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Idaho City Officials Take Different Approaches After Conference With Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

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Boise City Council President Elaine Clegg is self-isolating after learning about two people who tested positive for coronavirus were at a conference she attended earlier this month.

Boise City Council President Elaine Clegg said she is self-isolating after learning of two confirmed cases of coronavirus at the National League of Cities annual Congressional Cities Conference, which she attended earlier this month.

 

As soon as she was notified of the possibility for exposure, Clegg said in a press release, she has not interacted with anyone outside of her household and is following recommendations from the CDC to self-quarantine. She has not experienced any symptoms and plans to stay isolated until March 24.

The Mayor of Twin Falls Suzanne Hawkins was also at the Washington, D.C. conference, and is not self-isolating at this time.

Hawkins said she only learned about the confirmed cases on Wednesday, but because she had been traveling, she said she had been limiting her interactions with others and had been taking other precautions like monitoring her temperature every day.

"I knew because I traveled, I needed to be extra cautious," Hawkins said.

Hawkins works at Edward Jones, a financial advising firm, which has stopped in-person client meetings due to the coronavirus. She said she works with one to two people during the day.

The Association of Idaho Cities would not provide a list of other Idaho city officials who attended the conference in time for deadline.

Find reporter Rachel Cohen on Twitter @racheld_cohen

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