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McCall City Council approves new COVID-19 health advisory

McCalls City Council approved a COVID-19 health advisory at last night’s meeting. Council voted to support Central District Health November 17 advisory and is asking everyone to do their best to follow the seven-section order.

The seven-section order is as follows:

  • Follow the mask order.
  • Reduce non-essential travel.
  • If possible, work from home.
  • Suspended visits to communal living facilities.
  • Stay away from social gatherings with people you do not live with.
  • If you are 65 or older, smoke or have an underlying health condition that puts you at risk, avoid contact with people not in your house other than essential visits like health care.
  • Add COVID-safe policy for activities, businesses and outings, including businesses adding delivery /curb-side pick up and places of worship implementing virtual service.

The health advisory comes after St. Luke’s McCall and CDH reported an increase in cases in Valley County.

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“We are seeing a spike since November 1 in Valley county COVID cases,” St. Luke’s Dr. Greg Irvine, said during the city council meeting.” …Valley County, has been in terms of seven day moving average, much more involved with COVID than we had been before November 1. Today, we were at a seven days moving average of 47.7. We’ve been as high as a seven day moving day average of 69 cases. And that’s far above what we’ve been before.”

Irvine says that there is an increase of patients hospitalized from Valley and Adams County. He says there are 110 adults from these counties hospitalized, some patients are at St. Luke’s McCall, and some patients have been transferred to bigger hospitals in the Treasure Valley. 

The health advisory also better supports Idaho’s Stage 2 and Valley County face cover order.

The health advisory will remain in effect for 45 days. More information is available on the city’s website.

Correction: an earlier version of this story said there were 110 patients at the McCall St. Luke’s. This information was incorrect and has been removed and updated.

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Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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