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Idaho is seeing a COVID-19 spike. It has become one of the top 8 states for infection rates

COVID-19 seems to be hitting Idaho right now. Here’s what we know

Emily Wahl, center, and more than 100 other people gather at City Hall to protest Mayor Lauren McLean’s order mandating people to wear face coverings in Boise, Idaho, Friday, July 3, 2020.
Emily Wahl, center, and more than 100 other people gather at City Hall to protest Mayor Lauren McLean’s order mandating people to wear face coverings in Boise, Idaho, Friday, July 3, 2020. For a while in Idaho, it seemed like the worst of the coronavirus pandemic could be over, with most businesses back to nearly normal operations in June and face masks few and far between in many areas. A new spike in confirmed cases, however, has turned the mostly rural state into a COVID-19 hot spot.
Katherine Jones, Idaho Statesman via Associated Press

Idaho has seen a slew of new coronavirus cases in recent days, with case numbers toppling 500 per day, AFP reports.

What’s going on:

  • Idaho — which has about 1.8 million people — has seen the virus contact the state as it continues to move through the South and the West.
  • Idaho had less than 50 cases per day before June 15.
  • On Sunday, July 19, the state reported 550 cases. The state saw more than 700 cases last Thursday, too.
  • Per AFP, Idaho’s infection rate ranks eighth throughout the entire country based on its population for the last week. This means Idaho’s infection rate lingers near Florida, Louisiana and Texas, per The New York Times.

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