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UPDATE: Fourth coronavirus case confirmed in Blaine County, 9 total in Idaho
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UPDATE: Fourth coronavirus case confirmed in Blaine County, 9 total in Idaho

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HAILEY — A fourth case of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, has been confirmed in Blaine County.

It’s the second case in the county announced Tuesday.

The first of Tuesday’s announcements was a woman over the age of 50 who is recovering at home under isolation and was not hospitalized, the South Central Public Health District said in a Tuesday morning statement. She self-isolated as soon as she began showing symptoms.

The case so far has not been linked to the two earlier cases in Blaine County and the point of transmission remains under investigation, the district said.

The second of the day’s new cases is a woman over the age of 80. She is recovering well in a hospital isolation unit, the health district said. The point of transmission is under investigation.

There are now nine confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Idaho.

One of the other new cases announced Tuesday is a woman under 50 in the Central Health District’s area. She is recovering well in her home under isolation and indicated experiencing mild symptoms that did not require hospitalization, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said. This case has no known association with Ada County’s previously identified cases and an investigation is currently underway to identify potential contact risk exposures. It is strongly believed that the acquisition of this illness is travel related.

The other new case Tuesday is a Brigham Young University-Idaho student in Madison county. The patient, who is in his 20s, recently traveled out of state and did not require hospitalization.

The South Central Public Health District said its epidemiology team has been working around the clock to identify any people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 by the first three Blaine County 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 Logan Hudson, the health district’s Family and Children’s Health Division administrator. “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 open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The health department said it will continue to post updates on coronavirus cases, but due to the increasing number of cases will no longer send individual updates for every diagnosis. The latest information will be available on the health district website at phd5.idaho.gov/coronavirus and coronavirus.idaho.gov for statewide information.

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