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Here’s what we know about Idaho’s 203 confirmed coronavirus cases (March 27)

Posted: 8:31 PM, Mar 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-27 17:53:10-04
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This article was originally published by the staff at the Idaho Statesman.

We’ll try to track Idaho’s confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, in this post. We’ll also update with the testing numbers around the state.

Idaho tests conducted: 2,857

Idaho confirmed cases: 203

Idaho confirmed deaths: 4

Note: One Blaine County case isn’t included in the state’s official total confirmed cases because it was a nonresident who left the state. However, that case is included in our demographics.

Note 2: The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare doesn’t track when patients have recovered from coronavirus, so we can only report the number of positive tests, not the number currently ill.

(Data as of 3:33 p.m. Friday, March 27; the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare website updates statewide numbers by 5 p.m. each day; individual health districts can update their numbers at different intervals)

CASE NO. 203: GEM COUNTY

Southwest District Health announced the first case in Gem County on March 27. The case involves a man in his 20s. The man experienced mild symptoms and is recovering at home, according to the press release. “The source of transmission is under investigation,” the release said. “This individual has had no known contact with other confirmed cases.”

CASE NO. 202: BANNOCK COUNTY

Southeastern Idaho Public Health announced its third case in Bannock County on March 27. The patient is a man in his 30s who is self-isolating at home. The case appears to be travel-related, according to the press release.

CASES NO. 191-201: BLAINE COUNTY

South Central Public Health added 11 cases to the Blaine County total on March 27, for a total of 93. No details were provided.

CASES NO. 189-190: TWIN FALLS COUNTY

South Central Public Health added two cases to the Twin Falls County total on March 27, for a total of three. No details were provided.

CASES NO. 180-188: CANYON COUNTY

Southwest District Health added nine cases to the Canyon County total on March 26, for a total of 22. No details were provided.

CASES NO. 165-179: ADA COUNTY

Central District Health updated its number of cases to 54 on March 26, an increase of 15 new cases. No details were provided.

CASES NO. 149-163: BLAINE COUNTY

South Central Public Health added 15 cases to the Blaine total the afternoon of March 26, for a total of 81. No details were provided.

CASES NO. 146-148: NEZ PERCE COUNTY

Nez Perce County (home to Lewiston) reported three new cases March 26. All of the patients are over 70, according to a press release from North Central District public health. The cases are under investigation.

CASE NO. 145: KOOTENAI COUNTY

The 10th case in Kootenai County (home to Coeur d’Alene) was announced March 26. It involves a woman in her 50s who is self-isolating at home, according to a press release from the Panhandle Health District.

CASES NO. 142-144: BLAINE COUNTY

South Central Public Health updated its Blaine County number March 26 to reflect three new cases, for a total of 66. No details were provided.

CASES NO. 137-141: CANYON COUNTY

Southwest District Health increased its Canyon County total by five cases, to a total of 13, in a text message to the Idaho Statesman on March 25. No details were provided.

CASE NO. 135: CUSTER COUNTY

A man under the age of 50, who did not need to be hospitalized and is self-isolating at home, was Custer’s first case. His case likely came from travel to an area experiencing community transmission, according to the Eastern Idaho Health press release March 25.

CASE NO. 134: FREMONT COUNTY

A woman under the age of 60 is self-isolating at home and is believed to have contracted the virus while traveling out of the country, according to a press release from Eastern Idaho Health. She was not hospitalized. The county’s first case was announced March 25.

CASES NO. 132-133: CANYON COUNTY

Two new Canyon cases were included in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare report on March 25.

CASES NO. 117-131: ADA COUNTY

Central District Health reported 15 new cases in Ada County on March 25. No details were provided. That brings the Ada total to 39.

CASES NO. 101-116: BLAINE COUNTY

South Central Public Health updated its Blaine County number a second time March 25 to reflect 16 more new cases, for a total of 63. No details were provided.

CASE NO. 100: KOOTENAI COUNTY

A man in his 40s is self-isolating at home. An investigation into where he contracted the virus is ongoing.

According to a press release, eight out of the nine cases in the Panhandle Health District are travel related.

CASES NO. 93-99: BLAINE COUNTY

South Central Public Health updated its Blaine County number March 25 to reflect seven new cases, for a total of 47. No details were provided.

CASE NO. 92: NEZ PERCE COUNTY

North Central District public health announced the first case in Nez Perce County on March 24. The case involves an adult under 60. The patient didn’t require hospitalization and is recovering at home, according to a press release.

Nez Perce County includes Lewiston.

CASE NO. 91: CANYON COUNTY

The sixth case in Canyon was reported March 24 to the Idaho Statesman by Southwest District Health. No details were provided. It was confirmed later in the day in a press release announcing a community spread case in Ada County.

CASE NO. 90: PAYETTE COUNTY

The first case in Payette County was announced March 24 by Southwest District Health. The case involved a woman in her 20s who experienced mild symptoms and recovered at home, according to a press release. The point of transmission is under investigation.

CASES NO. 86-89: ADA COUNTY

Central District Health reported four new cases in Ada County on March 24. No details were provided. That brings the Ada total to 24.

CASES NO. 82-85: BLAINE COUNTY

South Central Public Health updated its Blaine County number March 24 to reflect four new cases, for a total of 40. No details were provided.

CASES NO. 80-81: KOOTENAI COUNTY

The Panhandle Health District reported two more cases in Kootenai on March 24, for a total of eight. The cases involve a woman in her 20s and a man in his 60s. They were self-isolating at home, according to a press release. The investigation is ongoing into how they contracted the virus.

CASES NO. 78-79: JEFFERSON COUNTY

Eastern Idaho Public Health (which serves Bonneville, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi Madison and Teton counties) announced two new Jefferson County cases March 24. The press release said the cases, which are the first cases reported in Jefferson County, involved a woman over the age of 65 and a man over the age of 65. Jefferson County includes Rigby.

Both people were not hospitalized and are self-isolating at home. Both cases were connected with travel outside of the U.S., according to the release.

CASES NO. 76-77: CANYON COUNTY

Southwest District Health announced two new cases March 23. The press release included details on two cases that were included in the March 22 numbers. The four combined cases involved a man in his 20s, a man in his 50s, a woman in her 40s and a woman in her 70s. The woman in her 40s was hospitalized; the others were at home.

The man in his 20s recently traveled to an area with community transmission and the man in his 50s attended an out-of-state conference where an attendee later was diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the press release. The other two cases are under investigation.

CASES NO. 69-75: ADA COUNTY

Central District Health reported seven new cases in Ada County on March 23. No details were provided.

CASE NO. 68: BLAINE COUNTY

South Central Public Health updated its Blaine County number March 23 to reflect another new case, for a total of 36. No details were provided.

CASES NO. 66-67: BANNOCK COUNTY

Southeastern Idaho Public Health reported March 23 that Bannock County has its first two cases, involving two men in their 30s. Both men had a history of traveling and are at home recovering, according to the press release.

Bannock County includes Pocatello.

CASES NO. 52-65: BLAINE COUNTY

South Central Public Health updated its Blaine County number March 23 to reflect 14 new cases, for a total of 35. No details were provided.

CASE NO. 51: CASSIA COUNTY

A woman over the age of 70 was reported March 23 as the first coronavirus case in Cassia County. She has been hospitalized, according to a press release from South Central Public Health. “Investigation shows she likely was exposed to the virus by travelers from areas with community spread. The travelers visited the individual’s home,” the release says.

Cassia County includes Burley and stretches to Idaho’s southern border.

CASES NO. 49-50: CANYON COUNTY

Two new cases were reported March 22. No details provided.

CASE NO. 48: VALLEY COUNTY

A man in his 50s who lives part time in Valley County, home of McCall, tested positive in Ada County. The case was announced March 22. The case initially was reported in Ada’s numbers. The man experienced mild symptoms and wasn’t in Valley County during his infectious period, according to a press release. The investigation indicates he likely contracted the virus during travel to Blaine County.

CASES NO. 46-47: ADA COUNTY

Central District Health updated its numbers March 22 to reflect two more cases in Ada County. No details were provided. That brought Ada’s total to 13. Central District Health reported that three of Ada’s positives have possible ties to the outbreak in Blaine County.

CASES NO. 43-45: KOOTENAI COUNTY

The Panhandle Health District reported three new cases on March 22, all in Kootenai County. They involved a female under 18, a man in his 30s and a woman in her 30s. They are all self-isolating at home and their contacts are being traced, according to a press release.

Kootenai County, which is home to Coeur d’Alene, has all six of the cases reported in North Idaho so far.

CASE NO. 42: MADISON COUNTY

Reported March 21. A man under the age of 70 was not hospitalized and is self-isolating at home, according to a press release.

CASES NO. 40-41: BLAINE COUNTY

No details were provided. Two new cases were included in the state report March 21. Blaine County now has 21 confirmed cases, the most in Idaho.

CASES NO. 37-39: ADA COUNTY

No details were provided. They were included in the state report March 21, bringing the number of Ada County cases to 11.

CASES NO. 33-36: ADA COUNTY

No details were provided. They were included in the county report March 20.

Earlier in the day, Boise State University, Micron Technology and the Boise VA Medical Center reported that they had employees test positive.

CASE NO. 32: CANYON COUNTY

The first lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in Canyon is a male in his 60s, reported March 20. He is recovering at home from mild symptoms. He recently traveled to a location that is seeing community spread, according to Southwest District Health officials. The person is connected to Middleton Middle School and was in the building on March 11-12, according to a press release on March 21.

CASE NO. 31: BINGHAM COUNTY

A 37-year-old male was the first confirmed case in the Southeastern Idaho Public Health district based in Pocatello. The man is recovering at home from mild symptoms, according to a press release on March 20.

CASES NO. 28-30: BLAINE COUNTY

Reported March 20. No details provided.

CASE NO. 27: TETON COUNTY

Reported March 20. A woman under 50 acquired the virus outside the country and has experienced mild symptoms, according to East Idaho News. She was not hospitalized.

CASE NO. 26: KOOTENAI COUNTY

A female in her 60s was reported as a positive test March 20. She is recovering at home with mild symptoms, according to a press release.

CASE NO. 25: KOOTENAI COUNTY

A male under 30 was reported March 20. He has self-isolated after traveling and experienced mild symptoms.

CASE NO. 24: ADA COUNTY

No information provided. It was included in the county’s tally on March 19.

On March 20, Boise State University announced that a staff member has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

“Individuals who visited the Administration Building or the Rec Center on Friday, March 13, 2020, may have come into contact with the individual who tested positive,” an email to students said. “Though the risk is low, if you experience symptoms of COVID-19, you should alert your healthcare provider that you may have been in contact with an infected individual.”

The Boise State Recreation Center closed to students and the public on Tuesday until further notice.

CASE NOS. 13-23*: BLAINE COUNTY

Idaho officials announced 12 additional cases in Blaine County on March 19. Two health care providers are infected in the county, Gov. Brad Little said. Six of the new patients are male: one in his 30s, four in their 40s, and one in his 50s. Six are female: one under 20 years old, two in their 30s, two in their 50s, and one in her 70s.

(*One of the cases involves a non-resident who has since left the state, so it’s not being included in the state’s official case count.)

CASE NO. 12: KOOTENAI COUNTY

The Panhandle Health District confirmed the first case of coronavirus in North Idaho on March 19.

It’s not yet clear how the patient, a man over 60, contracted COVID-19. The patient is experiencing mild symptoms and is self-isolating “in another state,” officials said, though they declined to provide further details.
There is no public testing available in Kootenai County, officials said in a livestream on the Kootenai County Office of Emergency Management Facebook page. In a news release, Panhandle Health District said the patient’s treating physician ordered the tests based on the patient’s history.
There is no public testing available in Kootenai County, officials said in a livestream on the Kootenai County Office of Emergency Management Facebook page. In a news release, Panhandle Health District said the patient’s treating physician ordered the tests based on the patient’s history.
CASE NO. 11: BLAINE COUNTY
CASE NO. 11: BLAINE COUNTY
A male in his 40s had mild symptoms and is recovering at home, according to a press release. The case was announced March 18. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced March 19 that this was a case of community spread.
Health officials “have confirmed a case of novel coronavirus with no out-of-state travel and no identified contact with another person with confirmed COVID-19,” the department said in the March 19 press release. “Community spread means at least one person has been infected with the virus in an area who is not sure how or where they became infected. The individual under investigation did not travel and had no identified contact with another person with COVID-19. Public Health officials expect more confirmed cases in the community.”

Health officials “have confirmed a case of novel coronavirus with no out-of-state travel and no identified contact with another person with confirmed COVID-19,” the department said in the March 19 press release. “Community spread means at least one person has been infected with the virus in an area who is not sure how or where they became infected. The individual under investigation did not travel and had no identified contact with another person with COVID-19. Public Health officials expect more confirmed cases in the community.”
“It no longer matters where it started, this virus is now in our community. It is important that we take precautions to slow the spread and protect the most vulnerable among us,” said Logan Hudson, SCPHD Public Health Division Administrator. “We urge residents to follow public health recommendations to stay home as much as possible to help protect themselves and their communities.”
CASE NO. 10: TWIN FALLS COUNTY

A male his his 80s was briefly hospitalized and is recovering at home, according to a press release. The case was announced March 18.

CASE NO. 9: BLAINE COUNTY

South Central Public Health reported the fourth case in Blaine County on March 17. The patient is a female over 80 who “is recovering well in a local hospital under isolation,” according to a press release. Health officials are still investigating how she contracted the virus.

CASE NO. 8: MADISON COUNTY

Eastern Idaho Public Health announced March 17 it has a confirmed case of coronavirus infection in Madison County. The case involves a BYU-Idaho male student in his 20s. He is the youngest person to test positive for COVID-19 in the state so far.

Eastern Idaho Public Health officials said the patient became symptomatic March 8 while traveling out of state. He returned to Rexburg on March 11 and stayed home until seeking medical care March 12, when he was tested for COVID-19. After the test, he was asked to stay at home. He continues to stay in isolation and is being monitored by Eastern Idaho Public Health.

“Unless you are contacted by Eastern Idaho Public Health, you are not at increased risk for exposure to this individual and do not need to seek testing,” said Geri Rackow, director of Eastern Idaho Public Health.

It is believed he traveled in his own vehicle and an investigation is ongoing to identify others who may be at risk.

BYU-Idaho suspended classes last week and gave students the opportunity to move home. Classes will resume online March 18.

CASE NO. 7: BLAINE COUNTY

The patient announced March 17 is a female over the age of 50 in Blaine County, which is where Hailey and Ketchum are located. This is the third case in Blaine County. “She is recovering well in her home under isolation and was not hospitalized,” South Central Public Health reported in a press release. “This individual self-isolated as soon as she began showing symptoms. So far, investigation has not linked this case with the first two cases reported previously in Blaine County.”

SCPH indicated March 18 that the virus likely was contracted from a visitor to the area.

CASE NO. 6: ADA COUNTY

Central District Health reported a female COVID-19 patient under 50 in Ada County on March 17. She has experienced mild symptoms and didn’t require hospitalization, according to the release. “She is recovering well in her home under isolation,” the release says. The patient indicated she might have contracted the illness while traveling and has “no known association to previous cases,” the release says.

CASE NO. 5: BLAINE COUNTY

South Central Public Health reported a female patient over the age of 70 on March 14. She is hospitalized and recovering, according to a press release from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Blaine County includes the Hailey/Ketchum area.

South Central Public Health named the county where the case was located March 16. It indicated March 18 that the virus likely was contracted from a visitor to the area.

“Our team is still investigating how she contracted it. As soon as we narrow down the possibilities, any other individuals potentially exposed will be contacted,” said Brianna Bodily of South Central Public Health.

CASE NO. 4: TETON COUNTY

A woman under the age of 60 who lives in Teton County tested positive March 14. She had close contact with a confirmed case in a neighboring state, according to Eastern Idaho Public Health. She has experienced mild symptoms that don’t require hospitalization. Idaho officials declined to identify the neighboring state.

The woman self-isolated after reporting the possibility of coronavirus March 12.

Teton County runs along the Wyoming border.

CASE NO. 3: ADA COUNTY

The Central District Health department in Boise said the case of COVID-19 is in a male patient from Ada County in his 50s with no identified underlying medical issues. The man likely got the virus out of state, the department said March 14.

“He is recovering well in his home under isolation and was not hospitalized,” the department said in the news release. “The patient indicated travel-related acquisition and is presumed to have had the same shared risk exposure to the first case identified in Ada County.”

CASE NO. 2: BLAINE COUNTY

Officials with the South Central Public Health District in Twin Falls confirmed March 14 the second case of the novel coronavirus in Idaho.

After the announcement, Blaine County School District Board Chairman Keith Roark and Superintendent GwenCarol Holmes said in a press release that all schools and facilities are closed to the public, beginning March 16. The closures will last through April 5.

The case involves a woman from Blaine County over the age of 50, who is recovering from mild symptoms that did not require hospitalization, according to Melody Bowyer, director of the health district.

SCPH indicated March 18 that the virus likely was contracted from a visitor to the area. Although the woman recently traveled to a neighboring state, the state did not have confirmed cases while she was there. Officials said they would not identify which state she traveled to.

The Idaho Mountain Express reported that the woman is a Blaine County School District parent. Blaine County includes the Hailey/Ketchum area.

CASE NO. 1: ADA COUNTY

The woman who was the first person in Idaho with a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus is a student at Idaho State University’s Meridian campus, the university announced.

The state announced the case March 13. The woman was described as an Ada County resident in her 50s.

The woman had returned from a conference in New York City, said Elke Shaw-Tulloch, administrator of public health for the Department of Health and Welfare. Three other attendees at that conference have tested positive for the coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease.

Idaho State shut down the Meridian campus March 13 for cleaning before the positive test result was known. The samples were taken from the woman late March 12, according to state health officials, and tested March 13.

The campus is located at 1311 E. Central Drive, near the crossing of Locust Grove Road and Interstate 84.

The woman was last on campus March 10, Idaho State’s announcement said. It was signed by President Kevin Satterlee.

“All potentially impacted individuals who had contact with the student have already been notified and are being monitored,” Satterlee wrote. “Central District Health (CDH) is contacting those faculty, staff and students who had closest contact with the student to provide further guidance. If you are not contacted by CDH or our University Health Center, then there is no reason for you to have elevated concern. CDH has advised us that this is not an illness that is spread through brief, casual contact.”

Reporters Audrey Dutton, Hayley Harding, Nicole Blanchard and Ximena Bustillo and Assistant Editor Chadd Cripe contributed to this report.

Reporters Audrey Dutton, Hayley Harding, Nicole Blanchard and Ximena Bustillo and Assistant Editor Chadd Cripe contributed to this report.