Numbers continue to drop on most campuses

As spring semester gives way to commencement season, coronavirus case numbers fell on most Idaho campuses this week.

Only Brigham Young University-Idaho reported an increase in active cases.

Here is this week’s campus coronavirus case roundup:

Increasing

Brigham Young University-Idaho. On Sunday, BYU-Idaho reported nine active cases involving students and one case involving employees, up from a total of seven cases on May 2.

For the school year, BYU-Idaho has reported 2,572 cases, including 793 cases this semester.

Decreasing

University of Idaho. The U of I reported 12 cases for the week ending April 30, down from 27 cases the previous week.

Positive test rates fell sharply. Last week’s rate was 2.6 percent, down from 5.4 percent.

“In this final week before exams and commencement, we continue to see the benefit of our actions,” President C. Scott Green and Provost Torrey Lawrence said in a May 3 memo to the campus community.

Since August, the U of I has reported 911 positive tests on campus.

Boise State University. Three cases for the seven-day period ending Thursday, down from six cases the previous week. All three cases involved off-campus students.

The test positivity rate fell to 0.9 percent, compared to 1.4 percent the previous week. All 153 campus isolation beds were vacant Friday.

Since August, Boise State has reported 1,587 campus cases.

North Idaho College. Three self-reported cases last week, all involving students, down from five cases the previous week. Since July, 326 students and employees have self-reported a positive test.

College of Western Idaho. CWI has reported one recent case, down from two cases the previous week. CWI has reported a total of 38 cases since January.

Idaho State University. ISU reported no new cases for the week ending Tuesday, down from three the previous week.

ISU has reported a total of 1,146 cases for the school year.

Lewis-Clark State College. Lewis-Clark reported no active cases Friday, after one active case the previous week. No students were in isolation housing.

Lewis-Clark has reported 28 confirmed cases since Jan. 4.

College of Eastern Idaho. No new cases last week. CEI reported one case the previous week, and has reported 203 cases since August.

Flat

College of Southern Idaho. No new cases, for the third straight week. Since August, the college has reported 279 cases, including 220 involving students.

Northwest Nazarene University. No new cases last week, for the second successive week. after two cases the previous week. No one was under stay-at-home directives Thursday. NNU has logged a total of 251 cases. 

Other

The College of Idaho. No current report.

Editor’s note: With spring semester winding down on Idaho’s college and university campuses, this will be the last edition of the weekly campus roundup. Check Kevin Richert’s blog each Friday for a weekly roundup of statewide coronavirus trends.

About Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on KIVI 6 On Your Side; “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television; and “Idaho Matters” on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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