Coronavirus

(3 p.m. Aug. 6) Public Health-North Central District listed no new Idaho County COVID-19 coronavirus cases again today, marking three straight days without a new local case and leaving the total at 29. The state had previously listed a 30th Idaho County case.

(2 p.m. Aug. 6) Idaho remains in Stage 4 of its reopening plan, despite having shown progress on many of the criteria laid out at rebound.idaho.gov. Details of how Idaho has measured up against those criteria are documented at https://rebound.idaho.gov/stages-of-reopening.

Gov. Brad Little provided an update for July 22-Aug. 5 during a press conference today, noting half of the 44 counties statewide are currently seeing a "case rate" of less than 11 per 100,000 population.

"Even though we will remain in Stage 4 for another two weeks, our statewide metrics are looking better," he said.

He began the press conference by assessing the prospect for schools to reopen.

"The expectation is that schools will not be closed for extended periods of time during the 2020-2021 academic year," he said, highlighting funding that the state is providing to that end. "The unprecedented amount of money we are pumping into our schools for safety should provide teachers and parents with the confidence to return to the classroom for in-person instruction."

(4 p.m. Aug. 3) Public Health-North Central District listed one new Idaho County COVID-19 coronavirus case today, bringing the total to 29. The state had previously listed the 29th Idaho County case and listed the 30th today.

(1:30 p.m. Aug. 3) Riggins City Hall & Library have reopened to the public, having been closed for the two weeks since July 20.

(1:30 p.m. July 31) One of the local dentist providers is shutting down through Aug. 17 due to a COVID-19 coronavirus situation the business described on Facebook as stemming to a birthday party July 25:

"We are in the process of contacting all patients that have been in contact with Dr. Harrington since his exposure," Mountain View Dentistry announced.

Public Health-North Central District listed two new Idaho County COVID-19 coronavirus cases today, bringing the total to 28.

(4:30 p.m. July 30) Public Health-North Central District listed no new Idaho County COVID-19 coronavirus case today, leaving the total at 26. The state listed a 27th Idaho County case earlier this week.

(6:30 p.m. July 29) Public Health-North Central District listed two new Idaho County COVID-19 coronavirus cases today, bringing the total to 26.

(4 p.m. July 27) Public Health-North Central District listed its 24th Idaho County COVID-19 coronavirus case today, bringing the total to 23 confirmed cases plus one probable case. The state had listed the 24th Idaho County case during the weekend and listed the 25th today.

(3 p.m. July 26) The local public health district is seeking public comment on the data tool that will govern the local COVID-19 coronavirus response this fall. From the district's Facebook page.

(5:30 p.m. July 23) Public Health-North Central District listed zero new Idaho County COVID-19 coronavirus case today, leaving the total at 23.

(5 p.m. July 22) Public Health-North Central District listed five new Idaho County COVID-19 coronavirus case today, bringing the total to 23.

(2:30 p.m. July 21) Public Health-North Central District listed one new Idaho County COVID-19 coronavirus case today, bringing the total to 18.

(9 a.m. July 21) Idaho Department of Health & Welfare published director Dave Jeppesen's "call to action" for individuals to increase their wearing of masks.

Yesterday, Public Health-North Central District listed one new Idaho County COVID-19 coronavirus case, bringing the total to 17. This one was listed as probable, meaning there is evidence but not yet a lab test result to confirm it.

Yesterday in Riggins, the city announced city hall and the library are closed to the public, and multiple businesses there announced precautions.

(3 p.m. July 17) Public Health-North Central District listed two new Idaho County COVID-19 coronavirus cases today, bringing the total to 16.

During the 117 days since the onset of the earliest local case, the state has now documented a wide age range among those affected: five in their 20s, two in their 30s, two in their 40s, three in their 50s, one in their 60s and three in their 70s.

Of the 16 local cases, 13 are listed as "active status" with the earliest of the active cases having been reported June 29. The other three are listed as recovered, with none listed deceased.

(4:30 p.m. July 16) Public Health-North Central District had listed no new Idaho County cases since last update, and listed one new one today, bringing the total to 14.

(4 p.m. July 10) Public Health-North Central District listed no new Idaho County cases yesterday, and listed two new ones today, bringing the total to 13.

(6:30 p.m. July 8) Public Health-North Central District listed no new Idaho County cases yesterday, and listed two new ones today, bringing the total to 11.

(3:30 p.m. July 6) Public Health-North Central District has now listed 143 cases, including nine confirmed cases in Idaho County.

(10 a.m. July 3) With the district having warned of "widespread community transmission" earlier in the week, the Nez Perce Tribe announced testing in Kamiah due to "probable exposure" at the It’se Ye-Ye Casino on June 30.

From Idaho North Central District public health:

"If you are choosing to attend gatherings in places where people are in close contact with each other (within 6 feet), engaging in activities that involves a lot of breathing, like singing, yelling or talking, and spending more than 15 minutes together, everyone needs to know that they are susceptible to contracting COVID-19 and especially if they are not taking seriously the recommendations of public health professionals. It is important to remember that although COVID-19 has a high recovery rate in healthy individuals, people over 65 years and individuals with underlying health conditions are at risk for more severe illness and complications from COVID-19, including death."

(8:30 a.m. June 30) Syringa Hospital & Clinics told the Free Press the fourth Idaho County coronavirus case did not involve their facilities, nor a Syringa patient.

(6 p.m. June 29) The fourth Idaho County case of the COVID-19 coronavirus was confirmed today, June 29, nearly three months after the third. Public health officials don’t release details that could identify the affected individuals, but the five-county district as a whole has seen 114 confirmed and probable cases during the months since March 13, when an Ada County woman was listed as the first case statewide.

It had been 87 days since April 3, when the third Idaho County case was listed.

Elsewhere across the district, the counts by county are as follows: Nez Perce 94 cases with 82 confirmed and 12 probable; Latah with 15 including one probable; Clearwater with one, which was confirmed last week as that county’s first; and Lewis with zero cases.

Statewide, health officials have listed 5,752 cases including confirmed and probable cases, with 209 dated June 29. The coronavirus.idaho.gov website has listed 91 deaths statewide.

Most of the cases – 2,040 – have been listed in Ada County, with Canyon (743), Twin Falls (566) and Blaine (532) all listing more than 500.

During the 18 days since last check on June 11, the state coronavirus.idaho.gov website listed 2,450 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 5,752 cases.

See idahocountyfreepress.com/news/covid-19 for more.


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rweaver2006

You need to update this site. Idaho County is now at 24 cases per John Hopkins.

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