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Idaho adopts stricter guidelines to limit coronavirus spread

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho on Wednesday adopted stricter guidelines for social interaction to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

Republican Gov. Brad Little announced the state was adopting federal guidelines that include avoiding social gathering of more than 10 people.

The guidelines also call for not eating or drinking in bars, restaurants and food courts, but to use drive-thru or pickup options.

Little also recommends avoiding discretionary travel and shopping.

Through the end of March, Idahoans are encouraged to:

  • Do not visit nursing homes, retirement homes, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance, but still to find ways to connect with loved ones in these facilities, such as phone, text, Facetime, and others
  • Avoid discretionary travel
  • Avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Continue to practice good hygiene
  • Work from home whenever possible – UNLESS you work in a critical infrastructure industry, such as healthcare, medicine and food supply
  • Take advantage of the many drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food. Businesses are stepping up to make these options even more available than before, in order to serve customers and keep people working.

“These are recommendations to keep you and your neighbors healthy,” Governor Little said. “If you are in the category of our vulnerable population – the elderly or health-compromised – stay home and away from other people for the next few weeks. Idahoans need to be there for each other and reach out to neighbors and family members who need support.”

The Governor encourages school districts to follow the latest CDC guidelines for school closures when considering whether to close schools for a period of time.

“I am not mandating categorical closures of schools and other establishments at this time. Local leaders and operators of those facilities will make their own judgment calls about whether to do that,” Governor Little added. “Idaho is a very diverse and expansive state. A solution for one area might not be the solution for another part of the state.”

Idaho health officials say nine people in Idaho have tested positive for COVID-19.

Little said mandatory measures could eventually be put in place depending on the extent of the virus outbreak.

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  1. As stated, the Wuhan virus is just another coronavirus; and the world is going crazy. I will continue to do what I have done for years since I retired. (Excluding camping because I’m finding out many campgrounds are closing.)

    I moved to Idaho and purchased a house on a lot of land, away from people, cause I decided after retiring I want to socially distance myself from the majority of the human race long before the Wuhan virus came over from China.

    As for is it more dangerous? At this time it probably is; however, that is cause we have NO confirmed number of how many actually have the decease. As that number goes up as testing is more available, the percentage for deaths will go down and I would bet in a few weeks it will be noted it has a smaller death percentage than the flu.

    And as being a senior like 666, I don’t want to get it; however, I have no underlying health concerns (I know of), and I walk the dogs 4-5 miles every AM, I also ride 10 miles on my stationary bike every two days, I usually eat well (yea once a month some pizza or burgers); however, if I do get it, I have a good chance of surviving it. But if I don’t, heck I have lived a long life, would like to live longer to soak more money out of the federal government (not just social security but also that Federal retirement annuity) and just to p**S off those who want me dead. But we all go sometime and I guess a virus from China is as good as an idiot in a larger truck than mine decides to text and slams into my truck and rids the world of me.

    Winter 17-18; 80,000 people died in the USA from flu.
    2018; 36K people died in vehicle collisions in the USA.

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