(Press Release, March 13, 2020)

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following statement today in response to the first confirmed case of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Idaho. The case was confirmed this afternoon, and more details are included in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare news release below.

Governor Little held a news conference with public health officials at 5 p.m. MST to make the announcement. Video from the news conference is available here:

“We have been preparing for this since January when the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in the United States. We have taken many proactive steps, and we are in a good position to respond. Our focus is on slowing the spread of coronavirus to protect vulnerable individuals and preserve capacity in our healthcare facilities. We are committed to working with our partners to provide the public timely, accurate information about what individuals can do to help slow the spread of coronavirus,” Governor Little said.

Earlier today, Governor Little signed an emergency declaration to open up more resources for Idaho to combat the spread of coronavirus.  See the emergency declaration, here:



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