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Where things stand now: COVID-19 in Idaho – facts and data

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June 1st marks the beginning of another month. We wanted to take this chance to do a reset on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Idaho. Here’s where things stand, now.

  • To date, 82 Idahoans are dead after contracting the coronavirus, according to official state numbers.
  • Across the state, 2,839 have or have had COVID-19, either in a confirmed or “probable” case.
  • The state entered its stage three reopening plan on Saturday.

In the Boise metro area:

  • According to data compiled by the New York Times, the number of new cases in the Boise area remains significantly lower than its peak in early April. Its data shows that in the past two weeks, there have been .09 cases per 1,000 residents. Said another way, that is 9 cases for every 100,000 people. That ranks the Boise metro area 487th in the US in the last two weeks.
    • The number of new cases is growing ever-so-slightly – up 1% over the prior week.
  • The last death in the Boise metro was recorded on May 19th.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, the area has seen 1,140 cases. NYT data shows Boise ranks as the 344th most impacted metro area in the nation, with 1.56 cases for every 1,000 people.

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Gov. Little: ‘my mask is for you’

Little strongly asked Idahoans to wear masks in public during a news conference Thursday.

“My mask is for you. What you are doing is being respectful, particularly of the clerk who waits on you. Wearing a mask is just the right thing to do. When you are outside, if you don’t have a cough or anything (that’s one thing), but if you’re inside, it’s the right thing for you to do and the right thing for everyone else.”

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Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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