Tuesday was a sad day for the coronavirus pandemic in Idaho, as the state counted 564 new confirmed cases and saw its youngest COVID-19 fatality in the seven months that the virus spread to Gem State.
A Twin Falls County man in his 20s died of a COVID-19-related illness, according to the South Central Public Health District, which said the man had an underlying condition that put him at high risk of a case. serious.
“This is a terrible reminder that even our young people are not immune to the complications of this disease,” SCPHD epidemiologist Tanis Maxwell said in a news release. “Many of our young people will recover, but some will be severely affected by this disease. These are the people, the vulnerable of all ages, we are trying to protect when we encourage everyone to take daily precautions. “
Maxwell encouraged all residents to be aware that many underlying health conditions are not obvious to other people.
“Conditions like diabetes, heart disease or lung problems may be invisible to the public and are more common than you might imagine,”
Twin Falls County had another death on Tuesday, and in Caribou County, a 70-year-old man died of COVID-19, according to Southeastern Idaho Public Health. East Idaho Public Health reported that a 70-year-old woman died in Bonneville County, and Ada and Kootenai Counties also reported new deaths from COVID-19.
This brings the death toll across the state to 493 people during the pandemic.
On Tuesday, Ada County reported 78 new confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing the state’s leading total to 12,474, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Canyon County reported 39 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 7,950, according to Southwest District Health.
The state’s total number of cases, which has risen rapidly in recent weeks, now stands at 40,907.
There was another indication of how alarming the day’s numbers were: confirmed cases combined with 106 new probable cases for a total of 670 – the second most cases in a single day for Idaho during the pandemic, behind 681. reported on July 16.
The state’s seven-day average increased to 524.3, the highest since July 22.
Health and Wellness has reported 4,397 probable cases of coronavirus and 23,288 people are assumed to have recovered.
The following Idaho counties also reported new cases on Tuesday: Latah 26 (626 total), Nez Perce 9 (455 total), Idaho 5 (220 total), Clearwater 9 (76 total), Lewis 2 (40 total), Bannock 29 (1,189 total), Bear Lake 1 (51 total), Bingham 15 (997 total), Butte 4 (48 total), Caribou 2 (117 total), Franklin 5 (176 total), Oneida 1 ( 27 total), Power 4 (264 total), Adams -1 (27 total), Gem 2 (306 total), Owyhee 7 (314 total), Payette 12 (838 total), Washington 3 (360 total), Boise 1 ( 59 total), Elmore 1 (299 total), Valley 5 (95 total), Kootenai 35 (2,841 total), Bonner 1 (339 total), Twin Falls 66 (2,326 total), Minidoka 18 (728 total), Lincoln 2 ( 78 total), Jerome 13 (728 total), Gooding 12 (289 total), Cassia 34 (777 total), Camas 1 (31 total), Blaine 4 (673 total), Bonneville 43 (2,502 total), Clark 1 (33 total), Fremont 1 (244 total), Jefferson 7 (551 total), Lemhi 5 (96 total), Madison 59 (994 total), Teton 3 (189 total).
Emmett’s school district cuts quarantine time
Contrary to the public health experience of stopping the spread of the virus, the Emmett School board of directors voted unanimously on Monday to reduce the quarantine guidelines from the recommended 14 days to just five.
The change applies only to the Emmett School District. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourage a full 14-day quarantine, which is a standard in place almost everywhere.
Emmett students who want to go back to school after five days would be required to test negative for the virus and must wear a mask for another five days, according to a school board press release. Students must also accept a temperature check in the morning and have no COVID-19 related symptoms.
Students who refuse to adhere to these rules will need to complete the 14-day quarantine.
Superintendent Craig Woods made the recommendation Monday after reviewing internal data, which showed 147 students and staff members were subject to quarantine restrictions because they had direct exposure to someone who tested positive or was listed as “probable. “.
“The emotional drainage of students and parents is simply too much for some families, and families object,” Woods said. “A couple of students have been in consecutive quarantine. It’s not beneficial to our students that they should really go back to class where we know it’s the best learning environment. “
The decision was not supported by the local health district or state framework.
“Southwest District Health, in line with CDC guidance, continues to recommend that staff and students exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case be excluded for 14 days after exposure,” said Katrina Williams, a spokesperson for SWDH. “Many clinics and health care professionals in our jurisdiction are receiving requests from parents for a medical certificate that will allow their children to return to school before the student has completed the designated 14-day quarantine due to exposure to COVID- 19. This is not an acceptable practice and contradicts guidance provided by the state of Idaho, the CDC and our local public health district. “
Total admissions: Health and Welfare reports there have been 1,932 hospitalizations of people with COVID-19, 468 ICU admissions, and 2,983 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 October 5, the health system was reporting 43 patients in its hospitals with confirmed COVID-19 out of 441 patients overall. The health system reported a 14-day coronavirus test positivity rate of 9%.
Sanitary System of Sant’Alfonso: As of October 5, the health system was reporting 27 patients in its hospitals with confirmed COVID-19 out of 360 patients overall. The health system reported a 14-day coronavirus test positivity rate of 9.3%.
Boise School District: The district says the following schools or units have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students or staff since September 22: Borah High School (2 cases), Boise Online school (1), Dennis Technical Education Center (1), Hawthorne Elementary (1), Hillside Junior High (2), Shadow Hills Elementary (1), Cynthia Mann Elementary (1).
Total tests: At the end of Sunday, Health and Welfare reported that 321,794 people had been tested across the state. About 12.7% of these tested positive for COVID-19.
Counties with community spread: It has been announced that all counties except Adams will have a widespread community.
Counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases: Ada 12.474, Adams 27, Bannock 1.189, Bear Lake 51, Benewah 152, Bingham 997, Blaine 673, Boise 59, Bonner 339, Bonneville 2.502, Boundary 49, Butte 48, Camas 31, Canyon 7.950, Caribou 117, Cassia 777, Clark 33, Clearwater 76, Custer 64, Elmore 299, Franklin 176, Fremont 244, Gem 306, Gooding 289, Idaho 220, Jefferson 551, Jerome 728, Kootenai 2.841, Latah 626, Lemhi 96, Lewis 40, Lincoln 78, Madison 994, Minidoka 728, Nez Perce 455, Oneida 27, Owyhee 314, Payette 838, Power 264, Shoshone 215, Teton 189, Twin Falls 2,326, Valley 95, Washington 360.