IDAHO MONITORING AND TRACKING OF CORONAVIRUS - Information provided by Central District Health, updated 2/27/2020.
Idaho remains at zero confirmed cases of novel coronavirus. Public health officials and community partners are monitoring this outbreak closely and are coordinating and communicating accordingly.
Though COVID-19 is a new (novel) coronavirus, disease outbreaks are not new territory in public health, and Central District Health has response plans, relationships and agreements in place within our jurisdiction to respond accordingly. A big part of that is working with community partners – from county emergency managers, to area hospitals, law enforcement, first responders, local and state public health, our year-round relationships and planning for potential outbreaks are critical in times like this, where an outbreak can rapidly change direction.
Public health officials want people to be aware so they can take appropriate precautions. We’re asking people to follow steps they may already be taking for flu – stay home if you’re sick, avoid sick people, and cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue (not your hands). Wash your hands frequently, especially after you have been in the public and touched door handles, stair railings, money, grocery carts, elevator buttons, and other items that people may also have touched.
Idaho Southwest District Health Department will communicate directly with CWI regarding implementing additional preventive measures, if needed. CWI would then share the necessary communication with our community as appropriate.
To reiterate, at this time, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Idaho. College of Western Idaho is actively consulting and following these resources:
Additional Resources in Idaho
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare COVID-19 webpage
Guidance for Idaho Schools
Center For Disease Control (CDC) - for up-to-date information on the 2019 coronavirus.
Johns Hopkins University has set up a disease spread mapping application tracking the Wuhan coronavirus in real-time.