Gov. Little extends emergency declarations, waives more regulations amid COVID-19Friday April 24, 2020
Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued two new proclamations this week – one extending his previous declarations for a disaster emergency and extreme emergency for the State of Idaho due to COVID-19 and another waiving additional regulations.
Extending the disaster emergency and extreme emergency declarations continues the activation of the Idaho Emergency Operations Plan, allows the state more flexibility to expedite contracts and purchasing of supplies, and allows the Governor to suspend certain regulations in order to protect the public.
The regulations waived in the second proclamation are aimed at maintaining or improving access to care while keeping Idaho citizens, particularly our most vulnerable population, as safe as possible. For example, the waivers suspend licensure requirements for out of state telehealth providers, remove financial barriers, and improve access to behavioral health services during this difficult time while keeping the patients and providers as a safe as possible.
As of Thursday night, there are 1,836 cases and 54 deaths resulting from coronavirus infections in the State of Idaho. Community spread – people contracting the virus from an unknown source within their community – now exists in many parts of the state.
All of the coronavirus-related Governor’s proclamations and announcements to date are available at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/governors-working-group/.
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