Idaho reports 3 deaths related to COVID-19

Idaho reports 3 deaths related to COVID-19

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BOISE — The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and two local public health districts are reporting the state’s first deaths related to COVID-19.

Deceased are the following:

  • A man over 60 from Blaine County. It is not clear whether he had underlying health issues
  • A man over 80 from Blaine County. It is not clear whether he had underlying health issues
  • A man over 70 from Canyon County with underlying health issues

“This is very sad news, and we send our condolences to the families and friends of each of these individuals,” Elke Shaw-Tulloch, administrator for the Division of Public Health in DHW, said Thursday. “This underscores the importance of Gov. Little’s order to stay home — we all have to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”

Gov. Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order and signed an extreme emergency declaration Wednesday. The stay-home order was effective immediately and in place for 21 days. The Governor and public health officials will assess whether to extend the order near the end of the 21-day period. The official order, a list of essential services, and an FAQ are available on

As of 5 p.m. March 26, Idaho has confirmed at least 189 cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

In south-central Idaho there are 86 cases in Blaine County, one in Twin Falls County and one in Cassia County.

The state’s lab has tested 1,276 people and private labs have tested an additional 1,581.

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Blaine County commissioners are urging residents not to travel outside Blaine County for casual travel and recreation, hotel stays, shopping and other activities that are not defined as essential under the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare Self-Isolation Order.

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