New cases of COVID-19 are reportedly on the rise across the country due to a subvariant known as BA.2, but they are declining in northern Idaho.
Kootenai Health was down to two COVID-19 patients on Friday – from a maximum of 150 in October – and the Panhandle Health District reported only 50 new cases so far this month. Only two deaths in PHD have been attributed to COVID-19 in April.
According to the Idaho Division of Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard, there were 44 admissions on Friday. They are the fewest in two years.
Coronavirus positivity rates also remained low in North Idaho.
Kootenai County was up 3.4% for the second week in a row based on 293 PCR tests for the week ending April 9th. The PHD was at 2.5% based on 508 PCR tests, a slight increase from 1.4% three weeks ago, while the state was at 1.9%, also a slight increase from 1.5% three weeks ago.
Health authorities have long said the target was 5%.
As of Thursday, the seven-day rolling average for daily new cases nationwide rose to 39,521, up from 30,724 two weeks earlier, according to data from Johns Hopkins collected by The Associated Press.
Idaho’s new cases remain low despite a vaccination rate far below the national average.
In Idaho, 54% of the population aged 5 and older are fully vaccinated, while the national figure is 70%.