The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has now resulted in more than 75,000 confirmed cases in China. Thousands of cases across 46 other countries have also been reported, including the United States.
The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020. Current COVID-19 U.S. case counts can be found HERE on the CDC's website. There are ongoing investigations to learn more.
View CDC Situation Summaries HERE.
Idaho remains at zero confirmed cases of novel coronavirus. Public health officials and community partners are monitoring this outbreak closely and are coordinating and communicating accordingly.
Though COVID-19 is a new (novel) coronavirus, disease outbreaks are not new territory in public health, and Central District Health has response plans, relationships and agreements in place within our jurisdiction to respond accordingly. A big part of that is working with community partners – from county emergency managers, to area hospitals, law enforcement, first responders, local and state public health, our year-round relationships and planning for potential outbreaks are critical in times like this, where an outbreak can rapidly change direction.
Public health officials want people to be aware so they can take appropriate precautions. We’re asking people to follow steps they may already be taking for flu – stay home if you’re sick, avoid sick people, and cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue (not your hands). Wash your hands frequently, especially after you have been in the public and touched door handles, stair railings, money, grocery carts, elevator buttons, and other items that lots of other people may also have touched.