Idaho reached 6,080 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Thursday evening, and the state’s positive test rate continues to increase alongside daily numbers.
The state health agency announced that 9% of the COVID-19 tests in the week of June 21-27 were positive. This is more than three times the weekly rate compared to two weeks earlier (2.7%) and a sharp increase compared to the previous week when it was 6.7%.
The 9% positive rate is a new high for Idaho and is above the 7.1% set from March 29 through April 4.
The week of June 21
The peak cannot easily be attributed to an increase in tests. According to publicly available data from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of Idaho, Idaho has conducted 10,000-12,000 tests in four of the last five weeks in the past five weeks. The state ran 11,511 tests last week, a slight decrease from the 11,571 it ran from June 14-20.
Test dates for the current week will not be available until July 9th.
COVID-19 CASES IN METRO AREAS INCREASE
Three of the state’s most densely populated districts again reported high case numbers on Thursday. Canyon County led the way with 79 new confirmed cases, followed by Ada County (77) and Kootenai County (42).
All three have seen their total numbers increase in the past week. The total number of confirmed cases in Kootenai County is now 325, an increase of 93% compared to a week ago. Canyon County’s total is 898, up 66% from a week ago. And Ada County’s nationwide leading total of 2,223 cases is 49% higher than a week ago.
They helped increase the total number of the state to 6,080, an increase of 38% in seven days.
Other districts that reported new cases on Thursday were: Bannock 2 (total 96), Bingham 7 (total 56), Bonner 1 (total 33), Bonneville 2 (total 85), Blaine 3 (total 526), Cassia 9 (224 in total), Clearwater 1 (2 in total), Elmore 1 (60 in total), Gem 1 (23 in total), Jerome 2 (211 in total), Latah 1 (21 in total), Madison 1 (27 in total), Minidoka 11 (176 total), Nez Perce 1 (total 85), Oneida 1 (total 4), Owyhee 1 (total 30), Payette 4 (total 94), Shoshone 1 (total 1), Twin Falls 27 (total 546) and Washington 2 (99 in total).
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 590 “probable cases”, an increase of six since Wednesday. In addition, 10 hospitalizations, three ICU admissions, and 15 new healthcare worker cases were added.
FIRST DEATH IN BINGHAM COUNTY
A man in his eighties died of a disease caused by COVID-19, Southeastern Idaho Public Health said Thursday. It is the first coronavirus-related death in Bingham County and the second in the southeastern health district.
The man lived at The Willows Retirement and Assisted Living facility in Blackfoot. An employee of the facility for assisted living was tested positive for the virus.
There have now been 94 coronavirus-related deaths in Idaho.
IDAHO adds hospital data
Dozens of people have been to Idaho hospital for suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 this week, Health and Welfare said. The state has recently started pulling data from the National Health Safety Network, a system that most Idaho hospitals use to report how many patients they have with the coronavirus.
“We are pretty confident that this is a pretty good picture of what is going on every day considering that this can change,” said Dr. Kathryn Turner, deputy state epidemiologist for the department.
On Sunday, 42 people were hospitalized in Idaho, including 15 intensive care patients with confirmed coronavirus infections.
The state reports hospital stays with a delay of a few days so that the hospitals have time to update their records.
The number of previously hospitalized COVID-19 patients peaked at 71 on April 16 and 21, respectively. The number was lowest on May 8 with 16 patients across the state.
Hospital admissions in June ranged from 18 on June 12 to a high of 44 on June 26.
The number of people admitted to the hospital tends to lag behind the tops in COVID-19 cases for a few weeks because serious illnesses have progressed so far that patients have to be admitted.
ERROR DETECTED IN PROVISION RESTORED
The state health agency reported that on Thursday 2,801 people were “presumably recovered” from the coronavirus. That is a decrease of 1,592 since Wednesday.
The health agency said on its website that it had discovered an error in the calculation of the total, which it reported on Wednesday at 4,393.
“Probably recovered” means that a patient is still alive 30 days after the symptoms appear.
Hospital stays: Health and Welfare reports that there have been 350 hospitalizations, 121 intensive care admissions and 534 infected healthcare workers due to the coronavirus. The hospital and health numbers are based on cases with completed contact exams, not on the full number of positive results.
Checksums: At the end of the day on Thursday, Health and Welfare reported that 98,119 tests had been completed nationwide. About 6.2% of them were positive for COVID-19.
Counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases: Ada 2,223, Adams 10, Bannock 96, Bear Lake 2, Benewah 13, Bingham 56, Blaine 526, Boise 4, Bonner 33, Bonneville 85, Grenze 1, Camas 1, Canyon 898, Caribou 14, Cassia 224, Clearwater 2, Custer 5, Elmore 60, Franklin 24, Fremont 6, Gem 23, Gooding 55, Idaho 5, Jefferson 13, Jerome 211, Kootenai 325, Latah 21, Lemhi 2, Lincoln 32, Madison 27, Minidoka 176, Nez Perce 85, Oneida 4, Owyhee 30, Payette 94, Power 16, Shoshone 1, Teton 19, Twin Falls 546, Valley 14 and Washington 99.
Counties with municipal distribution: Ada, Bannock, Benewah, Bingham, Blaine, Bonner, Bonneville, Canyon, Karibu, Cassia, Clearwater, Custer, Elmore, Edelstein, Gooding, Idaho, Jefferson, Hieronymus, Kootenai, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Nez Perce , Owyhee, Oneida, Payette, Power, Teton, Twin Falls, Valley and Washington.