Gov. Little Idaho Rebounds presser

Dr. Christine Hahn speaks to members of the media during a press conference in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Idaho State Capitol, Thursday, July 9, 2020. Gov. Brad Little announced that, although the state will remain in the final stage of the Idaho Rebounds plan for another two weeks, he emphasized the importance of students returning to school for the 2020-21 school year.

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BOISE — Idaho again added over 400 new positive COVID-19 cases, pushing the state to 9,428 total cases since the pandemic began.

The state also reported one death Thursday related to COVID-19, bringing the state total to 100. Thursday's death was reported in Canyon County, in addition to the three deaths reported there Wednesday.  

On Thursday, the Department of Health and Welfare's dashboard showed 459 new cases statewide, with 433 of those cases confirmed positive tests and 26 probable. This is the third straight day of 400-plus positive tests in Idaho.

The new numbers come hours after Gov. Brad Little unveiled a plan for reopening schools this fall, and announced that Idaho would stay in Stage 4 of his Idaho Rebounds reopening plan for another two weeks. 

Dr. Christine Hahn, state epidemiologist, said the state has not only seen more cases overall in recent weeks and slight uptick among health care workers, but an increase in hospitalizations — although people "aren't in general as severely ill as what we saw in the first wave."

She added Idaho has about a 10-day supply of personal protective equipment available to hospitals, as well as more than 100 ICU beds and 40 ventilators.

Of the 8,740 cases in Idaho confirmed with a test, 3,022 are presumed to have recovered, meaning the patient is alive 30 days after the onset of symptoms. 

The largest share of the state's cases are among 18-29-year-olds. No patients below the age of 50 have died, according to state data.