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Health districts announce 11 more COVID-19 deaths in eastern Idaho


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IDAHO FALLS — Local health districts reported a record number of COVID-19 deaths Tuesday evening.

Eastern Idaho Public Health and Southeastern Idaho Public Health reported a combined 11 deaths. All six of EIPH’s deaths were people in their 70s — five from Bonnneville County and one from Lemhi County — bringing the health district to 83 total deaths. SIPH saw five deaths in people ranging in age between their 60s and 90s for a total of 68.

The total number of COVID-19 deaths in eastern Idaho stands at 151.

Tuesday’s death toll surpassed the seven that EIPH and SIPH reported Monday. EIPH had four deaths and SIPH confirmed three COVID-19 deaths at that time.

RELATED: Local health districts announce 7 COVID-19 deaths Monday

As of Tuesday, EIPH reports some 220 more confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases. That brings the total number of cases since mid-March to 12,884 with 1,000 active cases. There have been 11,801 people who have recovered from the virus up to this point in EIPH’s eight counties.

SIPH also reported in the triple-digits with 160 new cases Tuesday. There have been 7,552 total cases since mid-March, including confirmed and probable, and 1,054 remain active. So far, 6,498 people have recovered from the virus.

A case is considered probable if a person has not been tested, or a test is pending, and the person has all the symptoms of COVID-19, has come into direct contact with an infected person, and developed symptoms within the expected timeframe.

Deaths reported by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and local health districts typically occurred several days before they are announced by officials.

Statewide, Idaho reports 85,125 total cases since mid-March with 35,948 people estimated to have recovered and 798 deaths. More than half of the deaths have been in people 80 years old and older.

Despite the growing number of deaths, recoveries still far exceed those that die. COVID-19 has an extremely high recovery rate and the vast majority of people who catch the virus will recover at home with no problems.

Additionally, reporting of death counts by IDHW and local health districts occurs

IDHW reminds Idahoans to help slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Keep at least six feet between you and others in public
  • Wear face coverings in public places
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces and objects regularly

For more COVID-19 news, and to view hospital data, click here.