For Immediate Release
May 7, 2020 - TRAVEL ADVISORY, McCall, Idaho
When visiting McCall be prepared to be flexible, patient, and respectful of our protection protocols.
As we move through the stages of Rebound Idaho, City of McCall looks to the State order, as well as information from the CDC, and advisories from our Central District Health Department, to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. It is important to note that during the coming stages, when travel limitations are lifted, that the City of McCall and its business owners maintain their own ability to change their service protocols as needed. If you find yourself visiting our area, please be prepared to be flexible, patient, and respectful of the procedures set by our local businesses. Some may require face masks, offer only curbside service, allow only a certain number of people in their building at one time, and other necessary safety precautions to protect their staff, their customers, and the community.
“We are asking, that when travel opens according to the Governor’s staged plan, to please respect the safeguards our businesses have put in place,” said Mayor Bob Giles, “our goal is always to keep McCall residents and visitors safe.”
A reminder that McCall is at an increased risk as a tourist destination with limited health care resources and EMS transport services.
We ask residents and visitors:
• Please use social distancing of at least 6 ft in all areas including trails and parks.
• Please continue to increase hygiene practices, such as frequent hand washing.
• Wear a mask as requested by a facility owner or in public when possible. Your mask protects you, them and surfaces we all may encounter.
Dr. Gregory Irvine, Chief of Staff at St Luke’s McCall Medical Center, shared a letter this week reaffirming the importance of vigilance and mask wearing.
St. Luke’s McCall physicians strongly support everyone wearing a mask as an important tool in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Since we know there are potential asymptomatic or presymptomatic carriers of the virus in our communities, we all should be wearing masks whenever we are around people other than those who live in our homes. As summer residents and guests begin to arrive in Valley County over the next weeks and months, it is essential they follow current guidance, which includes self-isolating in their homes for 14 days. This message needs to be shared with friends, neighbors and family members as they make plans to return to or visit this area.
Please make your travel plans accordingly. Our local government, law enforcement, medical community and citizens support our local business community and we ask that our visitors do as well.
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