Coronavirus Outbreak filler

This 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.

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Bonneville County Case #1: We are reporting a positive COVID-19 test result for female is her 40s. This individual was not hospitalized and is recovering at home. The case has no recent travel history or contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. Therefore, community spread of COVID-19 is identified.

Bonneville County Case #2: We are reporting a positive COVID-19 test result for female is her 30s. This individual was not hospitalized and is recovering at home. The case has no recent travel history or contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. Therefore, community spread of COVID-19 is identified.

Epidemiologists with EIPH are investigating both cases. If other people are found to be exposed, health officials will contact them, provide them guidance, and monitor them closely for symptoms.

Additional case-specific information about these individuals is confidential and will not be released.

Community transmission means the spread of illness for which the source of the infection is unknown and cannot be connected to travel or close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. In addition to Bonneville County, community transmission of COVID-19 has been identified in our health district (Madison, Jefferson, and Teton Counties), neighboring jurisdictions (Bingham County), and adjacent states (Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Oregon, and Washington).

Community transmission of COVID-19 knows no borders. Once community transmission occurs, the assumption is that the virus that causes COVID-19 is everywhere.

“Now, more than ever, the Stay at Home order is imperative to follow. If you have not been taking this matter seriously, today is the day to understand the gravity of the situation. Staying at home (especially if you are not feeling well), avoiding nonessential travel, and social distancing will help to slow the transmission of COVID-19,” stated Geri Rackow, Eastern Idaho Public Health Director.

A copy of the order can be found at www.EIPH.Idaho.gov.

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