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BOISE — Idaho has a new deadliest day of its COVID-19 pandemic: Tuesday, with a record 35 deaths reported statewide by the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare.

The previous record for deaths in a single day was 17, first set on Sept. 9 and then tied on Nov. 5. The state also set a record Tuesday for the most new infections in a day, with 1,781 reported statewide.  1,406 confirmed cases and 375 probable.

The previous record, set just last Wednesday, was 1,693.

Ada County reported 309 new cases Tuesday for a total to date of 22,032, plus seven new deaths for a total of 215 to date. Canyon County reported 171 new cases Tuesday for a total to date of 12,874, plus one new death for a total of 132 to date.

So where did all those other deaths happen, if not in the state's biggest population center? Here's what the state numbers show: They were everywhere.

The highest number of deaths reported Tuesday from a single Idaho county was eight in Bonneville County, home of Idaho Falls, bringing that county to a total to date of 52 deaths. Ada County was second. Twin Falls County was third with five new deaths. After that, the remaining deaths were scattered, with close to a dozen Idaho counties reporting one to three deaths each.  None of these new deaths were from the five local counties that make up the North Central Health District.

Idaho on Tuesday also reported a total of 4,600 COVID-19 infections among health care workers to date, up 61 from Monday's report; and total hospitalizations of Idahoans to date of 3,254, up by 52 from just a day earlier.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

This article originally ran on idahopress.com.

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