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Idaho coronavirus updates: July 17 - 20

Follow along as we track the latest Idaho coronavirus updates from July 17-20.

BOISE, Idaho — Editor's note: The above video discusses the rarity of false-positive COVID-19 tests.

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We're closely tracking Idaho's number of deaths and cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, as well as what's happening as Idaho reopens. Scroll down to see our live updates from each day. 

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

Click here for previous daily updates.

Monday, July 20

9:21 p.m. - In case you missed it:

6:20 p.m. - Idaho adds 341 confirmed cases, 3 new deaths reported and ICU numbers spike

After the state and public health districts released their latest coronavirus data, KTVB's COVID-19 tracking show Idaho now has 14,380 confirmed cases, with 341 new confirmed cases on Monday. Idaho also added 35 new probable cases.

The state's total of confirmed and probable cases is now at 15,266 cases.

Idaho also added three new deaths on Monday, with one each in Ada and Canyon counties. Minidoka County also reported its first coronavirus-related death. The statewide death toll from COVID-19 is now 122.

Recoveries increased to 4,335 but patients in the ICU saw its single-day highest total with 46. 186 people are currently hospitalized.

Credit: KTVB
A graph showing the long-term daily coronavirus case numbers, including a 14-day moving average.

11:05 a.m. -- Albertsons Companies requiring its customers to wear face coverings

Starting on Tuesday, July 21, customers across all of their locations must wear face coverings when shopping at their stores for their protection and for that of their associates. 

RELATED: Albertsons Companies to require its customers to wear a mask

10 a.m. - City of Caldwell closing all city buildings

Effective Monday, July 20th until further notice, Caldwell city buildings will again close to the public due to a recent increase in the region's coronavirus case numbers. 

"The recent increase in case numbers, as well as hospitalizations, means that it is time to take a step backward and pause, and do what we can to contribute to the health and safety of the public," said Mayor Nancolas. "We must all do our part to help out the community; respect your neighbor, stay home if you are able to and wash your hands often. We strongly encourage wearing a mask in public."

City service departments will remain fully staffed and operational. Department representatives will be available to the public via phone or email.

The closure includes City Hall, the Roberts Recreation Center, the Caldwell Airport Hubler Terminal Building, Memorial Park Classroom, the Caldwell Event Center, Purple Sage and Fairview golf course clubhouses (closed except for golf transactions and concession purchases), the Caldwell Public Library, and the Caldwell Senior Center.

Sunday, July 19

5:41 p.m. - Idaho adds over 550 confirmed cases Sunday, plus 136 in eastern Idaho from Saturday

Idaho now has 14,172 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began in March, based on data released by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and public health districts. 557 new confirmed cases were reported on Sunday and an additional 136 confirmed cases were reported in eastern Idaho on Saturday. 

568 total cases, including confirmed and probable cases, were reported on Sunday in Idaho.

Ada County again added nearly 200 cases on Sunday, bringing the state's largest county's confirmed number of cases to 5,602. Canyon County now has 3,059 confirmed cases, up from 2,882 confirmed cases on Saturday.

No new deaths were reported.

Saturday, July 18

6:11 p.m. - Idaho adds nearly 500 cases on Saturday

Based on data released by the state and public health districts show Idaho added 491 confirmed cases on Saturday and 14 probable cases.

Ada County now has 5,426 confirmed cases.

No new deaths were reported, leaving the state's death toll at 119. Recoveries increased slightly to 3,989.

Friday, July 17

8:42 p.m. - Over 600 cases reported, 5 new deaths

Idaho and public health districts reported 570 confirmed and 31 probable cases on Friday, putting Idaho's statewide confirmed cases at 12,988 and 13,752 confirmed and probable cases.

Two new deaths were reported in Ada and Canyon counties and one more in Bingham County, putting the state's death toll at 119.

3,827 recoveries were reported. 16,821 tested were completed, down from 21,556 the week before, and had a 14.5% positivity rate, up from 11.3% the week before.

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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