Canyon County also sees rise in COVID-19 cases

Posted at 5:03 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 19:03:35-04

NAMPA, Idaho — The largest city in Canyon County also sees a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Mayor Debbie Kling says it is concerning watching the positive number of cases go up, but their hospitalization rates have stayed down.

"I'm really pleased to see that we're not getting a spike in the hospitalizations. This is a swelling number, but the hospitalization rates are still good," Kling says.

Mayor Kling also encourages everyone in Canyon County to follow Southwest District Health's guidelines, which include social distancing and washing your hands.

"If you don't want to wear a mask, if you don't even think it's necessary, please just keep on distancing and keep your hands washed. Do everything you can do. Again, this is for our economy," Kling says.

Also, significant events and certain sporting events are postponed to keep the community healthy.

"If its local they are playing, if it's out of state, we will be working with South West District Health to get their blessing on those tournaments to make sure that we're not doing anything that would compromise the safety of the community," Kling says.

Local businesses and restaurants are also taking extra precautions and following guidelines to keep customers and staff healthy.

Brick 29 in downtown Nampa has limited their capacity to 45% and increased their sanitation practices.

"Our concerns obviously are that it will start affecting this area a little bit more, Canyon County and Nampa area, to the point where we have to shut down," front house manager, Jared Allen says.

Allen says at Brick 29, they always try to lead by example and follow any order put out by the county.