Idaho coronavirus cases down 55% from last week

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Governor Brad Little’s house arrest order could pay off in the fight to slow the spread of coronavirus in Idaho.

Last week, the Gem State reported 4,164 COVID-19 test results Monday through Friday, with 663 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, for a positive percentage of 15.9%.

But those numbers dropped across the board this week: 2,769 test results, 296 new cases, 10.7% positive. This equates to a 55.4% reduction in the number of new cases on weekdays, when the seven health districts report cases consistently.

Dave Jeppesen, director of Idaho’s health and wellness department, said on Idaho public television on Thursday that the state was still trying to catch up on testing last week. Jeppesen expected a more normal test flow this week, and the past four days have been stable, with daily totals of 652, 633, 563 and 670.

“It’s not perfect, but we really flattened the curve,” Little said on Idaho Public Television. “… We think everyone’s good work in the state of Idaho is starting to pay off, reducing the number of sick people and, most importantly, the number of deaths.”

Ada County recorded the largest single-day increase in confirmed coronavirus cases of any county in the state on Friday. The central health district of Boise reported 20 new cases to Ada for a total of 515.

And for the fifth consecutive day, there has been at least one new death from COVID-19. Canyon County has announced a fifth death, which is now the 25th in Idaho since the announcement of the first coronavirus death on March 26.

COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Ada (6), Blaine (5), Canyon (5), Cassia (1), Jerome (2), Nez Percé (5) and Twin Falls (1) counties ), according to information gathered by the statesman of Idaho in the various health districts of the state.

On Friday, six of the state’s seven health districts reported at least one update, there were 45 new cases for a total of 1,399 in the state. Additional cases have been reported from Blaine (6 new, 452 total), Bonner (1 new, 4 total), Bonneville (1 new, 12 total), Canyon (6 new, 145 total), Cassia (1 new, 7 in total), Gem (1 new, 9 in total), Jerome (4 new, 28 in total), Kootenai (2 new, 44 in total) and Twin Falls (3 new, 73 in total).

Idaho North Central District had no new cases to report, and the number of coronaviruses in District 6 remains the lowest in the state at 10, according to Southeastern Idaho Public Health.

COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 32 of 44 Idaho counties: Ada 515, Adams 1, Bannock 5, Bingham 2, Blaine 452, Bonner 4, Bonneville 12, Camas 1, Canyon 145, Caribou 1, Cassia 7, Custer 2, Elmore 16, Fremont 2, Gem 9, Gooding 5, Idaho 3, Jefferson 4, Jerome 28, Kootenai 44, Latah 3, Lincoln 14, Madison 5, Minidoka 4, Nez Perce 19, Owyhee 4, Payette 8 , Power 2, Teton 6, Twin Falls 73, Valley 2 and Washington 1.

Idaho has confirmed community spread in 13 counties: Ada, Bingham, Blaine, Bonneville, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Jefferson, Kootenai, Madison, Payette, Teton and Twin Falls.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare said 13,764 tests had been done nationwide Friday at the end of the day. About 10.2% were positive for COVID-19. According to the IDHW, 128 hospitalizations, 35 intensive care admissions and 150 health workers were infected. The numbers of hospitals and health care are based on cases with completed contact surveys, not the total number of positives.

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