Twin Falls County accounts for a third of the state's new COVID-19 cases

Posted at 2:52 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 10:29:22-04

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — *Editor's note: These numbers below account for the COVID-19 cases in the past seven days (from May 4, 2020 to May 11, 2020). If you would like to see the latest numbers, click here.*

According to state data, Twin Falls County accounts for more than a third of Idaho's 154 new cases in the past seven days. The county has seen 60 new cases in the past week, bringing the county total to 223.

The South Central Public Health District says the spike in cases is a reminder we're not out of the woods yet.

"The reality is that even though we are seeing the number of cases decline through the state, there are pockets of Idaho where they are still increasing," said Brianna Bodily, Public Information Officer for the district. "Twin Falls has gone up and down. They haven't peaked hard and they aren't on the decline."

The district says it's important to stay vigilant to prevent the spread, but they've seen people begin to get complacent.

"If you've been out and about in Twin Falls, you'll see there are a lot of people declining to use their masks anymore. There are a lot of people that are going to various stores where there are too many people--they aren't taking the precautions they could be taking," Bodily said. "Even though the state is starting to reopen, it doesn't mean that as individuals we can be any less cautious. We still need to take an active part in protecting our own health, and remember that when we wear masks that's our way of protecting other people's health as well."

State data shows Twin Falls County also accounted for a third of the state's cases the week of May 1--the start of phase one of the governor's plan to reopen Idaho.

Phase two is scheduled to begin on Saturday, May 16.

The district says there is some good news: Blaine County, Idaho's former COVID-19 hotspot, is seeing a great downward trajectory and the district says they're seeing better numbers from them each day.

For the latest COVID-19 numbers across the state, click here.