Tuesday Update: Idaho is currently reporting 1,170 cases of coronavirus

Latest Update:  4/7/20  5am

Idaho added 69 new cases on Monday and now has 1,170 reported cases of COVID-19 in 31 of 44 Idaho Counties.

Governor Little will host a statewide AARP telephone town hall to provide information and answer questions regarding COVID-19 in Idaho. The hour-long conversation begins at 12 p.m. Participants can join by dialing toll-free 866-767-0637 or register in advance by visiting https://vekeo.com/aarpidaho/.

 

  • Out of the 1,170 cases, 83 people have been hospitalized, 21 have been admitted to ICU, and 13 have died.
  • 87 of Idaho’s health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19
  • and 11,246 people have now been tested.

 

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 1.34 million people and killed over 74,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 10,000 have died in the US, and officials warn this will be the toughest week yet.

 

 

 

4/6/20

Idaho is currently reporting 1,101 cases of coronavirus. That’s an increase of just 24 cases on Sunday.

There were also only 64 new cases reported on Saturday – making for a very mild weekend of new coronavirus cases..

Officials are hoping that’s a good omen, after peaking on Thursday with 222 new cases, and then dropping down to 122 on Friday.

The state is also reporting 10 deaths to date, however 77 people are still hospitalized with COVID-19, and 16 others are in the ICU.

Nealy 11,000 people in the Gem State have been tested in Idaho for the virus.

 

photo courtesy: coronavirus.idaho.gov/

 

 

 

 

Saturday 4/4/20  5:38pm

In what was a fairly mild day for new coronavirus cases, Idaho is currently reporting 1,077 cases.  That’s up from 1013 for just 64 new cases on Saturday.
Officials are hoping that’s a good omen, after peaking on Thursday with 222 new cases, and 122 on Friday.

 

Courtesy State of Idaho: coronavirus.idaho.gov

 

 

 

Idaho has over 1,000 positive cases of COVID-19

The Gem State passed the 1,000 mark today with the addition of 122 new cases of COVID-19.

Idaho now has 1,013 reported cases of COVID-19 in 31 of 44 Idaho Counties.

Out of the 1,013 cases, 62 people have been hospitalized, 8 have been admitted to ICU, and 10 have died.

More women than men have tested positive.

The 18-49 years of age category has the most cases.

47 of Idaho’s health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19

and 8,870 people have now been tested.

coronavirus.idaho.gov has answers, information, and resources.

Plus, there’s an Idaho COVID-19 hotline that’s available Monday-Friday 8am to 6pm

1-888-330 3010

 

 

UPDATED Friday 4/3/20 5:30am

222 new cases of the coronavirus were discovered in the last 24 hours for a total of 891 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

  • The rising number of cases is due to more people feeling sick, but it also has to do with more people being tested. Over 6000 people in Idaho have been tested now, with 56 people currently hospitalized.
  • 9 people have also died in Idaho due to the virus, with 7 others currently in the ICU.
  • The Idaho Statesman reports Idaho now has confirmed community spread in 11 counties.
  • Health experts say, with community transmission now identified in Ada and Canyon counties, which see frequent cross-county travel, it is more important than ever that people follow public health recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County, in collaboration with the Boise School District, are opening up two additional “pop up” Club sites to provide additional emergency child care relief amid the COVID-19 crisis.  Beginning Monday, April 6, in addition to the Club’s five current sites, children of healthcare workers, first responders, and essential personnel will have two additional Boise sites made available to them.
  • The passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has enabled banks to start approving loans for small businesses affected by COVID-19.  Nearly 33,000 new Idaho unemployment claims were filed in the fourth week of March alone, as businesses are struggling to stay afloat.  Starting Friday, Zions Bank and others will start accepting applications for the SBA’s new Paycheck Protection Program.
  • As the number of corona virus cases continue to increase, claims for unemployment insurance are skyrocketing in Idaho.  During the week of March 22-28, the Idaho Department of Labor says 32,941 workers filed claims, that’s more than double the number from the previous week.
  • St. Luke’s Health System is giving people the opportunity to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.  St Lukes says they’ve had many offers of support from the community, and they have created a new donation marketplace to help connect community and business donors, for equipment and supplies, financial donations and volunteering.  Different links are available by going to “stlukesonline.org” and clicking on the “GO” button under the “Covid-19 How you can help our community” section.
  • The Idaho DEQ along with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Idaho Department of Lands, are asking Idahoans to postpone open burning due to COVID-19.  Even though the air quality is good in Idaho, the departments say smoke from outdoor burning can cause unnecessary public health concerns.

 

 

Thursday 4/2/20

  • Idaho is reporting 673 cases of COVID-19 on this Thursday morning – with 9 deaths recorded.

  • Blaine County still has the most cases in the state with 256 cases, but Ada County is getting closer, and is now reporting 226 cases.

  • Idaho has now tested a total of 7,282 people.
  • Saint Alphonsus Health System has told its workforce some employees will face temporary furloughs due to the financial concerns of the coronavirus outbreak.  An email from the company’s CEO and president Odette Bolano says, “these are not ‘normal times’ and the sustained loss of volume and increased costs is outpacing our revenue.” Senior leaders will take pay cuts effective next week.
  • Meridian city meetings have gone virtual amid the spread of the coronavirus.  Residents can watch meetings without interacting via video streaming on the city’s website (meridiancity.org/live) and YouTube (youtube.com/cityofmeridian).
  • The Postal Service is reminding stay at home customers that they have more choices than ever before regarding where and when to conduct their postal business — and most of the options do not involve a physical Post Office.  Some of the most popular services available on usps.com are Informed Delivery, USPS Tracking, Post Office Locator, ZIP Code Lookup, calculating postage, holding mail, requesting Package Pickup and ordering shipping supplies.
  • Home Depot is putting new policies in effect to promote social distancing. The company cut store hours so the warehouse will close at 6 p.m., and it is also limiting the number of customers allowed in stores at a time, although they did not specify the number of people.
  • A new policy at Costco limits the number of people per membership allowed in a store, according to Costco’s website.  The change allows only two people per membership to be inside the store at a time and is scheduled to take effect Friday.
  • St. Luke’s Health System has made online screening for coronavirus available without leaving your home to drive to a hospital.  To access the online screening tool, go to  www.mychart.slhs.org/MyChart/

See if our FAQ answers your questions. If not, please call the Idaho COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-330-3010.

Idaho public health officials are monitoring the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation very closely.

 

 

Public Health District County Cases Deaths
Panhandle Health District Bonner 1 0
Kootenai 31 0
Public Health – Idaho North Central District Latah 1 0
Idaho 2 0
Nez Perce 10 2
Southwest District Health Adams 1 0
Canyon 68 1
Gem 4 0
Owyhee 1 0
Payette 3 0
Central District Health Ada 226 3
Elmore 3 0
Valley 2 0
South Central Public Health District Blaine 265 2
Camas 1 0
Cassia 1 1
Gooding 1 0
Jerome 4 0
Lincoln 5 0
Minidoka 1 0
Twin Falls 17 0
Southeastern Idaho Public Health Bannock 4 0
Bingham 2 0
Eastern Idaho Public Health Bonneville 2 0
Custer 2 0
Fremont 1 0
Jefferson 3 0
Madison 4 0
Teton 3 0
TOTAL 669 9

COVID-19 Testing in Idaho

Number of People Tested Total
Through the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories* 1,745
Through commercial laboratories** 5,537

*Includes 4 Oregon residents and 1 Montana resident tested in Idaho.
**Some people may receive multiple tests.

Characteristics* of Idahoans with COVID-19

Total Cases 673
Characteristics
<18 years 7
18-49 326
50+ 339
Unknown 1
Female 347
Male 324
Unknown 2
Total Hospitalizations 49
Total ICU Admissions 7
Total Healthcare Workers with COVID-19 41

 

 

 

 

Updated Wednesday 5am

  • Idaho’s coronavirus numbers have now surpassed 500 cases.  As of Tuesday afternoon, Idaho’s official government website for coronavirus statistics is reporting 525 cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths.
  • The most recent death came from a Cassia County woman over the age of 70. Health officials there say she had health issues and contracted the virus after she had visitors to her home that recently came from areas with community spread and transmission.
  • Also on Tuesday, Southwest District Health officials say Adams County received its first confirmed case. In this instance, it was a man over the age of 60, who is recovering well at home.
  • Idaho’s surge of newly laid-off workers is overwhelming state unemployment phone systems.  During the AARP teleconference Tuesday, Department of Labor Director Revier reported that Governor Little’s executive order made some changes to the unemployment system including the required waiting week.
  • The waiting week is the first week of unemployment where you are required to successfully file your weekly report and meet all the eligibility requirements for receiving unemployment insurance, but there is no compensation.  The Director said the waiting week has been waived by the Governor.
  • St. Luke’s Wood River in Blaine County is not prepared for a large amount of patients, so St. Luke’s Magic Valley and St. Luke’s Boise are jumping in to help.  Officials with St. Luke’s say the hospitals are working as a team, transferring some patients to the two bigger hospitals for treatment.
  •  Governor Little will answer questions about COVID-19 in Idaho LIVE on Idaho Public Television Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 8 p.m., airing on Idaho Public Television and online.**

 

See if our FAQ answers your questions. If not, please call the Idaho COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-330-3010.

 

Public Health District County Cases Deaths
Panhandle Health District Bonner 1 0
Kootenai 30 0
Public Health – Idaho North Central District Idaho 1 0
Nez Perce 9 2
Southwest District Health Adam 1 0
Canyon 53 1
Gem 3 0
Owyhee 1 0
Payette 1 0
Central District Health Ada 195 3
Elmore 3 0
Valley 2 0
South Central Public Health District Blaine 192 2
Camas 1 0
Cassia 1 1
Jerome 2 0
Lincoln 2 0
Minidoka 1 0
Twin Falls 6 0
Southeastern Idaho Public Health Bannock 4 0
Bingham 2 0
Eastern Idaho Public Health Bonneville 2 0
Custer 2 0
Fremont 1 0
Jefferson 3 0
Madison 4 0
Teton 2 0
TOTAL 525 9

UPDATED TUESDAY 3/31/20  5:00 am

  • Idaho’s statewide total saw its largest COVID-19 single-day jump, with 109 new confirmed cases for a total of 430.

  • Health officials also reported the seventh and eighth fatal COVID-19 cases, with deaths occurring in Cassia and Ada counties.
  • Kootenai County reported its 29th case of coronavirus Monday afternoon, and the county now has community transmission, or community spread.   Kootenai is the fourth county to report community spread in Idaho. The others are Blaine, Canyon and Ada.
  • The Idaho Department of Labor’s phone lines have been flooded with calls.  The Dept of Labor is asking people to visit the labor website for answers and file for benefits.  Answers to questions about unemployment insurance and COVID-19 are in the FAQ section of the labor website at www.labor.idaho.gov.
  • Governor Brad Little and the Secretary of State announced today there will be no change in Idaho’s primary election date of May 19.  The election will be conducted by mail pursuant to the existing laws for absentee voting due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.  Idahoans can request an absentee ballot at idahovotes.gov/vote-early-idaho/.
  • Canyon County is asking residents to limit their landfill trips for the time being while the stay at home order is in effect. Pickles Butte Sanitary Landfill is currently open regular business hours, Monday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and are only accepting debit or credit card payments until further notice.

 

Public Health District County Cases Deaths
Panhandle Health District Bonner 1 0
Kootenai 28 0
Public Health – Idaho North Central District Idaho 1 0
Nez Perce 7 1
Southwest District Health Canyon 48 1
Gem 3 0
Owyhee 1 0
Payette 1 0
Central District Health Ada 151 3
Elmore 1 0
Valley 2 0
South Central Public Health District Blaine 148 2
Cassia 1 0
Jerome 1 0
Lincoln 1 0
Minidoka 1 0
Twin Falls 5 0
Southeastern Idaho Public Health Bannock 3 0
Bingham 1 0
Eastern Idaho Public Health Bonneville 2 0
Custer 1 0
Fremont 1 0
Jefferson 2 0
Madison 2 0
Teton 2 0
TOTAL 415 7

 

 

 

Monday –  3/30/20

 

Officials have reported 320 total cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

According to state numbers updated Sunday at 5 p.m., Ada County added 21 cases in 24 hours, bringing the county total to 113. That’s the second-highest number of cases in a single county.  Blaine County still has the most diagnoses at 115, after adding only a single case on Sunday.  Southwest District Health said 15 new cases were reported on Sunday alone in Canyon County, for a total of 37.

  • Saint Alphonsus has opened a second COVID-19 assessment site at its Garrity Campus Clinic at 1150 N. Sister Catherine Way in Nampa.  The site is open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has announced a new toll-free number for Idahoans to call with questions about COVID-19 or the Statewide Stay-Home Order.  The number, 1-888-330-3010, will be staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Idaho State Tax Commission has closed its customer service counters to the public in all its offices throughout the state due to Governor Little’s statewide stay home order.
  • The Boise School District has announced, the first phase of online learning and support for essential services begins today (Monday.) Parents will receive information on how to access the new website around noon on Monday, March 30th.
  • The West Ada School District sent an email to parents on Saturday announcing the start date for remote learning.  West Ada plans to begin remote learning for all students on Monday, April 13th.
  • West Ada’s school lunch program will continue. Meals are available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 13 schools.
  • The Nampa School District will start online instruction Tuesday. Nampa’s lunch program runs Monday through Friday for children ages 1 to 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at seven schools.

 

COVID-19 in Idaho — Sunday 3/29/20

Public Health District County Cases Deaths
Panhandle Health District Kootenai 13 0
Public Health – Idaho North Central District Idaho 1 0
Nez Perce 4 1
Southwest District Health Canyon 40 1
Gem 3 0
Owyhee 1 0
Payette 1 0
Central District Health Ada 113 2
Valley 1 0
South Central Public Health District Blaine 115 2
Cassia 1 0
Lincoln 1 0
Twin Falls 3 0
Southeastern Idaho Public Health Bannock 3 0
Bingham 1 0
Eastern Idaho Public Health Bonneville 1 0
Custer 1 0
Fremont 1 0
Jefferson 2 0
Madison 2 0
Teton 2 0
TOTAL 310 6

 

  • The Southwest District Health has confirmed detection of community spread in Canyon County.
  • Community transmission (or community spread) is when health officials can’t find a specific origin for an infection, for an example: traveling from a known area to have the virus.
  • The SWDH asks people to follow these guidelines:
  • Keep six feet between yourself and everyone else at all times.
  • Engage in work, schooling, and social interaction from home via technology.
  • Avoid interacting with anyone outside your household unless you can keep at least six feet of space between you.
  • Use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options as much as possible when getting food.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel.
  • Reschedule all social activities to take place via phone, video chats, or social media.

Idaho Governor Brad Little has issued a statewide 21-day stay at home order

  • Among the services deemed essential are grocery stores, health care facilities, gas stations, pharmacies, essential state and local government functions, laundromats/laundry services, financial institutions, residential and home-based care, veterinary services, hardware stores, limited child care for essential workers, infrastructure, and other businesses essential to the safety and well-being of residents. Restaurants are only open for drive-thru, carry-out or delivery.
  • The services that are deemed non-essential are indoor gyms, recreational facilities, nightclubs, bars, entertainment venues, convention centers, hair and nail salons, public events/gatherings and dine-in restaurants.
  • Idaho’s seven health districts across the Gem State are reporting 131 cases of confirmed coronavirus.  39 cases are in Ada County — five in Canyon County and one in Payette County. There are total 63 confirmed cases in Blaine County.  There have been no deaths reported in the Gem State due to coronavirus – so far.
  • Idaho state liquor stores will remain open despite Gov. Little’s state-wide Stay at Home Order.  The Idaho State Liquor Division liquor stores will stay open throughout Idaho with normal hours of operation.
  • Idaho state park campgrounds are set to close starting Friday and will be closed until May 15.  The Idaho State Parks will remain open for day-use but camping will close in keeping with Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s Stay at Home Order.
  • The Idaho Secretary of State’s office is making it easier to vote early.  Idahoans can now request an absentee ballot for the May 19th primary election online.
  • Boise State University announced it will be postponing its traditional spring graduation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • St. Luke’s is beginning temporary drop-off and pickup service for pharmacy prescriptions due to coronvirus concerns.  The hospital system says it has begun creating these parking-lot stops at its hospitals in Boise, Meridian and Nampa.

Idaho Governor Brad Little has issued a statewide 21-day stay at home order.  He made the announcement Wednesday at the Idaho National Guard while the state’s seven health districts are currently reporting 98 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

All Idahoans (regardless if you’re ill) will need to self-isolate inside their homes, but can leave for essential services such as food, prescription medications and fuel. Going for walks and exercise will be permitted as long as social distancing is practiced with people that don’t live with you.  In addition to the order, all restaurants must immediately cease dinning in for customers and can only have drive through, curbside, delivery and to-go orders.

Non essential businesses, such as bars, nightclubs, gyms, recreational facilities, entertainment venues, convention centers, hair and nail salons will need to close.

He also signed an extreme emergency declaration, which allows the state to more effectively increase health care capacity, take steps to reduce and slow coronavirus spread, and take rapid and decisive steps to improve the condition of Idahoans whose job and incomes are being harmed by the pandemic.

The statewide stay-home order is being finalized with public health, local officials, and business today and will be available later today at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/.

View Governor Little’s extreme emergency declaration here.

 

 

  • Late Tuesday evening, the Central District Health Department reported that it has one confirmed case of COVID-19 that it can’t trace to another known victim. This means that the agency now believes that “community spread” is now present in Ada County. There are now 25 total cases in Ada Co.
  • Boise Mayor Lauren McLean issued a social distancing order for the City of Boise. Late Tuesday, the city issued an updated version of the order that gives more clarity on what is and is not exempt. It’s the latest effort by McLean to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the city. The order is now in effect. It requires any business that’s open to the public to make sure folks are kept six feet apart. Family members who live in the same household are exempt.
  • The City of Eagle has now issued a social distancing order. It closes dine-in at restaurants, fitness facilities and more.
  • The Corpus Christi Day Shelter will close Wednesday due to COVID-19 concerns. A coalition of agencies and the City of Boise are working on solutions.
  • The City of Boise will ease off monitoring parking meters in Downtown Boise.
  • The Boise Towne Square closed the shopping center Tuesday. The mall drastically cut hours last week, but will remain ‘temporarily closed’ until further notice. The Cheesecake Factory remains open for takeout and delivery orders.
If you have symptoms of a fever or cough, call your medical provider to find out if you should be tested for coronavirus.

See if our FAQ answers your questions. If not, call 2-1-1 or your local public health district with questions.

Visit Coronavirus.idaho.gov for more information.

Tuesday 3/24/20

Governor Little will also be hosting a statewide AARP telephone town hall to provide information and answer questions regarding coronavirus in Idaho.  The hour-long conversation begins today at 12 p.m.  Participants can join by dialing toll-free 866-767-0637 or register in advance by visiting https://vekeo.com/aarpidaho/. The conversation will also be streaming at www.facebook.com/aarpidaho.

The City of Meridian is now also closing City playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment — effective immediately. Other areas of parks and pathways will remain open.  Parks and Recreation Staff will work in coming days to post signage around those areas.

Mayor Lauren McLean ordered residents of Boise to take part in social distancing, effective at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, for 30 days to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  Groups of 10 or more people will no longer be allowed at businesses or events, and groups must be at least 6 feet away from each other.   Grocery stores, day care operations, medical facilities and government agencies are exempt from the order.

The Idaho State Board of Education ordered all public schools in the state closed until at least April 20 amid the coronavirus outbreak.  The order applies to classes on school campuses. It does not apply to any district’s plans for online education.  The board’s order emphasized it is directing a soft closure, allowing schools to still provide food services and childcare.

The Payette County Board of County Commissioners have passed a resolution to close the Payette County Courthouse to the public until April 3.

Central District Health officials are asking people who spent time in Blaine County between March 8 and March 22 to self-isolate for two weeks. Blaine County has had the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to Idaho small businesses suffering as a result of the Coronavirus.  Applicants may apply online at disasterloan.sba.gov and the deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 21.

 

MONDAY INFORMATION:

  • Boise Mayor Lauren McLean has closed all park playgrounds to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Please stay off swings, slides and avoid using or touching any other park equipment until further notice.  Parks and Recreation maintenance team members will be taping off all playgrounds over the weekend, starting with our most popular parks, and posting signage at each site alerting residents to these closures.
  • Idaho public health officials are monitoring the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation very closely. Idaho is currently reporting 31 cases.  Officials are working with CDC and other states and are also in regular communication with Idaho public health districts and healthcare providers around the state.
  • St. Luke’s Announces Changes to Elective Surgeries, Clinic Visits, and Visitor Policy St. Luke’s Health System is suspending all non-urgent/non-emergent operative and invasive procedures effective Monday, March 23.
  • For those who meet screening criteria as established by the @CDCgov, visit our Respiratory Assessment Site at @SaintAlsHealth Meridian Health Plaza, 3025 W. Cherry Lane. Our nurses and doctors are on duty daily from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. 
  • Governor Brad Little announced Wednesday that the state is seeking responses from small, non-farm businesses across Idaho whose operations and ability to conduct business have been hurt by COVID-19.  Businesses that have been impacted are now eligible for SBA Disaster Economic Injury Loan Assistance, following the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the president.
  • Several Treasure Valley gyms are set to temporarily close locations.
  • A Mandatory shelter-in-place was issued for Blaine County Thursday night after officials said 16 coronavirus cases were found in the area.  Shelter-in-place means all people must stay at home unless they need to perform essential activities or go to work to provide essential business and government services.
  • The governor has recommended Idahoans avoid social gatherings of 10 or more, avoid discretionary travel and work from home whenever possible.

 

 

The Panhandle Health District and Kootenai Health have confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a male over 60 in Kootenai County. The individual has been contacted and advised to self-isolate. He is experiencing only mild symptoms. This is the first case in the Panhandle and the twelfth in the state.  This is the first confirmed case in the five northern counties of the Panhandle.

There have been reports of long lines of people waiting to be tested, and officials say they are monitoring the situation and moving as quickly as possible to get as many people tested each day as possible… some delays are to be expected.

  • Mayor Lauren McLean is banning all Boise restaurants from allowing dinning in services due to the coronavirus.  The 30-day order goes into effect at midnight and includes all restaurants and bars within city limits.  McLean says this doesn’t affect restaurants that have delivery, drive-through options or that can do carry out orders. The mayor says parking meters in front of downtown Boise restaurants will be closed to general parking and will now be used as temporary to-go options for carry out or hand-delivered orders.
  • COVID-19 screening at the St. Luke’s Meridian tent location has been experiencing high volume and long wait times.  Traffic control is in effect, and visitors are asked to exercise caution and to avoid the area if there is not the clear and present need to be screened.  St. Luke’s opened a new tent location in Boise today for more testing. If you have symptoms of respiratory illness and are concerned you may have COVID-19, you can call the triage hotline at 208-381-9500.  They will be able to complete a risk assessment over the phone and arranging testing if necessary.  If you need to visit the emergency room to treat symptoms, St Luke’s ask you to call ahead and ask for a protective facemask when you arrive.
  • Owners and managers of more than 50 restaurants and bars have asked Gov. Little to shut down their industry immediately and grant restaurant workers emergency unemployment compensation.  Gov. Little said he had no plans to close restaurants. He was concerned about making “arbitrary decisions” about which businesses to close and when to reopen them.  Many bar and restaurant owners are against closing – saying they will remain open – for dine in or take out and delivery as long as they are allowed to.
  • Boise’s dog off-leash season was extended until the end of April at two city park Wednesday.  Boise Parks and Recreation said that because spring leagues have been postponed or canceled due to coronavirus concerns, it is reinstating its popular seasonal dog off-leash program, effective immediately, at Ann Morrison Park and Optimist Youth Sports Complex.  The program will run until April 30
  • The Idaho Democratic Party sent Governor Little and Secretary of State Denney a letter urging the May 19 primary election be held entirely by absentee mail to avoid the spread of COVID-19.  The party urges that all of Idaho’s counties send ballot request forms to all registered voters, and that the Secretary of State implement an accessible online absentee ballot request function.
  • Governor Brad Little announced the State of Idaho is seeking responses from small, non-farm businesses across Idaho whose operations and ability to conduct business have been disrupted by COVID-19.  The information received will determine whether impacted businesses will be eligible for disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration through Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
  • Reclaim Idaho, the organization responsible for getting Medicaid Expansion on the 2018 ballot, announced today it would suspend signature gathering operations for its new Invest in Idaho initiative given the concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus and Covid-19.
  • The concern over coronavirus is impacting services to Idaho Veterans.  The Central Support office, located on Collins Road in Boise, is closed to walk-in service. Veterans in need of emergency help can call 208-780-1300.

 

 

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean has been granted emergency powers by city council during a public health emergency.  The ordinance gives McLean the authority to order “social distancing” to prevent community members from gathering in groups, restrict events and postpone or cancel public hearings within city limits and five miles outside the city.

St. Luke’s is putting together drive-thru COVID-19 testing and screening stations throughout Idaho.  St. Luke’s says, in an effort to decrease patient flow they will be standing up COVID-19 screening and testing tents. The tents will hold supplies, and patients will stay in their cars for screening, registration and testing.  Screening sites were opened on Tuesday in Ketchum and Meridian.  One will be opened today in Boise.

Albertsons announces they will hold at-risk shopping hours for members of the community who are most at-risk of becoming infected by the coronavirus.  Stores are asking its customers to stay away from locations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 a.m. to help ensure that the most at-risk members of our community, who must leave home to get groceries, are taken care of.

Catholics are being excused from Church for the time being…All public Masses in the Diocese of Boise are suspended through Palm Sunday, April 5.  The Bishop of Boise is extending a dispensation to all the faithful of the diocese from the Sunday obligation to participate in the Mass.  Catholics are encouraged to follow along with a Sunday Mass live-streamed from a location that will be linked to the website at catholicidaho.org.

Beginning at 6:00 am Wednesday, March 17, in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, Saint Alphonsus will implement changes to entrances at all Saint Alphonsus hospitals in order to institute a brief screening protocol for patients and visitors prior to entering the facility.  These changes will be effective at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, and Saint Alphonsus Medical Centers in Nampa, Ontario and Baker City.

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean declared a state of emergency over fears of the novel coronavirus Monday.  Public access to city buildings is closed with the exception of the Boise Airport.  McLean said that basic public services, including fire and police services, will continue as normal.

Meridian has also issued a state of emergency declaration along with Ada and Canyon counties, and all of the cities located in the Treasure Valley.
The City of Meridian says all city-sponsored events scheduled to occur through April 15, 2020 are hereby postponed or cancelled. This includes All Meridian recreation programs.

Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling joined cities and counties across the Treasure Valley today in declaring a state of emergency.  
Nampa City Hall will be closed to the public.
Clerk’s Office / Passports: Will be closed to the public and suspend passport service, but continue to process online permits and licenses (https://cityofnampa.us/143/City-Clerk).

The Idaho Transportation Department announced a 90-day extension on some expiring credentials.  The 90-day extension applies to driver’s licenses and non-commercial registration.

If you have symptoms of a fever or cough, call your medical provider to find out if you should be tested for coronavirus.

See if our FAQ answers your questions. If not, call 2-1-1 or your local public health district with questions.


WEST ADA SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, MARCH 16th.

Following the governors conference call with education leaders, the West Ada School District sent out a message to parents from the Superintendent of West Ada School District, Dr. Mary Ann Ranells.

Ranells says: Based on parental and staff concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the decision to keep schools open has been revised.  We are canceling school from now until the end of spring break.  The West Ada COVID-19 task force will meet to determine if schools will remain closed beyond spring break.

The Boise School District will be closed for two weeks due to the coronavirus.

As of now, the plan is for the district to remain closed through spring break (Friday, March 27), which is the last day of spring break.

On Saturday, the Blaine County and Coeur d’Alene school districts decided to close until the first week of April.

Governor Brad Little issued a state of emergency declaration Friday due to ongoing coronavirus concerns. Shortly after Idaho’s AG reminded businesses that the state’s price gouging law came into effect due to the emergency declaration.

The city of Caldwell is canceling until further notice:

* Mayor’s State of the City

* Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Annual Fundraising Dinner

* All city recreation events, including youth basketball and volleyball, and the Caldwell Recreation Annual Easter Egg Scramble at Memorial Park

* All Caldwell Event Center scheduled events

* Swing into Spring at the Library’ Gala (postponed)

* Family Fun Day at Whittenberger Park/Rotary Pond scheduled for June 13, 2020

The Caldwell City Clerk’s office will cancel the issuance of any special event permits for gatherings of 250 people or more on City property including for Indian Creek Plaza (Caldwell Train Depot events for less than 250 people will NOT be affected)

In-state and out-of-state travel for all Caldwell City employees and elected officials for 90 days (subject to change).

All Caldwell City employees are encouraged to use teleconference where possible.

  • Boise, Nampa, Caldwell and Kuna schools are suspending out-of-state travel for staff and students amid coronavirus fears.
  • Saint Alphonsus is putting certain restrictions on visitors.  Only visits from immediate family members, and clergy who are healthy will be permitted to visit with patients.
  • The Big Sky Conference basketball tournament, which started its second year in Boise’s CenturyLink Arena yesterday, has been canceled. Fans will get refunds for tickets.
  • Boise State University announced it will suspend all athletic events “until further notice.” The school said many events already saw cancellations due to decisions from the Mountain West Conference and other schools. Folks looking for refunds on tickets are encouraged to contact the school’s athletic ticket office at (208)426-4737.
  • All meetings and activities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are temporarily canceled, effective immediately.  LDS schools won’t hold live graduations because of coronavirus concerns. This includes BYU and BYU-Idaho.
  • Classes as Boise State will be held entirely online Friday in what is being described as a test.
  • The Sun Valley Film Festival announced it canceled its 9th-annual event. The annual celebration of film would have started next week.
  • Idaho Steelheads and the ECHL have “suspended” its season. No word on if it will resume.
  • Christian music festival Roadshow Tour 2020 canceled its event set for the Idaho Center this Friday.
  • City of Boise officials continue to meet and assess the situation. Boise Mayor Lauren McLean says cleaning efforts at the airport, senior centers, parks and rec facilities and libraries are being stepped up. The city is also looking at how to adjust the services it offers citizens and which are essential if staff needs to be sent home.
  • City Club of Boise has canceled all events for the rest of March and April, including forums planned for March 17 and April 1, as well as the Marilyn Shuler Forum on Human Rights on April 2. Anyone registered for an event can contact City Club for refunds.
  • The City of Eagle is emphasizing that many city services are available online.
  • Winco Foods is limiting the number of certain items customers may purchase according to signage in the stores. The products include disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, hand sanitizer, and soap, latex gloves, face basks, isopropyl alcohol, water, and propane. Customers are limited to four of each.
  • Treefort Music Festival announced it would delay until September.
  • The Morrison Center for the Performing Arts currently says it will “stay the course” with scheduled events. It says it stepping up cleaning efforts.
  • The Northwest Nazarene University announced (Thursday) it will be holding “Pilot Wednesday” March 18 in which all classes will be held remotely.
  • The big Idaho potato truck is suspending its travel and events.
  • The performances of Ballet Idaho’s Light/Dark scheduled for March 13 and 14 is cancelled.
  • Concordia University School of Law holding classes online March 16 to April 9. All meetings, events, and gatherings scheduled at the law school will be postponed, canceled, or moved online.
  • The Morrison Center is postponing Ronnie Milsap and Jason Bishop scheduled to perform March 18 and 19. No new date set for a new show.Dancing with the Stars Live! has canceled its March 20 show. The Meridian Library District is suspending all programs indefinitely. They are not accepting donated library materials. They have suspended reservations for meeting rooms at the Cherry Lane location. All events at Ford Idaho Center and Nampa Civic Center canceled through March 31st (gatherings of 250 or more) Race to Robie Creek (was scheduled for April 18), postponed. Ice Dance International is canceling its western tour to Boise. Ticket holders will be refunded through CenturyLink Arena.
  • The Ford Idaho Center and Nampa Civic Center will be canceling or postponing all gatherings of 250 people or more. Both venues are currently working to reschedule all performances from March 13 to March 31 and will provide updates as quickly as possible. Please note fans are encouraged to retain their tickets for a canceled or postponed event.
  • The Tool concert, set to be held in Nampa on Saturday, will be postponed.
  • Jojo Siwa’s D.R.E.A.M. Tour will be postponed until June 17. Tickets will be honored at the new date.
  • Comedian Iliza Shlesinger’s Sunday shows at the Morrison Center have been postponed. Tickets will be honored once a new date is set.
  • The Roadshow Tour 2020, a Christian music concert, has been canceled at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa.
  • All events at the Canyon County Fair Building have been postponed until further notice.
  • The Cabin will be postponing or canceling most upcoming events, starting March 16 through at least May 15. Free Drop-In Writing Workshops and the CAMBIA Celebration of Youth Writing, the literary center said in a release; a reading with author Madeline Miller has been postponed but no date has yet been set. Those enrolled in adult writing workshops will be updated on the status of their workshop. Summer writing camps, which are scheduled to start in June, are planned to continue as normal.
  • Nampa Parks and Recreation has postponed the Food Truck Rally Goes to the Dogs event scheduled for March 14. A new date was not listed.
  • The Boise Farmers Market announced it would postpone the opening of the market at the request of the city of Boise’s COVID-19 task force. A new date has not been announced.
  • The Boise Metro Chambered announced it would postpone its CEO speaker series feature Charlene Maher. A new date has not been set.
  • The Boise Flower & Garden Show, originally scheduled for March 27-29, will be postponed until March 19-21, 2021. Organizers said the event, which historically brought in 10,000 people, is doing its part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • All events at Expo Idaho are canceled through April 30, including the 48th Annual Roadster Show scheduled for March 13-15. Commissioner Kendra Kenyon said deposits will be returned to vendors for those events.
  • City Club of Boise has canceled all events planned for the rest of March and the first part of April, it announced in an email to members. That includes forums scheduled on March 17, April 1 and April 2. Organizers are working to issue refunds.
  • All March events scheduled to be held at the Canyon County Fair Building have been postponed until further notice.
  • Starbucks will temporarily stop filling reusable cups.
  • Bogus Basin’s general manager said upcoming mountain events will be canceled. Bogus will remain open but will be discontinuing public bus services and allowing guests to ride alone or with fewer people on the chairlifts.
  • Brundage Mountain’s general manager said he planned to keep the lifts operating through April 12. Guests will be allowed to ride alone or only with members of their own group, and full refunds will be provided to anyone who cancels lessons, tours, dinners or snowmobile adventures. The Hidden Valley Hoedown and the Brewlympic Games have both been canceled.
  • Mountain Home School District – Classes at all schools are canceled on Monday, March 16, so officials can train and plan for online learning in the event of a longer coronavirus-related school closure.
  • Both the Kimberly School District and the Buhl School District will close on Monday, March 16 in order to give staff and teachers time to plan for any extended closures that may happen due to coronavirus. Both school districts will have class on Tuesday, March 17.
  • Idaho Youth Soccer – All of IYSA’A league games are suspended through March 30. Team practices will be up to each individual club.
  •  Ada County Parks & Waterways will no longer take new bookings for the Barber Park Education and Event Center through May 31.
  • The City of Caldwell canceled the Mayor’s State of the City, all city recreation events, all events at the Caldwell Event Center, and will revoke permits for gatherings of 250 people or more. The city also announced that they are also suspending travel for all city employees for 90 days.
  • Eagle Public Library and Parks and Recreation classes, events and programs as of Saturday, March 14 are canceled until further notice.  Eagle City Hall and the Eagle Public Library will be open during regular business hours.
  • WinCo Foods announced it will be temporarily closing various stores from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. over the next week so they can clean and restock.

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