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Record COVID-19 deaths reported this week as Idaho surpasses 100,000 confirmed cases

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Posted at 8:49 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 22:49:26-05

This story was originally published by our news partners at the Idaho Statesman.

Idaho surpassed 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, as the state also marked its deadliest week of the pandemic.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the state’s seven health districts reported 25 new deaths Friday, bringing the total number of Idaho deaths related to the coronavirus reported so far this week to a record 128.

On Friday, seven people from Ada County (283 total) and six people from Canyon County (176 total) were added to the death toll. Two more deaths were reported for Gem County (11 total) and Bannock County (44 total) and one each in Fremont (12 total), Owyhee (17 total), Payette (19 total), Bingham (33 total), Bonner (11 total), Idaho (15 total), Kootenai (100 total) and Twin Falls (105 total) counties.

One of the Bannock County deaths was a man in his 40s, according to a tweet from Southeastern Idaho Public Health.

Idaho has reported 1,169 COVID-19-related deaths. The case fatality rate is 0.98%.

IDHW and the health districts reported 1,230 new confirmed and 385 probable coronavirus cases Friday for a total of 1,615 new cases. A total of 100,260 people have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began in Idaho.

A total of 458 Idahoans were hospitalized Wednesday with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, and 104 of those patients were in the ICU. At least 4,719 Idahoans have required hospitalization for COVID since the beginning of the pandemic, and 871 have been admitted to the ICU. Seven children in Idaho have been diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), a rare COVID-19 complication in children.

Ada County recorded 407 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday (26,715 total), Kootenai County recorded 192 (8,877 total) and Canyon County recorded 141 (15,856 total).

Eastern Idaho’s Bonneville County, which includes the city of Idaho Falls, and Bonner County in North Idaho also reported big jumps in COVID-19 cases, with Bonneville recording 82 new cases (6,860 total) and Bonner counting 47 new cases (1,178 total).

Other counties reporting new confirmed coronavirus cases Friday include: Adams (6 new, 108 total), Bannock (34 new, 3,282 total), Bear Lake (1 new, 172 total), Bingham (20 new, 2,054 total), Blaine (17 new, 1,355 total), Boise (5 new, 146 total), Boundary (4 new, 204 total), Cassia (21 new, 2,119 total), Clearwater (7 new, 576 total), Elmore (17 new, 815 total), Franklin (7 new, 616 total), Fremont (6 new, 743 total), Gem (23 new, 958 total), Gooding (7 new, 794 total), Idaho (4 new, 756 total), Jefferson (7 new, 1,420 total), Jerome (7 new, 1,689 total), Latah (19 new, 1,846 total), Lemhi (1 new, 382 total), Lewis (5 new, 237 total), Lincoln (1 new, 318 total), Madison (35 new, 4,346 total), Minidoka (10 new, 1,660 total), Nez Perce (34 new, 2,468 total), Oneida (6 new, 146 total), Payette (10 new, 1,534 total), Power (4 new, 396 total), Shoshone (11 new, 614 total), Teton (4 new, 448 total), Twin Falls (21 new, 6,000 total), Valley (3 new, 250 total) and Washington (4 new, 694 total).