Lewiston and Clarkston report COVID-19 numbers

Hannah Shoffitt, News Editor

As of Jan 26, six students and one staff member have COVID-19 at LHS and are quarantined. According to the Superintendent, Lance Hansen, a total of 20 students and 10 staff members are infected in the Lewiston School District at this time. Since the beginning of the school year, 134 students have returned from quarantine, as well as 23 staff members at LHS. The district total for Covid cases since the school year began is 411 students and 132 staff.

According to covidactnow.org, Nez Perce County has an average of 39.2% positive test rate. The vulnerability level is measured as very low. As of Jan 26, 12 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized with five in the ICU.

There have been reports that the Idaho State Department of Health has been underreporting testing data due to the massive influx and are therefore inaccurate.

Clarkston School District was unable to provide information regarding the number of cases within their schools.

According to covidactnow.org, Asotin County has an average of 137 new cases per 100,000 people every day. The vulnerability level is measured as low. 40.2% of population is fully vaccinated, with 46.7% receiving at least one dose.The infection rate is about 1.18. This means that everyone with COVID in Asotin is infecting roughly one other person.

As of Jan 26, three COVID-19 patients are hospitalized with one in the ICU. The Washington State Department of Health has paused reporting testing data in order to keep up with different demands and increase their capacity. They are expected to resume by Feb 28.