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Idaho COVID-19 latest: March 22-27

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, March 27

5:15 p.m. - 201 total new cases of the coronavirus reported

Idaho added 54 new probable and 147 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, leaving 179,428 total and 144,367 confirmed cases reported since last year.

The state estimates that there are about 100,253 recoveries from COVID-19.

Since mid-December, the state reports that 462,445 people have been given one of the COVID-19 vaccines. So far, 159,758 people have received one dose and 266,687 people are fully vaccinated.

No new deaths were reported. The state's coronavirus-related death toll stands at 1,957.

Friday, March 26

5:24 p.m. - Less than 250 new confirmed cases reported

The Gem State reported 231 new confirmed and 75 new probable cases of the coronavirus on Friday, leaving the state's total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 144,220, with 179,204 probable and confirmed cases reported since last year.

Ada County reported the most new cases with 85, followed by Bonneville County with 39 and Canyon County's 28.

No new deaths in Idaho were reported on Friday. The state's coronavirus-related death toll stands at 1,957.

Estimated recoveries increased to 100,093.

Since mid-December, Idaho reports that 258,748 people have been fully vaccinated and 158,376 people have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Thursday, March 25

5:55 p.m. - 345 new cases, 2 deaths reported on Thursday

Idaho added 345 total new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, including 238 new confirmed and 107 new probable cases.

Since the pandemic reached Idaho more than a year ago, 143,989 people in the state have tested positive for the virus.

Of the new cases, Ada had the most with 77, followed by Bonneville County with 39 and Canyon County with 35.

Also on Thursday, health officials reported two additional coronavirus-related deaths - one in Ada County and one in Madison County.

In a sliver of good news, the state's test positivity rate dropped by almost half a percentage point from the week before. For the week of March 14 - 20, the positivity rate was 5.1%, down from 5.5% the previous week.

Eastern Idaho continues to struggle with a high percentage of people testing positive for the virus. Bonneville County (Idaho Falls) had a 16.6% positivity rate last week. In comparison, Ada County's positivity rate was 3.8% and Canyon County's was 4.6% during that same time frame.

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Wednesday, March 24

5:40 p.m. - 412 new COVID-19 cases reported in Idaho, 1 new death

Idaho health officials reported 412 new cases on Wednesday, including 269 new confirmed and 143 new probable cases of the virus.

Overall, there has been 178,544 confirmed and probable cases total, with 143,751 confirmed cases.

Idaho's death total increase by one to 1,955. The person who died was from Canyon County.

There have been 99,626 people that have recovered from the virus.

Here are the latest vaccine numbers for Idaho:

  • 396,315 people have received a vaccine
  • 149,180 people have received only the first dose of the vaccine
  • 247,135 people have been fully vaccinated

The hot spots are in Bonneville, Ada, and Canyon counties.

The latest hospital numbers as of March 21: 151 hospitalized with COVID-19 (only 36 facilities reporting), and 35 in ICU. 

Tuesday, March 23

5:22 p.m. - 343 new cases, 5 deaths reported on Tuesday

Idaho health officials on Tuesday reported a total of 343 total new cases, including 232 new confirmed and 111 new probable cases.

Of the new cases, Ada County had the most with 44, followed by Kootenai County with 39 and Canyon County with 33.

143,482 in Idaho have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic reached Idaho a little more than a year ago.

The state also reported five additional coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday. Two of the deaths occurred in Bingham County, while Ada, Bonneville and Lewis counties each had one death.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 243,071 Idahoans had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An additional 144,958 people have received the first dose of the vaccine.

Monday, March 22

5:51 p.m. - Over 400 new cases, 7 deaths reported Sunday-Monday

Idaho added 403 new COVID-19 cases, 317 confirmed and 86 probable, between Sunday and Monday. Ada, Elmore, Bonneville and Canyon counties reported the highest number of new cases.

Since March 2020, 177,760 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in Idaho. Of that number, 143,250 are confirmed.

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Seven new deaths were reported between Sunday and Monday, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,949. Here is where the deaths were reported:

  •  Ada (1)
  • Bonneville (2)
  • Canyon (1)
  • Jerome (1)
  • Kootenai (1)
  • Twin Falls (1)

88 Idahoans are currently in the hospital with COVID-19, according to the latest available data from March 19. 32 of those are in the ICU.

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Vaccinations continue to increase in Idaho. 611,572 doses have been administered to the state. Additionally:

  • 382,230 people have received the vaccine
  • 142,670 people have received only the first dose of the vaccine
  • 239,560 people have been fully vaccinated

An estimated 99,193 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.

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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