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Idaho coronavirus latest: October 5-17

Follow along as we track the latest Idaho coronavirus updates with live updates.

BOISE, Idaho — 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.

Saturday, October 17

6:12 p.m. - Over 650 cases reported, 2 new deaths

The Gem State added 210 probable and 467 confirmed cases of COVID-19, based on data collected from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and public health districts around the state. There 52,582 total cases and 46,882 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Idaho.

An estimated 25,679 of those confirmed cases are presumed to have recovered.

Two new deaths were reported, bringing the state's death toll to 531.

Idaho set a new record for the highest 14-day average of new cases reported per day. In the last two weeks, Idaho has reported an average of 634.3571 total cases per day. Since Sept. 21, the 14-day average has almost consistently grown each day, with Sundays usually bringing it down or evening it out for a day. 

Since the pandemic began, Idaho has consistently reported a few cases on Sunday. See our daily tracker of the total number of cases added each day and the 14-day average for each day since the pandemic began in March.

Friday, October 16

5:44 p.m. - Nearly 1,000 cases and 8 deaths reported

The Gem State added a record-shattering 749 confirmed and 231 probable cases on Friday, which sets the record for most cases added in a single-day with 980 total cases. There are 51,704 total cases of the coronavirus in Idaho, 46,415 of which are confirmed cases.

Eight new deaths were reported, with two deaths each in Canyon and Caribou counties, while Bannock, Bingham, Kootenai and Twin Falls counties all reported one new death each. Idaho's death toll from the pandemic is now 529, which is more than the populations of either Idaho City, Garden Valley or Riggins.

Recoveries did increase to an estimated 25,457.

The state's top three hotspots for most cases added Friday were Twin Falls County (81), Madison County (79), and Canyon County (69).

11:44 a.m.- 54 new COVID-19 cases reported on Boise State campus, now 456 total cases on campus

54 new COVID-19 cases were added to the number of total cases on Boise State's campus. 40 of those cases were found in off-campus students, 12 were found in residential students and two were found in faculty and staff members.

456 total cases are being reported on Boise State's campus. The majority of those cases, 278, are in off-campus students. 161 residential students have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as 17 faculty and staff members.

22 on-campus isolation beds are occupied out of the 153 on campus.

Thursday, October 15

5:53 p.m. - Boise State announces more employee furloughs

Boise State University on Thursday announced a plan to furlough more employees due to financial challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The latest round of furloughs will affect faculty who did not participate in the furlough program earlier in the summer. Those employees, according to the university, were not on contract during the first round of furloughs.

The furlough program will apply to all faculty on 9-month to 11-month contracts earning at least $40,000 per year, Boise State said in a news release. The same criteria that were used for the furloughs over the summer will apply to the new round of furloughs. 

Pay bands and number of furlough days are:

• $150,000+ — 10 days

• $100,000-$149,999 — 7 days

• $75,000-$99,999 — 5 days

• $40,000-$74,999 — 4 days

The university's Office of the Provost and Faculty Senate are discussing the time frame for the furlough period, the size of furlough time units, and time reporting procedures.

"Being required to take mandatory furlough time while dealing with other grave challenges is especially painful," Interim Provost Tony Roark said in a statement. "I appreciate the sacrifices that everyone has made and is making to keep the university community on track to recover from the pandemic in a position of strength and service to our mission."

The savings resulting from the program are estimated to be $1.1 million. The university has not said how many employees the furloughs will affect.

5:37 p.m. - 732 new confirmed and probable cases, 4 deaths reported on Thursday; Slight increase to state's positivity rate 

Idaho's surge in new COVID-19 cases continued on Thursday with local health districts reporting 586 new confirmed and 146 new probable cases. The state has now surpassed the 50,000-case mark for confirmed and probable cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Of the new cases, Ada County had the most with 108. Twin Falls County had 83 while Canyon County had 73.

Four additional deaths were reported on Thursday - two in Bonner County and one each in Bingham and Shoshone counties - bringing the overall death toll to 521.

The state has also released new data on the state's COVID-19 test positivity rate, which last week was 11.4%, up from 10.3% the week before. State health officials report that 25,292 coronavirus tests were performed last week, up from 25,022 the week before.

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Wednesday, October 14

5:24 p.m. - 640 new confirmed and probable cases, 3 deaths reported Wednesday; Hospitalizations trending upward

The state of Idaho is reporting 486 new confirmed and 154 new probable COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, continuing a recent surge that has seen more than 400 new confirmed cases per day for more than a week. 

Of the new cases, Ada County topped the list with 85, followed by Canyon County with 52 and Madison County with 48.

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Three additional coronavirus-related deaths were also reported on Wednesday - one each in Bonneville, Kootenai and Payette counties - bringing the statewide death toll to 517. 

The state has released new data on the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state. According to the Department of Health and Welfare, 219 people statewide were hospitalized with coronavirus infections as of Monday. That's the highest number since August 3, when the state hit its highest number of hospitalizations so far with 242. On Sept. 12, the state had 111 hospitalized. The number has been trending upward since then.

Of those hospitalized, 56 of them were in the ICU. 

Tuesday, October 13

5:32 p.m. - 746 new confirmed and probable cases, 4 new deaths reported Tuesday

Idaho is continuing to see a surge in new coronavirus cases. On Tuesday local health districts reported 662 new confirmed cases and an additional 84 new probable cases. 

There have now been 44,594 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Idaho since the beginning of the pandemic.

Of the new cases on Tuesday, Bannock County had the most with 68. Madison County was close behind with 67 and Bonneville County had 52.

The graphs below shows a steep uptick in new cases over the last month.

Also on Tuesday, four additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported. Two of the deaths occurred in Bingham County, while Ada and Twin Falls counties had one each. The statewide death toll now stands at 514.

Credit: KTVB
Credit: KTVB

For a closer look a the numbers, including a county-by-county breakdown, check out our interactive map and timelines.

9:16 a.m.- Ada County school districts moved to red category by Central District Health

Central District Health announced Ada County school districts- Boise, West Ada, and Kuna- have moved back to the "Red" category, meaning community transmission within the district is high.

All other counties overseen by CDH- Valley, Elmore and Boise counties- remain in the yellow category.

Despite the move, a West Ada survey found the majority of parents support students returning to school full-time while in the yellow category and part-time in the red category. 

Monday, October 12

5:30 p.m.- 464 new confirmed cases, three deaths reported Monday

Note: Most public health districts do not update their COVID-19 numbers on weekends and holidays.

Idaho added over 500 new cases to its total on Indigenous People's Day, 464 of which were confirmed and 50 probable. Idaho is now reporting 43,932 total cases. Of that number, 48,663 are confirmed.

Ada County added 111 new cases, followed by 91 cases in Madison County and 68 in Canyon County. 

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Three deaths were reported, two in Ada County and one in Canyon County. The state's death toll is now 510.

The latest hospitalization data from October 10 reported 187 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 54 of those in the ICU.

24,523 estimated recoveries have been made. 

Sunday, October 11

6:06 p.m.- Idaho exceeds 48,000 total cases; no deaths reported Sunday

424 new confirmed cases were reported on Sunday, as well as 22 probable cases. There are now 48,066 total cases in Idaho, 43,468 of which are confirmed.

No deaths were reported today. The state's death toll remains at 507.

An estimated 24,304 recoveries have been made.

Saturday, October 10

5:18 p.m. - 584 total cases reported, Saturday's 14-day average of 534 sets a new record

The coronavirus in Idaho continues to spread at an increasing pace after 486 confirmed and 103 probable cases were reported. While Saturday's 589 total is the most cases reported in a single day, which Friday's 821 total cases reported holds the record for, it does set a new high 14-average.

Idaho now has 47,701 total number of cases, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. KTVB's data shows there have been 43,044 confirmed cases in the state since the pandemic began in March.

As of Saturday and based on KTVB's tracking of the virus, Idaho has added an average of 534.9286 total cases per day over the last 14 days. It is a new record on an upward trend of the next wave of sorts in the coronavirus pandemic.

One new death was reported in Washington County, bringing the state's death toll from the pandemic to 507.

Friday, October 9

5:38 p.m. - 821 new total cases reported, setting a new single-day total

Idaho reported 821 total cases on Friday, breaking the record for the most cases of the coronavirus added in a single day since the pandemic began in March. The grand total is based on data released by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the public health districts across the state. 

679 cases reported were confirmed and 142 were probable, which pushes Idaho's total number of cases to 47,088.

KTVB's tracking shows 821 total cases versus the state's 662 due to some health districts in Eastern Idaho updating their statistics with newer data after the state releases its own.

Two new deaths were reported, bringing the state's death toll from the pandemic to 506. One death was reported in Bonneville and Gooding counties.

Idaho's top hotspot for new cases of the virus is Ada County, with 88 new cases reported. Canyon County was the second largest hotspot with 68 new reported cases.

Thursday, October 8

5:29 p.m. - 574 new confirmed and probable cases, 2 deaths reported Thursday

The Gem State added 421 new confirmed and 153 new probable cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 46,426. Of those, 41,879 are confirmed cases.

Two new deaths were reported, one each in Bonneville and Cassia counties. Idaho's death toll from the pandemic is now 504.

Ada County is the state's top hotspot once again, with 94 new confirmed cases reported, followed by Twin Falls County's 69 new cases and Canyon County's 55.

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The state's positivity rate jumped 1.1% last week to 10.5%, up from the week prior's 9.4% rate.

Testing in Idaho also increased last week over the week before. Last week, 21,841 tests performed, up from 19,363 the week before.

Wednesday, October 7

5:38 p.m. - 691 new and probable cases, 10 deaths reported on Wednesday

Idaho continues to see a spike in new COVID-19 cases, with the state and local health districts reporting 555 new confirmed and 136 new probable cases statewide on Wednesday. 

Of the new cases, 84 were in Ada County, 78 were in Canyon County and 62 were in Twin Falls County.

The graph below shows Idaho's steady upward climb in new cases since mid-September.

Credit: KTVB

Also on Wednesday, the state is reporting 10 new deaths, including five in Kootenai County. Bannock County and Bonneville County each reported two deaths, while Lewis County reported one.

Idaho has now surpassed the grim milestone of 500 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began.

The state has released new data on the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19. As of Monday, 191 people statewide were hospitalized with the virus, and 41 of them were in the ICU.

Tuesday, October 6

5:25 p.m. - Over 700 total cases reported, second-highest single-day total ever

The Gem State reported 611 new confirmed and 106 new probable cases on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total number of cases of COVID-19 to 45,082 and 40,903 confirmed cases.

The 717 new cases is the second-highest single-day total since August 6, when 763 total cases were reported.

Five new deaths were reported, two in Twin Falls County and one in Ada, Caribu and Kootenai counties each. Idaho's death toll from the pandemic is now 492.

Ada County continues to be one of the state's largest hotspots, with 78 new cases reported, followed by Madison County's 61 new cases and Twin Falls County's 65.

4:50 p.m. A man in Twin Falls County dies from COVID-19, youngest person to die from it in Idaho

The South Central Public Health District announced on Tuesday afternoon that a man in his 20s in Twin Falls County died from a COVID-19-related illness. Officials said this is the first COVID-19-linked death under the age of 30 in the Gem State since the pandemic began in March.

The man had underlying health conditions, according to officials.

"Some of these conditions that place people in our community at high risk aren't obvious to the people around them. Conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or lung problems can be invisible to the public and are more common than you might imagine," said SCPHD epidemiologist Tanis Maxwell in a statement. "That's why taking steps to protect everyone around us from any illness we might be carrying is such an important step in slowing the spread of this disease and saving lives."

The health department did not release any further information about the man.

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Monday, Oct. 5

5:27 p.m.- Idaho surpasses 40,000 confirmed cases; 5 new deaths reported, including first in Franklin County

44,422 total COVID-19 cases have been reported in the Gem State. The number of total confirmed cases has reached 40,292 after an additional 441 confirmed cases were reported Monday. 49 probable cases were also reported.

Ada County added 70 new cases today, making the county Monday's hotspot. Canyon County added 48 cases, followed closely by 46 cases in Madison County.

Five deaths were reported today. One of the deaths occurred in Franklin County, its first COVID-related death. Ada, Bannock, Cassia, and Kootenai counties all reported one new death. The statewide death toll is now 487.

The latest hospitalization data from October 3 reported 151 hospitalizations due to COVID-19. 36 people were admitted to the ICU.

An estimated 23,115 recoveries have been made.

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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