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First Cassia County COVID-19 case confirmed

First Cassia County COVID-19 case confirmed


BURLEY — The public health district announced Monday that the first COVID-19 case in Cassia County has been confirmed.

A woman over the age of 70 has been hospitalized, the South Central Public Health District said in a statement.

She was likely exposed to the coronavirus by travelers from areas with community spread, the statement said. The travelers visited the woman’s home.


In addition to the Cassia County case, Idaho’s tally of people with coronavirus grew elsewhere Monday. Bannock County reported its first two cases, Ada and Canyon counties both saw increases and Blaine County’s count grew by 15 reported cases.

That lifted the statewide count of confirmed cases to at least 77.

Ada County’s caseload grew from 13 to 20 on Monday, and Canyon County confirmed two more cases.

In Bannock County, home to Pocatello and Idaho State University, health officials confirmed its first two cases. Both are men in their 30s with a history of travel, and they are both recovering at home.

Blaine County now has 36 reported cases of coronavirus, according to South Central Public Health District’s website. That’s grown significantly since Sunday, when the health district was reporting 21 cases in the county.

The state’s website updates the number of cases of novel coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, every day at 5 p.m. Some public health districts update their own numbers at different times.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little urges the public to implement these initiatives through March 31 to slow the spread of the virus.

Work or engage in school from home when possible, avoid social gatherings or groups of more than 10 people, avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants or food courts, where you can’t achieve social distancing, instead use pick-up, drive-thru or delivery options, avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips or social visits, cancel trips to retirement, long-term care facilities or nursing homes unless you are providing critical assistance.

The Idaho Statesman contributed to this report.

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