COVID-19/Coronavirus

STATEWIDE STAY-HOME ORDER
March 25, 2020

Following the guidance of Idaho’s public health experts, Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order today (3/25) for all Idahoans.

He also signed an extreme emergency declaration, which allows the state to more effectively increase health care capacity, take steps to reduce and slow coronavirus spread, and take rapid and decisive steps to improve the condition of Idahoans whose job and incomes are being harmed by the pandemic.

For more information, visit https://gov.idaho.gov/pressrelease/governor-little-issues-statewide-stay-home-order-signs-extreme-emergency-declaration/.

While the City is working with our public health partners, we are not the lead agency on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and will take direction from Federal and State agencies.

We are actively monitoring the ever-evolving situation around the issue. On Thursday, March 19, the Pocatello City Council adopted an Emergency Declaration to help the City in its response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As needed, we are providing updates via the City’s official social media channels, website, and app, Pocatello Connect.

Official Sources

We ask that all residents get their information on COVID-19 from reputable sources. For the latest and accurate information, please visit the following links:

https://www.siphidaho.org/coronavirus.php
https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

Additionally, Southeastern Idaho Public Health, the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, and the CDC have put together several infographics about novel coronavirus (COVID-19):

If you have any questions about novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact Southeastern Idaho Public Health at 208-234-5875.

A rendering of the coronavirus in the blood stream

City of Pocatello Notices

Limited Services and Closed Facilities

In compliance with the statewide stay-home order, the City has limited services and staff to those deemed essential for City operations. Employees are still available at all City departments to answer resident questions by phone or email. However, the City facilities listed below have been closed to the public until further notice. Click the links for detailed information:

Cancellations

The following meetings, programs, and events have been canceled:

Water Safety

The City of Pocatello Water Department is reaffirming to residents that the City’s water is safe. Meanwhile, the City’s Water Pollution Control Department is reminding residents the only things that should ever be flushed down the toilet are human waste and toilet paper. For more info, visit https://www.pocatello.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1191.

Community Needs

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. For more info and how to donate, visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/.

Health West
Health West is in need of new/opened boxes of personal protective equipment including: 

  • Dust Masks
  • Surgical Masks
  • N95 Masks
  • Gloves
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Protective Eye Wear

Residents who would like to donate can call Amy Tovey, Chief Operating Officer, at 208-232-7862 ext. 1107 if they have questions. Items will be accepted at the Pocatello/Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce. Please call the Chamber of Commerce at 208-233-1525 before arriving.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH)
Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH) is asking the community for donations of surgical or N95 masks, medical grade gloves, handsanitizer and disinfectant (spray or wipes) for first responders and health care workers in southeast Idaho. Area responders are having a difficult time obtaining these much needed supplies to protect our community due to the shortage nationwide. Donations can be delivered to all Southeastern Idaho Public Health offices located at the following:

Bannock County
1901 Alvin Ricken Drive, Pocatello
208.234.5875

Bear Lake County
431 Clay Street, Montpelier
208.847.3000

Bingham County
145 W. Idaho, Blackfoot
208.785.2160

Butte County
178 Sunset Drive, Arco
208.527.3463

Caribou County
55 East 1st South, Soda Springs
208.547.4375

Franklin County
42 West 1st South, Preston
208.852.0478

Oneida County
175 South 300 East, Malad
208.766.4764

Power County
590 ½ Gifford, American Falls
208.226.5096

Please call when you arrive; our staff will assist you. If you are unable to deliver these items, please call our hotline number at 208.234.5875 and we can make arrangements to pick up the supplies. For more information about COVID-19, call our hotline at 208.234.5875 or visit siphidaho.org.

Community Resources

Idaho State University
https://www.isu.edu/coronavirus/

Idaho State University College of Business
The Small Business Development Center at the ISU College of Business is available to help any small business navigate disaster loans, unemployment resources, new legislation, and strategies for survival. There is no cost for these services; please email swanann@isu.edu for help. Additional info can also be found at https://idahosbdc.org/covid-19-resources/.

North Bannock Fire District
The firefighters of the North Bannock Fire District are offering to go shopping for the elderly so that they are better able to socially distance themselves from large crowds. If they can help, please call the station at 208-252-5048 or message them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NorthBannockFire/.

Pocatello/Chubbuck School District #25
https://www.sd25.us/Content2/coronavirus

Pocatello/Chubbuck School District #25 Emergency Food Distribution
https://www.sd25.us/docs/district/safe%20schools/covid-19%20meal%20advertisement%20-%20final.pdf?id=6411

Pocatello Senior Activity Center
Starting March 24, 2020, the Senior Activity Center will start curbside meals from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more info, visit https://www.pocatelloseniorcenter.com/wwwroot/userfiles/files/curbside_meals_information.pdf.

United Way of Southeastern Idaho
https://www.unitedwaysei.org/covid-19

State Resources

Idaho Commerce
Following Governor Brad Little’s request, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced Friday it is now offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Idaho small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information, visit https://commerce.idaho.gov/covid-19/.

Idaho Community Foundation
The Idaho Community Foundation, United Way of Treasure Valley and Idaho Nonprofit Center have partnered to create the COVID-19 Response Fund for Idaho, a charitable fund that will provide philanthropic support to trusted organizations that provide support and services to low-income, vulnerable people and families. The fund is not able to provide financial support directly to individuals.

Idaho Department of Health & Welfare
The people at greatest need to be tested for the virus that causes COVID-19 are:

  • People who are hospitalized and have signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • People who have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and are at higher risk for severe disease (adults over the age of 60 and people with chronic medical conditions [e.g., diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease] or immunocompromising conditions.)
  • People who have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and are healthcare workers

Anyone can get tested for COVID-19, BUT SHOULD THEY?

Idaho Department of Labor and COVID-19
https://www.labor.idaho.gov/dnn/COVID-19

Idaho State Tax Commission
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Little has extended the 2019 Idaho income tax filing and payment deadlines from April 15, 2020, to June 15, 2020. For more info, visit https://tax.idaho.gov/n-feed.cfm?idd=4313.

Idaho Transportation Department
The Idaho Transportation Department has issued a series of emergency extensions related to COVID-19 including: 

  • Emergency Driving and Identification Credential
  • Emergency Vehicle Registration and Temporary Handicap Placards
  • Emergency Allowance for Dealers to issue 60-day Temporary Registration when selling a Vehicle

Details can be found at https://itd.idaho.gov/itddmv/?target=drive-idaho#notice-of-emergency-extensions.

Office of the Governor
Governor Brad Little announced the State of Idaho is seeking responses from small, non-farm businesses across Idaho whose operations and ability to conduct business have been disrupted by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The information received will determine whether impacted businesses will be eligible for disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) through Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance. For more info, visit https://gov.idaho.gov/pressrelease/idaho-wants-to-hear-from-small-businesses-impacted-by-coronavirus/.

Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden reminded businesses that Idaho’s price gouging statute prohibits selling fuel, food, drugs or water at an exorbitant or excessive price during a declared state of emergency. For more information, visit https://www.ag.idaho.gov/newsroom/consumer-alert-idahos-price-gouging-law-now-in-effect-following-emergency-declarations/.

Federal Resources

U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis of the District of Idaho today urged the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline (1-866-720-5721) or to the NCDF e-mail address disaster@leo.gov. Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office can be reached at (208) 334-1211. For more information, visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-id/pr/us-attorney-urges-public-report-suspected-covid-19-fraud.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Following President Donald J. Trump’s emergency declaration pursuant to the Stafford Act, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest.  Fore more info, visit https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm948.