Gov. Little to announce new COVID restrictions Friday
BOISE, Idaho. — Governor Brad Little is set to announce new COVID-19 restrictions on Friday.
The governor’s office confirmed that restrictions will be issued, but did not offer specifics.
This comes as the state of Idaho deals with a significant influx of cases and as hospitals are operating at near capacity.
In late October, Little moved the state back to phase 3 as case rates started trending upward. Despite this, the governor has not issued a mask mandate and has instead said he prefers that those type of mandates be handled at the local level.
In North Idaho, Coeur d’Alene has issued a mask mandate, though it is largely not enforced, and earlier this week, the Post Falls City Council shot down a mandate.
Four of five counties in North Idaho are currently listed in the “red” risk category, meaning the even-day rolling average is greater than 30 cases per 100,000 people, testing positivity is greater than 20 percent and hospital capacity is at or above 100 percent.
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