Idaho Governor Brad Little Wednesday issued a stay home order for the Gem State, mandating that nonessential businesses close and the state’s residents to stay home unless necessary in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The move, along with limiting gatherings to 10 people, is similar to that of Washington and the mandated orders previously enacted by the cities of Boise and Moscow.
Little says the order goes into effect immediately and lasts three weeks, at which point the situation will be reassessed.
The long list of essential businesses is available online at coronavirus.idaho.gov.
All nonessential businesses will close their physical locations, including bars, gyms, and recreational facilities.
Governor Little also announced he is signing an extreme emergency declaration for the state of Idaho.
Idaho public health officials are reporting that at least 92 people are confirmed to have COVID-19.
Officials say 40 of those cases are in Blaine County in central Idaho, which includes the resort communities of Ketchum and Sun Valley.
Ada County, which totals 24 cases, reported its first case of community spread coronavirus, meaning it was transmitted within the county rather than through travel or other confirmed cases. Ada and Blaine are the only two counties so far with confirmed community spread.
At least one case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in 14 of Idaho’s 44 counties.