Blaine County’s COVID-19 Risk Dropped to ‘High’ | Info about Coronavirus Covid-19
Blaine County’s COVID-19 Risk Dropped to ‘High’ |  Info about Coronavirus Covid-19

Blaine County’s COVID-19 Risk Dropped to ‘High’ | Info about Coronavirus Covid-19

The South Central Public Health District lowered Blaine County’s COVID-19 risk level from “critical” to “high” in its latest assessment issued Thursday, noting improvements in two key metrics.

Using data from the two-week period 6.-19. February, the health district stated in its weekly assessment that Blaine County’s COVID-19 test positivity rate and regional hospital capacity had improved but had not reached target levels. The district did not use the important target for new COVID-19 cases in its assessment because “a massive case backlog” it is working through is increasing the number of cases it reports.

The other seven counties in the district – Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls – were also determined to be “high” risk. In the district’s previous assessment, it determined that all eight counties it serves had “critical” risk levels.

The health district reported that Blaine County’s test positivity rate for the two weeks was about 12%, down from 25% two weeks earlier.

In the approximately 300 new cases registered during two weeks, the highest number of new cases was in the age groups 0-10, 18-29, 30-39 and 40-49.

The district on Friday monitored 283 confirmed and 71 probable COVID-19 cases in Blaine County. The district has stopped performing contact tracking for COVID-19 cases.

The impact of COVID-19 cases on regional hospital capacity was determined to be “high”, although the impact on Blaine County Hospital, St. Luke’s Wood River, was considered “moderate”.

The backlog of cases to which the Health District refers affects the number of cases across the state. More than 17,000 positive COVID-19 tests recorded Jan. 10 through Feb. 5 in Idaho awaited follow-up of local health districts Friday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported.

As of Friday, the Department of Health and Welfare had registered 423,638 COVID-19 cases nationwide and 4,730 COVID-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. The department had registered 5,378 COVID-19 cases in Blaine County since the pandemic started, contributing to 30 deaths.

Despite the lagging COVID-19 cases still counting, Idaho’s daily seven-day moving average of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants plunged since the peak of the winter rise driven by the omicron variant. The price was 32.9 on Friday, down from a record high of 197.5 on 24 January.

The state registered 2,051 new cases Friday, down from a record high of more than 4,000 cases a day in January.

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