Public Health Advisory

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In Effect for Ada, Boise, Elmore & Valley Counties


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READ THE ADVISORY - Updated April 29, 2021

LEA EL AVISO - Actualizado el 29 de abril de 2021

On April, 29, 2021, the public health advisory for Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties, was updated to reflect current conditions, along with revised recommendations.

View the COVID-19: Safer Spring and Summer Gatherings guidance, HERE.

View the Public Health Advisory Infographic, HERE.

The Public Health Advisory includes recommendations for individuals around personal behaviors, gathering environments, and guidance to choose to get vaccinated for COVID-19. It aims to support current conditions so counties can continue to operate with low to minimal spread of COVID-19 in their communitites. Unlike public health orders, a health advisory is not a mandate, but instead, an advisement to the community regarding a significant public health risk, and includes associated recommendations for action.


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The Advisory includes the following health and safety measures:

Considerations for indoor & outdoor mask-wearing:

Wear a face covering when you are in an indoor public or private setting where you are not able to consistently maintain six feet of physical distancing between you and anyone outside of your household.
  • In situations where you are routinely interacting with the same small group in close proximity, where ideally, everyone is fully vaccinated, consideration can be given to not wear a mask.
  • Consider crowd sizes and frequent close contact with members of the general public. If you are going to be in a crowded indoor space having close interactions with people you don’t know, or you have frequent close contact indoors with members of the public, masks should be worn.
    • Until COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for younger populations and children have had a chance to become fully immunized for COVID-19, children in classrooms and classroom-like settings should continue to wear masks when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • While COVID-19 transmission in outdoor settings is less likely, there are times when wearing a mask outdoors is a safer choice. Consider the number of people you will be around, the type of setting you are in, and the associated likeliness of breathing someone else’s air.
  • When in doubt of what settings in which you should wear a face covering, CDH reminds people that masks remain a very effective safety measure that help protect those around you and you, the wearer.

Gathering Recommendations

  • Gatherings, especially those that bring together large groups in close settings, are higher risk environments for potential COVID-19 exposure. Indoor venues pose a greater risk than outdoor venues. Those who are at a higher risk for severe impacts from COVID-19 or who are not vaccinated should avoid large gatherings.
    • View CDH’s recommendations for Safer Gatherings, HERE.

Choose to get vaccinated for COVID-19

  • Every dose counts and helps to get our communities closer to returning to the pre-pandemic ways of life we enjoy and have missed. The COVID-19 vaccines prevent severe disease and death from COVID-19 and help in reducing transmission. Help protect yourself and your loved ones by getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Find vaccine locations, HERE.

Duration of Advisory

  • The need for this advisory will be evaluated at the time when most everyone 16 years and older has had the opportunity to be vaccinated. CDH will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 case counts and data in Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties. A revised advisory could be considered districtwide or for individual counties if conditions warrant additional caution.

The Advisory applies to all of the counties in Central District Health’s jurisdiction which include Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties.

The Advisory took effect immediately on April 29, 2021. This advisory will remain in effect until most everyone 16 years and older has had the opportunity to be vaccinated. CDH will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 case counts and data in Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties. A revised advisory could be considered districtwide or for individual counties if conditions warrant additional caution.

Central District Health issues public health advisories when they want to bring a serious public health issue to the public’s attention and ask them to take specific measures to protect themselves and the community.

This advisory is issued by the District Director of CDH, Russell Duke; not by the CDH Board of Health. It is a replacement for the COVID-19 advisory issued on February 19, 2021, and is subject to change based on changing circumstances.

The previous advisory included a number of recommendations and actions CDH is asking the public to take in response to COVID-19 conditions, at the time. In it, CDH had set two criteria to meet before considering to modify it.

  • CDH wanted to protect our most vulnerable, those 65 years and older, and allow them the opportunity to choose to get vaccinated – for many that has meant a 2-dose vaccine spaced three or 4 weeks apart depending on the brand of vaccine, plus some additional time for full effectiveness to occur.
  • The other metric for the previous advisory was for the 2-week average case rate to remain less than 30 cases per 100,000 people.

These two metrics were dependent on one another. We have met those two important milestones, which has allowed CDH to update the advisory.

CDH is updating the public health advisory issued on February 19, 2021, with the following recommendations to its entire jurisdiction, which includes Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties.
The Public Health Advisory, issued on April 29, 2021 replaces the advisory issued on February 19, 2021.

A health advisory is not enforceable by law. CDH is asking people to do what’s in the best interest of their own health and that of the community by following the Advisory.

Yes, the advisory can be considered by Central District Health's board and turned into a public health order under the following conditions. If this were to occur, the Board of Health would meet to discuss and vote prior to to the Advisory becoming an order.

  • CDH will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 case counts and data in Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties. A revised advisory could be considered districtwide or for individual counties if conditions warrant additional caution.

Governor Little issued revised Stage 3 Guidelines on February 2, 2021. They outline a number of the same health and safety measures in CDH’s public health advisory. Both the state’s guidelines and the public health advisory share the same goal to protect citizens and allow our hospitals to provide appropriate levels of care for COVID and non-COVID patients, and should be followed by Idahoans. To view the statewide guidelines, visit rebound.idaho.gov.

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