Boise State sees jump in COVID-19 cases, more students using campus isolation beds

Posted at 4:27 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 18:27:40-04

This article was originally published by Ruth Brown in the Idaho Statesman.

As the pandemic continues to affect Idaho, Boise State University’s coronavirus tracker showed a significant increase in cases this week, predominantly in residential students.

On Sept. 17, BSU showed 77 new cases of COVID-19, up from the 42 new cases reported on Sept. 10. The case total was 32 the week before that.

Boise State began classes on Aug. 24.

Of those who tested positive this week, 42 were residential students, 34 were off-campus students and one was faculty or staff, according to the school’s COVID-19 online tracker, which updates on Fridays.

Boise State has reserved 115 isolation beds for students who need to quarantine after contracting the virus. As of Friday, 42 of those beds were occupied. The beds are also used for students awaiting coronavirus test results.

The Statesman reached out to Boise State about the increase on Friday morning but did not receive an immediate response.