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Coronavirus Idaho governor issues stay-at-home order 3:46 PM, Mar 25, 2020

Coronavirus Idaho governor issues stay-at-home order 3:46 PM, Mar 25, 2020”

"Idaho is now in a new stage", Little said Wednesday from Boise Airport's Gowen Field, where the Idaho National Guard is stationed.

"From the get-go, our focus has been to slow the spread of coronavirus to protect our most vulnerable citizens and preserve capacity in our healthcare system", Little said.

Little announced the order will remain in effect for 21 days.

At its 5 p.m. update Thursday, the state's coronavirus website reported 189 confirmed cases in Idaho, including the three deaths. This includes bars, nightclubs, gyms, recreational facilities, entertainment venues, convention centers, hair and nail salons and others not included in the "essential" category as defined in the order. Much of the Midwest and the states surrounding NY have similar orders.

Blaine County has been the epicenter of Idaho's outbreak, with the state reporting 52 cases as of Wednesday evening. The Idaho Statesman and other media outlets are reporting more than 100 cases statewide. It's the only county in north Idaho to have a confirmed case. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare direcotr Dave Jeppesen and Idaho State epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn will also be taking questions.

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"When this first started, we were at a capacity of 12 to 15 tests a day". People can leave home to obtain or provide essential services, which are also defined in the order.

Little said some communities now had community spread, those areas being in central Idaho's Blaine County and highly populated southwestern Idaho, which includes Boise. The other man was from Canyon County in his 70s and did have underlying health issues.

On Monday, the Idaho State Board of Education voted to close all public schools for at least four weeks. "I am following the guidance of our public health experts and issuing a statewide stay-home order effective immediately".

"We are doing everything at the appropriate time", Little said of the stay-at-home order.

"We will get through this together as long as we all play an active part in fighting the spread of coronavirus".

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