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Idaho COVID-19 latest: February 15-20

Follow along as we track the latest daily COVID-19 updates in Idaho.

BOISE, Idaho — Scroll down to see the latest 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.

For previous daily updates, click here.

Saturday, February 20

5:44 p.m. - Idaho reports more than 200 total cases and no new deaths

The Gem State added 85 probable and 131 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, leaving Idaho with 169,180 total and 137,503 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the first case was reported in Idaho on March 13, 2020.

Since mid-December, the state has administered 296,929 doses of the coronavirus vaccines to 210,228 Idahoans. 86,701 have received both doses and 123,527 have received just one.

Estimated recoveries grew to 91,926, up about 300 from Friday.

No new deaths were reported Saturday. The state's coronavirus-related death toll stands at 1,826.

Friday, February 19

5:45 p.m. - 257 new confirmed coronavirus cases reported

Idaho reported 257 new confirmed and 39 new probable cases on Friday, leaving the state's total number of cases at 168,953 and 137,372 confirmed cases.

Recoveries increased to 91,637.

Since mid-December, the Gem State has administered 285,541 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to 205,152 people. 124,763 Idahoans have received one dose and 80,389 have received both.

One new death in Franklin County was reported, leaving the state's coronavirus-related death toll at 1,829.

Thursday, February 18

5:28 p.m. - Over 200,000 Idahoans given at least 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine

The Gem State added 205 new confirmed and 82 new probable cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, leaving the state's total number of cases since last year at 168,639, 137,115 of which were confirmed.

The graph below shows that the 14-day moving average of new cases in Idaho has been generally trending downward since mid-December.

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Idaho's COVID-19 case numbers have dropped significantly over the last couple of months.

The state has administered 277,319 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 200,800 Idahoans. Of those, 124,281 people have received one dose and 76,519 people have received both doses.

The state's PCR positivity rate of tests from Feb. 7 to Feb. 13 was 5.8%, down from 6.4% the previous week. However, tests for last week dropped to 24,627 from 29,530 the previous week.

Idaho reported nine new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the state's death toll to 1,828 deaths. The deaths happened in the following counties:

  • Bannock (1)
  • Canyon (1)
  • Elmore (1)
  • Jerome (1)
  • Kootenai (1)
  • Minidoka (1)
  • Payette (1)
  • Twin Falls (2)

Wednesday, February 17

5:34 p.m. - 406 new cases, 11 deaths reported on Wednesday

The state of Idaho and local health districts reported 295 new confirmed and 111 new probable COVID-19 cases statewide on Wednesday. Since the pandemic reached Idaho, 136,910 Idahoans have tested positive for the virus.

Of the new cases, 82 were in Ada County, 56 were in Kootenai County and 29 were in Canyon County.

Also on Wednesday, 11 new deaths were reported throughout the state. Four of the deaths occurred in Canyon County, two occurred in Bonneville County and one each occurred in Ada, Gooding, Kootenai, Power, and Shoshone counties.

So far, 268,011 total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Idaho:

  • 196,332 people have received the vaccine
  • 124,653 people have received only the first dose of the vaccine
  • 71,679 people have received both doses of the vaccine

The state has released the latest hospitalization data. As of Monday, Feb. 15, 164 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, and 37 of them were in the ICU.

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Tuesday, February 16

5:26 p.m.: Idaho COVID-19 latest: 483 new cases, 6 deaths reported for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

385 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported over the last three days. 98 new probable cases were also reported, totaling 483 COVID-19 cases. Ada, Canyon and Kootenai counties reported the most cases over the last three days.

Since March 2020, the Gem State has reported 136,615 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 167,945 confirmed and probable cases have also been reported.

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Six new deaths were reported Tuesday. Here's how the deaths break down by county:

  • Kootenai- 2
  • Jerome- 2
  • Blaine- 1
  • Lincoln- 1

One death was removed from Canyon County's total.

The latest hospitalization data from Saturday, Feb. 13 reported 177 Idahoans in the hospital due to COVID-19. 38 Idahoans are in the ICU.

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The latest vaccine data shows more Idahoans have been vaccinated than have contracted COVID-19:

  • 259,424 total COVID-19 vaccine doses administered
  • 191,701 people have received the vaccine
  • 123,978 people have received only the first dose of the vaccine
  • 67,723 people have received both doses of the vaccine

An estimated 90,300 recoveries have been made. 

Monday, February 15 (President's Day)

The Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare does not update the COVID-19 data on holidays.

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.

Terminology:

  • "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.

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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