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Proclamation on Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, 2020


(Press Release, March 24, 2020)

President Donald J. Trump (White House Official Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Our great American experiment was inspired by the ideas about liberty, self-government, and the rule of law that traced their roots to ancient Greece. On Greek Independence Day, we commemorate the rich history shared between the United States and Greece, which is fortified by our love of freedom and commitment to democratic institutions. We join the Greek people in celebrating another year of independence and unity.

The great thinkers of ancient Greece stoked the American quest for freedom and a republic founded on the fundamental truth that people have rights that cannot be denied. Decades later, the same values that catalyzed our Revolution inspired the people of Greece to seek their own freedom and independence. Recognizing the commonality between the Greeks’ fight to establish a representative government and their own, many Americans supported Greek independence, forging an unbreakable bond between our two countries.

Today, this same conviction for a freer and more prosperous world bolsters the alliance between the United States and Greece. In October 2019, my Administration worked with Greek officials to strengthen and expand our defense and security partnership by updating the United States-Greece Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement Annex. This agreement paves the way for closer collaboration on national security matters between our two countries for decades to come. We are also grateful for the commitment of Greece, a strong NATO Ally, to our naval presence at Souda Bay on the island of Crete. Through such endeavors, the partnership between our countries advances our strategic national interests in stable and peaceful Eastern Mediterranean, Black Sea, and Western Balkans regions.

As noted at the Second United States-Greece Strategic Dialogue last year, an estimated 3 million Americans claim Greek descent. We therefore reaffirm our commitment to building firm institutional foundations that foster deep appreciation of our common ties. To that end, we are proud to have established the Future Leaders Exchange Program, which is further developing educational, cultural, and scientific cooperation between our two countries. Throughout our histories, both of our nations have prioritized interactions between our peoples, which are at the core of our cherished relationship and alliance.

The United States and Greece continue to share a long-held belief that political power belongs in the hands of the people. On this 199th anniversary of Greek independence, we confirm the pillars of governance, culture, and patriotism that have forged and continue to sustain the faithful bond our two nations enjoy.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 25, 2020, as Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.



Dr. Deborah Birx: Protect The People Around You


March 24, 2020

Dr. Deborah L. Birx is an American physician and diplomat with extensive experience in immunology. She currently serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force as the Coronavirus Response Coordinator.

In this video, Dr. Birx discusses who needs to be tested for coronavirus.


Chubbuck Mayor Kevin Englad Video Blog: Update on the Coronavirus


(March 24, 2020)

Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England released his latest video blog this morning, after being informed by the Southeastern Idaho Public Health last night that Bannock County now has two confirmed cases of coronavirus.

The Mayor’s short video, under five minutes, can be seen, here:



Walmart, WinCo, Set Special Shopping Hours for Seniors, Vulnerable Populations


Both Walmart and WinCo have set Seniors Only shopping hours in order to help ensure that the senior population, one of the most vulnerable to the coronavirus, is afforded additional safety when they venture out to replenish household supplies and groceries.

An email sent by Walmart to customers states:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) response update

To better support customers age 60 and up, our stores will host a special shopping hour from 6 am to 7 am every Tuesday, Mar. 24 through Apr. 28. It will start one hour before stores open to the public, and pharmacies will be available during this time, as well. Vision centers will also be open to help with emergency and essential needs only.

A notice on the WinCo website reads:

Senior Hours & Employees, Tuesdays & Thursdays

Effective the week of March 21st, 2020, WinCo will offer a temporary special shopping hour for Seniors (60+), Vulnerable Populations and WinCo Employee Owners from 6AM to 7:30AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please observe social distancing guidelines.

In areas with local guidelines for senior access, local mandates override listed hours. Employee access is intended to help our local Employee Owners that are working long hours to keep the doors to your store open. Thank you for your understanding.


Idaho Governor Brad Little Rolls Out Latest Actions to Further Prepare Idaho for Coronavirus, Ease Burdens on Citizens


(Press Release, March 23, 2020)

Governor Brad Little (Official Photo)

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed two proclamations today – one lifting restrictions in 125 administrative rules to increase healthcare provider capacity and reduce barriers to healthcare access and another extending the state income tax filing and payment deadline to June 15, 2020.

“Last week, I directed all state agencies to review their administrative rules to identify opportunities to assist in the coronavirus response while maintaining public safety,” Governor Little said. “Our valuable public servants in Idaho state government met the task and within a week, they identified more than 125 rules we can waive in order to more quickly, efficiently, and safely respond to our declared emergency.”

The waivers will increase the capacity of Idaho’s healthcare system by broadening the use of telehealth and removing barriers on out-of-state providers treating Idaho patients through telehealth technology. They streamline the licensure of nurses and physicians, allowing inactive or retired providers to come back into the profession more quickly and easily. They also remove restrictions so that physician assistants can be fully engaged as part of the medical team.

The waivers also enhance the care for Idaho patients by ensuring each Idahoan can access their chronic medications – such as those for diabetes — by allowing emergency refill of up to 90 days for existing medications. Also, Medicaid has suspended co-pay requirements to alleviate financial barriers for patients during this emergency.

In addition, Idaho citizens and businesses now have until June 15, 2020, to file their state income taxes and make any state income tax payments and apply for the Property Tax Reduction, Property Tax Deferral, and 100% Service-connected Disabled Veteran Benefit programs.

“As the coronavirus situation progresses in our state, I want to reassure Idahoans that we continue to take all steps necessary at this time to protect our citizens and preserve capacity in our healthcare system,” Governor Little said. “Our goal is to slow the spread of coronavirus. I’m in daily contact with our public health experts and epidemiologists, who are providing me guidance on the actions that are necessary at this time. We are committed to making decisions based on science.”

“Idaho is an expansive, geographically diverse state,” Governor Little added. “Science – and common sense – tell us that the planning and response efforts in one part of the state may not be the best approach in another part of the state.”

Governor Little emphasized the actions that Idahoans need to take right now:


The elderly and health-compromised need to take extra precautions and STAY HOME if you can.

The family, friends and caretakers of the elderly and health-compromised need to take extra precautions around these individuals and limit in-person contact if possible.

STAY HOME if you are sick.

If you have traveled to a place with high virus activity or been around someone with known exposure, STAY HOME or self-isolate for 14 days.

Cover your coughs and sneezes. Wash your hands frequently.

Follow social distancing practices and avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.

“This is a very challenging and uncertain time, but together we will get through it. I want to thank everyone for doing their part to slow the spread of coronavirus. I have been encouraged by the good will and strength of our citizens,” Governor Little said.

View today’s proclamations here: https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/governors-working-group/


1600 Daily: Americans Need Help. Democrats Must Stop Blocking It.


(Press Release, March 23, 2020)

1600 Daily, a daily summary of news, events, and updates, issued the following statement on the Democrats blocking the coronavirus relief bill:

Americans need help.  Democrats must stop blocking it.

President Trump is marshalling every resource at America’s disposal to fight against the global Coronavirus pandemic. He’s grateful to our nation’s local leaders, doctors, nurses, law enforcement, and first responders who are waging this battle on the ground.

They need all the help they can get—and so do American workers and businesses. Every American family deserves immediate relief and certainty in this difficult time.

President Trump told Congress to send him a bill that protects our economy, your job, your retirement savings, and your family’s future from this global pandemic.

Democrats are blocking it. Their donor wish list comes before helping you.

Senate Republicans are ready to send a relief bill to the President’s desk. Instead of joining them, Democrats voted it down. Their leaders are demanding a litany of partisan line items that have nothing to do with fighting the Coronavirus or saving our economy.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer should have to answer to every American: Why have they prioritized these partisan issues over help for working families of every background?

  • Audits of election results (yes, seriously)
  • Airline carbon emissions
  • Corporate diversity requirements
  • Collective bargaining for Federal workers
  • Expansion of wind/solar credits

And the list goes on and on—for 1,119 pages in Speaker Pelosi’s bill, to be exact.

With these demands, Democrats in Congress aren’t trying to rescue our country. They aren’t trying to rescue our economy. They’re trying to rescue their partisan agenda—and they’re willing to hold America hostage to do it.

As one senior Democrat reportedly put it: This relief bill is “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”

Now is no time for partisan politics or to exploit a serious crisis for political gain. Now is the time to finish good-faith negotiations that deliver economic and healthcare support to working Americans.

President Trump and other leaders have asked every American to do their part to help slow the spread of Coronavirus by staying home and social distancing. The American people have selflessly heeded that call. As our citizens step up and do their part, it’s time for career politicians in Washington to do the same. No more delays.

The clock is ticking. The hour for action is here. Our country deserves it.


Closed, But Still Serving: Senior Activity Center Begins Curbside Lunch Service Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Pocatello Senior Activity Center providing free lunch pickup service for seniors.

(Press Release, March 23, 2020)

The building may be closed, but the staff at Pocatello’s Senior Activity Center (Center) is continuing to serve local seniors.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, Center staff will begin serving lunch meals from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Center issued the following instructions today to local seniors via email:

“Enter on the West side (behind Idaho Department of Labor), do not get out of your car. Roll down your window and a meal will be given to you through your car window.  Please remember no admittance to the building will be allowed.

If you are 60 and older the meal is free, donations are kindly accepted.

If you are under 60 the meal is $5.00 plus tax.

Curbside meals will be Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 AM -1:00 PM.  To check out the lunch menu go to http://www.pocatelloseniorcenter.com/ and go to our Facebook page at Pocatello Senior Activity Center to like our page and follow us for senior information.

Questions call the Center. Be safe!

Best regards,

Marty Riedle
Senior Activity Center”


Guest Column: Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Matt Hunter on Supporting Our Community


by Matt Hunter, President/CEO, Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce

Matt Hunter, President/CEO, Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce (Photo Credit: Chamber Website)

In these tough times it so important that we find ways to support our fellow community members and businesses.  If you know of people that need help shopping for groceries or picking up their medication try and find a way to help them, maybe through your church or maybe you can do it yourself.  If you know of people that are unable to leave their homes give them a call every once in a while just to see how they are doing.  We need to look out for each other.

There are many ways that we can support the business community, also.  Think about your favorite restaurant that I can guarantee is struggling right now.  Many of the restaurants are offering curbside pick up or delivery that you can use to support them.  You could also consider buying a gift card from your favorite restaurant, coffee shop or retailer that you know you will use in the future.  Many of our local businesses also sell online so you can support them in that way.  We need these businesses to survive for the future of our community so please find a way to help them out.

The Chamber staff is here to help in any way that we can.  Please feel free to reach out to us by calling 208-233-1525.

Here are a few more updates from our area:

1. The State of Idaho has been approved for Businesses to apply for SBA Disaster Assistance.  For more information, visit: https://commerce.idaho.gov/.

There are also a few people that you can reach out to if you have questions:

Small Business Development Center: Ann Swanson: swanann@isu.edu or Claudia Allen: alleclau@isu.edu

Eastern Idaho Development Corp: Samantha Damron: damrsama@isu.edu

2. The Idaho Food Bank Needs Volunteers: They request that you sign up to volunteer using idahofoodbank.volunteerhub.com. By using this they can ensure that they don’t have too many people helping at any one time and they can keep people separated.

3. COVID-19 Share the Facts Info Sheet – see here:


Be Safe


CDC: People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness


(Press Release, March 22, 2020)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted the following update related to COVID-19 on the CDC website:

People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:

People aged 65 years and older

People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility

Other high-risk conditions could include:

  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have heart disease with complications
  • People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
  • People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [(BM]I)≥40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk

People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk

Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.


SIPH – Two Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Bannock County


(Press Release, March 23, 2020)

Below is a news release from Southeastern Idaho Public Health:

Southeastern Idaho Public Health has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in Bannock County. This brings the total to three case in southeastern Idaho, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Idaho to 49.

The patients are males in their 30s from Bannock County, who both had a history of travel. They are both at home recovering. The investigation is in its primary stages.

“Protecting and preserving the health and safety of our residents is at the very core of what we do,” said Maggie Mann, SIPH District Director. “We are calling on each of you to follow public health guidance to help protect their families and prevent the virus from spreading. We must all do our part to prevent the spread of the virus.”

Prevention methods include:

• If you are sick, limit contact with others.
• Avoiding people who are sick.
• Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs using a disinfecting solution.

If you believe you have been exposed, make sure to self-isolate. If you need medical attention, please call your healthcare provider in advance of a visit to discuss your symptoms and next steps. Public health does not do any testing for COVID-19 or store testing kits. SIPH’s focus is on slowing the spread of COVID-19, to ensure the protection of our community.

As a reminder, it is still cold and flu season, and you do not need to seek medical attention for a mild respiratory illness such as a cold. However, if you have had close contact with a person with known COVID-19 or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread and you develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider and ask for instructions about how to seek care. They may order appropriate testing, and samples will be sent to the state lab or to a private lab as needed.

At this time, SIPH does not recommend testing of people who do not have symptoms. Because of the limited number of tests across the nation, there is a need to preserve them for the sickest and those with the highest risk of complications from an infection.

SIPH has opened a call center to field questions from the community and will be open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can reach the hotline at
(208) 234-5875.