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Coronavirus: Mobile food pantry making stops around Boise; Idaho reports 300 new cases

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Posted at 1:45 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 15:45:31-04

This article was originally published by Jacob Scholl in the Idaho Statesman.

St. Vincent de Paul’s mobile food pantry will be on the move throughout September to reach the Treasure Valley’s most vulnerable residents facing hunger during the coronavirus pandemic.

St. Vincent de Paul has worked with the Idaho Food Bank and area produce growers and grocers to feed Idahoans who are struggling.

The mobile food pantry will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on certain days at the following locations:

  • Sept. 10 at Oak Park Village Apartments, 2888 Cherry Lane, Boise.
  • Sept. 17 at Latah Village Apartments, 3905 W. Alpine St., Boise.
  • Sept. 24 at Brentwood Apartments, 3165 S. Apple St. Boise.

EAGLE TEEN CHOSEN FOR BALLET PROJECT INSPIRED BY COVID PANDEMIC

Kaya Jones, a 16-year-old Eagle resident, is one of 13 ballet dancers chosen to participate in a worldwide project paying tribute to the lives lost due to the coronavirus.

The ballet project, named Endless Spring 2020, was created by Russian ballet choreographer Alexandra Tokareva. The project is aimed at portraying the fear that accompanies seeing friends and family catching COVID-19.

The performance is available on YouTube, and can be viewed by going to www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLMmrAu2PJ0.

MCDONALD’S OFFERING FREE BREAKFAST FOR TEACHERS

From Sept. 7-11, McDonald’s restaurants in Southern Idaho and Ontario, Oregon, will offer free breakfast for teachers and educators.

The burger chain will give away a free “thank you” breakfast if you order through the McDonald’s app and present a valid school identification.

The one-time, free breakfast includes an egg McMuffin and a coffee or soft drink.

“We at McDonald’s are inspired each day by our teachers and their commitment to children in our communities,” said Dick Darmody, a Boise-area McDonald’s owner and operator, said in a news release.

OVER 300 COVID CASES REPORTED THURSDAY IN IDAHO

Health officials from Idaho’s seven health districts reported 302 new coronavirus cases on Thursday.

Included in those announcements was news of one new death: a man in his 60s from Bingham County, according to Southeastern Idaho Public Health. Idaho now has 375 coronavirus-related deaths.

Ada County reported the most new COVID-19 cases Thursday, adding 49 cases and bringing its total to 10,620.

Several other Idaho counties reported double-digit new cases Thursday, including Twin Falls (38 new), Bonneville (37), Bingham (28), Canyon (28), Kootenai (17), Bannock (16), Gem (15) and Payette (13).

As of Thursday, there are 30,838 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Idaho.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported one new “probable” case on Thursday, making that total 2,438. Of those with the virus, IDHW reports 15,787 people have recovered.

There have been 261,289 coronavirus tests administered statewide as of Thursday, with about 11.8% of those tests coming back positive.

All of Idaho’s 44 counties have reported coronavirus cases: Ada 10,620, Adams 24, Bannock 740, Bear Lake 40, Benewah 119, Bingham 589, Blaine 589, Boise 51, Bonner 214, Bonneville 1,563, Boundary 44, Butte 27, Camas 3, Canyon 6,927, Caribou 43, Cassia 533, Clark 17, Clearwater 21, Custer 34, Elmore 241, Franklin 56, Fremont 105, Gem 207, Gooding 206, Idaho 43, Jefferson 317, Jerome 554, Kootenai 2,217, Latah 240, Lemhi 52, Lewis 8, Lincoln 63, Madison 213, Minidoka 529, Nez Perce 291, Oneida 19, Owyhee 277, Payette 629, Power 150, Shoshone 196, Teton 110, Twin Falls 1,564, Valley 79 and Washington 274.

Community spread has been detected in the majority of Idaho counties: Ada, Bannock, Bear Lake, Benewah, Bingham, Blaine, Boise, Bonner, Bonneville, Boundary, Canyon, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Clearwater, Custer, Elmore, Fremont, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Jefferson, Jerome, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Oneida, Owyhee, Payette, Power, Shoshone, Teton, Twin Falls, Valley and Washington.