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Corona Virus, COVID-19 Updates

Dear Readers: I have added this page and special menu bar link to give you the latest information I have on the COVID-19. Novel Coronavirus, particularly as it relates to the people of Clearwater Country. I have received, followed and researched a great deal of information on the pandemic and want to share with you what I feel will be the most factual and helpful information on the situation. While I don't feel there is a need for panic, there is a need for timely, clear, accurate information from responsible news sources, because knowledge is power. For that reason, all the articles and resources are fully open with no need for a subscription. I will be adding new as well as historical information.

See closures, postponements and cancellations, as well as helpful links below:

3-30-20
Increased safety measures Clearwater Valley and St. Marys hospitals, clinics
"As a result of confirmed communal cases in Idaho County and the school district closures, we are taking increased precautions at St. Mary's and Clearwater Valley Hospitals & Clinics to protect staff and patients in regards to COVID-19," says Steve Frei, Director of Ancillary Services, SMH/ CVHC. See the article and photo...

3-30-20
Nez Perce County has five newly confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus
LEWISTON - Public Health -Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) has confirmed the five newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Nez Perce County. See the report...

3-30-20
Governor signs new executive orders, proclamation to further position Idaho to overcome coronavirus challenge
BOISE - Governor Brad Little's latest executive orders and proclamation will boost funds available for Idaho's coronavirus response, manage the impact of the crisis on the state budget, and help the thousands of Idahoans suddenly unemployed due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). See the article...

3-30-20
If you need to travel on an airplane
What is the risk of getting COVID-19 on an airplane? See the column...

3-28-20

School district navigating new waters with closures, COVID-19
As we continue to navigate through new waters, I want to thank each and every one of you for holding true to your professional obligations while dealing with everything else we call life See the article....

3-28-20

UI Extension reschedules workshops, delivering 4-H, other programs in alternate ways
While we have rescheduled our University of Idaho Extension workshops that were to be held in March and April until late May and June, we are developing the ability to deliver our programs and information by alternate means in case we are not able to have in-person meetings by the rescheduled dates. See the article...

3-28-20

Idaho initial claims for unemployment insurance increased 1,200 percent
BOISE - Idaho workers laid off due to the coronavirus filed 13,341 new claims for unemployment insurance benefits during the week of March 15-21, up 12,310 for a 1,200 percent increase over the previous week. See the article...

Breaking news (3-27-20, 4:30 p.m.)
Nez Perce Tribe issues 'Stay At Home' order for Nez Perce Reservation
LAPWAI- Based on several confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the region, the Nez Perce Tribe has elected to enact a Stay-At-Home Order for the Nez Perce Reservation effective immediately until further notice. See the info...

Breaking news (3-27-20, 2:55 p.m.)
First death associated with COVID-19 confirmed in Nez Perce County
LEWISTON - Public Health -Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) has confirmed the first death associated with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Nez Perce County. See the report...

3-27-20
Public asked to refrain from nonessential open burning
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and the Nez Perce Tribe on their reservation remind the public to refrain from all nonessential open burning activities as communities respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. See the article...

3-27-20
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests close developed recreation sites
KAMIAH - Effective March 28, all developed campgrounds and certain other recreation sites on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have been closed indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff. See the article...

3-26-20
Idaho reports 3 deaths related to COVID-19
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and two local public health districts are reporting the state's first deaths related to COVID-19. See the info...

3-26-20
Coronavirus: What CVHC is doing, what the public can do to slow the spread
COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation that requires increased planning and effort from all members of our communities. See the article and photo...

3-26-20
VFW office, bar closed, event postponed or cancelled
Veterans of Foreign Wars Harold Kinne Post #3296 office and bar are currently closed and will remain so until Governor Brad Little's 'Stay Home' order is lifted. See the article...

3-26-20
IDFG offices to close starting March 27 except by appointment
Consistent with the Governor's statewide, stay-at-home order to aid in reducing the spread of Covid-19 in the community, Idaho Department of Fish and Game public offices will close March 27 through April 15. See the article...

3-26-20
Three new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Nez Perce County
LEWISTON - Public Health -Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) has confirmed three new cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Nez Perce County. See the report...

Breaking news (3-25-20, 8 p.m.)
Governor Little issues statewide stay-home order, signs extreme emergency declaration
BOISE - Following the guidance of Idaho's public health experts, Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order Wednesday for all Idahoans. See the info...

3-25-20
First positive case of Novel Coronavirus in Idaho County confirmed
LEWISTON - Public Health -Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in an adult in their 70s in Idaho County. See the info...

3-25-20
Clearwater County Ambulance Service shares COVID-19 awareness, prevention info
As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, Clearwater County Ambulance Service (CCAS) would like to remind the public of a few key elements to help protect yourself and your first responders. See the article...

3-25-20
School facilities close to staff, except food service
Beginning at 11:30 am Thursday, March 26 all Joint School District #171 buildings will be closed to all personnel, except for food staff and support staff delivering meals. See the article...

3-25-20
Clearwater Memorial Public Library shuts down due to COVID-19 pandemic
Clearwater Memorial Public Library is shut down for all patron services and will no longer be offering curbside services due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. See the article...

3-25-20
County courthouse, satellite offices closed to public
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, the Clearwater County Courthouse and satellite offices are closed to the public. See the article...

3-24-20
SEL learns that employee tested positive for COVID-19
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) learned late Tuesday that a Lewiston employee received a positive COVID-19 test.

Breaking news (3-24-20, 7:15 p.m.)
North Central District Health Department announces first positive case of COVID-19
LEWISTON -- Public Health-North Central District (PH-INCD) has confirmed the first positive case of in an adult under the age of 60 in Nez Perce County. See the announcement...

Breaking news (3-24-20, 1:25 p.m.)
Orofino Council approves resolution declaring State of Emergency
Orofino's Mayor and City Council met in an unscheduled city council meeting Monday and adopted Resolution 20-490 which declares a State of Local Emergency as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. See the info...

3-24-20
School District providing meals for students during closure
I just wanted to give you a quick update Joint School District #171 food service department will be providing meals to families with children during the school closure. See the article...

3-20-20
School district providing positive services for students
After a short period of time we are proud to announce the positive services we are providing for the students and communities. See the article...

3-20-20
Governor to hold telephone town hall Tuesday
Governor Brad Little will host a statewide AARP telephone town hall Tuesday to provide information and answer questions regarding coronavirus in Idaho. See the article...

3-20-20
Avista enhances operational, community response amid outbreak
SPOKANE, WA -- Avista has implemented additional measures to enhance the Company's operational and community response amid the Coronavirus outbreak. See the article...

3-20-20
Clearwater Power temporarily suspending electric disconnections
Clearwater Power has made the decision to temporarily suspend electric disconnections for homes and small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. See the article...

3-20-20
Public Health, IDHW update guidance for mass gatherings, public events
LEWISTON - Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the seven local Public Health Districts have developed guidance for event and venue managers to assist with decisions regarding mass gatherings and public events during the COVID-19 pandemic. See the article...

3-19-20
Emergency Declaration issued for Clearwater County due to COVID-19.
In a special meeting held telephonically Thursday morning, Clearwater County Commission Chairman Rick Winkel issued an Emergency Declaration, including an economic impact statement, due to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus in the state and region. See the article...

3-19-20
Orofino City Council meeting March 24 cancelled due to COVID-19
Orofino Mayor Ryan Smathers in a memo sent out Friday said that the next City Council meeting scheduled for March 24 has been cancelled. See the info...

3-19-20
County provides information on courthouse operations
At the present time, the Clearwater County Courthouse and Department of Motor Vehicle Offices (both vehicle license and driver license) are open with business as usual, but are subject to closure at any time. See the article...

3-19-20
Corps closing all Walla Walla District Visitor Centers
WALLA WALLA, WA -At this time, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close all Visitor Centers in the Walla Walla District. See the article...

3-18-20
Two more novel coronavirus cases reported in south central Idaho
South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) have confirmed two additional cases of novel coronavirus in south central Idaho. See the report...

3-18-20
CVH shares information on slowing the spread: of Coronavirus
"You may be hearing a lot of different information about the severity of the coronavirus in different countries," explains Dr. Kelly McGrath, Chief Medical Officer, Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics. See the article...

3-18-20
Orofino Senior Mealsite to be closed, meals will be delivered to seniors
Orofino's Senior Mealsite found out Tuesday that they will be closed for an undefined amount of time due to concerns about Coronavirus transmission, according to Deryl Ketchum, president of Clearwater County Senior Citizens, Inc. See the article...

3-18-20
Court in reduced operation to lessen spread of COVID-19
The 2nd Judicial District Court Operational Plan for the COVID-19 pandemic was provided by the 2nd District Administrative Judge, Jay Gaskill to the Clearwater County Clerk and Commissioner, as of March 16 stating all 2nd District Courts are elevated to Level 2: Reduced Operations. See the article...

Breaking news (3-17-20, noon)
Schools in Joint School District #171 closing beginning Wednesday
Joint School District #171 will be closing indefinitely beginning Wednesday, March 18. See the report...

3-17-20
Clearwater Memorial Public Library closed to foot traffic, curbside service available
Due to the Coronavirus, Clearwater Memorial Public Library is closed to all foot traffic, until further notice. See the artucke,,,

3-17-20
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare confirms 9th Coronavirus case in state
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has confirmed the ninth Coronavirus case in the state, the fourth in Blaine County. See the report...

3-15-20, 4:15 p.m.
Garrett shares information from Idaho School Boards Association call on COVID-19
After hours of technical difficulties, we finally got the word from the meeting scheduled this morning. See the info...

3-14-20, 7:22 p.m.
Idaho reports three additional cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a total of 5
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, in conjunction with the affected local public health districts, is announcing an additional three cases of novel coronavirus infection in Idaho, bringing the total to five. See the report...

3-14-20, 1:44 p.m.
Idaho's second case of novel coronavirus reported
BLAINE COUNTY - South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) have confirmed a positive case in south central Idaho of novel coronavirus in a female over the age of 50. See the report...

3-14-20, 12:58 p.m.
Joint School District No. 171 is addressing concerns about the coronavirus in relation to students, staff and the community. See the letter...

3-13-20, 5:40 p.m.
First case of novel Coronavirus in Idaho has been confirmed
Idaho Governor Brad Little joined Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and Central District Health (CDH) in a news conference Friday afternoon to confirm the first positive Idaho case of novel coronavirus in a woman over the age of 50 in Ada County. See the report...

3-12-20
Here are FAQs from Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics. See their ad...

3-11-20
Gardner: Stay informed, Stay calm, Wash your hands
Don Gardner, Clearwater County Emergency Management, is advising local residents to 'Stay informed, stay calm and wash your hands'. See the info...

Cancellations, closures and postponements:

3-27-20
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests close developed recreation sites
KAMIAH - Effective March 28, all developed campgrounds and certain other recreation sites on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have been closed indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff. See the article...

Clearwater Historical Museum is closed until further notice.

3-26-20
VFW office, bar closed, event postponed or cancelled
Veterans of Foreign Wars Harold Kinne Post #3296 office and bar are currently closed and will remain so until Governor Brad Little's 'Stay Home' order is lifted. See the article...

3-26-20
IDFG offices to close starting March 27 except by appointment
Consistent with the Governor's statewide, stay-at-home order to aid in reducing the spread of Covid-19 in the community, Idaho Department of Fish and Game public offices will close March 27 through April 15. See the article...

3-25-20
County courthouse, satellite offices closed to public
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, the Clearwater County Courthouse and satellite offices are closed to the public. See the article...

3-25-20
School facilities close to staff, except food service
Beginning at 11:30 am Thursday, March 26 all Joint School District #171 buildings will be closed to all personnel, except for food staff and support staff delivering meals. See the article...

3-25-20
Clearwater Memorial Public Library shuts down due to COVID-19 pandemic
Clearwater Memorial Public Library is shut down for all patron services and will no longer be offering curbside services due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. See the article...

Breaking news (3-24-20, 1:25 p.m.)
Orofino Council approves resolution declaring State of Emergency
Orofino's Mayor and City Council met in an unscheduled city council meeting Monday and adopted Resolution 20-490 which declares a State of Local Emergency as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. See the info...

3-19-20
Orofino City Council meeting March 24 cancelled due to COVID-19
Orofino Mayor Ryan Smathers in a memo sent out Friday said that the next City Council meeting scheduled for March 24 has been cancelled. See the info...

3-18-20
Court in reduced operation to lessen spread of COVID-19
The 2nd Judicial District Court Operational Plan for the COVID-19 pandemic was provided by the 2nd District Administrative Judge, Jay Gaskill to the Clearwater County Clerk and Commissioner, as of March 16 stating all 2nd District Courts are elevated to Level 2: Reduced Operations. See the article...

3-18-20
Orofino Senior Mealsite to be closed, meals will be delivered to seniors
Orofino's Senior Mealsite found out Tuesday that they will be closed for an undefined amount of time due to concerns about Coronavirus transmission, according to Deryl Ketchum, president of Clearwater County Senior Citizens, Inc. See the article...

Breaking news (3-17-20, noon)
Schools in Joint School District #171 closing beginning Wednesday
Joint School District #171 will be closing indefinitely beginning Wednesday, March 18. See the report...

3-17-20
Clearwater Memorial Public Library closed to foot traffic, curbside service available
Due to the Coronavirus, Clearwater Memorial Public Library is closed to all foot traffic, until further notice. See the artucke,,,

3-17-20
Clearwater Writers Guild cancels March meeting
Clearwater Writers Guild is cancelling their meeting Thursday, March 26. See the article...

3-17-20
City of Orofino Planning and Zoning meetins are cancelled until further notice.

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