Idaho’s coronavirus case numbers dropped again this week, remaining at numbers not seen since last summer.

But Idaho’s vaccination rollout hit a pothole.

Idaho administered 70,329 vaccinations in the past week, the lowest figure since late February.

The slowdown in vaccinations comes as state officials say vaccine supply could soon outstrip demand — and as some health officials are sounding the alarm about “vaccine hesitancy.”

“We’re worried that people are becoming increasingly hesitant in a time when we need to see our vaccination rates increase,” said state public health administrator Elke Shaw-Tulloch, as reported Tuesday by Kyle Pfannenstiel of the Idaho Falls Post Register.

“We cannot rely on natural immunity as the main source of herd immunity,” Dr. Meghan McInerney, ICU medical director at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, said on Boise State Public Radio this week. “We have vaccines available; that is the best way to get to herd immunity.”

Vaccinations are available to all Idahoans age 16 and older.

As of Friday afternoon, the state and its seven health districts reported 186,302 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases, a 0.8 percent weekly increase.

The new case numbers represent the lowest weekly figure since late June.

Here are this week’s numbers, and comparisons with the previous week:

Statewide data April 16 April 23 Change, April 10-16 Change, April 17-23
Cases, confirmed and probable 184,886 186,302 1,646 1,416
Deaths 2,017 2,031 24 14
Patients ever hospitalized 7,943 8,033 221 90
Patients ever admitted to ICU 1,361 1,368 41 7
Idahoans vaccinated 559,968 585,090 41,518 25,122
Idahoans fully vaccinated 399,110 444,371 53,882 45,261
Vaccine doses administered 927,665 997,994 88,810 70,329
‘Breakthrough’ cases

(vaccinated Idahoans who later test positive)

154 179 N/A 25
Total tests administered 1,234,070 1,256,053 20,607 21,983
Health care workers infected 10,303 10,402 128 99
Patients recovered, estimated 104,211 105,732 1,514 1,521
Total cases, ages 0-4 2,837 2,865 43 28
Total cases, ages 5-12 7,067 7,144 88 77
Total cases, ages 13-17 10,698 10,814 110 116
Total cases, ages 18-29 46,114 46,529 437 415

Weekly positive test rate, as reported by the state: 4.7 percent for week ending April 17, unchanged from the previous week.

Top 10 counties, by total cases April 16 April 23 New cases, April 17-23 New cases per day, per 100,000 population
Ada 50,617 51,116 499 14.8
Canyon 26,076 26,243 167 10.4
Kootenai 17,481 17,610 129 11.1
Bonneville 14,593 14,708 115 13.8
Twin Falls 9,309 9,354 45 7.4
   
Bannock 8,577 8,640 63 10.2
Madison 7,092 7,117 25 9.0
Bingham 4,792 4,807 15 4.6
Nez Perce 3,532 3,557 25 8.8
Bonner 3,181 3,205 24 7.5
   
Ten hotspot counties (most daily cases, per 100,000 population) April 16 April 23 New cases,

April 17-23

New cases per day, per 100,000 population
Elmore 1,898 1,954 56 29.1
Shoshone 1,062 1,079 17 18.9
Latah 3,019 3,066 47 16.7
Teton 1,188 1,202 14 16.5
Blaine 2,330 2,354 24 14.9
   
Ada 50,617 51,116 499 14.8
Bonneville 14,593 14,708 115 13.8
Jefferson 2,937 2,965   28 13.4
Boise 339 346 7 12.8
Jerome 2,557 2,577 20 11.7
Kevin Richert

About Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on KIVI 6 On Your Side; “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television; and “Idaho Matters” on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

Read more stories by Kevin Richert »

You may also be interested in





Source link