Idaho Governor Little Says Health Threat Varies Across The State

Mar 23, 2020

Governor Brad Little of Idaho.
Credit Otto Kitsinger / AP

In interviews and at a press conference on Monday, Idaho governor Brad Little was eager to enlist the public’s help in slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus. But he described the need for different approaches across the state.

Governor Little said the current threat of COVID-19 varies across Idaho and the state was adhering to federal CDC health guidelines. Those include his suggestion last week for residents to avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more

But reports of Idahoans ignoring that have been widespread. Still, the governor wasn't interested in making this a statewide mandate, saying, "My health districts and Department of Health and Welfare don't necessarily have a police force."

Little worries about the severity of the coronavirus in the Wood River Valley, where there are cases of “community spread,“ but believes the state is taking appropriate measures. He said, "Our goal is to stop the spread. Our goal is not more and more regulations."

He said it's important for anyone in the state who is not feeling well to isolate themselves at home. And for the elderly to take special care to practice physical distancing.

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