The Canyon County Board of Commissioners issued the following statement today (March 13, 2020, 11:30 a.m.) regarding COVID-19:

“Although no cases of COVID-19 have yet been reported in Idaho, we have been actively monitoring that likelihood to prepare for a potential spread of the virus in Canyon County.  Our Emergency Management Coordinator is in close contact with state and local health officials, first responders, and other experts to ensure our plans rely on the most up-to-date information and advice available.

We believe the responsibility to stay informed and prepared in the face of uncertainty is a shared one.  For example, last week we implemented enhanced cleaning protocols at the Courthouse and all other County facilities to ensure that high-traffic areas are sterilized multiple times a day, but we rely as well on the common sense and hygiene practices of our patrons and employees.

In addition to the County’s role as an employer and a hub of government and judicial activity, we also provide for the daily care and medical needs of 450-plus inmates in our custody and control.  The Sheriff and Jail Commander have been working closely with our contracted Detention Center medical provider to establish additional screening and evaluation protocols in the facility that comply with the criteria and parameters established by the Southwest District Health Office, and we are confident in the recommendations of those experts.

We want the public to be assured that Canyon County and our partner agencies are approaching the coronavirus threat with both concern and calm.   We are planning for continuance of business operations, but are prepared to cease non-essential activities, postpone public meetings, and help prioritize or reschedule other events as necessary.”

Anyone with questions related to COVID-19 is encouraged to call the Southwest District Health Call Center at (208) 455-5411. The call center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Updated information can also be found by visiting www.coronavirus.idaho.gov.

***All March events at Fairgrounds have been postponed, click for more info.

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