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Twin Falls man youngest to die from COVID-19

The man had underlying health conditions
WHO: Coronavirus may never go away
Posted at 4:30 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 18:30:47-04

TWIN FALLS COUNTY, Idaho — South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) says a man in his 20s, has died from a COVID-19 related illness in Twin Falls County. This is the youngest fatality connected with the disease in Idaho so far.

“This is a terrible reminder that even our young people are not immune to complications from this disease,” said Tanis Maxwell, SCPHD Epidemiologist. “Many of our young people will bounce back, but some will be hit hard by this disease. These are the people, the vulnerable of all ages, that we are trying to protect when we encourage everyone to take daily precautions.”

The individual had an underlying condition that made him high-risk for a severe case of COVID-19.

“Some of these conditions that place people in our community at high risk aren’t obvious to the people around them. Conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or lung problems can be invisible to the public and are more common than you might imagine,” said Maxwell. “That’s why taking steps to protect everyone around us from any illness we might be carrying is such an important step in slowing the spread of this disease and saving lives.”

Public Health officials encourage everyone to keep six feet from people outside their household, wear face coverings in public spaces, wash their hands regularly and isolate immediately if you show symptoms of an illness.

SCPHD is running two COVID-19 informational hotlines, one in English at (208) 737-1138, and one in Spanish, at (208) 737-5965. These hotlines are currently running from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.