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03/26/2020 04:30pm **UPDATED 5:00pm**

Boise, ID - The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) and two local public health districts are reporting the state’s first deaths related to COVID-19. Two from individuals from Blaine County and another from Canyon County, all were reported to be over the age of 60 with possible underlying health conditions. The state count of confirmed cases has risen to 189 as of 5pm according to the state website.

Elke Shaw Tulloch, an administrator for the Division of Public Health said that   “This is very sad news, and we send our condolences to the families and friends of each of these individuals. We all have to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”

Gov. Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order and signed an extreme emergency declaration on Wednesday. The stay-home order was put in to effect immediately and will be in place for 21 days. The Governor and public health officials will assess whether to extend the order near the end of the 21-day period which would be April 14th. 

Little, along with IDHW Director Dave Jeppesen and State Epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn will host another press conference tonight to answer questions about COVID-19 which will air live on Idaho Public Television at 8 p.m. and it will also be available online at https://www.idahoptv.org/shows/idahoinsession/governor/
 

The governor also plans to host another press conference tomorrow at 12pm to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the state budget and resources for businesses and the suddenly unemployed due to COVID-19 amid skyrocking unemployment numbers.

 

Salt Lake City, Utah --  Salt Lake City valley experienced a 5.7 earthquake, centered in Magna UT, just after 7am this morning; the largest earthquake to hit the area since 1992.