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Idaho sees small decrease in new COVID-19 cases

Posted at 4:43 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 18:43:13-04

Although daily COVID-19 positive case numbers still seem high, Idaho sees a slight decline in the number of new casessince mid-July.

There is also a decline in percent positivity of COVID-19 tests and testing numbersoverall.

Health officials say this makes sense because, with fewer cases, fewer people would need a test.

According to Deputy State Epidemiologist, Kathryn Turner, a decline in percent positivity shows there is likely less virus circulating throughout communities.

"If our percent positivity were higher, that would mean a higher portion of our population was infected. So those are both really good trends in the right direction as far as making sure the virus isn't transmitted," Turner says.

Although Idaho sees a small decrease, you should still follow the CDC's guidelines for washing your hands and wearing a mask and social distancing.