COVID-19 stock photo (ISJ)

Southeastern Idaho Public Health announced on Monday 491 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Southeast Idaho last week.

That number includes 261 confirmed and probable cases in Bannock County, 104 in Bingham County, 45 in Power County, 27 in Caribou County, 20 each in Bear Lake and Franklin counties, eight in Butte County and six in Oneida County. 

This brings the total of confirmed and probable cases to 18,897. Out of the 18,897 cases, 18,082 have recovered from COVID-19.

To help prevent the spread of this virus, it is more important than ever that the public follows the following prevention methods.

  • Wear cloth face coverings in public places.
  • Practice social distancing (6ft).
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs using a disinfecting solution.
  • Get vaccinated as soon as possible

If you believe you have been exposed, make sure to self-isolate. If you need medical attention, call your health care provider in advance of a visit to discuss your symptoms and next steps. Testing is available by calling 208-234-5875.

SIPH has a call center to field questions from the community and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can reach the hotline at 208-234-5875.

For Southeast Idaho-specific information about the novel coronavirus, visit siphidaho.org/coronavirus.php. For Idaho-specific information about the novel coronavirus, visit coronavirus.idaho.gov.