Idaho Moving Back To Phase 3 Of Reopening, Governor Says, As COVID-19 Cases Rise
The change comes because of quickly rising coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths across the state. Hospital systems in North Idaho and in the Boise metropolitan area have seen hospitalizations rise and bed and staff resources stretched thin.
The governor announced that the previous Phase 3 limitations are in place, with some changes:
-Indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people maximum.
-Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25% of venue capacity.
-Physical distancing requirements are in place for gatherings of all types.
-Long-term care facilities will not be allowed to operate without requiring masks inside.
-Nightclubs can only operate as bars.
Little did not recommend or mandate schools move to remote learning. And there is no prohibition against church services or travel into and out of the state. The governor also has not imposed a statewide masking directive as numerous others states have.
As of Monday, Oct. 26, Idaho has recorded at least 59,344 COVID-19 cases and 573 deaths since March.
New case numbers peaked again, for the seventh consecutive week. Deaths hit another weekly peak. And on Tuesday — the same day Idaho reported single-day peaks in cases and deaths — 404 Idahoans were hospitalized with COVID-19. That too was a single-day peak. Continue Reading The Week In Idaho’s COVID-19 Situation: Record Cases And Deaths, Again
The board that governs Idaho’s Panhandle Health District has approved a mask mandate for all five counties of north Idaho. The board had approved a previous mandate for Kootenai County only on July 23, then rescinded it on Oct. 23. Continue Reading Reversing Course, Health Board For 5-County Idaho Panhandle Region Institutes Mask Mandate
The governor’s executive order activated 100 National Guard troopers to assist with mobile testing support, medical facility decontamination, COVID-19 screenings, logistical support and more. He also signed a public health order moving Idaho back to a modified version of Stage 2 of the state’s four-stage reopening plan, effective Saturday. Continue Reading Idaho Gov. Brad Little Activates National Guard, Moves State Back To Phase 2 As COVID Cases Grow