(6 p.m. March 26.) The Idaho Department of Heath & Welfare and two public heath districts reported the first deaths in the state related to COVID-19. All three were older men (one older than 60, one older than 70 and one older than 80). Two were from Blaine County, where the state has documented 82 cases of coronavirus. The one in his 70s was from Canyon County; he had underlying health issues, according to IDHW.

Three new cases were confirmed in Nez Perce County, bringing the North Central district's total to five, including one from Idaho County.

Yesterday's statewide 21-day "stay home" order issued by Gov. Brad Little remains in effect. That order is 11 pages; it can be downloaded through the Free Press website here or through the official site, here.

Syringa Hospital in Grangeville has sent out a total of 12 COVID-19 tests; three of those had been returned as of 9:30 a.m. March 26, and all three came back negative.

1) Idaho reports first three deaths related to COVID-19

2) Three new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Nez Perce County

3) Governor Little issues statewide stay-home order, signs extreme emergency declaration

4) Syringa completes 12 COVID-19 tests thus far

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