Idaho saw an increase in its COVID-19 test positivity rate and seven-day moving average this week, according to data from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Dave Jeppesen, director of health and welfare, says that the vast majority of the state’s new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths can be attributed to the unvaccinated. By Friday, 44.6% of Idahoans ages 12 and older have been fully vaccinated, well below the national average of 55.9%.
“COVID-19 and COVID-19 variants are still in Idaho,” Jeppesen wrote in a blog post Friday on dhwblog.com. “Other states are experiencing dramatic increases in cases. By choosing to get the vaccine, we can protect ourselves and our families. ”
The state’s overall COVID-19 test positivity rate increased for the second week in a row, although it remains below the 5% threshold, which experts say shows control over the spread of the virus.
Health and Welfare reported a positivity rate of 3.6% compared to 11,850 tests for the week of June 27 – July 3. That is an increase from a rate of 3.1% the previous week. Four of the state’s seven public health districts saw an increase in positivity, but only the Panhandle Health District (5.1%) and the South Central Public Health District (5.2%) were above 5%.
Boise-based Central District Health had a positivity of 3%, up from 2.1% the week before, while Southwest District Health in Canyon County rose from 2.9% to 3.5%.
Jeppesen said 98.7% of the state’s COVID-19 admissions are among Idahoans with no record of being fully vaccinated.
From January 1 to July 3, Idaho reported 52,699 cases of COVID-19. Of these, 497 (0.9%) had a record of full vaccination, while 52,202 (99.1%) had no vaccination.
During the same time period, 2,479 Idahoans were hospitalized for COVID-19 – 32 (1.3%) had a record of being fully vaccinated, while 2,447 (98.7%) had no record of being fully vaccinated.
For deaths in the same time frame, 433 Idahoans died of COVID-19 – five (1.2%) were fully vaccinated, while 428 (98.8%) were unvaccinated.
As of Wednesday, there were 82 patients admitted across the country with COVID-19, including 21 in intensive care.
“COVID-19 cases are declining in older age groups, but in younger age groups the rates change week to week and increase in some age groups,” wrote Jeppesen. “After a decline two weeks ago, the incidence among children under 5 increased by 63% to 11 cases per 100,000 last week.”
Since the pandemic arrived in Idaho, Gem State has reported 195,831 cases of coronavirus in total. Estimates of health and welfare 115,596 of these cases have been restored. Idaho has lost 2,165 residents due to the virus with a mortality rate of approx. 1.1%.
Prolonged care update
As of Friday, Health and Welfare reports that there are 937 active coronavirus cases between 16 facilities, which is lower than last week’s 1,000 cases. There are 304 facilities with solved outbreaks.
To date, 802 people from 179 long-term facilities in Idaho have died of COVID-19-related causes – the same number reported last week. Long-term care amounts to approx. 37% of the 2,165 deaths in the state.
The latest data from health and welfare shows that 74% of Idahoans 65 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Below is a list of long-term care facilities by city that have active cases of coronavirus among residents and / or staff. In order for an outbreak to be considered “resolved”, more than 28 days (two incubation periods) must elapse without additional cases associated with the plant.
Boise: Garden Plaza of Valley View-Valley View Nursing & Rehab, Garden Plaza of Valley View-The Bridge at Valley View, State Veterans Home-Boise; Caldwell: Lenity Senior Living; Chubbuck: Brookdale Chubbuck, Grace at Chubbuck; Coeur d’Alene: Ivy Court, courtyard of Coeur d’Alene; Hayden: Wellspring Meadows; Lewiston: Guardian Angel home Lewiston (now generations in Lewiston); Meridian: Grace Assisted Living-Fairview Lakes, Edgewood Spring Creek Meridian; Middleton: Cottages in Middleton; Mountain Home: St. Luke’s Elmore long-term care; Nampa: Heron Place; Pocatello: Gateway Transitional Care Center, Brookdale Pocatello.
Vaccine doses administered in Idaho: 1,342,090 according to Health and Welfare. Of those, 673,218 people have been fully vaccinated, accounting for 44.6% of Idahoans 12 years and older.
Test positivity rate: Of the 11,850 COVID-19 tests conducted in the week of June 27 – July 3, 3.6% returned positive.
Counties with the highest current seven-day incidence per. 100,000 inhabitants: Shoshone 16.6, Boise 16.4, Bear Lake 11.7, Oneida 9.5, Twin Falls 9.4.
Visit the “What We Know” file on IdahoStatesman.com for a daily look at new county and other key cases.