When COVID-19 reached Idaho, people in Valley County knew they had limited medical facilities. With intentions to limit the spread, the idea of a COVID-19 task force was born.
The COVID-19 task force formed in March. It’s goal is to prepare, educate, and provide resources for businesses and citizens and inform visitors of the steps being taken to keep everyone safe.
“The task force started out as a way to disseminate important information across the county during the stay-home order,” Andrew Mentzer, Director of the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council said. “Then we transitioned into helping our communities reopen safely.”
“Now, with the rise in cases in Valley County and confirmed community spread, our mission has turned to supporting local economy by keeping residents and visitors healthy,” he said
The task force has over 30 members including local and county government, the local chamber and members of Central District Health.
This was one of the first task forces to assemble at a county level in Idaho. The group has impacted Valley County through several projects. The projects include creating the Protect Your Mountain Playground website and planning additional hand-washing stations.
Now, the task force is working with Crush the Curve to make testing more available. With confirmation of community spread the group created a pledge that promotes the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19.