Boise Mayor holding COVID-19 briefing with local health executives

Posted at 2:54 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 13:12:58-05

BOISE, Idaho — Boise Mayor Lauren McLean held a briefing on COVID-19 in Idaho featuring local medical health executives from St. Luke's, Saint Alphonsus and Primary Health Medical Group. The briefing addressed the current state of COVID-19 for the above organizations and in Boise.

"Boise will use the tools we have to prevent the spread of COVID-19," says Mayor Lauren McLean. "We want the public involved. Everyone should see how and why we are making these decisions. Moving forward, we will look to regional partners to help in this pursuit. Public health and safety are the primary goals."

The following people attended the briefing:

  • Mayor Lauren McLean
  • Dr. Jim Souza, chief medical officer for St. Luke's Health System
  • Odette Bolano President & CEO, Saint Alphonsus Health System
  • David Peterman, M.D. CEO at Primary Health Medical Group
  • Dr. Steve Nemerson, Chief Clinical Officer, Saint Alphonsus

"If each of us – as citizens - do not take action and do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our capacity to provide healthcare services is at stake." Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Souza, St. Luke's Health System. "This scenario is entirely preventable if we all act together."

Mayor McLean said towards the end of the briefing that the City of Boise is working on a plan that will "enable us to protect the public through enforcement of orders. It might be that the orders look a little different than they did."

She did not expand further on how they may look different but said an announcement related to city services is expected within the week.