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Idaho staying in stage four for another two weeks, approves $2.56 million in coronavirus relief for Idaho Foodbank

Posted at 12:12 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 20:29:47-04

BOISE, Idaho — Gov. Brad Little announced Idaho will remain in stage four for another two weeks at a press conference Friday.

Idaho will stay in stage four due to the number of hospital admissions for both suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients as it is higher than the established metric, according to a news release from Little.

“Our statewide metrics tell us our efforts to preserve healthcare capacity and slow the spread of coronavirus are working. Canyon, Ada, Kootenai, Bonneville, and Twin Falls counties continue to be hot spots for virus activity, and I support mayors and public health officials in their decisions to mitigate spread at the local level,” Little said in a statement.

Little also announced a $2.56 million coronavirus relief fund for the Idaho Foodbank to help the foodbank meet the needs during the pandemic.

“The demand for food assistance is on the rise, and I want to commend The Idaho Foodbank, its staff, and all its supporters for rising to the challenge this year,” Little said in the release.

Of the programs the Idaho Foodbank supports, many are partnerships with schools where backpack food programs and school pantries help feed students throughout the week and on the weekends, according to the release.

You can watch the press conference below: