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Idaho sees largest one-day increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in more than 2 weeks

Idaho Statesman logo Idaho Statesman 5/13/2020 By Rachel Roberts, The Idaho Statesman

Idaho’s seven health districts reported 33 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday. It is the largest single-day increase since April 23.

There were 40 cases added May 4, but that included updates for both May 3 and May 4 because the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare stopped updating its website on Sundays.

Nine counties combined for 33 new cases Tuesday, increasing the statewide total to 2,107. Cases were added in Ada (9 new, 701 total), Bingham (2 new, 6 total), Gooding (2 new, 17 total), Jerome (4 new, 67 total), Minidoka (1 new, 9 total), Nez Perce (1 new, 70 total), Power (1 new, 3 total), Twin Falls (8 new, 231 total) and Washington (5 new, 7 total) counties.

Washington County, which includes the city of Weiser, sat at one case for a long period of time but has since increased by one case Monday and five more on Tuesday.

According to Southeastern Idaho Public Health, the new cases in Bingham County are a male in his 30s and a male in his 40s. Both are recovering at home. The Power County case is an 18-year-old female who is recovering at home. The contact tracing investigations for all three cases remain ongoing.

There are 194 “probable cases” throughout the state, an increase of seven from Monday. Health and Welfare reports that 1,536 cases are “presumed recovered.”

A day after reporting a seventh death from COVID-19 in Canyon County, the death was removed from Southwest District Health’s website as well as the Health and Welfare website. The Idaho Statesman has reached out to SWDH for an explanation but has not yet heard back.

Daily Details

Hospitalizations: Health and Welfare reports that there have been 214 hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, 88 admissions to the ICU and 278 health care workers who have been infected. The hospital and health care numbers are based on cases with completed investigations into contacts, not the full number of positives.

Testing totals: At the end of the day Tuesday, Health and Welfare reported that 32,934 tests had been completed statewide. About 6.4% have been positive for COVID-19.

Counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases: Ada 701, Adams 3, Bannock 9, Bingham 6, Blaine 496, Bonner 4, Bonneville 17, Camas 1, Canyon 254, Caribou 1, Cassia 15, Custer 2, Elmore 30, Fremont 2, Gem 12, Gooding 17, Idaho 3, Jefferson 4, Jerome 67, Kootenai 64, Latah 5, Lemhi 1, Lincoln 27, Madison 12, Minidoka 9, Nez Perce 70, Owyhee 8, Payette 14, Power 3, Teton 10, Twin Falls 231, Valley 2 and Washington 7.

Counties with community spread: Ada, Bannock, Bingham, Blaine, Bonneville, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Jefferson, Jerome, Kootenai, Lemhi, Owyhee, Madison, Payette, Teton and Twin Falls.


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