Ada County moves back to stage three

Posted at 1:18 PM, Jun 22, 2020

UPDATE: Central District Health Department held an emergency meeting on Friday to undo some missteps made earlier in the week. According to CDH attorney Mike Kane, the previous order moving Ada County back to Stage 3 of the reopening process was void because of not abiding by the public meeting law.

In order to rectify the situation, board members were forced to repeal the order in question and issue a new order in the public meeting. The measure passed.

ORIGINAL STORY: Ada County is moving back to a modified stage 3 of Idaho Rebounds as COVID-19 cases rise once again.

RELATED: Idaho must meet these criteria during Stage 4 of reopening. Here’s where we stand.

The Central District Health Department announced Monday that Ada County will move to stage 3 of the staggered reopening of businesses after a rush of new cases in the Treasure Valley.

Idaho was moved into stage 4 on June 11, allowing for bars and dine-in restaurants to reopen, along with movie theaters and senior living centers, large venues, night clubs, and gatherings greater than 50 people.

But, after the weekend saw confirmed COVID-19 cases swell to 4,254 as of Monday, with a large portion of those cases coming from Ada County, health officials decided to pull the trigger on re-adding safeguards to try and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Stage three mainly restricts what businesses can stay open. Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited, bars and nightclubs are closed, and large venues will close as well.

As for travel, non-essential travel is allowed to areas that don't have ongoing transmission. However, a 14-day quarantine is encouraged.

Those who are considered vulnerable or immuno-compromised should self-quarantine if possible.

This is a developing story we'll update this article as details become available.

For more information, click here for Idaho's Coronavirus Rebound website.