Blaine County’s COVID-19 Risk Returns | Info about Coronavirus Covid-19
Blaine County’s COVID-19 Risk Returns |  Info about Coronavirus Covid-19

Blaine County’s COVID-19 Risk Returns | Info about Coronavirus Covid-19

The South Central Public Health District has again lowered the COVID-19 risk level in Blaine County and some adjacent counties.

The district dropped Blaine County and the seven other counties it serves from the “high” risk level to “moderate” in its latest assessment issued Thursday, March 10th. Two weeks earlier, it dropped risk levels in all eight counties from “critical” to “high.”

Using data from the two-week period from February 20 to March 5, the health district stated in its biweekly assessment that Blaine County’s COVID-19 test positivity rate had dropped to 6.4%, at the low end of the “moderate” “interval. At the previous assessment, it was 12 per cent.

The district has not incorporated the number of new COVID-19 cases into its assessment because those numbers continue to be inflated while health officials work to address a backlog of positive lab results that came during this winter’s rise.

New cases were recorded in all age groups, including infants.

The district on Friday monitored 300 confirmed and 20 probable COVID-19 cases in Blaine County.

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

The other seven counties in the district – Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls – were determined to have similar, “moderate” overall levels of risk.

As of Sunday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare had registered 437,931 COVID-19 cases nationwide and 4,819 COVID-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. The state registered 870 new cases Friday, down from a record high of more than 4,000 cases a day in January.

As of Friday, the Department of Health and Welfare had registered 5,750 COVID-19 cases in Blaine County since the pandemic began, contributing to 30 deaths.

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