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Idaho COVID-19 latest: January 24-30

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, January 30

5:18 p.m. - Less than 300 new cases and no deaths reported Saturday

The Gem State reported 227 confirmed and 67 probable cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Since March 13, 2020, Idaho has reported 162,683 total cases, 132,543 of which were confirmed.

Nearly 100,000 Idahoans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Since mid-December, Idaho has given 120,391 doses to 98,682 people. 21,709 Idahoans have received two doses and 76,973 people have received one.

No new deaths were reported, leaving the state's death toll at 1,727.

Friday, January 29

5:44 p.m. - Idaho reports 100 new cases, removed 1 reported death from Ada County's death toll

The Gem State reported 521 new confirmed and 100 new probable cases of the coronavirus on Friday. The state has now recorded 132,316 confirmed and 162,355 total cases of COVID-19 since March 13, 2020, when the first case of the virus was recorded in Idaho.

The state has now administered a total of 114,372 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to a total of 94,071 Idahoans. 20,301 people have received both doses and 94,071 people have received just one.

Estimated recoveries grew to 81,034.

Idaho reported four new deaths, bringing the state's death toll to 1,727. The deaths happened in the following counties:

  • Bonner (1)
  • Canyon (1)
  • Gooding (1)
  • Kootenai (1) 

Thursday, January 28

6:10 p.m. - Idaho's positivity rate drops to single digits for the first time since September

For the first time since September, Idaho's COVID-19 test positivity rate has dropped into single digits. For the week of Jan. 17 - 23, the state's positivity rate was 8.3% on 29,286 COVID-19 tests performed. That's down from 10.8% the week before.

Health experts want to see a positivity rate below 5%, which would indicate that the state is getting a handle on the spread of the virus. The last time Idaho had a positivity rate below 5% was in June.

Meanwhile, Idaho reported 325 new confirmed and 184 new probable cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 131,795 Idahoans have tested positive for the virus.

In addition to the decrease in the positivity rate, lower case numbers in recent weeks, are a good sign as Idaho continues to try and control the spread of the virus. The 14-day moving average, shown on the graph below, has been generally trending downward since mid-December.

Credit: KTVB

Of the new cases reported on Thursday, 93 were in Ada County, 54 were in Kootenai County, and 49 were in Canyon County.

The state also reported eight new deaths on Thursday: 4 in Ada County, 3 in Kootenai County and 1 in Bannock County.

So far, 89,340 Idahoans have received the COVID-19 vaccine, with 19,024 who have received both doses.

Wednesday, January 27

6:35 p.m. - 635 total new cases, 25 deaths reported on Wednesday

Idaho added 465 new confirmed and 170 new probable cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began to 161,212.

Of the new cases, Ada County had the most with 105. Kootenai County had 75 and Canyon County had 47.

Idaho also reported 25 additional coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday. The state's death toll now stands at 1,716. 

Of the newly-reported deaths, Kootenai County had the most with 10. Four deaths occurred in Ada County, while three occurred in Canyon County. Bonner and Bonneville counties each reported two deaths and Clearwater, Idaho, Jefferson and Owyhee counties each reported one death.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, 85,731 Idahoans have received the COVID-19 vaccine and 16,843 people have received both doses.

The state has also released the latest hospitalization data. As of Monday, 241 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide. Sixty-four of them were in the ICU.

Credit: KTVB

Tuesday, January 26

5:55 p.m. - Idaho inches closer to 1,700 deaths after 4 new deaths were reported

The Gem State added 365 new confirmed and 170 new probable cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, leaving the total number of cases at 160,592, with 131,005 of those being confirmed.

The number of people given the COVID-19 vaccine grew to 81,210, with 65,664 receiving one dose and the remaining 15,546 people received both doses. A total of 96,896 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Idaho since mid-December.

Idaho reported four new deaths on Tuesday. The death happened in the following counties:

  • Ada (3)
  • Bonneville (1)

Monday, January 25

5:40 p.m. -- 573 total new COVID cases reported Monday

460 new confirmed and 113 new probable cases were reported in Idaho on Monday, 573 total.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases to 160,033. Of those, 130,640 are confirmed cases. 

Credit: KTVB

Idaho's COVID-related death total now stands at 1,687. There were 17 new deaths reported Monday. Here is the breakdown of where those deaths occurred: Ada (4), Bannock (2), Bingham (1), Bonneville (2), Canyon (2), Clearwater (1), Jefferson (1), Kootenai (3), Washington (1)

So far, there have been 77,351 estimated recoveries.

Credit: KTVB

Here are the latest COVID vaccine updates:

  • Total vaccine doses administered statewide: 93,582
  • People who have received vaccine: 78,805
  • People who have had one dose: 64,157
  • People who have had both doses: 14,648

Hotspots in Idaho: Ada County with 93 new cases, Canyon County with 60, and Kootenai County reporting 132 people got the virus.

The latest hospital numbers as of Jan. 23: 169 hospitalized with COVID-19 and 53 patients in the ICU.

Sunday, January 24

6:15 p.m.- Less than 200 new cases reported Sunday

161 new confirmed cases and 31 new probable cases were reported in Idaho on Sunday, 192 in total. Since March, the state has reported 159,506 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, 130,180 of which are confirmed.

No deaths were reported Sunday. The death toll remains at 1,670.

An estimated 76,392 have recovered.

Here are the latest COVID-19 vaccine updates:

  • 91,066 vaccines administered
  • 76,498 Idahoans vaccinated
  • 62,058 received one shot
  • 14,440 received both shots 

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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