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Blaine County’s isolation orders tightened up on Wednesday.
Thursday, March 26, 2020


Local officials are tightening up activities to limit the spread of COVID-19, with 63 Blaine County residents now reported to have the coronavirus. That number is up from 40 the day before.

The new measures will clamp down on Costco runs to Twin Falls. They’re shutting down construction projects. And those who return home from out-of-state travel will be asked to isolate themselves at home for 14 days.

The new measures are in addition to those already contained in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Self-Isolation Order of March 20.

The new orders mandated by Blaine County and local city officials:

  • Construction of housing and commercial projects must cease operations on Monday, March 30.
  • Plumbers, electricians and other trades can perform only work that is immediate and essential.
  • Landscaping and other residential service providers must cease operations.
  • Hotels and short-term rentals may not offer lodging to non-residents of Blaine County, except for health care workers or those performing essential government functions.
  • Blaine County residents returning home from out of state must self-isolate at home for 14 days. Visitors from out-of-state coming to Blaine County must also self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Travel outside of Blaine County to obtain items otherwise available in the county is prohibited.
  • Gatherings of non-related individuals inside homes are prohibited.

The measures will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 12.

Blaine County Commissioner Jacob Greenberg said the regulations are necessary to slow the rate of community spread in the county.

“Our jurisdictions are unified in this approach to maintain consistency and avoid confusion amongst the members of our communities,” he added. “We are doing everything we can to protect the health, safety and welfare of our residents.”

Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw noted that construction activities must stop as of Monday, March 30. "So you will have time to batten down the hatches and make jobsites safe. As of this time, we anticipate resuming construction activities on Monday, April 13."

Giant steps are necessary to stem the COVID tide, he added: "We have asked you to do a lot already. Now we are asking you all to take another giant step to stem the COVID tide. It will not be easy, but it will make a difference and it will not be for long."


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