IDHW: State PCR test positivity rates double, highest of pandemic

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jan 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-06 19:41:44-05

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reports COVID-19 PCR test positivity rates doubled the week after Christmas, the largest increase in percent positivity since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity rates increased by 98.9% to 17.1%, according to IDHW. The department's target is a test positivity rate of 5% or lower.

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The state reported 1,765 new cases Thursday, along with 31 new deaths. According to IDHW's COVID-19 Dashboard, 88% of Idaho's COVID-19 cases during the last two weeks of December were the omicron variant.