Spike in COVID cases causes concerns

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Posted at 4:19 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 09:51:10-04

IDAHO — As the state enters the final phase of Governor Brad Little's rebound plan, there has been a rise in positive COVID-19 cases.

On Tuesday, the state's total number of positive COVID-19 cases jumped up by 78 new cases. That's the highest amount of reported cases in one day since April.

Co-founder of Crush the Curve Idaho Tommy Ahlquist says he didn't expect a jump in cases like this until the fall.

"We're still not ready for what's happening, and it's only June," Ahlquist says.

He also believes the state needs a plan on what to do next.

"What we should have been doing, preparing, and having a very aggressive plan so when we have outbreaks, because we know we're going to have them, here is where we're going to get people tested and isolated," Ahlquist says.

He also says this plan should start with testing people who might have been exposed but are asymptomatic. Then, creating a plan to treat and isolate those who contract the virus.

With the recent spike of cases tied to bars in downtown Boise, social distancing and wearing a mask are the most recommended ways to protect yourself and others from exposure.

"Any place you are going to gather or be around each other, whether that's work or the bar or a protest or a vigil. Any time anyone's together, there is the chance of spreading this thing," Ahlquist says.

Although Idaho did enter the final rebound phase, the virus is still present. If you plan on going in public, remember to be socially aware of the people around you and practice social distancing and hygiene habits.