4,645 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 - 4,166 of those cases have been confirmed. Idaho is one of a number of states across the country seeing rising cases.

June 23 - 5:15 p.m.

Idaho added another 123 confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday, with the majority of them in Ada County.

That brings the state’s total to 3,943 since March 13. No new deaths were announced, with that figure remaining at 89.

 

Ada County, which will reimpose restrictions that were lifted nearly a month ago starting Wednesday, has seen dramatic spikes in recent weeks.

 

Since Sunday, the county has recorded 192 cases, according to state officials. Last week, it was 300.

June 22 - 5:15 p.m.

State health officials today reported and additional 235 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases — 81 attributed to Sunday and 154 to Monday. Ada County alone reported 138 cases. This brings the statewide total of confirmed cases to 3,820. No additional deaths were reported, keeping the total at 89. 

After entering Stage Four of reopening on June 13, Idaho has continued to see case counts rise, particularly in Ada County. Last Thursday, Gov. Brad Little announced he was handing over coronavirus response efforts to local entities and today, Central District Health issued an order for Ada County to return to Stage Three operations. 

CDH officials say Ada county has seen a 500% increase in cases over the past few weeks – the highest they’ve seen since Idaho recorded its first coronavirus case March 13. The order goes into effect Wednesday morning and shuts down bars, large venues and gatherings of more than 50 people. Visitors at long-terms care facilities and prisons are also prohibited.

Since Saturday, an additional 10 health care workers have tested positive for coronavirus and 10 more infected individuals have been hospitalized.

June 20 - 5:18 p.m.

State Health officials posted 119 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday, the majority of which were confirmed in Ada County. Canyon County's count increased Saturday to 392, with 22 new cases. The rolling seven-day average of new, confirmed daily cases in Idaho is more than 74 per day: four times higher than its lowest point May 11. Nine more healthcare workers were confirmed to have contracted the virus Saturday, now 406 total since March.

The state did not report any additional fatalities. Since March, there have been 3,585 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Idaho, and an additional 421 probable cases.

June 19 - 5:22 p.m. 

State officials reported 112 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Friday. This brings the statewide total of confirmed cases to 3,466. There are an additional 405 probable cases statewide.

56 of those new cases are in those 29 and younger. There have been clusters of cases at multiple bars in downtown Boise. On Thursday, Central District Health said an illness cluster that occurred at the downtown bars on June 5 and 6 has expanded to 69 cases so far. Some downtown bar owners are now asking for patrons to wear masks.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reports no new virus-related fatalities.

 

June 18 - 5:14 p.m. 

 

Idaho added 96 more lab-confirmed cases to the state total on Thursday for a total of 3,354 cases statewide, with an additional 389 probable cases. That's the biggest single-day increase since the beginning of April. Fifteen probable cases were added between Wednesday and Thursday, too.

For a second day in a row, 10 additional healthcare workers were added to the state’s confirmed cases on Thursday. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare cited healthcare workers testing positive as one of the most concerning trends they’re tracking.

Kootenai County saw its first COVID-19 death listed on Thursday, for a total of 89 statewide. New cases were concentrated in Ada County with 49 new confirmed cases there.  

June 17 - 5:11 p.m.

Idaho reported 61 more lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday with 31 more probable cases for a one-day total of 92. The state has now had 3,258 confirmed cases and another 374 probable cases.

The trend has been going in the wrong direction recently, including a cluster traced to a number of Downtown Boise bars. Another worrying sign: 10 of the new cases were among health care workers. Health officials say they have been alarmed at the continuing rate of infection among health care workers.

No new COVID-19 deaths were reported Wednesday, leaving the statewide total at 88.

June 16 - 5:14 p.m.

Tuesday marked Idaho’s largest single-day spike in newly confirmed coronavirus cases in more than two months.

State officials reported 76 new cases — 29 of which are in Ada County. The last time Idaho saw such a surge was April 9 when it recorded 121 cases. The state has seen 3,197 confirmed cases since March 13.

 

No new deaths were reported Tuesday, with the total staying at 88.

 

The spike in Ada County comes as Central District Health reports a cluster of cases has grown after several individuals visited six downtown bars on June 5 and 6 while infectious. 34 cases have been confirmed from those exposures so far.

 

“While most individuals have been in their 20s and 30s, there have also been some associated cases among household contacts of those originally infected,” Central District Health said in a news release.

 

Officials say another four individuals who were unknowingly infectious visited the following establishments in Ada County:

 

-Matador, downtown Boise on 6/7/20

-Vista Bar, Boise on 6/9/20

-9th Street Nook, Boise on 6/10/20

-The Breakaway Cafe & Spirits, Meridian on 6/13/20

June 15 - 5:19 p.m.

After entering the final stage of reopening Saturday, state health officials today reported an additional 60 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases —12 attributed to Sunday and 48 to Monday. This brings the statewide total to 3,121. An additional death was also reported, bringing the total of COVID-19 fatalities to 88.

Since Friday, five cases have been hospitalized —two of which were admitted to the ICU.

June 13 - 6:00 p.m.

State health officials Saturday reported 38 new coronavirus cases and no new fatalities. The total number of lab-confirmed cases is now 3,061, with 2,837 listed as recovered on the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s website. Two of Idaho’s seven health districts don’t report numbers on weekends.

June 12- 5:21 p.m.

State officials reported 39 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Friday. This brings the statewide total of confirmed cases to 3,023. 

Five of those new cases are healthcare workers. That brings the total confirmed cases of healthcare workers to 362. 

On Thursday, Central District Health reported at least 10 people that are now diagnosed or probable cases went to multiple bars in downtown Boise on June 5 and 6.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported a virus-related fatality in Jerome County. Now, the state has seen a total of 87 fatalities.

June 11 - 5:10 p.m.

 

Idaho added 37 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases for a total of 2,984 confirmed cases and an additional five probable cases. Today’s new cases were spread out across the state. Nine were added in Ada County, six in Bannock county and five in Kootenai county. The additional death was in Twin Falls County, which now has 26 deaths due to COVID-19. The death total in Idaho from coronavirus is 86.

 

June 10 - 5:10 p.m.

Idaho reported 33 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday in addition seven probable cases.

That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Idaho to 2,947 with 85 deaths.

The state reported no new deaths Wednesday.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little will hold a press conference Thursday to discuss stage 4 of the state's reopening, slated to begin Friday.

  June 9 - 5:26 p.m.

State officials reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Tuesday. This brings the statewide total to 2,914. 

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported two more virus-related fatalities Tuesday. Now, the state has seen a total of 85 fatalities, which has a rate per 100,000 population of 4.8. Twin Falls County’s 25 deaths are the highest in the state.

As of now, 58,746 tests for coronavirus have been administered in Idaho.

June 8 - 5:17 p.m.

After not updating coronavirus case numbers or deaths Sunday, state health officials today reported an additional 48 confirmed COVID-19 cases — 30 attributed to Sunday and 18 to Monday. This brings the statewide total to 2,888. Of those cases, 2,509 are considered to be recovered.

According to information from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, there have been no COVID-19 deaths in the state since June 1. The statewide total of virus-related fatalities remains at 83, which has a rate per 100,000 population of 4.7.

Since the beginning of June, coronavirus cases among healthcare workers has spiked. As of Monday, the total was at 344 — an increase of 35 since June 1.

June 6 - 5:55 p.m.

State health officials reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by lab tests Saturday, and no new fatalities. No Idahoan has died from COVID-19 since June 1, according to information from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 2,840, with an additional 299 probable cases.

Case numbers jumped this week, with more than 49 new confirmed cases each day between Wednesday and Friday. Two of Idaho's seven health districts don't report numbers on weekends. Those districts include the most impacted areas of the state.

June 5 - 5:30 p.m.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare started reporting the number of coronavirus cases at long-term care facilities today. Friday’s report said currently 10 facilities are associated with 198 cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 25 outbreaks overall with a total of 289 cases. There have been 19-virus related deaths associated with nine facilities. Idaho has around 400 long-term care facilities. 

The state also reported 58 new lab-confirmed cases today and no new deaths. Eighty-three people have died from the virus and 2,821 have contracted it since the first case was confirmed on March 13.

June 4 - 8:37 p.m.

Idaho added 54 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday and no additional deaths. There are now 2,763 confirmed cases and 83 deaths in the state. More than half of the new cases were reported from South Central Public Health, with Jerome and Cassia counties logging 10 each.

 

On Thursday the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare received negative lab reports dating back to May 7 that had not been previously reported. The data is currently being analyzed and the department plans to update numbers accordingly. 

June 3 - 5:10 p.m.

 

State health officials Wednesday reported an additional 49 confirmed cases of coronavirus and no new fatalities. This brings the statewide confirmed case total to 2,709, with an additional eight listed as probable.

 

The newly reported cases were spread out across the state and no county reported confirmed cases in the double digits Tuesday — Ada, Jerome and Bonneville Counties logged the most at five each.

 

The state considers 2,311 people to have recovered from infection, while 253 infected have required hospitalization and 98 of those have been in intensive care. Five of Tuesday’s newly-confirmed cases are among healthcare workers, bringing the statewide total to 316 — a jump of nearly 10 cases since the end of last week.

 

To date, 49,524 tests for coronavirus have been administered in Idaho.

June 2 - 5:09 p.m.

Idaho is reporting 17 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 with no new deaths.

2,660 state residents have contracted the coronavirus, while 83 have died since the first case was detected March 13. Most of the new cases are concentrated among counties in south central and eastern Idaho.

On Tuesday, 799 test results were reported — nearly half as many as Monday.

June 1 - 6: 53 p.m.

Idaho reported 56 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday, the largest one day total since April 20. The state's reporting on weekend numbers sometimes lags behind. On Monday, nine new cases were reported.

The state also reported one additional death, bringing Idaho's total to 83. That death was in Bannock County, the first in East Idaho.

The additional 65 confirmed cases over Sunday and Monday bring the state's total of confirmed cases to 2,643.

May 30 - 5:10 p.m.

State health officials added 27 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases to Idaho's total Saturday, bringing the running total to 2,578. There are an additional 289 probable cases, nine of which were new Saturday. There were no new fatalities reported.

The number of cases posted by the state Saturday from the Central and South Central health districts were most likely cases reported by the districts Friday after the state's 5 p.m. daily reporting deadline. Neither health district covering the two most impacted areas of the state reports data on weekends.

The state considers 2,248 people to have recovered from infection, while 242 infected have required hospitalization. Ninety-six of those hospitalized have required intensive care, and the state announced 308 healthcare workers diagnosed with the virus, one more than that same total Friday.

May 29 - 5:30 p.m.

The day before Idaho moves into its third stage of reopening, the state reported 31 new lab confirmed coronavirus cases. Three more cases were considered probable, bringing the Friday total to 34. There were no new deaths. The state will allow bars and movie theaters to reopen tomorrow. So far, Idaho has had a total 2,551 lab confirmed cases of COVID-19; 82 people have died from the virus. 

May 28 - 5:10 p.m.

 

Idaho added 35 new confirmed coronavirus cases and no deaths on Thursday. There are now 2,520 confirmed cases and 82 deaths statewide. The new reported cases were spread out across the state, but the majority —18 out of the 35 — were in the Magic Valley. Eight hundred and eighty two tests were added to the total today; about 44,500 tests have been completed in total.  

May 27 - 5:18 p.m.

Idaho reported one more death and 27 more lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, in addition to five probable cases.

That brings the state's death toll to 82 and the number of confirmed cases to 2,731. 

Twin Falls County now has the most deaths of any county in the state, with 23. In comparison, Ada County, with nearly 400,000 more people, has had 22 deaths.

May 26 - 5:12 p.m.

Idaho has added two new deaths and 13 confirmed coronavirus cases through Memorial Day Weekend.

Both new deaths occurred in Twin Falls County, with a third death being moved from Ada County to Twin Falls County.

 

Twin Falls County now matches Ada County for the most number of deaths in Idaho at 22 each. Idaho as a whole has recorded 81 so far.

 

In all, Idaho has 2,458 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 42,776 tests have been completed, which is about 2.3% of the state’s population.

May 23 - 8:08 p.m.

Idaho added 31 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday and no additional deaths. This brings the statewide total to 2,387 confirmed cases and 79 deaths. This week logged the most confirmed cases since the week of April 5.

May 22 - 5:30 p.m.

Idaho’s Division of Public Health reported 55 new lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus today. The last time the state reported more than 50 cases was more than a month ago with 57 confirmations on April 20th. There were also six more probable cases, which brings the state total for the day to 61. Two more deaths were reported, bringing the total death count for Idaho to 79. As the governor announced the outline of an expanded testing plan today, more than 40,000 individuals have been tested for the virus, with 1,008 test results reported Friday. 

May 21 - 5:08 p.m.

 

Idaho added 23 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and no additional deaths. Now there are 2,301 confirmed cases and 77 deaths in the state. Idaho’s Hispanic and Latino population makes up 13% of the state’s total population, but now that demographic group accounts for 26.65% of Idaho’s confirmed cases.  

May 20 - 5:20 p.m.

Idaho reported 25 additional lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and another five probable cases. It's the largest jump in confirmed cases since Friday.

That brings the state's total number of confirmed cases to 2,278, with 77 deaths. No additional deaths were reported Wednesday.

Idaho's testing numbers fell for the second straight day. It has one of the lowest number of tests per capita in the nation.

May 19 - 5:19 p.m.

Idaho added another three deaths and 20 confirmed cases of coronavirus, state officials reported Tuesday. Two of those deaths were in Twin Falls County, while the third was in Ada County.

Idaho has now recorded 2,253 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March.

 

Just 497 test results were returned Tuesday compared to nearly 1,400 the day before.

 

As of Tuesday morning, Idaho was nearly dead last among all states for testing per capita — only Maine ranked lower.

 

May 18 - 5:15 p.m.

After not updating coronavirus case numbers or deaths Sunday, state health officials Monday reported an additional 30 confirmed cases and one virus-related fatality. This brings the statewide case total to 2,233, with an additional 222 listed as probable. Twin Falls reported an additional fatality, putting the death toll in Idaho at 74.

 

Washington, Jerome and Twin Falls Counties saw the biggest increase in confirmed cases, however statewide totals for cases hospitalized and cases admitted to the ICU remained constant. 1,649 cases are listed as recovered on the state website.

May 16 - 5:30 p.m.

State health officials announced 17 additional lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Idaho Saturday, bringing the statewide total to 2,203. Officials said there are 216 additional probable cases, with 14 new Saturday.  No new fatalities were reported.

The Central and South Central Health districts do not report numbers on weekends, so Saturday's actual new cases could be under-reported.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 infections have remained at 213 since May 12, now under 10% of the total infections. Medical workers infected continues to climb, reaching 293 Saturday.

 May 15 - 5:15 p.m. 

 

Thirty-four lab-confirmed cases were added in Idaho on Friday — the largest daily increase since April 20. Ada, Twin Falls and Washington Counties were responsible for the biggest jumps. Southwest District Health reported on Wednesday that a number of employees at the Fry Foods, Inc. plant in Weiser (Washington County) tested positive. The county, which started the week with one case, now has 20. 

 

Twin Falls County added another death on Friday, and now has 14 total.

 May 14 - 5:06 p.m.

 

There were 26 more lab-confirmed cases added on Thursday, bringing the state total to 2152. There was one more death in Ada County, which has 22 total deaths; two deaths were added in Twin Falls County to make the total there 13. Nearly 1,000 tests came back on Thursday, the most on one day in more than two weeks.

May 13 - 5:11 p.m.

Idaho reported an additional 27 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday and four probable cases with no additional deaths.

That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 2,126, including 69 deaths. There are an additional 198 probable cases.

More than 33,000 people have now been tested for COVID-19 in Idaho, with 622 completed on Wednesday.

May 12 - 5:21 p.m.

Idaho has added 33 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 2,099.

State health officials have also subtracted a death originally attributed to the coronavirus in Canyon County, but it’s not clear why.

A spokesperson for Southwest District Health said that information wasn’t immediately available.

As it stands now, 69 people have died in Idaho from COVID-19.

Nearly 33,000 people have been tested in the state, 416 of which were recorded Tuesday.

May 11 - 5:10 p.m.

After not updating coronavirus case numbers or deaths Sunday, state health officials Monday reported an additional 24 confirmed cases and three virus-related fatalities. This brings the statewide case total to 2,073 and the death total to 70. Two of the deaths were listed in Ada County and the other in Canyon County.

Since testing began, 32,518 Idahoans have been tested for coronavirus and 1,508 are listed as recovered. Three confirmed cases were hospitalized between Sunday and Monday, according to the state website.

May 9 - 5:10 p.m. 

State health officials announced 22 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday, and an additional three probable cases. The statewide total number of cases climbed to 2,049 confirmed and 181 probable. The death toll remains at 67. The Idaho Statesman reported CS Beef Packers in Kuna reported 23 employees have tested positive for COVID-19, plus two additional contract workers. An additional employee was a probable case. Plant manager Steve Cherry told the paper the facility remains open with enhanced cleaning and sanitation programs and protective gear for all workers.

May 7 - 5:15 p.m.

 

Twenty-one lab-confirmed coronavirus cases were added in Idaho on Thursday, putting the state just over 2,000 cases. Twenty-nine cases were added the day before. About 381 more tests were tallied today, 5.5% of which were positive. Nez Perce County had an additional COVID-19 death confirmed today; there are now 19 deaths in that county, the same number as in Idaho’s most populous Ada County.  

May 5 - 5:11 p.m.

The number of new coronavirus cases dropped Tuesday compared to the last few days. State officials report 13 newly confirmed cases.

 

New data shows one additional person has died in Ada County, though another death previously reported in Canyon County has now been swapped to Ada. That brings the death count in Idaho’s largest county to 19.

 

Public health officials didn’t immediately know the source of the discrepancy.

May 4 - 5:21 p.m.

Just four days into phase one of reopening Idaho, state officials reported 39 new confirmed cases of coronavirus — 18 on Sunday and 21 on Monday. No additional deaths have been reported, keeping the statewide total at 64. Nez Perce County saw the biggest spike with 14 additional cases and Twin Falls County logged 11. 

Between Friday and Saturday, numbers for both hospitalizations and ICU admissions jumped: 22 cases were hospitalized and seven were admitted to the ICU. Since the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Idaho on March 13, a total of 201 cases have been hospitalized and 83 have been admitted to the ICU.

May 2 - 5:10 p.m.

State health officials reported 26 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, 25 of which are new confirmed cases. Statewide, 1,905 people have confirmed infections of the coronavirus and an additional 156 cases are probable.

Central District Health reports 664 confirmed cases in Ada County, plus an additional 41 probable cases for a total of 705. That is most in the state, but Blaine, Twin Falls, Lincoln and Jerome Counties all have higher rates of infection when population is factored in.

The death toll moved from 63 to 64 on the state website Saturday, but that fatality had been reported Friday in Ada County by Central District Health. Two hundred people have now required hospitalization, and 83 have required intensive care treatment.

The state considers 1,267 people to have recovered from the virus. The two health districts covering the highest rates of infection do not report numbers on weekends, which could skew this reported data.

May 1 - 5:30 p.m.

No additional deaths and 20 new confirmed cases were reported by Idaho on Friday. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in the state is 1,880 on the first day of stage one of Governor Brad Little’s reopening plan: Idaho Rebounds. Nez Perce County has the most deaths at 18, followed by the more populous Ada County at 16. The county with the highest rate of infection since the first case was confirmed in March is still Blaine County, but its death rate remains relativing low at five. Neighboring Twin Falls County has 11 fatalities. 

  April 30 - 5:06 p.m.

Idaho added 29 more coronavirus cases, which brings the state total of lab-confirmed cases to 1860. There were three additional deaths due to coronavirus added to the state count, totaling 63 deaths. Two of the additional deaths were in Nez Perce County, which now has 18 total deaths, two more than Idaho’s most populous Ada County. The other death added today was in Canyon County. Nine more confirmed coronavirus cases were added in both Ada and Twin Falls counties — the biggest increases among all counties for the day.

April 29 - 5:30 p.m.

Idaho reported 21 more lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state total to 1,831. The state website lists an additional 11 cases as “probable.” With no additional deaths to report, the statewide count remains at 60.

 

The number of cases of healthcare workers infected with coronavirus increased by seven, bringing the total count to 251. 1,121 cases are listed as recovered but the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

April 28 - 5:28 p.m.

COVID-19 has claimed another two lives in Idaho, according to state officials. One was in Ada County and another in Nez Perce County.

 

That brings the state’s death total to 60. Another 25 cases were confirmed, marking 1,810 in Idaho. State officials counted another 10 cases as “probable.”

 

Since Idaho marked its first confirmed case on March 13, 1,087 people have recovered, while 173 have required hospitalization. 73 were moved to the ICU.

 

244 cases have involved health care workers.

April 27 - 5:11 p.m.

Two additional deaths in Idaho were reported Monday — both in Nez Perce County. This brings the statewide total of coronavirus-related fatalities to 58. Nez Perce and Ada Counties are each reporting 15 deaths, the highest count in the state so far. 

Confirmed cases of coronavirus ticked up slowly over the weekend and 17 were added Monday, bringing the total to 1,785. The state is reporting an additional 132 “probable” cases.

Since the first confirmed case of the virus in Idaho over a month ago, a total of 20,052 people have been tested and 1,039 confirmed cases are now listed as “recovered” on the state’s website.

April 26 - 5:40 p.m.

The State of Idaho registered 10 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, of which 2 were listed as probable. Since the pandemic began, there are 1,768 lab-confirmed cases, with an additional 129 probable cases. Statewide, there have been 983 recoveries. Not all state health districts report numbers on weekends.

April 25 - 5:15 p.m.

State health officials announced a 17-case increase in the total number of COVID-19 cases in Idaho. There are now 1,760 confirmed cases statewide and an additional 127 probable infections. Two additional fatalities were also announced, the first since Wednesday. Based on previous reporting, Saturday's deaths were in Ada (15) and Elmore (2) counties. Idaho's COVID-19-related death toll is now 56 people.

The weekday average increase of confirmed cases this week was nearly 34 per day. The state's two health districts with the most cases do not report numbers on weekends.

The state says 938 people have recovered from COVID-19, and 234 healthcare workers have contracted the virus. Nearly 20,000 people have been tested via in-state and out-of-state labs.

April 24 - 5:30 p.m.

Idaho has 29 new confirmed cases bringing the total number of lab diagnosed cases to 1,750. The death rate remains at 54 with no new deaths reported Friday. Ada County has the most number of lab confirmed cases at 610 and the most deaths at 14. Nez Perce has the next highest deaths at 13, followed by Twin Falls County with 11. Blaine County has the highest rate per capita at 2,124 cases per 100,000 population.

April 23 - 5:10 p.m.

 

Idaho reported 33 more lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state total to 1721. There are 54 deaths due to COVID-19 in Idaho. Ada County still leads the state for the most coronavirus cases with 601, and the most deaths with 14. Blaine County has the highest per-resident rate of coronavirus cases in Idaho.

April 22 - 5:16 p.m.

Idaho reported three more deaths and another 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday.

That brings the number of deaths due to the pandemic to 54 in the state and the number of confirmed cases to 1,688. 

Ada County, which is the most populous in Idaho, has the most cases, with nearly 600, and deaths, with 14. Blaine County, with roughly 23,000 people has the second-most cases in the state and one of the highest per-capita infection rates in the country.

April 21 - 5:16 p.m.

State officials say another three people have died in Idaho due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 51 as of Tuesday evening. 1,659 cases have been confirmed so far in Idaho, with another 107 the state has classified as "probable."

Commercial and state labs have tested 17,730 people so far. The number of hospitalizations remains stagnant at 158, though another nine health care workers have contracted the coronavirus.

April 20 - 5:31 p.m.

Three additional deaths in Idaho were reported Monday —two in Ada County and the first in Elmore County — bringing the statewide total of coronavirus-related fatalities to 48. Ada County is still reporting the highest death count at 12, though Nez Perce and Twin Falls counties are also reporting double digits.

Confirmed cases of coronavirus ticked up slowly over the weekend and 64 were added Monday, bringing the total to 1,638. The state is reporting an additional 98 “probable” cases.

Since the first confirmed case of the virus in Idaho over a month ago, a total of 17,562 people have been tested and 660 confirmed cases are now listed as “recovered” on the state’s website.

April 18 - 5:10 p.m.

State health officials announced 11 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Idaho Saturday, and one additional death. The statewide total of confirmed cases is now 1,577, with an additional 91 probable cases. The 44th COVID-related death in the state was the tenth in Ada County.

Two hundred healthcare workers are now listed as having contracted the virus, though state data does not include how many are confirmed versus probable cases.

Central and South Central health districts, which cover 72% of Idaho's confirmed cases, do not publicly update numbers on weekends.

April 17 - 5:30 p.m. 

Two more deaths in Idaho were reported Friday for a total of 43 deaths. Nez Perce County is reporting the most deaths at 11, followed by Twin Falls and Ada Counties at nine each and Canyon and Blaine Counties at five each. The total of lab confirmed cases stands at 1,566. For the week, the daily number of new confirmed cases has been 11 or less each day. There are 187 healthcare workers who have gotten the disease since the first case was diagnosed on March 13. 

 

April 16 - 5:04 p.m.

Idaho reported 22 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 1,528. There have been 41 COVID-19 deaths in the state; no additional deaths were reported on Thursday.

April 15 - 5:48 p.m.

 

 

Idaho's number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,507 Wednesday, with 41 deaths, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

That represents an increase of 43 cases and two deaths. It's the largest one-day rise since Friday.

An additional death was reported in Nez Perce County, bringing the total there to 10, the most of any county in the state. Nez Perce is in north central Idaho and includes Lewiston and The Nez Perce Indian Reservation. It has roughly 40,000 people, while Ada County, with nearly half a million people, has had nine deaths.

Ada County has the most confirmed cases in the state, with 540, while Blaine County, with just 23,000 people, is next with 463 confirmed cases.Boise State Public Radio is here to keep you current on the news surrounding COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This blog contains the latest on closures, cancellations & news regarding the coronavirus in Idaho.

April 14, 7:54 p.m.

Idaho reported 11 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tusday, bringing the state's total to 1,464. That includes 39 deaths.

Nez Perce County in north central Idaho, is tied with Ada County for the most COVID-19 deaths, with 9, despite having ony about 40,000 people. In contrast, Ada County has nearly half a million people.

Nez Perce County includes Lewiston and the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.

April 13 - 5:07 p.m.

Following zero additional deaths reported Sunday, the number of COVID-19 fatalities in Idaho is now 33. On Monday Ada County reported three additional deaths, Twin Falls County reported two and New Perce County reported one. 

 

An additional 27 cases of the virus were reported statewide, bringing the lab-confirmed total in Idaho to 1,453. Ada County accounts for 12 of the new cases while neighboring Canyon County recorded six. Blaine County — the Idaho county hardest hit by the coronavirus so far — reported just four new confirmed cases and no additional deaths Monday.

April 12 - 5:20 p.m.

 

Idaho's statewide count of confirmed COVID-19 cases grew by 19 Sunday, with no additional fatalities. No new cases were reported from Ada or Blaine counties, though their weekend reporting may be delayed until Monday. There are 1,426 total cases in Idaho.

Canyon and Twin Falls counties accounted for 13 of the 19 new cases Sunday, with increases of nine and four respectively. One Hundred Fifty-three healthcare workers have the virus, a number which did not increase Sunday. Healthcare workers make up more than ten percent of total cases in Idaho.

 

April 11 - 5:20 p.m.

State Health officials Saturday announced two additional coronavirus-related fatalities, bringing the statewide total to 27. District Health data suggests fatalities listed Saturday were in Twin Falls County (its second) and the first in Payette County, which had been previously reported but removed this week pending further confirmation. There were eleven additional confirmed cases on Saturday, bringing the statewide total to 1,407. Ada County's cases rose five to 517, most in the state. Healthcare workers account for 153 confirmed cases.

 

April 10 - 5:20 p.m.

 

On Friday, the State of Idaho confirmed another death to the novel coronavirus, the 25th since the pandemic began. There are now 1,396 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those, 128 have required hospitalization, including 35 cases severe enough to include admission to an intensive care unit.

 

The counties most affected remain Ada, Blaine and Canyon. Since mid-March, of the 13,764 people in Idaho have been tested, 1,396 people, about 10%, were confirmed to be carriers of the disease.

 April 9 - 5:45 p.m. 

After a few days of new coronavirus cases decreasing, Thursday saw a 121 jump and six new deaths. The State of Idaho is also reporting 13 additional “probable” cases because individuals were exposed in a significant way to the virus. The new total of cases is now 1,353. Health care workers make up about 10% of the confirmed cases with a 143 total. Commercial labs make up the majority of the testing at 10,523, while the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories have tested 2,571.

April 8 - 7:07 p.m.

South Central Public Health District has confirmed the first coronavirus death in Jerome County.

Health officials say the woman was older than 70 and they believe age is a factor.

 

Jerome County has 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the state. 

 

April 8 - 5:33 p.m.

The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Idaho dropped to 22 Wednesday, most of them health care workers, according to state officials. That’s down from 40 new cases the day before. 

 

 

In all, Idaho has 1,232 confirmed cases so far.

 

 

The state is also reporting three new deaths, bringing the total to 18. Five of those are in Ada County, according to the state. However, Central District Public Health said six people have died in Ada County and it’s not immediately clear where the discrepancy lies.

 

 

113 people have been hospitalized statewide — 20 more than Tuesday. An additional five people have been admitted to the ICU.

 

April 7 - 5:15 p.m.

Idaho is reporting two more deaths and 40 more positive cases for the coronavirus Tuesday evening.

 

 

The state now has 1,210 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 15 total deaths.

 

 

Another 10 people have been hospitalized, with three more admitted to the ICU for the disease since Monday. Nine additional healthcare workers now have COVID-19 for a total of 96 across Idaho.

 

 

In all, nearly 11,900 people have been tested.

 

April 6 - 5:10 p.m.

Idaho now has 1,170 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with more than 11,200 individuals tested at state and commercial labs. There are two more deaths in Canyon County; Payette County reported its first fatality, bringing the state death total to 13. Last week, the state saw increases of more than a hundred new confirmed cases a day for five straight days. But that rate has slowed and today, the state is reporting 69 new cases. A University of Washington analysis projects if social distancing continues into May, Idaho should reach its peak of hospital resource need in mid-April.

April 5 - 7:15 p.m. 

The State Department of Health and Welfare confirmed 1,101 total COVID-19 cases Sunday. Twenty five were new cases and no new fatalities were reported. Ada County's count rose to 402, accounting for 17 of the newly reported cases. Canyon County reported 101 total cases.

South Central District Health, which covers Blaine County, did not report any new cases Sunday according to state Health and Welfare. The district had not updated the count on its own website since Friday evening.

Case numbers posted by individual health districts have typically been slightly different from the state total, but only three districts had posted a daily update as of Sunday evening. Of the 25 new cases reported, 15 are healthcare workers according to data posted on the state website. The number of tests completed rose from 10,261 to 10,995 and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rose from 66 to 77. Five additional patients in Idaho were admitted to intensive care. Fifty two percent of confirmed cases in Idaho are in persons under the age of 50, and 51% are female. Idaho continues to have more cases than neighboring Oregon, a state with more than double Idaho's population. The Oregon Health Authority reported a total of 1,070 confirmed cases Sunday, and 28 people have died.

 

April 4 - 5:06 p.m.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported a total of 1,077 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday, an increase of 64 since Friday evening. There were no new fatalities reported. Today is the first day since March 29 to not have an increase in cases of 105 or more. The State said 10,261 people have been tested and 66 have been hospitalized.Currently, the state is not releasing information on recovery numbers. Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen said on Idaho Public Television Thursday, they were looking at a way to release that information in the future.

April 3 - 5:28 p.m.

 

Idaho has topped 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

That includes at least 10 deaths.

 

This week, the daily rate of confirmed cases has risen rapidly, with a caseload increase of more than 100 for each of the last five days.

April 2 - 5:53 p.m.

 

The state of Idaho saw a 222 jump in cases Thursday bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 891. There have been no new deaths reported in the last two days bringing the state total to nine since the first case was diagnosed last month. Idaho’s population is less than two million, but it now has more cases than neighboring Oregon that has twice the population. Oregon has 826 cases. The state case number has continued to increase this week with a 144 jump on Wednesday and a more than 100 jump the day before. 

 

Sparsely populated Blaine County remains the epicenter of cases at 351 and Ada County has 307. 

April 1 - 6:30 p.m.

When the state initially reported numbers at 5:00 p.m., it erroneously reported there were 673 confirmed cases. This post has been updated to reflect the correct numbers.

The number of confirmed cases in the state of Idaho jumped to 669, a 144 increase from the day before. The caseload for Blaine County remains at the highest for the state at 256. With a population of around 23,000, this means the sparsely populated county has one of the highest rates per capita in the country. Ada County, the largest county in the state with a population of more than 480,000 has the next highest count in the state at 226. There were no new deaths reported on Wednesday with the number of deaths in Idaho staying at nine. More than 7,000 people have been tested in state and commercial labs.

March 31 - 5:18 p.m.

South Central Public Health District and Southwest District Health have confirmed the first cases of COVID-19 in Adams and Camas counties Tuesday.

It’s unclear how the man in his 60s in Adams County contracted the coronavirus, according to public health officials. He’s recovering well at home, they said.

South Central Public Health District only confirmed that Camas County’s first case was an adult woman. They say she likely picked up the virus by traveling to areas with community spread.

Her health status, as well as whether she’s been hospitalized is unknown and state officials say that information is confidential.

March 31 - 5:05 p.m.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, continue to climb in Idaho. 100 more cases have been reported within the last day.

 

State officials report 525 cases, with 9 deaths.  

 

Ada County, Idaho’s largest, keeps surging, and now effectively shares the distinction as the epicenter of the state’s outbreak with 195 cases.

 

Blaine County, where much of the spread began, has 192 cases.

 

5,712 people have been tested among private and state laboratories.

 

45 people have been hospitalized from COVID-19 in Idaho so far. 

 

25 health care workers have contracted the disease as of Tuesday evening.

March 30 - 5 p.m.

 

Idaho health officials reported 105 new cases of coronavirus Monday, with one additional death.

 

That brings the state’s total to 415 cases and seven deaths.

 

Ada County, Idaho’s most populous county, surpassed Blaine County for the highest number of total cases for the first time.

 

151 people have contracted COVID-19 in Ada County, compared to 148 people in rural Blaine County.

 

More than 4,700 people have been tested among commercial laboratories and the state’s public health lab.

March 29 - 5:00 p.m.  

The State of Idaho reports there are 310 confirmed cases of COVID-19. By the end of the weekend, the state has reported six deaths. Blaine County still has the most cases at 115, but Ada County has just two fewer cases at 113. Both counties each have had two virus-related deaths. Canyon County has the next highest number of cases at 40 and one death. Nez Perce County has only four cases, but one fatality. Commercial labs have tested 3,139 individuals, more than twice the amount the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories has tested at 1,567. 

March 29 - 11:36 a.m.

Southwest District Health has confirmed the first COVID-19 case in Owyhee County. The individual is a female in her 40s. Her condition was not immediately reported, and the source of transmission is under investigation.

March 28 - 5:15 p.m.

State officials Saturday evening announced 261 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Idaho and a statewide death toll of five.  Blaine County continues to have the most in the state with 114. Ada County added four from Friday's total, with 88. Lincoln County, home to Shoshone and Richfield, had its first confirmed case Saturday. Cases were split almost evenly between individuals on either side of age 50, and lean 54% female. The number of tests completed on Idahoans increased by about 800 from Friday, to 4,282. The majority of those tests have been completed at out-of-state labs. Earlier Saturday, a man in his 60s was announced as the first fatality in Ada County; the fifth in the state.

March 28 - 1 p.m.

Central District Health officials announced the first COVID-19-related death in Ada County Saturday, a man over the age of 60 with pre-existing health conditions. Officials say they will only be releasing limited information on individuals due to privacy rules.

The Ada County man is the fifth to die of the infection in Idaho. The first two fatalities were in Blaine County earlier this week, followed by a man in his 70s in Canyon County, and an individual in their 80s in Nez Perce County Friday.

The official state department of Health and Welfare total remains at 230, but individual districts have reported an increase to 153 cases across Idaho.  The State numbers are updated once per day, at 5 p.m.

March 27 - 7:43 p.m. 

Eastern Idaho Public Health announced the first positive case of COVID-19 in Bonneville County. The individual is a male, over the age of 60, who had recently returned from travel out of the country. Health officials say upon his return to the U.S., he self-isolated and then became symptomatic. He was hospitalized, but is now recovering at home. 

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is currently reporting eight other confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the Eastern Idaho Public Health District.

 

March 27 - 6:21 p.m.

The state’s South Central Public Health District has announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lincoln County, which neighbors Blaine County to the south.

The individual is male, over the age of 70, and has been hospitalized. The point of transmission is under investigation.

 

March 27 - 5:03 p.m.

 

The state of Idaho is reporting four deaths and 230 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. These numbers come two weeks after Idaho announced its first case. 

 

Nez Perce County reported its first virus-related death Friday: an individual older than 80. It’s not clear how that patient contracted the disease. 

 

Blaine County has the state’s highest number of county cases at 98; two deaths were reported there Thursday. Ada County has 75 cases and no reported deaths. Canyon County has the third highest count at 23, with one reported death.

March 27 - 3:31 p.m.

Gem County, in southwest Idaho, has reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19, according to Southwest District Health.

A male in his 20s tested positive and is recovering at home with mild symptoms. He had no known contact with other confirmed cases and health officials are investigating the source of transmission.

All household members are being asked to self-isolate at home, according to the health district.

 

March 27 - 2:50 p.m.

The North Central Health District reports a patient diagnosed with the novel coronavirus has passed away. The individual in Nez Perce County was older than 80 with age-related health issues. This case was a confirmed case prior to death. Epidemiologists are investigating how the patient contracted the illness. Including this death, there are five confirmed cases in the health district, four in Nez Perce and one in Idaho County. Yesterday, the state reported its first three deaths related to the virus.

March 26 - 5:15 p.m.

On Thursday the state of Idaho raised the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 189, after testing more than 2,800 people. The state tallied 86 cases in Blaine County, where officials yesterday added new restrictions to the statewide isolation orders. 

That Central Idaho county claimed 45% of the state totals, with Ada County carrying the second-highest caseload, or 53 cases, making up 28% of state totals. One of those COVID-19 cases, it was announced on Thursday by the Transportation Security Administration, is a baggage officer at the Boise Airport, who worked in the main terminal. The last day the person worked was a morning shift, from 4 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Thursday March 19.

March 26 - 1:38 p.m.

Health officials have announced Idaho’s first three deaths due to coronavirus – 13 days after the state confirmed its first case of COVID-19. Full story here.

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.

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

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As Ada County was grappling with growing evidence of a spike in cases of COVID-19 in mid-June linked to the reopening of bars, a high-ranking Republican state lawmaker voted to block further monitoring of these outbreaks.

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There’s significant evidence that the novel coronavirus can spread through tiny particles that linger in the air. Thanks to a University of Colorado chemistry professor, now there’s a free tool to measure those risks.

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The number of coronavirus cases in Canyon County has tripled in the past two weeks — from 435 to 1,397 on Tuesday evening. In the last week, the percent increase of cases on a per-capita basis was 83%, compared to an increase of 47% per-capita in Ada County. 

 


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When Governor Brad Little unveils the much-anticipated school reopening guideline from his Public School Reopening Committee on July 9, Debbie Critchfield, president of the Idaho State Board of Education, says the plan will have a primary theme: getting more Idaho kids back in school.

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Idaho’s largest hospitals say they’re admitting more and more people with cases of COVID-19 as the community has failed to stem the spread of the disease in recent weeks.


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Dr. Bret Frey is an emergency room physician in Reno, Nevada, and he likens working in health care right now to fighting in a war. 

"I always thought that there was a good chance that World War III would happen in some form in my lifetime, I just didn't appreciate it was going to come in the form of a virus," Frey says.

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While Idaho appears to have closed out its most recent fiscal year in the black, Gov. Brad Little is wasting no time in preemptively cutting $200 million from state budgets in the face of falling revenue.


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Over the last two weeks, 89 people have been hospitalized for the coronavirus. Dr. Joshua Kern, Vice President of Medical Affairs for St. Luke’s said that’s a four to fivefold increase.

 


Gun sales continued to mushroom in June, apparently due to a confluence of Joe Biden’s surge in polls, the spread of COVID-19, and ongoing protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

Americans bought 2.4 million firearms in June, according to industry estimates from Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting. That is a 145% increase from June 2019. Handgun sales make up the bulk of those estimates and increased at an even higher year-over-year rate of 178%.

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The coronavirus has meant fewer cars on roadways. And a new study says this may be giving some animals a break on Idaho’s roads.

 


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Karen Duran met her fiance at the University of Idaho four years ago. Last March, they got engaged and set the wedding date for August 1, 2020. Leading up to the day, her dress was ready, the cake was ordered and the DJ was booked. Then, the pandemic hit.

 


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Starting Saturday, face coverings will be mandatory at all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Boise for most people.

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For some people of faith, gathering together is a central tenet of church. You bolster each other's beliefs, sing communally and feel the transcendence of the moment.

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Boise State University is cutting some of its sports programs as the school continues to deal with the financial fallout of COVID-19.


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Idaho hit its highest daily total of coronavirus cases this week with 341 new confirmed cases reported on Tuesday. Now some local governments are responding by mandating face coverings in public.

 


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Ada County will now require all employees and anyone entering a county building to wear a mask, as the area battles a large surge in coronavirus cases.


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The American Academy of Pediatrics this week said schools should reopen as soon as possible. The group representing more than 67,000 pediatricians wrote that the effects of keeping schools closed is worse for kids than the risks of COVID-19. 

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