National Guard Saint Al's training

Idaho National Guard Spc. Dawit Berger on Thursday prepares a COVID-19 test kit to be administered to a patient at the Saint Alphonsus Meridian Health Plaza.

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A deluge of COVID-19 cases has swamped Central District Health and created a backlog of reported cases, meaning Ada County’s case numbers on the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare are not accurate.

According to the department’s website, Ada County’s seven-day moving average incident rate is 29.5 per 100,000 Thursday — one of the lowest in the state.

That’s far lower than what the number actually is though, according to the district, and initially reported by the Idaho Statesman. The district estimates the actual incident rate is closer to 85-90 per 100,000. The district simply hasn’t been able to catch up, due to the backlog.

For example, according to a graph on the district’s website, the incident rate per 100,000 in Ada County for the week beginning Dec. 6 was 57.71. According to a note at the top of that graph, though, the district estimates the actual rate to be 84.1.

“Due to high case reporting volumes, CDH is currently experiencing data entry delays,” according to a note on the district’s website. “Case counts and rates presented on this dashboard are preliminary and subject to change.”

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