Idaho advances to Stage 3 as COVID-19 case counts, hospitalizations decline
BOISE - After weeks of declining COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations, Governor Brad Little announced Tuesday that statewide metrics justify returning to Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan.
"When we moved back to Stage 2 in November, case counts were spiking and hospitals were bracing for the worst. Today, thanks to our collective good efforts, those case counts are much lower and trending downward. Idaho now has one of the lowest rates of spread in the nation," Little said. "However, moving forward to Stage 3 is not a signal to let up on our collective good efforts. Idaho has the strongest economy in the nation and the most financially solvent state budget. Let's keep it that way. We must stay vigilant."
Idaho is surrounded by states that have detected a more contagious variant strain of COVID-19, and health officials say it is only a matter of time before it is discovered in Idaho. Early indications show the COVID-19 vaccine will protect against the variant strains, highlighting the need for Idahoans to choose to get vaccinated to protect lives, the healthcare system, and the economy.
Under the Stage 3 Stay Healthy Guidelines:
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