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Posted on: February 28, 2020

City of Nampa responds to pandemic concerns

City of Nampa

In response to growing concerns over rising cases of the coronavirus worldwide, Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling recently convened a group of local health professionals, educators and first responders to discuss Nampa’s overall response to a pandemic occurrence such as the coronavirus. Representatives from Southwest District Health, St. Luke’s, Saint Alphonsus, Saltzer Health, Terry Reilly Health Services, Primary Health, Nampa School District, Nampa Fire Department and Nampa Police Department attended the February 11 meeting held at the Nampa Civic Center.


Mayor Kling said, “The City of Nampa is committed to leveraging relationships and resources in order to establish a safe and timely response to emergency situations. The meeting was a step toward proactive preparedness and provided an opportunity to discuss current systems and processes in place should a pandemic experience occur in our area.”

Attendees were able to report about their current state of readiness and ways we could work together as a community to respond. The City of Nampa has been developing an emergency response plan and a pandemic response is one aspect.

Epidemiologist Ellie Morgan with Southwest District Health shared, “The district health departments are working closely with the CDC, state health departments, and local hospitals on novel coronavirus management. We have plans in place for identifying risk factors, assisting with symptom monitoring, and providing appropriate patient care in the event that an Idaho resident is exposed to novel coronavirus. As of February 28th, Idaho does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19. To review risk factors for the novel coronavirus, please reference the CDC website. If you have recently traveled to a high-risk area and develop flu-like symptoms within 14 days of travel, please notify the health department and hospital before presenting for evaluation. To protect yourself from exposure, follow CDC travel guidelines and cold/flu precautions.”

For the latest information, visit the Center for Disease Control’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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