TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) UPDATE (Monday, March 30: 6:40 p.m.) Idaho is reporting 422 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Gem State.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Idaho neared 200 toward the close of the business day on Thursday. The state also reported the first deaths related to the coronavirus in the state, two in Blaine County and one in Canyon County. All three were persons over the age of 60. (Source: KMVT)
A total of nine people have reportedly died as of Monday evening, including a Cassia County woman who passed away after being hospitalized and had complicating health factors.
According to South Central Public Health District, the point of transmission was visitors to her home from areas that had community spread and transmission.
Elmore, Jerome and Minidoka counties reported their first confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Monday.
The number of cases in Blaine County went up to 148 and Ada County surpassed Blaine County for the first time with 151 cases.
Canyon County reported 48 cases, up from 22 on Sunday.
To date, 24 of Idaho's 44 counties have reported at least one confirmed case of COVID-19.
UPDATED (Monday, March 30):
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Idaho grew to 351 by Monday afternoon.
As of 4:30 p.m., Blaine County had a total of 130 cases. Twin Falls County reported an additional three, bringing the county total to five.
Counties across the state reporting additional cases included, Kootenai County with 29, Nez Perce County with nine, up from four. During the weekend, the number of those with deaths related to the coronavirus reached six.
KMVT will add to this list as more information becomes available.
See the interactive map for numbers reported in Idaho's counties.
UPDATED Sunday March 29
Owyhee County had their first case confirmed Sunday
Statewide, there are currently:
115 in Blaine County.
113 in Ada County.
26 cases in Kootenai County.
40 in Canyon County.
4 in Nez Perce and Bannock counties.
3 each in Gem and Twin Falls counties.
2 each in Jefferson, Madison, Teton.
1 each in Valley, Cassia, Bingham, Payette, Idaho, Custer, Fremont, Lincoln, Bonneville, Owyhee and Bonner.
UPDATED Saturday March 28
Lincoln, Bonneville and Gem Counties have all reported their first cases of the novel coronavirus.
Lincoln and Bonneville announced their first case Friday evening, with Gem announcing their first case Saturday.
This came as more cases were announced in Blaine, Ada and Kootenai.
Ada County also recorded two deaths on Saturday as a resulted of COVID-19.
UPDATED (Friday, March 27)
Additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Blaine and Twin Falls and Ada counties. Nez Perce County also reported its first death related to the coronavirus disease on Friday.
Blaine is reporting 98 cases, and Twin Falls 2. It initially was reported as 3, but they changed it, after investigation showed the third confirmed case gave investigators the wrong address. That case will now be investigated by a different health district with jurisdiction over the individual's correct address.
Canyon and Kootenai counties each reported an additional case.
Ada County now has 75 cases.
There are now 230 confirmed cases and a total of four deaths in the Gem State as of 5:15 p.m. Friday.
UPDATED (Thursday, March 26):
The Department of Health and Welfare and two local public health districts are reporting the state’s first deaths related to COVID-19.
Confirmed cases in the state were nearing 200, as of late Thursday afternoon.
The three people with deaths related to the coronavirus include:
A man over the age of 60 from Blaine County. It is not clear if he had underlying health issues.
A man over the age of 80 from Blaine County. It is not clear if he had underlying health issues.
A man over the age of 70 from Canyon County with underlying health issues.
Idaho saw the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus being reported rise from 136 on Wednesday to 193 on Thursday evening.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ada County reached 54 on Thursday, according to Central District Health.
Blaine County saw its number of confirmed cases hit 86, according to the state's coronavirus website.
Canyon County saw a handful more cases being reported, reaching 21.
KMVT will update these numbers, when additional ones are reported.
(Wednesday, March 25)
The Gem State saw the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus cases rise to 137 as of Wednesday afternoon.
Health districts across Idaho report 39 cases in Ada County, eight in Canyon County, nine in Kootenai County, three in Bannock County, two cases each in Jefferson, Madison and Teton counties; one each in Bingham, Cassia, Custer, Fremont, Idaho, Payette, Nez Perce and Twin Falls and Valley counties.
The South Central Public Health District reported 63 cases in Blaine County at the close of business on Wednesday.
Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Brad Little announced a statewide "stay at home order." the details are still be drafted, but read more and watch the press conference isolation order. Individuals must stay home except for essential business, activities or government services. A violation or noncompliance could result in a misdemeanor, punishable for up to a fine, jail time, or both.
These numbers came from the state’s coronavirus website and health districts across Idaho.
UPDATED (Tuesday, March 24):
As of Tuesday afternoon, Idaho has a total of 81 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19. Here is a quick glance and where they have been confirmed.
South Central Public Health District is reporting a total of 36 cases in Blaine County up from 21. There is currently one confirmed case in each Twin Falls and Cassia counties.
Eastern Idaho Public Health District is reporting two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County, in addition to the two each previously reported in Madison and Teton counties.
Southeastern Public Health District is reporting two new cases in Bannock County in addition to the previously reported case in Bingham County.
Central Health District is reporting five additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Ada County, up from 15, the district also has one previously reported case in Valley County.
The Panhandle Health District announced an additional three confirmed cases on Sunday, and two more on Tuesday, bringing the district's total to eight, all in Kootenai County.
Southwest Public Health District has previously reported a fifth case in Canyon County, up from four.
The state is working through the new reports and updating their website, which was still reporting 50 cases Tuesday morning on the
state's coronavirus website.
UPDATE: (Monday, March 23)
Health officials report Cassia County has its first lab confirmed case of COVID-19, bringing the total of confirmed cases in Idaho to 48.
The South Central Public Health District and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement Monday morning. The individual is a woman over the age of 70. An investigation shows she was likely exposed to the virus by travelers from areas with community spread.
According to a news release, the travelers visited her home, and the woman has been hospitalized.
The number of cases confirmed have been in Ada, Bingham, Blaine, Canyon, Kootenai, Madison, Teton, Twin Falls and Valley counties.
See the latest on the state's coronavirus numbers.
UPDATED (Sunday, March 22)
Forty-seven cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Idaho as of Sunday afternoon.
Valley County has confirmed it's first case, in addition to the confirmed cases already in Ada, Blaine, Bingham, Kootenai, Madison, Canyon and Teton counties.
Ada saw 3 more cases confirmed as well.
UPDATE (Saturday, March 21)
Forty-two Idahoans have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, The confirmed cases have been in eight Idaho counties: Ada, Blaine, Bingham, Kootenai, Madison, Canyon and Teton counties.
Bingham had it's first two confirmed cases announced Saturday, with two more being reported in Blaine, as well as five additional cases in Ada.
An additional case was confirmed in Teton County as well.
UPDATED: (Friday, March 20)
Idaho public health officials across the state are currently reporting 27 lab confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The confirmed cases have been in seven Idaho counties: Ada, Blaine, Kootenai, Madison, Canyon and Teton counties.
See the latest on the state's coronavirus numbers.
UPDATE (Thursday, March 19 - 8:37 p.m.): South Central Public Health District has confirmed twelve new cases of novel coronavirus in Blaine County, Idaho.
Six individuals are male: one in his 30's, four in their 40's, and one in his 50's. Six individuals are female: one under 20 years old, two in their 30's, two in their 50's, and one in her 70's.
Blaine County currently has a total of 17 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.
UPDATED:(Thursday, March 19):
The Panhandle Health District and Kootenai Health annoucned the frist case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a more than 60 year old Kootenai County. This marks the 12th case in Idaho.
The patient’s treating physician ordered testing based on the patient’s clinical history. Clinical specimens were collected and sent to the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories, where laboratory testing confirmed the infection. Epidemiologists with PHD are working to investigate cases of possible contact.
If other people are found to have been exposed, health officials will provide guidance to these individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.
UPDATED (Wednesday, March 18)
South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) have confirmed two additional cases of novel coronavirus in south central Idaho. These are cases four and five in south central Idaho, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Idaho to 11.
One is a male from Twin Falls County in his 80s. He was briefly hospitalized, but is now recovering well at home. The second is a male from Blaine County in his 40s. He presented very mild symptoms and is also recovering well at home. Investigations into both new cases began this afternoon and are in their primary stages.
UPDATED (Tuesday, March 17):
South Central Public health officials announced a fourth confirmed case of coronavirus, COVID-19, of a Blaine County resident over the age of 80. According to a news release, the woman is recovering under isolation in a local hospital.
UPDATED (Tuesday, March 17): Idaho health officials are reporting three more confirmed novel coronavirus cases Tuesday in Idaho.
Tuesday morning health officials reported one new case each in Blaine and Ada counties, bringing the total in each to three. Tuesday evening, officials announced the first confirmed case in Madison County.
The new case involved a Brigham Young University-Idaho student in his 20s, who had recently traveled out-of-state to a COVID-19 affected area. The man is recovering in self-isolation with mild symptoms and did not require hospitalization.
Tuesday evening, South Central Public Health announced a fourth case in Blaine County.
Idaho has one other confirmed case in Teton County.
Read more about these new cases here.
UPDATED (Sat 8:30 PM, Mar, 14 2020):
South Central Public Health has confirmed a second case of COVID-19 in a female patient over the age of 70 in Blaine County. The district says she is currently hospitalized and recovering. The point of transmission is still under investigation. This is now 2 cases of COVID-19 confirmed by health officials in Blaine County. Earlier today South Central Public Health announced it's first confirmed case of COVID-19 in a female patient over the the age 50 who is recovering from mild symptoms and in self-isolation at home.
UPDATED (Sat 8:30 PM, Mar, 14 2020):
Central District Health has a second confirmed case of COVID-19 in a male patient from Ada County in his 50s. There were no identified underlying medical issues. He is recovering well in his home under isolation and was not hospitalized. The patient indicated travel-related acquisition and is presumed to have the same shared risk exposure to the first case identified in Ada County.
UPDATED (Sat 6:01 PM, Mar 14, 2020):
Eastern Idaho Public Health and Teton Valley Health are announcing Eastern Idaho's first confirmed case of COVID-19. Health officials from Eastern Idaho Public will make the announcement in a press conference starting at 7:30 p.m. Teton Valley News will be streaming via Facebook Live. The Director of Eastern Idaho Public Health Geri Rackow confirmed, Eastern Idaho's first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus. The patient is a women under the age of 60 and resident of Teton County. Director Rackow said the woman had close contact with an individual who had contracted the virus in a neighboring state. She is showing mild symptoms that didn't require hospitalization, and is currently in self isolation at home.
UPDATED (Sat 6:01 PM, Mar 14, 2020):
Saturday morning the Executive Director of the South Central Public Health District Melody Bowyer announced in a joint-press conference with the Blaine County Commissioners Idaho's second confirmed case of novel coronavirus in Idaho.
"Yesterday evening the state public health lab notified us of our first lab confirmed COVID-19 case in Blaine County" Bowyer continued "This is also our second confirmed case in Idaho."
Health officials confirmed the 50-year-old female, had recently returned from a trip out of state, and that she began self isolating after developing symptoms. She is still currently in self isolation in her home at Blaine County with mild to moderate symptoms, which did not require her to hospitalized.
The Public Health Director for South Central Public Health Logan Hudson said the patient was tested by a local provider in Blaine County which was sent to the state lab.
"We immediately reached out to the individual and their provider." Logan Hudson said. "She was mild to moderately ill. Not ill enough to be hospitalized thankfully, and at home."
Hudson said health officials are investigating the patients close contacts for exposure, and currently officials don't believe any businesses or schools in the area have anymore risk than they were yesterday.
While the investigation is still in it's preliminary stages, it has revealed the patient traveled out-of-state, 2 weeks prior to showing symptoms. And that once she began showing symptoms, she began self-isolating, according to a press release.
"Her physician's office was prepared and wearing proper protective gear then the individual was evaluated. Her movement is history is closely being evaluated."
Hudson said health officials in Twin Falls, are currently collecting more information, and they will notify the public if their health is at risk.
"I want to be very clear if we ever learn of a location here in Blaine County or people who are at risk at some point we will notify those people immediately," Hudson said.
UPDATE (Fri 4:14 PM, Mar 13, 2020:
Governor Brad Little has announced the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Idaho has occurred in Ada County. Health officials confirmed the woman is over the age of 50 and is self isolation. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says in a press release she recently returned from a conference out of state.
"She recently returned from a conference in New York City and was alerted by conference coordinators after three people with confirmed novel coronavirus infections, who were also in attendance at the conference, boldly shared their information and test results to help alleviate contact investigations for potential spread among fellow conference attendees."
“We are concerned for this person, but we’re glad her symptoms have been mild. I’m impressed at how well the clinic where the sample was collected minimized the risk to staff and other patients,” said Elke Shaw-Tulloch, administrator for the Division of Public Health in DHW. “We understand that this is scary, but we encourage everyone to do their part to stay healthy and prevent illness: Wash your hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes, stay home if you’re sick, and stay away from sick people.”
Idaho Public Health officials are monitoring the rapidly changing novel coronavirus situation very closely, domestically and internationally. We are working with the Governor’s Office and other state agencies including the Idaho Office of Emergency Management, local public health districts, and healthcare providers around the state, as well as CDC and other states.