Monday, June 1, 2020
Idaho’s Spread Slower Than 39 Other States
Molly Page and the Blaine County COVID Mutual Support Group brought a couple piles of potatoes that farmers have been giving away from Picabo to Hailey and Ketchum on Saturday. One pile is next to the Hailey police station; the other, in Ketchum’s Atkinsons’ Park.
Sunday, April 26, 2020


Blaine County may have been considered the coronavirus capital of America at one time.

But Idaho is not doing too badly, when it comes to checking the spread of the coronavirus, now.

Idaho ranks 40th among the 50 states in terms of how fast the coronavirus is spreading. It experienced a 17.2 percent increase in the number of cases during a seven-day period through April 23.

Paul Ries added just one new case to Blaine County’s coronavirus graph on Saturday.

States doing better included Montana at 5.8 percent, followed by Vermont, Hawaii, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Louisiana, New York, Michigan and Maine. Oregon was doing worse, ranked 37th, Nevada, 34th and Utah 24th.

The state where it’s spreading fastest? Iowa, at 75.1 percent. Others in the top five: North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio and Delaware.


Idaho reported just 17 new cases on Saturday; Blaine County, one. The total now stands at 1,887 for the state and 491 for Blaine County.

Statewide there have been 56 deaths with a new one reported in Ada County and another new one in Elmore County.


An Eye on Sun Valley reader said she noticed a sign on the doors of a Twin Falls furniture store this week prohibiting 5B customers. Makes you kind of wish you had one of those souvenir sample plates touting elk or whitewater, doesn’t it?


The Barkin is planning to reopen for donations and shoppers soon. To schedule a pick up for all that spring cleaning you’ve been doing during the past six weeks, call 208-788-3854. Sales from camping gear and summer sports equipment last summer paid for a week’s worth of pet food for shelter animals.


Gov. Brad Little has created a coronavirus testing task force headed up by Dr. Jim Souza, chief medical officer for St. Luke’s Health System. The committee will create a blueprint for how often someone should be tested as the state begins to emerge from its stay-at-home cocoon. And it will make sure that everyone has access to testing, including low-income Idahoans.


An Idaho Falls school district will hold its high school graduation ceremonies at a drive-in movie theater. It’ll be a late one, starting at 9:30 p.m. so a picture of each student in cap and gown can be projected onto the screen.


The reopening of McDonald’s in France created traffic jams among Big Mac fans this week.

  • A new study from Italy purports that 43 percent of those with the virus have no symptoms.
  • Spaniards allowed outside only to walk dogs have been caught walking some strange pets. One man walked a fish in a bowl; another, a hen, and still another, a toy dog on a leash. All were cited and fined, according to CNN.
  • A Walmart in Aurora, Colo., was ordered shuttered this week after it became a coronavirus hot spot. A worker, her husband and contractor died from the coronavirus, six more employees tested positive and three other workers suspected of having the virus are awaiting the results of their tests.

The health department had received complaints from employees and shoppers alike about the lack of social distancing, too many people in the store at one time and employees not wearing face coverings.



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