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City of McCall Updates

Media Contact: Erin Greaves | Communications Manager, City of McCall | 208-634-8966 | egreaves@mccall.id.us

Learn more about the resolution of a health order requiring face mask at www.maskupmccall.com

Here is what you need to know before visiting McCall https://www.mccall.id.us/liberty2020.

Please visit www.protectyourmountainplayground.com for more information on McCall area travel. 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Erin Greaves
Communications Manager
208-634-8966
Egreaves@mccall.id.us


For Immediate Release
July 13, 2020

An employee of the City of McCall has tested positive for COVID-19

City leaders assure all necessary arrangements have been made to protect the public and staff.  

McCall, Idaho – An employee of City of McCall staff has tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus. The staff member had no contact with the public at any time during their work, and close contact with coworkers was minimal. The employee was adhering to all City of McCall COVID-19 protection guidelines including mask-wearing, physical distancing, frequent hand hygiene, and staying home when symptoms became apparent.

As per Central District Health (CDH) guidelines, Human Resources conducted a contact tracing interview for workplace interactions. Three additional employees were identified as having close contact with the infected employee and will remain in quarantine. The offices have been sanitized for safety and the ill staff’s individual workplace has been closed until further notice.  

Since the onset of the Novel Coronavirus in Idaho back in March, McCall City Leaders have been proactive in action planning that included increased sanitation, temperature checking on-premises as well as indoor mask requirements in all city facilities.

With cases continuing to rise in Valley County and McCall by the day, “our city staff is on high alert, to keep each other safe and our public safe, said City Manager Anette Spickard, “ and we continue to encourage sick employees to stay home, use proper hygiene and require mask-wearing of all of our employees.”

No personal health information, including the identity of the persons involved, will be released.

  • COVID-19 McCall updates can be found at McCall.ID.US/safetyfirst.
  • Find information on mask-wearing requirements in McCall at McCall.ID.US/maskupmccall.

COVID-19 community transmission identified in Valley County; case count increases to six

CENTRAL DISTRICT HEALTH·THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020

VALLEY COUNTY –This week, Central District Health (CDH) has confirmed that three additional Valley County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases at six. One of the recent cases was confirmed on Wednesday, June 24; the other two were confirmed today, June 25. Through follow-up case investigations, CDH has identified evidence of community transmission. Community transmission is determined when an individual has not had contact with a known infected person or recently traveled.

One of the infected individuals confirmed this week has required hospitalization. Case follow-up work is ongoing.

With community transmission identified in many counties throughout Idaho, and given Valley County’s robust tourism, which brings in Idahoans from other counties, and residents of other states, it is more important than ever that people follow public health recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Valley County sees a considerable amount of tourism with people coming to enjoy our communities. We want to urge both members of our community and those visiting to protect one another. Wear face coverings in public and practice physical distancing. Let’s look out for one another so we don’t see continued spread and potentially harmful impacts to the health of our residents and local economy,” said Elt Hasbrouck, Valley County Commissioner and CDH Board of Health member.

CDH recommends that everyone:

· Follow statewide orders and any local orders in place

· Practice social distancing: avoid crowds, maintain at least 6 feet from others

· Wear face coverings in public or environments where physical distancing

· Stay home if you are sick, even if symptoms are mild

· Limit your trips in public

· Wash your hands frequently and disinfect high-touch surfaces

· Limit unnecessary travel

· Create a plan for how to safely care for a household member if they become ill

COVID-19 case counts for CDH’s four-county jurisdiction of Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties are updated weekdays by 5 pm, unless otherwise indicated; weekly data is updated Mondays and Thursdays by noon at https://www.cdh.idaho.gov/dac-coronavirus.

Community COVID-19 Resources

Central District Health continues to offer a COVID-19 call center Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will operate Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 208-321-2222. Find statewide data at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/.

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare offers a resource hotline for people feeling overwhelmed, isolated, or distress because of COVID-19. The hotline is available 24/7 at 888-330-3010.

Valley County has a third confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Specific personal information about this case (and any subsequent cases) will not be shared by the Health Department to protect the privacy of patients; however, we will share with you what we know as soon as we know it. The newest case is currently in isolation and contact tracers will be notifying anyone who may have had exposure. At this time, there is not believed to be risk to the general public.

For current information on COVID-19, including case count, preventative measures and business guidelines, visit https://www.cdhd.idaho.gov/dac-coronavirus.php

*Data is updated each weekday at 5pm on the Central District Health website. We typically receive any additional information from CDH the following business day. We will continue to post updates here if and when new information becomes available.

For Immediate Release  

April 30, 2020 

 
City of McCall Advisory Response to Idaho Stay-Healthy Order 

In response to Idaho Governor Brad Little’s Stage One, statewide Stay-Healthy Order aimed to all Idahoans, effective, Friday, May 1st, City of McCall releases the following:   

In an effort to protect our community and staff, city services will continue remotely Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm. All offices will remain closed until Stay Healthy Stage Two is achieved. We encourage our citizens to wear masks when possible and adhere to social distancing and healthy hygiene habits.  

Facility Update - Please visit https://www.mccall.id.us/ for updated calendar and news posts. 

  • All City Buildings - Closed until Stay Healthy Stage Two is achieved. 

  • City Hall - Closed to the Public (208) 634-7142. 

  • McCall Police Department - Closed to the Public. (208) 634-7144. 

  • McCall Public Library - Closed to the Public. Providing curbside services (208) 634-5522. 

  • McCall Parks and Recreation Offices - Closed to the Public. (208) 634-3006. 

  • McCall Public Works - Closed to the Public. (208) 634-5522. 

  • All McCall Parks including Public Restrooms - Open to the public, social distancing and masks encouraged. Signs posted with stage appropriate public guidance.  

  • All McCall Golf Club Buildings - Closed to the Public. 

  • McCall Golf Cart Paths - Open to the Public for walking, social distancing and masks encouraged. 

Gatherings  
Gatherings, both public and private, should be avoided during Stage One. 

Non-Essential Travel 

  • McCall Municipal Airport – Airport remains open for business. Recognizing the 14 day recommended quarantine is in effect for travelers arriving from outside Idaho. McCall Airport NOTAMS have been updated for flight planning.  

  • McCall Short Term Rental Properties permitted for essential service personnel or quarantine only -  Short Term Rental Property Owners are advised that non-essential travel should be minimized during Stage One and all guests should adhere to CDC guidelines and continue the 14-day self-quarantine for people entering Idaho to prevent influx of out-of-state visitors. 

Enforcement 
Enforcement of the State of Idaho’s Stay Healthy Order is in effect. While details are offered in the Order’s stages relating to social distancing, specific business closures, and non-essential social gatherings, Idahoan’s movements are generally unrestricted. Enforcement FAQ’s: https://isp.idaho.gov/faq/ 

Refer to https://rebound.idaho.gov/ for Idaho State Updates. For City of McCall updates and information visit  https://www.mccall.id.us/safetyfirst.  Local Businesses will find helpful links at https://www.mccall.id.us/economic-development.  

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In April 15, Governor Brad Little extended Idaho's stay-home order to April 30 but also allowed the opening of "non-essential" businesses that can offer curbside and delivery services, with the following exceptions (these businesses must remain closed): “non-essential” businesses where people simply cannot safely social distance, such as nightclubs, bars, and restaurants for dine-in; indoor gyms and recreational facilities; hair and nail salons; convention and entertainment centers; and public events and gatherings.

Stages and criteria for re-opening businesses after April 30 have been outlined by the Governor's Economic Rebound Advisory Committee and can be reviewed here.  In accordance with these criteria, businesses can prepare for reopening by establishing operational plans to maintain social distancing for staff and patrons; provide adequate sanitation and protective coverings for employees, vendors, and patrons; offer curbside and pickup delivery; limit number of people in business at a time; direct flow of people in the operation; and other measures. 

Here is a one-stop list of resources, recommendation and policies regarding business operations to help you prepare and implement safe business practices:

Stages of Reopening Businesses in Idaho (Idaho Rebounds)

Stage 1 Protocols for Businesses (Idaho Rebounds)

Steps to Minimize Risk of COVID 19 for Employees and Customers (Central District Health)

How to Respond to Sick or Possibly Sick Employees with COVID-19 (Central District Health)

Five Questions to Help Business Plan to Reopen (Western Alliance for Economic Development) - WA COVID Business Plan Tool.pdf

Restaurants / Food Establishments

Recommended Guidance for Food Establishments (Central District Health)

Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services (Food and Drug Administration)

Sign to Notify Food Establishment Customers of Safe Business Practices (Central District Health)

Steps to Minimize Risk of COVID 19 for Restaurant Staff (Central District Health)

Grocery / Retail

Steps to Minimize Risk of COVID 19 for Grocery Staff (Central District Health)

Sign to Notify Grocery Shoppers of Safe Business Practices (Central District Health)

Construction / Landscaping

Guidance for the Construction Workforce (OSHA)

Childcare Providers 

Guidance for Childcare Providers (Central District Health)

Need face masks or other Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for your employees? 

A local volunteer group, "Valley County Mask Force," is working to sew and distribute cloth face masks to local employees, requests can be made by email.

Some local crafters are also offering cloth masks for purchase on Etsy

Or, make your own masks using these instructions (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Idaho PPE Exchange connects buyers to suppliers with available equipment

COVID-19:  Business Financial Resources

Measures to arrest the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic have created uncertain economic times for local businesses. Resources are available to help businesses keep employees on the payroll, support employee sick leave, provide debt relief, pay operating costs, and more - follow the links below for more information.

Idaho Rebounds Links to Business Resources

Small Business Development Center - COVID 19 Resources

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

West Central Mountains Economic Development Council COVID-19 Guidance and Best Practices

Idaho Commerce COVID-10 Business Resources and Information

City of McCall Employer Advisory regarding COVID19 

McCall continues to take our direction from the Idaho Statewide Stay at Home Order and the guidelines for businesses from the CDC and Central District Health. It is important that each business take the time to review the “essential services” list and evaluate its compliance with that order.  

We understand McCall businesses are under insurmountable pressure and many are facing financial losses, so we are working with the Chamber of Commerce and West Central Mountains Economic Development Council to provide opportunities for resources, assistance and relief. Please visit any of our websites for specific information on what is available to you. 

We thank you for your continued efforts to flatten the curve and thank you for your choosing to adjust your business operation voluntarily.  In an effort to provide businesses with increased protection of assets and peace of mind, the McCall Police Department is patrolling closed storefronts nightly. 

It has been said that this experience will be a marathon and not a sprint and so we are thankful to our entire community for their ongoing commitment to the community’s health and safety.   

“We’re truly are all in this together.” 

Employment Guidelines for the return of workers to essential service businesses 

If your industry is considered essential (https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/essential-services/) please adhere to the following guidelines from Central District Health when on-boarding your employees:  

  • If employees or people are coming to the area from areas with community transmission of COVID-19, they should isolate/shelter in-place for two weeks before working. 

  • Once they begin work, look for opportunities to work safely: 

  • Schedule work to minimize contact with others 

  • Emphasize respiratory etiquette and robust hand washing 

  • Be diligent about identifying illness symptoms quickly and isolating symptomatic individuals 

Today, Governor Little signed a state-wide stay-home order, effective immediately, for the next 21 days.

What does this mean?

➡️ All citizens, sick or not, are required to self-isolate (i.e. stay home). This excludes healthcare, public safety and essential workers as defined by the executive order (see link below).

➡️ You may leave your home for essential services.

➡️ Employers who do not provide essential services must take all steps necessary to have employees work remotely.

➡️ Restaurants are ordered to be closed except for drive-thru, pick-up and delivery.

➡️ Non-essential businesses and services will close their physical locations. This includes bars, nightclubs, gyms, recreational facilities, entertainment venues, convention centers, hair and nail salons, and others not included in the “essential” category as defined in the order.

➡️ Limit public transit

➡️ Limit all discretionary travel

➡️ You may go outside near your home but must stay 6-feet away from individuals not part of your household.

Full details of this order may be viewed here: https://coronavirus.idaho.gov

The statewide stay-home order is being finalized with public health, local officials, and business today and will be available later today at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/.

View Governor Little’s extreme emergency declaration here.

Task Force Daily Report | Tuesday, March 24, 2020:

➡️ Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Update:

Working on setting up a hotline for the public to call with questions. We will notify the public once this number has been established.

All health and safety information regarding COVID-19 from around the County (including individual cities) will be distributed by the EOC’s Public Information Officer – this helps streamline information and get it to the public more quickly. This will include information about closures, health updates, mandates, ordinances, etc.

Primary EOC positions are currently being filled. The goal is to have every position filled by Friday, March 27th.

➡️ We have had some questions about how the public would be notified if there is a positive case in Valley County. Here is the protocol for notification:

Central District Health reaches out to the health care facility that conducted the test and the Emergency Operations Center.

Central District Health distributes a press release.

If the count of positive cases in Valley County increases, the same notification process with health care facilities and the EOC will continue, but individual press releases will likely not be issued for each new case. At that time, the information will be posted to the CDH website.

The Valley County EOC will continue to update the public on any new cases.

➡️ Business closures and altered hours: Currently, no mandatory closure orders have been issued for Valley County businesses. If you would like to see which businesses are open, closed or offering altered hours and services, please refer to this map: http://valleycounty.maps.arcgis.com/…/opsdashbo…/index.html…

➡️The Idaho Transportation Department has set up signage on the highways stating “Stop the Spread, Stay Home” as part of efforts to discourage visitation to Valley County (and throughout the State).

➡️ Local grocery stores are offering special hours for senior citizens and at-risk residents needing to shop:

Albertson’s: Tuesday & Thursday, 7am – 9am

Ridley’s: Monday & Wednesday, 6am – 7am

D9: Wednesday & Thursday, 7am – 8am

➡️ If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath), please call your health care provider. A care team will complete a risk assessment over the phone and provide guidance on next steps which may or may not include testing:

St. Luke’s Clinics – McCall: (208) 634-1776
Cascade Medical Center: (208) 382-4285
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The task force is comprised of Valley County Idaho Commissioners, the Valley County Emergency Manager, the City of Cascade, the City of Donnelly, the City of McCallMcCall Fire & EMSDonnelly Rural Fire Protection DistrictCascade Fire Protection DistrictMcCall Police DepartmentValley County Sheriff's OfficeSt. Luke's McCallCascade Medical Center, the Forest Service and Central District Health.

#stayhealthy #staysafe #stayhome

Valley County Idaho

Task Force Daily Report | Monday, March 23, 2020:

➡️ Most cases in Idaho are travel related. That means we are seeing little to no community spread.

➡️ Travel is of great concern. The best course of action is to NOT travel outside of your area of residence (vacationing out of area, supply runs out of area, visiting family, etc.)

➡️ Idaho has tested upwards of 1,200 people. More tests are needed and while the State has been assured they are on the way, there is currently no time frame for when those will become available. St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Clinic receive new test kits daily. Inventory is monitored closely to allocate supplies throughout healthcare sites. So far, supplies are meeting community demand.

➡️ The case assigned to Valley County is a part-time resident. He had no associated travel to Valley County during his infectious period. However, because his primary residence is listed as Valley County, that case is assigned as such.

➡️ Valley County Commissioners approved setting up an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), a standard procedure in response to an emergency situation. This will act as Valley County’s Incident Command. Staff including Incident Commander, Public Information Officer, Operations Manager, Logistics Manager and Finance Manager are being coordinated this week. The goal it to have all staffing in place by Friday, March 27th.

➡️ If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath), please call your health care provider. A care team will complete a risk assessment over the phone and provide guidance on next steps which may or may not include testing:

St. Luke’s Clinics – McCall: (208) 634-1776
Cascade Medical Center: (208) 382-4285
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The task force is comprised of Valley County Idaho Commissioners, the Valley County Emergency Manager, the City of Cascade, the City of Donnelly, the City of McCallMcCall Fire & EMSDonnelly Rural Fire Protection DistrictCascade Fire Protection DistrictMcCall Police DepartmentValley County Sheriff's OfficeSt. Luke's McCallCascade Medical Center, the Forest Service and Central District Health.

#stayhealthy #staysafe #stayhome

First COVID-19 Case Reported in Part-time Valley County Resident; No Identified Risk to Valley County Community A part-time Valley County man in his 50s, with mild symptoms, was recently confirmed to have COVID-19 after testing in Ada County. The man is recovering well under self-isolation in Ada County. He had no associated travel to Valley County during his infectious period. Contact investigations suggest travel-associated risk from Blaine County, and there is no identified risk to the Valley County Community.


As of Sunday, March 22, 2020, we remain vigilant in our approach toward the COVID-19 Outbreak. Our team receives daily updates from our Incident Commander, Chief Justin Williams, while he and your City Manager, Anette Spickard remain in close contact with our partners in the region as well as the State and Central District Health. City staff is receiving your messages via email and social media daily and hearing your concerns. We are impressed and amazed by the community support neighbors are showing each other in our area. From voluntary business closures, reduced safe service times and even curbside delivery options. Please continue to support each other wash hands frequently as you "stay home and stay healthy."

Closure Announcement 
In response to COVID-19, City of McCall will be closing all facilities to the public with the exception of the McCall Municipal Airport effective Monday, March 23,2020. 

In addition to previous closures, City Hall will now be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 23, 2020. Many services provided will still be available using technology resources electronically. Please review the facility closure information for specifics. The McCall Municipal Airport remains open. Phone lines will remain open during 8am to 5pm unless otherwise updated. We remain committed to public updates using our COVID-19 SafetyFirst page, Facebooknews posts and Code Red as necessary. 

Enabling Ordinance of Emergency Powers Passed by McCall City Council  

All five McCall City Council Members approved and passed an ordinance enabling emergency powers be granted to McCall City Manager Anette Spickard, today March 20, 2020, in an emergency meeting. The Emergency Powers ordinance gives jurisdiction over all places within five (5) miles of the corporate limits of McCall, including the enforcement of any health or quarantine ordinance and regulations necessary to preserve public health. 

Read the Ordinance 

Watch the Meeting on Youtube 

In the City of McCall we are doing our best to follow Governor Little's most recent update to protect ourselves and neighbors. We encourage everyone to honor the request to avoid discretionary travel during this time and follow the guidelines set out by our Idaho leaders. 

Through the end of March, Idahoans are encouraged to:

  • Do not visit nursing homes, retirement homes, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance, but still to find ways to connect with loved ones in these facilities, such as phone, text, Facetime, and others
  • Avoid discretionary travel
  • Avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Continue to practice good hygiene
  • Work from home whenever possible – UNLESS you work in a critical infrastructure industry, such as healthcare, medicine and food supply
  • Take advantage of the many drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food. Businesses are stepping up to make these options even more available than before, in order to serve customers and keep people working.

CDC Travel Guidelines

Idaho Frequently Asked Questions

As of today, City of McCall has closed all offices including the McCall Public Library, with the exception of City Hall. City Hall is available on a restricted access basis. We ask that you aim to do as much business as possible over the phone or using the web. Please find facility updates and closures here. Find all updates and information we have to share on our COVID-19 webpage www.mccall.id.us/safetyfirst

City Council met yesterday, March 16th, 2020, at 6:00 PM in Legion Hall and unanimously voted to approve a Declaration of State of Emergency for the City of McCall for the next 30 days in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. [watch the stream] The declaration allows access to federal, state and local supplemental funding and decision-making resources for the purpose of protecting the health and safety of the community. Although one goal of a declaration is to alert citizens to change their normal behavior, this does not mean there is a mass outbreak in the city of McCall, but a proactive measure enabling necessary emergency plans to be made for the future. 

City leaders are taking the lead of the State of Idaho and Valley County in our response to the pandemic and continue to look at current recommendations of the CDC and Central District health in decision making as we move forward. We encourage the public to follow the most recent guidelines of maintaining gathering limitations of less than 10 people at a time, limiting social situations and maintaining good hygiene.

McCall is a tourist destination with many vacation and second homes. We are at an increased risk of exposure and therefore, we hope that our visitors will respect our community's goal to remain proactive by adhering to CDC recommendations. Help us to keep McCall healthy and safe for all. Local business can let us know here how they have altered hours or services and we will share that with the community and visitors.  

Following the announcement of the first Idaho COVID-19 case, the City of McCall is taking special precautions in response to ensure that our public is up to date on resources, event cancellations, closures or any special instructions. We are currently reviewing internal policies, event schedules and resources to ensure we can continue to provide essential services to the residents of McCall, should the Coronavirus affect our region. We will also actively coordinate with the County and other necessary emergency service providers. Please refer back to this page for special announcements or sign up here to get email notifications. 

Staff at McCall City Hall has enhanced efforts with an even deeper attention to detail of daily deep cleanings in all buildings. We encourage the public to refrain from visiting any public spaces, facilities or public meeting events if you are ill. Public facilities include any recreation programs, public library events, city council or committee meetings, etc. If you would like to participate in a city activity or event please contact us (208-634-7142) to see if we can make any special arrangements for you using on-hand technology. 

Rebound Idaho

Have questions? We have answers - and if we don't, we can help you find them.

VALLEY COUNTY HOTLINE
(208) 382-7303 | Staffed from 9am – 4pm daily

VALLEY COUNTY COVID-19 EMAIL
valleycovid@co.valley.id.us | Will be answered as promptly as possible

VALLEY COUNTY EOC WEBPAGE
http://www.co.valley.id.us/eoc/

Geographical Information Systems Links:

  • ESRI HUB - Get maps, datasets, applications, and more for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • Johns Hopkins University Dashboard - Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University

Geographical Information Systems Links:

  • ESRI HUB - Get maps, datasets, applications, and more for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • Johns Hopkins University Dashboard - Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University

Central District Health - Idaho COVID-19 Dashboard

IDAHO MONITORING AND TRACKING OF CORONAVIRUS

Idaho's first confirmed case of novel coronavirus was reported on 3/13/20 in an Ada County resident. On 3/24/20, CDH confirmed community transmission in an Ada County resident. Public health officials and community partners are monitoring this outbreak closely and are coordinating and communicating accordingly.

The following are confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases for Central District Health's jurisdiction of Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties. For statewide counts, visit coronavirus.idaho.gov

https://www.cdhd.idaho.gov/dac-coronavirus.php#order

Important Video Information Links:

  • https://www.youtube.com/embed/Al1pce9-uXI

  • https://www.youtube.com/embed/Qv9KglSbiLc?rel=0

Important Video Information Links:

  • https://www.youtube.com/embed/Al1pce9-uXI

  • https://www.youtube.com/embed/Qv9KglSbiLc?rel=0

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