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Idaho coronavirus updates: May 29-June 3

Follow our daily COVID-19 updates and the latest news from May 29-June 3 as we work to separate facts from fear.

BOISE, Idaho — For the latest coronavirus updates, click here.

We're closely tracking Idaho's number of deaths and cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, as well as what's happening as Idaho continues to reopen.

We have multiple graphs and timelines looking at the coronavirus case trends in Idaho, including a new graph showing a 14-day average that the State of Idaho is tracking to determine when the Gem State can move to the next reopening stage.

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Wednesday, June 3

5:30 p.m. - 2,715 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Idaho; 2311 recovered

Based on data from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and health districts across Idaho, there are 83 coronavirus related deaths, 2,715 confirmed cases and 2,311 presumed recovered cases. The Southeaster District Health added five new cases on Wednesday morning

5:05 p.m. -- Guidance added for outfitting services in Idaho

The Idaho Governor’s Office announced that guidance for outfitters to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 to employees, guests and local communities was added to the business-specific protocols.

State officials say consumer and employee confidence is needed in order for Idaho's economy to rebound more quickly.

Businesses opening their doors in various stages of the Idaho Rebounds plan should have operational plans in place to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Protocols are being added for specific businesses such as restaurants, places of worship, gyms, outdoor pools, bars, movie theaters, campgrounds, public events and outfitting services.

Additional business-specific protocols will be added as they are made available.

4:45 p.m. -- Sun Valley prepares to welcome back visitors for summer season

The Sun Valley region, one of the hardest hit by COVID-19, is carefully readying to reopen.

The trails are opening, the fish are biting and social distancing has become a part of life in the Sun Valley Resort and vacation area of central Idaho.

Within the next few weeks, many of the area's hotels, restaurants and other amenities will be open for the summer season.

"The Sun Valley area is ready to start welcoming people who are looking for wide open spaces and a break from the last few months," said Scott Fortner, executive director of Visit Sun Valley. "It's taken a lot of hard work to get to this point. I'm impressed with our community's ability to bounce back, and I think visitors will be pleasantly surprised."

Around 25 percent of Blaine County jobs are in the travel and tourism business.
 
"At our core, this will always be a place to enjoy the outdoors," said Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw at a community meeting held May 20. "Sun and open space are perfect antidotes to a global pandemic, and we have both in abundance."

Most notably, The Sun Valley Resort plans to open for the summer on May 30. The Sun Valley Lodge is offering special rates for Idaho visitors.

The Friedman Memorial Airport will maintain nonstop flights to five cities – Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, and Salt Lake City -  with later start dates for seasonal flights and reduced schedules to all markets. Airlines servicing the Sun Valley area include Alaska, United and Delta airlines.

  • The Sun Valley Visitor Center is slated to reopen on June 15.
  • Most hotels will be open by the first week of June.
  • Many restaurants are opening up with limited seating.
  • Many of the trails are open, including the Adams Gulch network, Chocolate and Fox Gulch trails and the Greenhorn are a few popular trails that are open.
  • The Bigwood Golf Course is open with their 9 holes as well as all of Sun Valley Resort's 45 holes.
  • Anglers are invited to fish the local waters that include the Big Wood River, Silver Creek Preserve and the Lost River.
  • U.S. Forest Service campgrounds in and throughout the Wood River Valley are slated to open June 5.

Visitors are asked to respect social distancing guidelines, to bring a mask with them and wash their hands frequently during their visit. Many businesses in the area have guidelines for safe practices and procedures, and visitors are asked to be mindful of those posted or advertised guidelines.

12:05 p.m. -- ValleyRide will begin collecting fares, reopen Main Street Station in Stage 4

Valley Regional Transit is making plans to reopen the Main Street terminal in downtown Boise and once again begin collecting bus fares is Idaho moves forward into Stage 4 on June 13.

Bus drivers have not collected fares since March 21 out of social distancing concerns, and all VRT facilities shut down on March 27. The Happy Day Transit Center in Caldwell and the customer service office in Meridian reopened on June 1.

Once in Stage 4, riders are encouraged to buy and activate their bus passes online fares online through the Valley Connect mobile app to reduce contact with drivers. Bus users have also been asked to wear a face mask aboard buses, sit as far from other riders as possible, and stay off the bus if they are sick.

Bus operators are wiping down the interior between trips when possible, and each bus is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each night.

11:50 a.m. -- Alive After Five to be streamed online

The Downtown Business Association is launching its first-ever online streaming concert on Wednesday, June 3.

“I think people are gonna love it,” said DBA Executive Director Jennifer Hensley. “We really created a concert for folks who are watching on our platform.”

The concert series in traditionally held on The Grove Plaza in downtown Boise from June through August. Due to health and safety regulations because of the COVID outbreak, the series will be streamed online in June from the DBA’s Facebook page, Alive After Five Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

8:55 a.m. - 2,673 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Idaho; 2282 recovered

Based on data from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and health districts across Idaho, there are 83 coronavirus related deaths, 2,673 confirmed cases and 2,282 presumed recovered cases. The Southeaster District Health added five new cases on Wednesday morning

Tuesday, June 2

6:00 p.m. - 2,669 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Idaho

Based on data from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and health districts across Idaho, there are 83 coronavirus related deaths, 2,669 confirmed cases and 2,282 presumed recovered cases.

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4:55 p.m. - Community spread confirmed in Gooding County

The South Central Public Health Department announced on Tuesday evening that they have confirmed that there is community spread of the coronavirus in Gooding County. Officials said that someone with COVID-19 did not have identified contact with another sick individual and did not travel.  

Health experts added that people in the county should assume that the virus could be anywhere in the county.

12:55 p.m. - Nampa to open outdoor city pools on Saturday, June 6

Nampa Parks and Recreation will be opening the city's outdoor pools, Lincoln Pool and Lakeview Water Park on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

The city is implementing new processes to keep the community and employees safe. Patrons will need to make online reservations in advance of visiting the pools.

To allow for adequate physical distancing, a limited number of people will be allowed to swim during three predetermined two-hour time slots: 12:30-2:30 p.m., 2:45-4:45 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Locker room use will be limited, and patrons are encouraged to come ready to swim and leave the same way. The cost is $1.25 for children under 5, $2.50 for ages 6-17 and $3.75 for those 18 or older.

"Our goal is to provide recreational services that will add enjoyment and quality of life opportunities for Nampa families this coming summer. With efforts to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus, our department will implement several modifications to our typical operations process," said Darrin Johnson, Nampa Parks and Recreation Director.

Visit their website for a complete list of guidelines, swim times and more information about Nampa Parks and Recreation facilities and programs.

9:20 a.m. - City of Caldwell cancels Fourth of July parade, music

Caldwell is the latest city to cancel some Fourth of July events over concerns about the coronavirus spreading in crowds. 

Caldwell's mayor and city council have announced that the Fourth of July Parade, live music, kids events, and events planned in Memorial Park will be canceled. 

The city-sponsored fireworks show is still going forward, officials say. 

The city says the decision to cancel the parade and other events was made due to worries about the high transmission rates of COVID-19 associated with crowds, as well as the large numbers of city staff and volunteers who would potentially be put at risk while running the events.

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"While this was not an easy choice to make, it is imperative that we recognize that the threat of the virus is not over, and it remains important to keep our case numbers low," the city wrote in a press release. "Nevertheless, we do not wish to diminish the significance of this holiday. All City parks will remain open, and we encourage our residents to enjoy family time, host a backyard barbeque, or look for additional ways to celebrate."

Monday, June 1

6:00 p.m. - 2,659 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Idaho; recoveries increase to over 2,266

Based on data from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and health districts across Idaho, there are 83 coronavirus related deaths, 2,659 confirmed cases and 2,266 presumed recovered cases.

3 p.m. - Bannock County records first coronavirus death

Bannock County has had its first death from coronavirus, bringing the state total to 83 deaths, according to the Southeastern Idaho Public Health District. 

The death is also the first in the district, which is comprised of Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Butte, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power counties. 

Bannock currently has 27 confirmed coronavirus cases, of which two people are hospitalized.

Sunday, May 31

Note: The state of Idaho does not release new coronavirus case numbers on Sundays. Check back Monday for our daily number update. 

Saturday, May 30

5:15 p.m. - 9 new confirmed cases reported, nearly two dozen more people recover from COVID-19

According to data from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and health districts across Idaho, there are only nine new confirmed cases and nine new probable cases in the Gem State. Based on KTVB's tracking of coronavirus statistics, there are 2,579 confirmed cases and 2,248 presumed recoveries.

No new deaths were reported.

See our interactive map and timeline of COVID-19 cases in Idaho, plus a breakdown of the 14-day average of new daily cases.

ICYMI - FULL STORY: Bars to open, non-essential travel allowed as Idaho readies to move into Stage 3 

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced Thursday that Idaho has met the criteria to enter Stage 3 of reopening in the Idaho Rebounds plan, beginning on Saturday, May 30. 

Bars will be allowed to open on Saturday. Movie theaters will also be moved from Stage 4 to Stage 3. 

RELATED: Interactive map and timelines tracking coronavirus numbers and trends in Idaho

Friday, May 29

5:47 p.m. - 2,570 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Idaho but recoveries increase to over 2,200

Based on data from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and health districts across Idaho, there are 82 coronavirus related deaths, 2,570 confirmed cases and 2,225 presumed recovered cases. On Thursday, there were 2,524 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,195 recoveries.

See our interactive map and timeline of COVID-19 cases in Idaho, plus a breakdown of the 14-day average of new daily cases.

9:26 a.m. - Boise playgrounds, sports fields to reopen under Stage 3

The City of Boise will reopen recreation amenities on Saturday as Idaho moves into Stage 3 of the reopening plan.

Playgrounds in city parks, outdoor sports fields for youth practices, Rhodes Skate Park and other city skate parks will all be open to the public, according to Boise Parks and Recreation. Also reopening are the Willow Lane BMX Jump Park and the pump tracks at the Boise Bike Park.

Visitors are asked to continue to practice physical distancing when they visit the reopened locations.

7:43 a.m. - West Ada School District to close some meal pickup sites

The West Ada School District will shut down five of its open meal sites starting next Wednesday.

The school district says that during the summer, fewer people are available to work at the sites. Planned construction projects and lower participation also played a role in the closures.

Sixteen other locations will continue providing free breakfasts and lunches to kids. For the full list of meal sites, click here.

RELATED: Several major Treasure Valley events scheduled for summer 2020 canceled because of coronavirus

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