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Update: (March 19, 5:15 p.m.)

Governor Brad Little’s Office has updated the total number of confirmed cases in Idaho is now at 23.

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has issued a Shelter in Place Order for Blaine County to slow the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. This means everyone should stay home unless you need to perform essential activities or go to work to provide essential business and government services.

The latest increase comes from 12 new cases reported in Blaine County: Six individuals are male: one in his 30's, four in their 40's, and one in his 50's; and six individuals are female: one under 20 years old, two in their 30's, two in their 50's, and one in her 70's.

(March 18, 7:45 p.m.) Two more cases of novel coronavirus reported in south central Idaho, including the first case in Twin Falls County

South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) have confirmed two additional cases of novel coronavirus in south central Idaho. These are cases four and five in south central Idaho, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Idaho to 11

One is a male from Twin Falls County in his 80s. He was briefly hospitalized, but is now recovering well at home. The second is a male from Blaine County in his 40s. He presented very mild symptoms and is also recovering well at home. Investigations into both new cases began this afternoon and are in their primary stages.

“Protecting and preserving the health and safety of our residents is at the very core of what we do. We will continue to do everything we can to make sure you have the information and resources you need,” said Melody Bowyer, SCPHD Director. “We are calling on our communities to use that information to help protect their families and prevent the virus from spreading.”

South Central Public Health District’s most recently updated guidelines can be found on our website at phd5.idaho.gov/coronavirus. To slow the spread of the virus,  Governor Brad Little urges the public to implement, for the next 15 days through March 31, the following initiative:

  • Working or engaging in schooling from home whenever possible.
  • Avoiding social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Avoiding eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts where social distancing is not achievable; instead use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options.
  • Avoiding discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
  • Canceling visits to nursing homes, retirement, and long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

SCPHD is also issuing an update on the first four cases confirmed in the south central Idaho region.

“We’ve contacted all known close contacts of these individuals. They are self-isolating at home and haven’t shown any symptoms,” said Logan Hudson, SCPHD Public Health Division Administrator. “We will continue to investigate the movements of all confirmed cases to make sure everyone potentially exposed is being monitored.”

All four women in south central Idaho’s first cases are recovering well. Investigation shows transmission for the first three likely came from visitors to the area. The point of transmission for the fourth is still under investigation.

Refer to https://phd5.idaho.gov/coronavirus for the latest local numbers and https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/ for Idaho-specific information.

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