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Idaho COVID-19 latest: Dec. 27, 2020-Jan 3, 2021

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.

Click here for previous daily updates.

Saturday, January 2

5:31 p.m. - Idaho adds 1,051 total cases and 13 deaths to start the New Year

The Gem State, based on data published by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the state's public health districts, reported 848 confirmed and 203 probable cases on Saturday. Idaho has now reported 117,697 confirmed and 142,199 total cases since March 13, 2020.

The state did not report and coronavirus data on Jan. 1.

Idaho reported 13 new COVID-19-related deaths, increasing the state's death toll to 1,451. The deaths happened in the following counties:

  • Ada (3) 
  • Bannock (2) 
  • Bingham (2) 
  • Butte (1) 
  • Canyon (2) 
  • Gem (1) 
  • Power (1) 
  • Washington (1) 

Thursday, December 31

5:29 p.m. - 1,174 confirmed and probable cases reported on Thursday; State surpasses 500 deaths in December

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and local health districts on Thursday reported 828 new confirmed and 346 new probable cases of COVID-19. 

Since the pandemic reached Idaho in March, 116,849 people have tested positive for the virus.

Of the new cases, Ada County had the most 305, while Kootenai County had 152 and Canyon County had 89.

The state also reported 29 new deaths on Thursday, bringing the overall death toll from coronavirus-related illness to 1,438. Idaho topped 500 deaths in December.

Credit: KTVB

Here is how the latest deaths, reported on Thursday, break down by county:

  • Ada: 12 
  • Bannock: 1 
  • Bingham: 2 
  • Blaine: 1 
  • Bonneville: 1
  • Canyon: 5 
  • Gem: 1
  • Jefferson: 1
  • Madison: 3
  • Minidoka: 1 
  • Owyhee: 1

The latest data on the state's positivity rate was also released on Thursday. For the week of Dec. 20 - 26, Idaho's positivity rate was at 13.2%. That's up from 12.6% the week before.

According to Idaho health officials, 15,780 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered as of Thursday afternoon.

Wednesday, December 30

5:58 p.m. - Idaho reports 1,334 new cases and 13 new deaths

The Gem State reported 1,011 new confirmed and 323 new probable cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Idaho has now reported 116,021 confirmed and 139,684 confirmed and probable cases of the coronavirus since it was first reported in the state on Friday, March 13, 2020.

Estimated recoveries grew to 57,770 and the state administered about 2,000 more doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 13,686 doses given since it was first made available earlier this month.

Idaho's death toll from the pandemic grew to 1,409 after 13 new deaths were reported Wednesday. The deaths happened in the following counties:

  • Ada (5)
  • Bonneville (2)
  • Canyon (2)
  • Fremont (1)
  • Gem (1)
  • Madison (1)
  • Payette (1) 

Tuesday, December 29

7:05 p.m.- Over 1,500 new cases reported as Idaho surpasses 115,000 confirmed cases; Over 11,500 vaccines administered

Idaho hit another grim milestone as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpasses 115,000. 1,507 new cases- 1,091 confirmed and 416 new probable cases- were added to the statewide total on Tuesday.

These Idaho counties reported the most cases on Tuesday:

  • Ada- 471
  • Canyon- 172
  • Kootenai- 172

Since March, Idaho has reported 138,524 cases of COVID-19. Of that number, 115,010 are confirmed.

Credit: KTVB

16 deaths were reported statewide, in addition to one death being removed from Jefferson County's total. Here's how the deaths break down county-by-county:

  • Bannock- 2
  • Bingham- 1
  • Bonner- 1
  • Bonneville- 2
  • Boundary- 1
  • Gooding- 1
  • Kootenai- 3
  • Latah- 2
  • Shoshone- 2
  • Twin Falls- 1

The statewide death toll now stands at 1,396.

11,729 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. An estimated 56,799 have recovered.

Monday, December 28

6:02 p.m.- Over 900 new cases, 24 new deaths reported Monday; Over 10,000 vaccines administered

Idaho surpassed 137,000 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases on Monday after 918 new cases were reported. 689 of those cases are confirmed and 229 are probable.

These Idaho counties reported the most cases on Monday:

  • Ada- 291
  • Kootenai- 157
  • Canyon- 57

Since March, Idaho has reported 137,010 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19. Of that number, 113,919 are confirmed.

Credit: KTVB

24 deaths were reported Monday, bringing the death toll to 1,381. Here's how the reports break down by county:

  • Ada- 3
  • Bannock- 3
  • Bonneville- 4
  • Canyon- 2
  • Gem- 1
  • Jefferson- 1
  • Kootenai- 5
  • Lincoln- 1
  • Madison- 1
  • Nez Perce- 1
  • Payette- 1
  • Shoshone- 1

During the month of December, 444 Idahoans died due to COVID-19 complications.

Credit: KTVB

As of Saturday, Dec. 26, 280 Idahoans are in the hospital with COVID-19. 77 of those are in the ICU.*

Credit: KTVB

The positivity rate for the week of Dec. 13-19 also went down, dropping from 15.5% to 12.5%. The number of tests performed during that week also dropped to 34,995 from 39,563 the week before.

10,459 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered statewide. An estimated 55,595 have recovered.

*The numbers reported for 12/26 (Saturday) are from a lower number of facilities reporting (39 & 40). Idaho typically sees between 45-50 facilities reporting hospitalization numbers. 

Sunday, December 27

6:13 p.m.- Over 400 new cases, no new deaths reported Sunday

Idaho added 423 new cases to its total number of COVID-19 cases. 326 of those reported cases are confirmed and 97 are probable.

Since March, Idaho has reported 136,215 cases of COVID-19. Of that number, 113,230 are confirmed.

No new deaths were reported Sunday. The statewide death toll remains at 1,357.

10,099 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. An estimated 55,186 have recovered.

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.

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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