Ada County reports highest single-day total of coronavirus cases since pandemic began

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Posted at 10:18 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-21 00:20:59-04

IDAHO — This article was originally published by Rachel Roberts at the Idaho Statesman.

Boise-based Central District Health reported 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ada County all of last week.

That number ballooned by 410% this week, with the state’s most populous county adding 250 confirmed cases of the coronavirus

The recent rise in Ada County cases peaked with a single-day high of 68 cases on Saturday, increasing the county’s total to a state-leading 1,077 cases. The previous most in a single day was 63 cases on both April 2 and April 4.

Using data from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Eastern Idaho Public Health, there were 117 confirmed cases added statewide Saturday. It is the third-largest total in a single day since the pandemic began and the third consecutive day with 100 or more cases. Idaho’s total cases now sits at 3,585.

The other counties reporting new cases Saturday were Blaine (1 new, 508 total), Bonner (1 new, 12 total), Bonneville (2 new, 62 total), Canyon (22 new, 392 total), Cassia (3 new, 144 total), Elmore (2 new, 38 total), Gem (1 new, 14 total), Gooding (1 new, 51 total), Kootenai (7 new, 122 total), Minidoka (1 new, 96 total), Owyhee (3 new, 15 total) and Twin Falls (5 new, 424 total).

There are 421 “probable cases” in the state, an increase of 16 from Friday. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reports that 3,305 cases are “presumed recovered.”


Hospitalizations: Health and Welfare reports that there have been 283 hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, 101 admissions to the ICU and 406 health care workers who have been infected. The hospital and health care numbers are based on cases with completed investigations into contacts, not the full number of positives.

Testing totals: At the end of the day Saturday, Health and Welfare reported that 72,547 tests had been completed statewide. About 4.9% of those have been positive for COVID-19.

Counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases: Ada 1,077, Adams 8, Bannock 75, Benewah 13, Bingham 29, Blaine 508, Bonner 12, Bonneville 62, Camas 1, Canyon 392, Caribou 8, Cassia 144, Custer 2, Elmore 38, Franklin 17, Fremont 3, Gem 14, Gooding 51, Idaho 3, Jefferson 9, Jerome 185, Kootenai 122, Latah 7, Lemhi 2, Lincoln 31, Madison 21, Minidoka 96, Nez Perce 75, Owyhee 15, Payette 37, Power 13, Teton 13, Twin Falls 424, Valley 3 and Washington 75.

Counties with community spread: Ada, Bannock, Benewah, Bingham, Blaine, Bonner, Bonneville, Canyon, Caribou, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jefferson, Jerome, Kootenai, Lemhi, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette, Power, Teton, Twin Falls and Washington.