LEWISTON, ID - Public Health – Idaho North Central District has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in an adult in their 70s in Idaho County. This is the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in north central Idaho.
The investigation into this new case is in the preliminary stages. The patient’s healthcare provider acted appropriately ruling out influenza, discussing exposure risk, and appropriately determining that a COVID-19 test was necessary. The patient remains hospitalized.
District Epidemiologists are working 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 will provide guidance to them and will monitor them closely for symptoms.
Officials say additional case-specific information about this individual is confidential and will not be released.