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Idaho coronavirus latest: September 14-21

Follow along as we track the latest Idaho coronavirus updates from September 14-21 with live updates.

BOISE, Idaho — Click here for the most recent daily updates.

We're closely tracking Idaho's number of deaths and cases of the novel coronavirus as well as what's happening as COVID-19 continues to spread in Idaho

We have multiple graphs and timelines looking at the coronavirus case trends in Idaho, including a graph showing a 14-day average that the State of Idaho has been tracking to determine the appropriate reopening stage.

How we track Idaho COVID-19 cases:

Every day, KTVB works diligently to ensure we are providing the most accurate, up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 cases in Idaho. We track our numbers the same way the Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare does. However, we update our total number more frequently, meaning our numbers may not always match with the state.

The state updates the number of total cases every day around 5 p.m. 

KTVB updates our running total once the state and local health districts have confirmed their total number of cases. See more details about how we track regional numbers ahead of the state releasing them here. 


  • "Recoveries" are tracked by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The state says it "Is defined as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available) based upon total cases, deaths, and any clinical info available."
  • "Confirmed" cases refer to a person who was tested for COVID-19 and tested positive.
  • "Probable" cases refer to a person who is exhibiting symptoms after coming in contact with a person who has a confirmed case. Though a probable case is not confirmed, the state will monitor the person for symptoms.
  • "Total cases" refers to the number of confirmed and probable cases combined. We will always clarify how many of the total cases are confirmed and how many are probable in our daily updates.

Click here for previous daily updates.

Monday, September 21

5:34 p.m.- Idaho County confirmed cases double in one day; first COVID-19 related deaths reported in Bear Lake, Custer counties

Two weeks after Labor Day weekend, Idaho is now reporting 34,893 confirmed cases, an increase of 352 cases. The number of total cases is now 37,901.

Idaho County's number of confirmed cases doubled over the last 24 hours, jumping from 88 to 176. Ada County followed with 56 new confirmed cases.

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Only four deaths were reported Monday. Two were in Kootenai County while Bear Lake and Custer counties reported their first COVID-19 related deaths.

20,485 estimated recoveries have been made.

Sunday, September 20

5:39 p.m.- 219 new confirmed cases, only two deaths reported Sunday

244 total cases were added today, 219 confirmed and 25 probable. The statewide total is now 37,491. 34,541 of the total cases are confirmed.

Only two deaths were reported Sunday, one in Ada County and one in Washington county.

An estimated 20,304 people have recovered.

Saturday, September 19

5:17 p.m. - Idaho adds 172 new confirmed cases, Power County reports first death

The Gem State added 172 new confirmed and 40 new probable cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, bases on data released by the Idaho Department of Health of Welfare. The total number of confirmed cases in Idaho is at 34,322.

Three new deaths, one in Power, Bonneville and Canyon counties each, were reported, bringing the state's death toll from the pandemic to 441.

Estimated recoveries surpassed 20,000 with 20,105 presumed recoveries reported on Saturday.

Friday, September 18

5:26 p.m. - Idaho adds 341 new confirmed cases

The Gem State added 341 new confirmed and 58 probable cases of the coronavirus on Friday, based on data released from the state and public health districts. Since the pandemic began, Idaho has reported 34,150 confirmed cases, 36,959 confirmed and probable cases and an estimated 19,915 recoveries.

Three new deaths were reported, with one in Ada, Canyon and Nez Perce counties. Idaho's death toll from the pandemic is currently at  438.

Ada County is the state's hotspot, with 72 new cases added, followed by Bonneville County with 57 new cases and Kootenai County's 37 cases.

1:30 p.m. - Boise State reports 77 new coronavirus cases this week

Boise State University reported 77 new coronavirus cases this week, bringing the total number of cases at the university to 167.

Of the new cases, 42 were among students who live on campus, and 34 were from off-campus students. One case was a staff member, Boise State says.

So far, all but nine of the 167 confirmed COVID-19 infections at Boise State have been students. In August, the school suspended three fraternities and a number of students for holding large gatherings in defiance of Boise State's coronavirus rules.

The school says it has filled 42 of its available 115 isolation beds with infected students.

Thursday, September 17

5:09 p.m. - Idaho reports over 300 new cases

The Gem State added 275 new confirmed cases, 61 new probable cases, based on data released but public health districts and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Idaho death toll from the coronavirus increased to 435 after one new death was reported in Benewah, Canyon and Shoshone counties. Two more deaths were reported in Nez Perce County.

The state's positivity rate dropped to 6.9% from 7.6% last week. Statewide
tests completed decreased by 4,000 from the week, now down to 13,377.

Wednesday, September 16

5:15 p.m.- 266 new confirmed cases, five deaths reported for third day in a row

State and local health districts reported 206 new confirmed cases in Idaho on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 33,534. 76 new probable cases were also reported. Idaho now has 36,093 total cases.

Ada and Canyon counties both reported 44 new confirmed cases Tuesday, the state's daily hotspots.

For the third consecutive day, five deaths were reported in Idaho. Two were in Canyon County, while Ada, Jerome and Nez Perce counties reported one.

The latest hospitalization data from Sept. 14 reported 123 hospitalizations. 54 people have been admitted to the ICU.

Tuesday, September 15

5:14 p.m.- 256 new confirmed cases, five deaths reported for second consecutive day

Idaho now has 35,810 total cases of COVID-19. 256 new confirmed cases were reported today as well as 61 new probable cases. There are now 33,328 confirmed cases in the state.

41 new cases were added in Ada County today, followed closely by Bingham County with 40 cases. 

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Like Monday, five deaths were reported on Tuesday. Two were in Ada County, and one was in Canyon and Payette counties.

No new hospitalization data was released today. 19,075 estimated recoveries have been made.

Monday, September 14

5:22 p.m.- 235 new confirmed cases, five deaths reported Monday

The state and local health districts reported a total of 235 new confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as 29 new probable cases. This brings Idaho's total number of cases to 35,532, with 33,072 of those confirmed.

Hotspots for the day are Twin Falls County with 35 new confirmed cases, Ada County with 29 and Canyon County with 26.

The death toll in Idaho has reached 420 after five new deaths were reported today. Four deaths were in Canyon County and one was in Bingham County.

The latest hospitalization data from September 12 shows 105 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that group, 34 were admitted to the ICU.

An estimated 18,826 people have recovered.

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1:32 p.m.- Central District Health moves Boise County school districts to "green" category

Three school districts in Boise County were moved into Category 1, or the "green" category, on Monday. This means Central District Health has determined there is little to no community transmission of the COVID-19 virus within the districts.

Basin, Horseshoe Bend and Garden Valley school districts are now in Category 1.

At KTVB, we’re focusing our news coverage on the facts and not the fear around the virus. To see our full coverage, visit our coronavirus section, here: www.ktvb.com/coronavirus.

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