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:
Avoid indoor social gatherings
Avoid large indoor gatherings of any type with greater than 50 people present
Maintain physical distance when engaging in any sporting/community/extra-curricular activities
Get the COVID-19 vaccine
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
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.
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.