Health Press Conference

LEWISTON, ID - At a 7:00 p.m. Tuesday press conference, officials from the Public Health - Idaho North Central District announced Nez Perce County's first confirmed case of coronavirus.  The positive test result came in to health officials around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday.

A Nez Perce County adult, under the age of 60, has tested positive, the first in the district.  Officials declined to specify if the patient is a male or female, their specific age, or disclose in what city the person lives, citing patient privacy.

The person is isolated at home.  The investigation into the patients recent contacts is ongoing, but health officials say the previous risk of the spread of the virus associated with this one individual is low.  Epidemiologists with the health district will work to determine reasonable risk criteria for locations visited by this patient and any close contacts of that individual who were possibly exposed. If other people are found to have possibly been exposed, public health officials say they will provide guidance to them and will monitor them closely for symptoms.

The Idaho North Central District covers Nez Perce, Latah, Clearwater, Lewis, and Idaho Counties.  No other positive cases have been confirmed in the district.