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Idaho COVID-19 latest: February 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.

For previous daily updates, click here.

Saturday, February 27

5:33 p.m. - Idaho adds just more than 200 new cases

The Gem State has no reported 171,140 total and 138,890 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since last March after the state reported 62 probable and 141 confirmed cases on Saturday.

Since mid-December, Idaho has given 359,234 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to 239,827 people. Of those, 120,420 people have received one dose and 119,407 have received both doses.

Idaho's coronavirus-related death toll stayed at 1,862.

Friday, February 26

5:14 p.m. - 316 total new cases reported Friday

The Gem State reported 223 new confirmed and 93 probable cases of the coronavirus on  Friday, bringing the statewide total number of cases to 170,907 and 138,749 confirmed.

Estimated recoveries increased by about 300 on Friday, growing to 93,975.

Idaho has now administered 346,393 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to 233,241 people. Of those, 120,089 people have received one dose and 113,152 have received both.

The state reported eight new deaths on Friday. The deaths happened in the following counties:

  • Ada (3)
  • Bannock (1)
  • Bonneville (1)
  • Kootenai (1)
  • Madison (1)
  • Nez Perce (1)

Thursday, February 25

5:37 p.m. - 309 new cases and 12 new deaths reported

The Gem State added 185 confirmed and 124 probable cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 170,585, 138,526 of those were confirmed.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare also unveiled a new COVID-19 variant tracker that will be updated every Thursday. So far, Idaho has sequenced 313 total viruses and identified 14 cases of concerning variants. There has been 1 case of the UK Variant, two of the South African Variant and 11 of the California Variant.

Estimated recoveries increased to 93,679.

Since mid-December, Idaho has administered 336,021 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to 227,519 people. So far, 108,502 people have received both doses and 119,017 people have received one dose.

The positivity rate numbers from Feb. 14 to Feb. 20 dropped to 5.1% from 5.4% the previous week. The total number of tests performed decrease during that week, going from 27,357 the previous week to 21,828.

Idaho reported 12 new deaths on Thursday, bring the state's coronavirus-related death toll to 1,854. The deaths happened in the following counties:

  • Ada (1)
  • Bonner (1)
  • Bonneville (2)
  • Canyon (1)
  • Jefferson (1)
  • Kootenai (5)
  • Payette (1)

Wednesday, February 24

5:32 p.m. - 424 total new cases, no new deaths reported on Wednesday

Idaho added 245 new confirmed and 179 new probable cases on Wednesday for a total of 424 total new COVID-19 cases.

Since the pandemic reached Idaho last March, 138,341 Idahoans have tested positive for the virus.

Of the new cases, Kootenai County had the most with 48. Bonneville County had 30, Ada County had 26, and Canyon County had 23.

Idaho has seen a downward trend in new cases since a peak of more than 2,000 cases a day in early December, as shown in the graph below.

Credit: KTVB

No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Wednesday. The death toll since the beginning of the pandemic stands at 1,842.

So far, 223,152 Idahoans had received the vaccine and 103,307 had received both doses.

The state has reported the latest hospitalization numbers. As of Monday, 143 people were hospitalized statewide with COVID-19 and 38 people were in the ICU.

Credit: KTVB

Tuesday, February 23

5:28 p.m. - Idaho reports 208 new confirmed cases

The Gem State added 208 new confirmed and 63 new probable cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the state's total number of confirmed cases to 138,096.

Since mid-December, Idaho has administered 316,433 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to 219,161 people. 121,889 people have received one dose and 97,272 people have received both.

Idaho reported 14 new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state's coronavirus-related death toll to 1,842. The deaths happened in the following counties:

  • Ada (2)
  • Bannock (2)
  • Bonner (1)
  • Canyon (4)
  • Gem (2)
  • Kootenai (1)
  • Owyhee (1)
  • Twin Falls (1) 

Monday, February 22

5:34 p.m.- 461 new cases, no deaths reported for Sunday and Monday

The number of new COVID-19 cases remained low on Sunday and Monday. 461 new cases, 385 confirmed and 76 probably, were reported for both days, with Ada, Canyon and Madison counties reporting the most new cases.

The state has now has 169,584 total cases of COVID-19. Of that number, 137,888 are confirmed.

Credit: KTVB

No new deaths were reported Monday, but one death was removed from Franklin County's total. The statewide death toll now sits at 1,828.

The latest hospitalization data from Feb. 20 reported 110 COVID-19 related hospitalizations statewide, 25 of which are in the ICU.

Credit: KTVB

310,395 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Idaho:

  • 216,861 people have received the vaccine
  • 123,127 people have received only the first dose of the vaccine
  • 93,734 people have received both doses of the vaccine

An estimated 92,573 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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