St. Luke's doctor says social distancing is paying off

Posted at 3:53 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 09:49:48-04

BOISE, Idaho — This week is considered the Pearl Harbor of our national coronavirus fight. However, while the surgeon general is focused on several hot spots where the death toll is expected to be high, there appears to be some good news for Idaho.

It looks like good social distancing may be paying off in the state. We spoke with Dr. Kenny Bramwell at St. Luke's who says we need to keep up the effort.

"What I want to know is certainly the importance of social distancing and the effectiveness so far," said Dr. Bramwell. "We've seen a drop in the rate of new cases which is the first good news we've had in weeks. So the stuff we're doing locally seems to be working, which is outstanding.

Dr. Bramwell says he is puzzled by state legislators from northern Idaho, who would challenge the governor's power to issue a statewide stay-at-home order. More importantly, doctors say the threat of the coronavirus is urgent and social distancing is saving lives.