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Statewide coronavirus cases up by 43 Friday

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IDAHO FALLS — The death of a Canyon County man Friday brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Idaho up to 25, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Statewide the number of total positive cases of COVID-19 grew by 43. The total number is 1,396.

It’s not clear how many of those individuals have recovered, but Idaho’s public health districts are beginning to report some of those initially infected have now been released from isolation and are no longer considered a danger to the public.

The state is not tracking how many people recover from COVID-19; however, officials say the novel coronavirus has a very high recovery rate.

A total of 41 cases have been reported in eastern Idaho, and no deaths have occurred on this side of the state.

The number of COVID-19 tests available in Idaho continues to grow daily. However, public health officials continue to warn that due to initial testing limitations, the actual number of coronavirus cases may be much higher than is being reported.

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EIPH says it’s more important than ever to follow the recommendations and directions of federal, state and local health officials, including the following:

  • Following the stay-at-home order, which was announced by Gov. Brad Little on March 25. A copy of the order can be found at www.EIPH.Idaho.gov.
  • Practicing social-distancing (maintaining at least 6 feet between individuals), avoiding crowds of any number, and eliminating all non-essential travel, as detailed in the order.
  • Staying home when sick even if your symptoms are mild. A symptom-monitoring checklist and decision tree was recently developed to help individuals and employers determine what they should do if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been primarily or secondarily exposed to a person with COVID-19 symptoms. A copy of these documents can be found at www.EIPH.Idaho.gov. This monitoring tool can be used daily by everyone to assess their health during this pandemic.
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • People with an increased risk of severe illness (older adults and those with underlying health conditions) should take extra precautions to avoid exposure to COVID-19.

For questions, guidance, and information about COVID-19, visit EIPH’s website at www.EIPH.Idaho.gov or call the hotline number at (208) 522-0310 or (855) 533-3160 (toll free). The hotline is active Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has also started a statewide hotline. It can be reached by calling 888-330-3010, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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