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Idahoans Who Have visited Sun Valley Asked to Stay in Place
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This picture of skiers enjoying apres ski was taken on March 4. But anyone who visited Sun Valley between March 8 and 22 is being asked to self-isolate for 14 days to make sure they don’t spread the coronavirus in their communities.
 
Monday, March 23, 2020
 

STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

Health authorities are asking anyone who traveled to Blaine County in the past two weeks to shelter in place after four Idahoans who visited Sun Valley during that time tested positive for COVID-19.

Three Ada County residents and one Valley County resident have tested positive and confirmed they spent time in Sun Valley between March 8 and March 22.

Those who visited Blaine County during that time are asked to stay at home, except to get necessary medical care, and to avoid close contact with anyone for 14 days after their last potential exposure date.

If they are symptom-free after that time, they can follow recommendations Central District Health is providing to the general community.

“While this is guidance, and not an official order, we are strongly urging any community members this applies to to do the right thing,” said Russ Duke, director for Central District Health. “This also applies to anyone who has traveled to states or areas outside of Idaho that are currently under shelter-in-place orders or where there is widespread transmission of COVID-19. We all have a personal responsibility to do the right thing to protect ourselves, our community and the entire state of Idaho.”

Community spread of COVID-19 in Blaine County was confirmed on March 19. The county was ordered to shelter-in-place by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare the next day to keep the virus from spreading within the county and surrounding communities.

Kootenai County reported the first case of someone under 18 with the coronavirus on Sunday.

The county now has six cases, with the addition of positive tests for a male and female, both in their 30s.

The state now has 50 confirmed cases, up from 42 on Saturday. No new cases were reported in Blaine County on Sunday.

To slow the spread Idahoans are asked to:

  • Practice social distancing, maintaining at least six feet from others.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Decrease time in group settings when possible.
  • Limit unnecessary travel.
  • Postpone or cancel out-of-town vacations and travel out of state.
  • Use drive-through and delivery services.
  • Avoid hosting someone in your home.

Those who are at increased risk of severe illness should only leave home for essential activities.

Those who have traveled to an area with widespread community transmission should shelter-in-place at home for 14 days after return and go out then only if symptom free.

 

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