CANYON COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE: Southwest District Health (SWDH) has confirmed a case of COVID-19 in a male in his 60s in Canyon County.
The individual in this case experienced mild symptoms and is recovering well at home.
The investigation has revealed he recently traveled to a location that is currently seeing community spread.
Additional case-specific information about this individual is confidential and will not be released.
This is the first case in the six-county region Southwest District Health serves.
The COVID-19 situation is changing by the day and Southwest District Health is partnering with our communities across the board to work diligently to help slow the spread of this disease.
“Please trust us as your public health agency. We will get through this by working together and taking the right steps at the right time. Please follow our recommendations. We are here to support our communities and the health of those communities is very important to us,” said Nikole Zogg, PhD, SWDH District Director. Zogg urges residents to not panic and use common sense when shopping for groceries and supplies. “If you need a grocery item, buy it. If you have it, share it. If you don’t need it, please leave it on the shelf."
Southwest District Health remains open for business and most staff are working in-office at this time with plans in place for telecommuting should it be appropriate to do so.
UPDATE: Southwest District Health will announce the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Canyon County at 5:00 p.m. Friday.
Additional information will be released then.
This brings the total number of cases in Idaho to 26.
Idaho Department of Health & Welfare officials said state-level data will now be updated at 5 p.m. daily HERE.
ORIGINAL: The Panhandle Health District (PHD) and Kootenai Health have confirmed two additional confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Kootenai County.
Case 1 (announced 3/19/2020): Male in his 60s from Kootenai County. He experienced mild symptoms and is self-isolating out of state.
Case 2: Male under the age of 30 from Kootenai County. The individual has been self-isolating since returning from travel and has experienced mild symptoms.
Case 3: Female in her 60s from Kootenai County. She is currently self-isolating and recovering at home. She has experienced mild symptoms as well.
This brings the total number of cases in Idaho to 25.
This is the third confirmed case in the five northern counties of the Panhandle.
There are also 16 in Blaine County, three in Ada County, one in Twin Falls County, one in Madison County and one in Teton County.
In the United States, there have been 10,442 cases and 150 deaths as of March 19, 2020.
Epidemiologists with PHD are working to investigate cases of possible contact.
Right now, CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China, Iran, Europe, United Kingdom, Ireland, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan. In addition, CDC recommends people traveling practice certain health precautions like avoiding contact with people who are sick (social distancing) and practicing good hand hygiene.