MCCALL, Idaho — Officials in McCall are issuing travel advisories ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. The city says community spread of the coronavirus was identified in Valley County on June 25 and cases have more than tripled in two weeks.
Central District Health (CDH) and St. Luke's McCall are not able to disclose the number of positive tests, but both expressed support of city leaders in their attempt to educate on proven strategies and stop the spread of COVID-19.
“We feel as though we are in the dark here in McCall, we’ve asked for help, but we realize we are on our own. As leaders we need to take action to protect our community,” said Mayor Bob Giles. “We need to let our neighbors know we value them, and our visitors know we welcome them, but in their masks.”
In a special meeting held on June 30, McCall City Council received updates and questions of CDH, St. Luke's McCall and staff in order to make important choices on how to keep the city and residents safe. They will be meeting again on July 1 at 5 p.m. to discuss the possibility of a resolution in support of mask-wearing in indoor public spaces along with other approaches, which Central District Health agreed to support.
“As we approach Fourth of July weekend, and see swells with thousands more visiting, it’s more important than ever to let our visitors know we love this place and need their help to protect it, said Giles.”
McCall is open to travelers but mask-wearing is encouraged. This year, there will not the usual fireworks show, outdoor movie night, or a Lakeside Liberty Fest, but the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce will share a fun guide to include activities, special recipes and a Shop Local section to guide visitors.
Payette Lake is open for boating, swimming, fish or other outdoor activities. Businesses may have protective protocols in place, such as mask-wearing or curbside service. No alcohol is allowed within lake front parks during the holiday weekend.