Public Health Advisory

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In Effect for Ada, Boise, Elmore & Valley Counties


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READ THE ADVISORY - Updated Feb. 19, 2021

View the Public Health Advisory Infographic, HERE.

On February, 19, 2021, the public health advisory for Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties, was updated to reflect current conditions and some revised recommendations.


The Public Health Advisory includes strong recommendations for individuals and businesses around personal behaviors and business operations. It aims to support hospitals so they can continue providing appropriate levels of care for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients, and to protect the health of citizens. 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 strong recommendations for action.


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The Advisory includes the following health and safety measures:

Wear a face covering that completely covers both the nose and mouth at all times around anyone who is not a member of your household when physical distancing of at least six-feet cannot be maintained. For the purposes of this advisory, “face covering” includes but is not limited to paper or disposable masks, cloth masks, religious face coverings, scarves, neck gaiters, or bandannas. Any mask that incorporates a valve or vent or contains openings, holes, or visible gaps is not acceptable.

Face coverings do not need to be worn under the following circumstances:

  • Children under the age of two (2)
  • Persons with medical conditions, mental health conditions, or disability that prevent them from wearing a face covering
  • Persons with medical conditions, mental health conditions, or disability that prevent them from wearing a face covering
  • Persons, including on-duty first responders, for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose, face, or head for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service
  • Persons who are eating or drinking at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, so long as they engage in physical distancing. This exemption does NOT apply to entry, exit, or movement throughout the facility
  • Persons actively engaged in athletic competition, training, or practice when wearing a face covering is not feasible

Avoid indoor social gatherings

  • including among family members who do not live in your household
    • If you are going to participate in social gatherings, limit the size of the gathering, consider using outdoor venues whenever possible, keep your distance, and wear a face covering

Avoid large indoor gatherings of any type with greater than 50 people present

  • Fewer than 50 people does not make a gathering safe from COVID-19, but it does reduce the number of people who are exposed if someone attending the gathering is infectious and therefore reduces the overall level of infection in our communities
  • Stay at least sixfeet away from individuals not residing within the same household

Maintain physical distance when engaging in any sporting/community/extra-curricular activities

  • When engaging in any sporting/community/extra-curricular activities keep as much distance as possible between participants and wear face coverings when feasible, as these settings remain a high risk for transmission when these two precautions are not taken
Workplaces implement practices
  • Workplaces implement practices to ensure staff can maintain a distance of six feet from others and require face coverings be worn when staff are within six feet of others and when staff are outside of their office space
  • Offer sick leave policies that encourage staff to stay home if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms
  • Allow for working remotely
  • Hold meetings virtually whenever able including for staff who are in the workplace rather than meeting in places like personal offices and conference rooms
  • Implement cleaning and disinfecting processes for common areas and high-touch points
  • Provide services while limiting close interactions with patrons
  • For stationary areas with frequent customer contact, place physical barriers such as plexiglass between the employee and the public with openings only large enough for transactions to take place

Get the COVID-19 vaccine

  • Get the COVID-19 vaccine whenever it is your turn to get it
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective; it will lessen the individual health impacts from SARS-CoV-2, and reduce transmission in our communities

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 following the Board of Health meeting on February 19, 2021. This advisory will remain in effect until our 65 years and older population has had the opportunity to receive both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, plus two weeks to ensure they receive the best protection, AND our two-week average daily case rate remains less than 30 cases per 100,000 population. If any of our three major health systems report to the state that they are functioning under severe constraints because of COVID-19 patient volume, the board of health may consider public health orders to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2. If this were to occur, the Board of Health would meet to discuss and vote prior to to the Advisory becoming an order.

The face covering and physical distancing recommendation will remain in effect until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directs that other pandemic control measures allow discontinuation of these measures.

The CDH Board of Health meets for regular business meetings on the third Friday of the following months: January, February, March, April, May, August, October and December at 8:30 a.m., unless noted, to discuss a variety of topics and address COVID-19 related developments in its jurisdiction. Meetings are streamed live on CDH’s YouTube page and are also available for viewing following the meetings. Board meeting notices, agendas, and information on written public comment opportunities are available on the Board of Health Meetings page.

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. The advisory was issued to support our hospitals so they can continue providing appropriate levels of care for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients, and to protect the health of our citizens.

In recent weeks, we have seen a steady decline in confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in our district and a corresponding decline in hospitalizations. While we are seeing encouraging data, variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have been identified in the United States, and the impact these may have on our efforts to control the pandemic are unknown at this time. It is impossible to predict future waves or changes to the virus that could influence how infectious it is as well as the severity of the disease.

The members of our community who are at the greatest risk for severe COVID-19 are individuals who are aged 65 years and older and this risk will likely remain unchanged for those who are not vaccinated.

According to CDH data for our population, if a person is between 65 and 79 years of age and is a confirmed or probable case, their chances of needing hospitalization due to their illness are 1 in 10 (10.7%) and 1 in 30 (3.5%) will die due to their illness (i.e., COVID-19 is the cause of death or ruled a significant contributing factor).

If a person is aged 80 years or older that risk is 02/19/2021 Page 2 of 3 further increased with their chances of needing hospitalization due to their illness being nearly 1 in 5 (18.6%) and nearly 1 in 6 (15.2%) will die due to their illness.

CDH is updating the public health advisory issued on November 17, 2020, with the following strong recommendations to its entire jurisdiction, which includes Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties.
The Public Health Advisory, issued on February 19, 2021 replaces the advisory issued on November 17, 2020.

A health advisory is not enforceable by law. We are 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.

  • If any of our three major health systems report to the state that they are functioning under severe constraints because of COVID-19 patient volume, the board of health may consider public health orders to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

Governor Little issued a revised Stage 3 order on February 2, 2021. That order outlines a number of the same health and safety measures in CDH’s public health advisory. Both the state’s order 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 find the statewide order, visit rebound.idaho.gov.

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