COVID-19 thrives in Treasure Valley neighborhoods with low vaccination rates
Meridian and Kuna have low vaccine uptake and more new coronavirus infections
Map showing new cases of COVID-19 per capita by ZIP code in the Treasure Valley. (Audrey Dutton/Idaho Capital Sun)
Treasure Valley areas that have low rates of COVID-19 vaccination also have been a breeding ground for the delta variant of the coronavirus this summer, an analysis by the Idaho Capital Sun has found.
But areas with higher uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine have mounted a stronger defense against the fast-spreading delta variant, which became the dominant strain of coronavirus this summer.
Southeast and North Boise ZIP codes had higher vaccination rates per capita and among the lowest rates of new COVID-19 cases in the Treasure Valley metro area, according to state data obtained by Idaho Reports and the Sun.
Meanwhile, ZIP codes in western Ada County and Canyon County had relatively low vaccination rates and more newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases per capita.
The data used for the analysis include COVID-19 cases reported between early June and mid-August, and vaccination rates by ZIP code as of mid-August. The records contain no information that could be used to identify anyone.
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Below, use our searchable table to check your ZIP code’s vaccination rates as of Aug. 19, and new cases of COVID-19 between May 30 and Aug. 13. (Note: ZIP codes with a very small population, college campuses or many part-time residents may have inaccurate data. Obviously incorrect information has been redacted.)
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