Coronavirus Outbreak

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. 

LEWISTON, ID - Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, based in Pullman, has issued a statement announcing that the Nez Perce County coronavirus patient is an SEL employee at its Lewiston operation. SEL is conducting additional disinfection of relevant workspaces.

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.

The Nez Perce County adult is under the age of 60. Officials declined to specify in the press conference if the patient is a male or female, their specific age, or disclose in what city the person lives, citing patient privacy.