Two Idaho children within the South Central Public Health District have confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C).
Both children were hospitalized, according to a press release from Twin Falls-based SCPHD and the St. Luke Health System. No other patient information was released.
MIS-C is a rare health condition that has affected some children and adolescents who have contracted COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that children with MIS-C can experience inflammation in the heart, lungs, brain, kidneys, and other important organs. The cause of the condition is unknown.
“We are concerned that these exceptionally serious cases are occurring,”
MIS-C was first reported in the United States in May. A 7-year-old girl with no previous medical conditions became the first confirmed case of MIS-C in Idaho. The girl was admitted to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise in mid-August. As of September 3, the CDC has received reports of 792 confirmed cases of MIS-C and 16 deaths in 42 states.
“We are seeing more and more young people contracting and spreading COVID-19,” said Tanis Maxwell, SCPHD epidemiologist. MIS-C is a complication of the disease that can cause serious health problems in our younger Idahoans. Simple actions, like putting on a mask and walking away from society, protect us all. Including our children. “
Bonneville High closes due to coronavirus
Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls will be closed Wednesday and Thursday after students were exposed to the coronavirus.
A student who was in high school on Tuesday tested positive for COVID-19, according to a post on the Bonneville Joint School District website No. 93.
All extracurricular activities involving Bonneville students will also be suspended on Wednesday and Thursday. The district says it wants to resume learning in person on Friday.
BOISE SCHOOLS ADD TWO OTHER COVID CASES
The Boise School District, which hosts all of its online classes, reported two more coronavirus cases on Tuesday.
He added another confirmed case in Borah High on his district website, giving Borah four confirmed cases as of August 17. Boise also reported a probable case to Whittier Elementary, her first case this school year.
The new cases give Boise 13 total COVID-19 cases confirmed August 17-11, and two probable ones.
Idaho’s 7-day case average increases
On Tuesday, Idaho’s seven public health districts reported a total of 235 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths.
The seven-day moving average of the state of new confirmed and probable cases is 261 cases per day. A week ago, the seven-day average was 247.6.
The latest deaths occurred in Ada (2 new, 142 total), Payette (2 new, 6 total), Canyon (1 new, 94 total), and Kootenai (1 new, 33 total) counties. Idaho has lost 425 residents to the virus since the start of the pandemic.
Ada County added the most cases statewide on Tuesday with 41 new confirmed cases for a total of 11,109. Bingham County was not far behind with 40 new cases (753 total), and Madison (20 new, 310 total), Bonneville (19 new, 1,853 total), Twin Falls (15 new, 1,727 total), Bannock (14 cases, 848 total) and Minidoka (10 new, 554 total) each counties reported double-digit increases.
For the second time in the past three days, Canyon County announced a single-digit increase with seven new cases (7,282 in total). The county’s seven-day case average dropped to 24.7, from a high of 170.4 on July 21.
The other counties with new confirmed cases on Tuesday were Blaine (1 new, 596 total), Bonner (1 new, 249 total), Camas (4 new, 10 total), Caribou (6 new, 72 total), Cassia (6 new, 553 total), Clark (1 new, 22 total), Elmore (1 new, 253 total), Franklin (2 new, 75 total), Fremont (2 new, 127 total), Gem (2 new, 240 total), Idaho (7 new, 74 total), Jefferson (3 new, 361 total), Jerome (4 new, 610 total), Kootenai (4 new, 2,358 total), Latah (1 new, 278 total), Lincoln (1 new, 67 total), Nez Perce (5 new, 355 total), Owyhee (1 new, 292 total), Payette (7 new, 691 total), Power (9 new, 192 total), Shoshone (1 new, 209 total) and Washington (1 new, 300 total).
East Idaho Public Health removed one case from Bear Lake (41 in total).
Since the start of the pandemic, 33,311 Idaho residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 2,863 “probable” cases (61 new). Health and Welfare estimates that 19,075 people are assumed to have recovered from infected people.
Total admissions: Health and Welfare reports that there have been 1,631 hospitalizations of people with COVID-19, 426 ICU hospitalizations and 2,440 infected health workers. Hospital and health care numbers are based on cases with completed contact surveys, not the full number of positives.
San Luca health system: As of September 14, the healthcare system was reporting 33 patients in its hospitals with confirmed COVID-19 out of 413 patients overall. The health system reported a 14-day coronavirus test positivity rate of 6%.
Sanitary System of Sant’Alfonso: As of September 14, the healthcare system was reporting 27 patients in its hospitals with confirmed COVID-19 out of 369 patients overall. The health system reported a 14-day coronavirus test positivity rate of 11.4%.
Boise School District: The district says the following schools have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students or staff since August 17: Adams Elementary (2 cases), Boise Online School (1), Borah High (4), Hillcrest Elementary (1), Maple Grove Elementary (1), Roosevelt Elementary (1), West Junior High (1).
Total tests: At the end of the day on Tuesday, Health and Welfare reported that 278,779 tests had been completed statewide. About 11.9% of these tested positive for COVID-19.
Counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases: Ada 11.109, Adams 25, Bannock 848, Bear Lake 41, Benewah 127, Bingham 753, Blaine 596, Boise 52, Bonner 249, Bonneville 1.853, Boundary 46, Butte 29, Camas 10, Canyon 7.282, Caribou 72, Cassia 553, Clark 22, Clearwater 25, Custer 44, Elmore 253, Franklin 75, Fremont 127, Gem 240, Gooding 215, Idaho 74, Jefferson 361, Jerome 610, Kootenai 2,358, Latah 278, Lemhi 54, Lewis 11, Lincoln 67, Madison 310, Minidoka 554, Nez Perce 355, Oneida 19, Owyhee 292, Payette 691, Power 192, Shoshone 209, Teton 123, Twin Falls 1,727, Valley 80, Washington 300.
Counties with community spread: It has been announced that all counties, except Adams, Butte, and Franklin, will have a widespread community.