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Idaho COVID-19 latest: Dec. 20-26

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

BOISE, Idaho — For the most recent COVID-19 updates, click here.

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, December 26

5:22 p.m. - Idaho adds 505 total cases between December 25 and 26

The Gem State reported 77 new probable and 428 confirmed cases for Friday, Dec. 25 and Saturday, Dec. 26. Idaho has now reported 135,787 total and 112,904 confirmed cases since the coronavirus pandemic git the state in March.

This week, Ada County was the state's biggest hotspot, with 807 cases reported for the week ending on Dec. 26. Kootenai County was a close second, with 778 total cases reported and Canyon County reported the third most cases with 667.

Four new deaths were reported in Idaho on Christmas Day and Saturday. The deaths happened in the following counties:

  • Ada (2)
  • Bannock (1)
  • Owyhee (1)

Thursday, December 24

5:21 p.m. - 1,149 total cases and 13 new deaths reported in the Gem State

Idaho added 837 new confirmed and 312 new probable cases on Thursday, leaving the state's total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began at 112,476. Idaho has reported 135,233 total cases.

Both recoveries and vaccine doses administered grew, with now 53,535 estimated recoveries and 8,490 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines given, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Idaho also reported 13 new COVID-19-related deaths. The deaths happened in the following counties:

  • Ada (3)
  • Canyon (3)
  • Cassia (1)
  • Kootenai (4)
  • Latah (1)
  • Twin Falls (1) 

Wednesday, December 23

5:48 p.m. - Idaho adds 1,416 total cases and 23 new deaths, 10 in Ada County alone

The Gem State reported 1,135 confirmed and 281 new probable cases on Wednesday, pushing the statewide total number of cases to 133,985 and 111,639 confirmed cases since the pandemic began in Idaho on Friday, March 13.

Ada County was once again the state's biggest hotspot, with 574 cases reported there on Wednesday, followed by Kootenai County's 136 and Canyon County's 123.

As of Monday, 433 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 and 106 people are in the ICU due to the virus.

Idaho also reported 23 new deaths. The deaths occurred in the following counties:

  • Ada (10)
  • Bannock (3)
  • Bingham (1)
  • Canyon (4)
  • Gem (1)
  • Jerome (1)
  • Madison (2)
  • Nez Perce (1) 

Tuesday, December 22

6:35 p.m.- Over 1,600 cases, 14 deaths reported Tuesday; over 5,000 Idaho healthcare workers receive COVID-19 vaccine

Idaho reported 1,634 confirmed and probable cases on Tuesday. 1,166 of those cases are confirmed and the remaining 468 are probable. 

Ada County added 539 new cases today, the most in the state. Kootenai County followed, adding 204 new cases, while Canyon County added 91 new cases.

Since March, the Gem State has reported 132,594 COVID-19 cases. 110,504 are confirmed.

14 deaths were reported today, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,317. Three deaths were removed from the total in Bannock, Caribou and Cassia counties. Here's how the deaths break down by county:

  • Ada (4) 
  • Bingham (1) 
  • Bonneville (3) 
  • Canyon (5)
  • Madison (1)

5,665 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Idaho healthcare workers.

The latest hospitalization data from December 19 reporters 345 COVID-19 related hospitalizations, down 24% from December 18. ICU admittance has also dropped, from 122 to 87.

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An estimated 51,996 recoveries have been made. 

Monday, December 21

6:26 p.m. -- Over 1,200 new cases reported Monday, 21 deaths

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is reporting 995 new confirmed and 239 probable cases for Monday, Dec. 21.

That brings the total number of confirmed cases to 109,338, and confirmed and probable cases to 130,877 since March.

The Gem State's overall death total stands at 1,306 after 21 more deaths were reported Monday. Here is where they occurred:

Ada (5), Bannock (3), Bingham (2), Bonneville (3), Canyon (1), Clearwater (1), Freemont (1), Kootenai (2), Nez Perce (1), Twin Falls (1), Valley (1)

There have been 51,421 people that have recovered from the virus.

The total number of vaccine doses administered now stands at 4,348.

The hotspots are Ada County with 245 cases, Bonneville (175), Canyon (99), and Kootenai with 205. 

Sunday, December 20

6:27 p.m.- Over 700 new cases, 3 new deaths reported Sunday

734 confirmed and probable cases were reported on Sunday by the Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare. 478 of those cases are confirmed and 256 are probable. The Gem State has reported 129,960 confirmed and probable cases since March, with 108,343 confirmed.

Three new deaths were reported Sunday. Two were in Blaine County and one was in Gooding County. There have now been 1,285 COVID-19 related deaths.

3,582 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Idaho. An estimated 50,950 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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