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Here’s How The State Of Idaho Is Preparing For COVID-19

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Aubrey Holland, performs tests at the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories on Monday, March 2, 2020, in Miami, where the COVID-19 virus is being tested at the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories.

 

Last week, we spoke to the former head of St. Luke’s health system about how hospitals are preparing for COVID-19, or the coronavirus. There are no coonfirmed cases of the virus in the state yet, but state officials are preparing for that to change. 

 

Recent cases — and six deaths from a senior citizen facility in Washington state — have many Idahoans on edge. But when it comes to testing, Idaho is in better shape than other states. 

 

Until as late as last week, only the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and six state labs — including one in Idaho — could test patients for coronavirus, Peter Kyriacopoulos, the Director of Public Policy at the Association of Public Health Laboratories, told ProPublica

 

To learn more about what our state is doing to prepare, Idaho Matters is joined by state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn and epidemiologist Lindsay Haskellan with the Central District Health Department. 

 

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Samantha Wright is a news reporter and producer for Idaho Matters.
Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!