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COVID-19 community transmission detected in Washington County

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Posted at 6:47 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 20:47:20-04

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Idaho — Officials are confirming community spread of COVID-19 in Washington County after a new case couldn't be linked to existing cases in the county.

Washington County saw a sharp increase in cases in May which were all connected to known clusters of cases at workplaces and family events.

“The risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 is increasing in Washington County. Please do your part to help slow the spread of the virus.” said Nikki Zogg, Southwest District Health District Director.

Zogg urges residents to continue to practice COVID-19 risk reduction strategies including:

  • Staying home if sick, even when symptoms are mild.
  • Practicing physical-distancing (maintaining at least 6 feet between individuals).
  • Wearing a cloth face covering or mask when in public settings where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer.

Southwest District Health recently added a data dashboard to its website. The dashboard will be updated weekly and provides information such as symptom onset, case characteristics, and health care data for COVID-like illness. COVID-19 case counts for the six-county region SWDH serves are also available on the website and are updated by 7 p.m. on weekdays unless otherwise noted.

For more information on COVID-19 in Idaho, click here.

Residents who have questions may call the Southwest District Health COVID-19 call center at (208) 455-5411 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.