South Central Public Health District: Coronavirus cases double in district in a month

Posted at 4:30 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 18:32:36-04

South Central Public Health is reporting coronavirus cases have doubled, including a record-setting number of cases in a day.

A total of 187 COVID-19 cases were reported in the district in the last week of August, increasing to 471 cases by the end of September, according to SCPHD. A single-day case record was reported on Sept. 4, with 151 new cases reported.

Twin Falls, Blaine, Cassia, Camas and Minidoka counties all saw a substantial increase in cases over the past four weeks, SCPHD reports. Jerome County saw an increase before leveling out again and Lincoln County rose slightly, but have since declined.

“We’re seeing consistent case increases in six of our eight counties.” Logan Hudson, public health division administrator, said in a statement. “This isn’t one event exposing people to the disease. This isn’t one county facing a surge. We’re looking at an increasing trend across most of the district that may continue to rise if people don’t take precautions.”

The district has two hotlines for residents to access information on COVID-19: one in Spanish at 208-737-5965, and one in English at 208-737-1138. Both hotlines are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on business days.