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Crush the Curve Idaho opening two new testing sites as coronavirus cases climb

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Posted at 5:44 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 19:44:13-04

BOISE, Idaho — Crush the Curve Idaho is announcing plans to open two new Treasure valley testing sites as they prepare to respond to what could be a major spike in COVID-19 cases in the coming days and weeks.

The two new pop-up locations - in East Boise and the Eagle area - could up as early as this Friday, dependent on partnerships with medical providers and the state.

According to the non-profit organization, they've seen a large spike in people completing its online COVID-19 assessment questionnaire in the past few days, noting symptoms and/or recent exposure to an infected individual.

“Since launching the assessment in mid-April, we’ve had more than 40,000 people complete it,” said Tina Upson, Crush the Curve Idaho’s executive director. “So far this week, our daily number of viral assessments is more than double what we saw last week, which was double from the week before that. So, when we see a trend like this, we know we have to get ready to deploy more resources.”

The organization says there could be at least 1,600 new cases reported between June 24th and July 2. Based on its numbers, Crush the Curve Idaho expects the bulk of the testing need and potential spike in cases to hit the Treasure Valley.