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More than 5 dozen Idaho residents confirmed to have COVID-19

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - With more than five dozen confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Idaho Monday, agencies, businesses and schools continued to work to slow the spread of the illness.

Boise State University urged students to move away from dormitory-style housing if they can, and like the University of Idaho, Idaho State University and other higher education institutions across Idaho, has moved all classes online.

Officials with the West Ada Public Schools District, the largest in the state, is working on a remote learning plan in case schools need to be closed for an extended period.

Central District Health, which serves the Boise region, on Sunday asked any Ada County residents who have recently traveled to Ketchum, Sun Valley, Hailey or surrounding areas to shelter in place for two weeks, and health officials in eastern Idaho asked residents who traveled to the same area to call for further instructions. The towns are all in Blaine County, which has at least confirmed 35 cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. The entire county was placed under a shelter-in-place order by Idaho Gov. Brad Little last week.

Fourteen of those Blaine County cases were in health care workers, including two emergency room doctors at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, the Idaho Mountain Express reported. St. Luke's public relations manager Joy Prudek told the newspaper that privacy concerns prevented her from commenting on the exact number of healthcare providers at the hospital who were out sick, self-quarantining or who have tested positive for the virus. She said staffers and health care providers from other facilities within the St. Luke's Regional Health System have been sent to the local medical center to help out.

The State Board of Pharmacy, meanwhile, last week enacted a temporary rule limiting the situations in which pharmacists can dispense new prescriptions for chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine. The anti-malarial drugs are often prescribed for some serious autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, but both medications have been the subject of limited scientific studies to see if they can aid in the treatment of COVID-19. That's caused a run on the medications, complicated access for people who need them for their chronic illnesses. Idaho's temporary rules include a requirement that people with new prescriptions for the drugs have a diagnosis that supports the need for the medication.

There are at least 65 people confirmed to have COVID-19 statewide, according to counts from Idaho's public health districts.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 50 confirmed cases statewide on Monday at 5 p.m. but that does not include some cases local public health districts have announced.

The state case counts are based on records submitted to the state by the local public health districts through Idaho’s statewide disease tracking system. The state does not count cases of disease the local public health districts have not yet determined to be confirmed though investigations and submitted to the state. This is standard practice for all communicable diseases and done, in part, to ensure we count cases only among Idaho residents. The state of residence may not be immediately clear, for example, if someone who is a resident of another state becomes sick in Idaho and gets tested in Idaho.

COVID-19 in Idaho

*Case count and laboratory testing data updated at 5:00 p.m. MT, 3/23/2020. Demographic data to be updated every Friday at 5:00 p.m. MT. State-level case count data will be updated at 5 p.m. MT daily, based on surveillance system records provided by the health districts. Public health district data will be updated on their agency website at their discretion.

Public Health DistrictCountyCasesDeaths
Panhandle Health DistrictKootenai30
Southwest District HealthCanyon40
Central District HealthAda
South Central Public Health DistrictBlaine
Twin Falls
Eastern Idaho Public HealthMadison
South Eastern Idaho Public HealthBingham10

COVID-19 Testing in Idaho

Number of people tested through the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories*997
Number of people tested through commercial laboratories**540

*Includes 4 Oregon residents and 1 Montana resident tested in Idaho.
**Some people may receive multiple tests.

Idahoans with COVID-19 by Age Group

<18 years0
19 to 49 years16
≥50 years15

Data updated at 5:00 p.m. MT, 3/20/2020. Next update at 5:00 p.m. MT 3/27/2020.

Idahoans with COVID-19 by Sex


Data updated at 5:00 p.m. MT, 3/20/2020. Next update at 5:00 p.m. MT 3/27/2020.

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  1. More than 5 dozen. That makes it sound like a lot.
    If you would update your site more than once every 2 days, your subject title would say ” two more cases reported”.

    1. Since Ted Turner and the revelation of 24/7 ‘marketing’-driven news, Skunk, there is extremely LITTLE ‘reporting’ done. It has become the endless, sensationalistic pandering to advertisers that put a lot of us–myself included–completely away from network/’prime-time’ programming. People capable of independent thinking and logic SHOULD have been able to see this a number of years back. Then again, rational and logical people are hardly the ‘demographic’ that the Madison Avenue whor….er….sorry….’advertisers’ are trying to convince that their entire LIFE can somehow be made better if they purchase a $60K pimpup so they can enjoy those $800/month payments, are they? 😉

  2. What happened to the two in Bannock County? Did they suddenly test negative, did they pass on, or is this paper (computer source) just showing more of their incompetence to publish correct information in an article?
    *(At 3:15 AM,

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