The Sun Valley Area Is Idaho's Coronavirus Hot Spot. Here's What's Been Going On.

Mar 26, 2020


Blaine County has been hit hard by the outbreak of COVID-19. Fourteen of the region's medical personnel -- including two emergency room doctors -- have contracted the virus. 

Brent Russell is one of those doctors. He works at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center in Ketchum, and isn't sure where he picked up the coronavirus. Dr. Russell is recovering at home and says he’s out of his “darkest days” of the illness. But his story is sobering. We learn more about his experience on Idaho Matters


And, we get the latest on Boise State Public Radio reporter Rachel Cohen who’s been covering the coronavirus in Blaine County. 

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