Coronavirus classified as pandemic, no infections confirmed in Idaho

Posted at 5:28 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 19:28:20-04

BOISE, Idaho — The World Health Organization (WHO) now says COVID-19 can be classified as a pandemic. Idaho currently has zero confirmed infections, though 67 people have been tested through the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories.

Idaho Health and Welfare tells us they have the capability to test 800 to 1,000 people and are waiting for more test kits. As of Thursday, three commercial labs will be able to process COVID-19 tests in Idaho.

Worldwide, more than 120,000 people have contracted the virus. In Italy, over 2,000 new cases were reported overnight. Major universities like Ohio State and UCLA are canceling in-person classes. Boise State is doing a test run of online only classes this Friday.

San Francisco has banned public gathering of more than 1,000 people. Three counties in Washington state have set an even stricter limit at 250 people.

Treefort Music Festival has been postponed until September. Organizers made the announcement Wednesday morning and say the decision was not easy, but the top priority is always community safety. All tickets purchased for the March festival will be valid in September.

The Boise Veteran's Hospital is pre-screening everyone who enters the hospital. Patients are being advised to allow extra time when arriving for their appointments.

The Big Sky Conference tournament in Boise is going on right now. Tournament officials are wiping down railing with sanitizer. Team benches are also being cleaned before and after every game.

President Trump is going to address the country tonight. We will be live-streaming the conference on our Facebook page at 7.