Governor Brad Little announced last week that Idaho will rollback to a modified Stage 2 of the Idaho Rebounds plan.

Governor Little also signed an executive order that will mobilize the Idaho National Guard to help in the pandemic response.

Governor Little said that despite the rollback due to an increase of COVID-19 cases throughout the state and its impact on the healthcare system, the new order does not mean Idaho’s economy is on lockdown.

The mobilization of the Idaho National Guard calls for 100 members to be called to active duty to assist with mobile testing, medical facility decontamination, COVID-19 screenings and planning and logistics support.

The mobilization of the National Guard is set to last for 30 days unless renewed by the governor.

Under the new statewide Stage 2 public health order:

• Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. This does not pertain to religious or political expression. Physical distancing is required for all gatherings.

• All Idahoans are encouraged to telework whenever possible and feasible

• At-risk Idahoans should self-isolate

• Masks continue to be required at long-term care facilities.

• Bars, nightclubs, and restaurants continue to operate with seating only.

• Churches and businesses will remain open under the new public health order though business owners and congregations are recommended to follow protocols that will minimize transmission of the virus. Those protocols can be found at Rebound.Idaho.gov.

At the time of this report, Panhandle Health has reported 222 cases of COVID-19 in Benewah County. Benewah County also remains in the moderate risk level for coronavirus spread.

Benewah Community Hospital reported 15 new positive cases at the beginning of this week.

For more information contact Panhandle Health at 208-245-4556 or BCH at 208-245-5551.

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