Idaho reports largest single-day of COVID-19 infections

The state of Idaho and local health districts reported 243 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. With an additional 20 probable cases, it’s the largest single-day total for new cases since the outbreak reached Idaho in March. That brings the statewide total since the outbreak began to 4,645 confirmed and probable cases.

Two-thirds of Wednesday’s confirmed cases were in the Treasure Valley. Ada County had 89 new cases, while Canyon County had 54. Central District Health also reported one new death in Ada County, bringing the statewide toll to 90. It was the first coronavirus-related death in Idaho since June 15.

There have been 1,013 confirmed or probable cases reported in Idaho over the past seven days, which is the highest seven-day total in the state since the pandemic began

Locally, Nez Perce County and Whitman County both reported one new COVID-19 infection.

Meanwhile, a prison south of Boise has been locked down after an inmate there tested positive for COVID-19. It’s the first known case of coronavirus in an inmate at an Idaho prison. (KTVB, Lewiston Tribune)