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Third case of novel coronavirus confirmed in south central Idaho

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Posted at 10:07 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 12:18:34-04

IDAHO — South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare confirms a third positive case of novel coronavirus in south central Idaho.

SCPHD says the new case is confirmed in a woman over the age of 50. She's recovering well in her home under isolation and was not hospitalized. The patient self-isolated as soon as she began showing symptoms. So far, an investigation has not linked the case with two other cases previously reported in Blaine County. A point of transmission is still being investigated.

SCPHD's epidemiology team has been working around the clock to identity any people who may have been exposed in all three confirmed cases and monitor them for symptoms.

“So far none of the people exposed to the virus by our first three cases have shown symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19,” said Hudson. “But we need people to vigilant. If you are sick it’s a good idea to self-isolate until you are healthy again. If you are showing symptoms of this coronavirus call your doctor and ask if you should be evaluated for a test.”

South Central Public Health District is now running two hotlines for information about COVID-19. One in English at (208) 737-1138, and one in Spanish, at (208) 737-5965. These hotlines are currently running from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

SCPHD will continue to issue press releases for significant updates related to the pandemic and the first case in each new county. However, South Central Public Health District will no longer announce individual cases of COVID-19 in Blaine County in press releases. Please refer here for the latest local numbers and here for Idaho-specific information.