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First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Eastern Idaho

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DRIGGS, Idaho (KIDK/KIFI) – Eastern Idaho Public Health (EIPH) and Teton Valley Health have confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in a woman under the age of 60 in Teton County.

She contracted COVID-19 due to contact with a confirmed case in a neighboring state. She is home recovering from mild symptoms and did not require hospitalization.

The patient’s healthcare provider acted appropriately with ruling out influenza, discussing exposure risk, and appropriately determining that a COVID-19 test was necessary. Clinical specimens were then collected and sent to the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories, where laboratory testing confirmed the infection.

Epidemiologists with EIPH will determine reasonable risk criteria for locations visited by this patient and any close contacts of that individual who were possibly exposed. If other people are found to have possibly been exposed, health officials will provide guidance to them and will monitor them closely for symptoms.

Additional case-specific information about this individual is confidential and will not be released.

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Todd Kunz

Todd Kunz

Todd is an anchor for KIDK Eyewitness News 3, Local News 8 and Fox 5.

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  1. “She is home recovering from mild symptoms and did not require hospitalization.”
    Wow! Isn’t that ASTOUNDING? It’s almost like the dreaded Coronavirus’ only real danger is the panic-driven obsession to hoard TOILET PAPER! 😉

  2. If it was summer and we had leaves, TP is not necessary. 🙂

    Yes, the people are in panic and I will continue to shop every three days for fresh produce and TP when needed. And if I can’t find TP, go out and join my two large dogs in the backyard and use dog poo bags. 🙂

    We all made it through the H1N1 virus back in 2009 when the government did absolutely NOTHING.

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