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Stages of Idaho Rebounds Plan


We are in Stage 4. View the Stage 4 Stay Healthy Guidelines here.


General Considerations for Operating During COVID

View the general business guidelines here.

Idaho businesses are recommended to update their plans for reducing COVID-19 risk in accordance with new local, state, and federal guidance, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People”. Plans should continue to include measures that protect COVID-19–vaccinated and unvaccinated public, patrons, and employees. Local COVID-19 case and vaccination rates should be considered when implementing prevention measures.

Event planners, operators, and administrators should continue to assess, based on current conditions, which mitigation and safety measures to implement. Appropriate measures differ by event size. Large gatherings bring together many people from multiple households and sometimes involve lodging, event staff, security, tickets, and long-distance travel. CDC’s large events guidance might apply to events such as conferences, trade shows, sporting events, festivals, concerts, or large weddings and parties. Small gatherings are informal and typically occur with people you regularly socialize with, often at someone’s residence, without involving long distance travel. Small gathering guidance might be more appropriate for intimate social gatherings with close friends and family, such as small holiday parties, family dinners, and small special celebrations.

Revised operational plans should consider how the business will address COVID-19 testing, COVID-19 vaccination status of employees, and employees at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has information on permissible COVID-19 testing and vaccination requirements and limitations, wearing of masks and face coverings, and determining if an employee is at high risk.


Idaho Rebounds: Our Path to Prosperity

Governor Brad Little, with the help of the Department of Health and Welfare and guidance issued by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aims to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to Idahoans and preserve capacity in our healthcare system, while keeping businesses open safely. From an economic standpoint, Idaho’s rebound from COVID-19 starts with employee and consumer confidence, which leads into business stability and growth and eventually promotion and attraction.

Idaho Criteria

Governor Brad Little’s goal with the pandemic response is to protect lives and critical health care capacity while ensuring Idaho’s economy and education system can move forward. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in Idaho, Governor Little has made decisions about moving in and out of stages in the Idaho Rebounds plan by evaluating multiple factors, including virus activity and current impacts on Idaho’s healthcare system. This web page includes detailed information on the current metrics and criteria the Governor evaluates related to public health. Idaho criteria and metrics have changed and may continue to change based on new information about COVID-19. Other factors the Governor considers in decision making include the economy and education.

IDAHO CRITERIA

SYNDROMIC
Discontinued 11/13/2020
EPIDEMIOLOGYHEALTHCARE
Downward trend or low numbers of COVID-19-like illness patient visits as tracked by Emergency Departments within a 14-day period

MEASURED BY: NSSP (Idaho’s syndromic tracking system). Displayed on website as “Number of Emergency Department Visits for COVID-Like Illness.”

METRIC: Downward trend over most recent reported 14-day period, OR less than 20 visits/day on average over same 14-day period
Downward trend or low levels of documented COVID-19 cases reported within a 14-day period

MEASURED BY: NBS (Idaho’s integrated disease reporting system). Displayed on the website as “COVID-19 by Date Reported.”

METRIC: Downward trend over most recent reported 14- day period, OR less than 20 patients per day on average reported statewide over the same 14-day period
Treat all patients without needing to use crisis standards of care

MEASURED BY: Governor’s Order for Crisis Standards of Care in place; reports from hospitals
AND
Available ventilators, intensive care unit beds, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to safely care for additional COVID-19 patients in hospitals

MEASURED BY: Idaho Resource Tracking System (IRTS) (through the Division of Public Health) and displayed on the website

METRIC: At least 50 available (unused) ventilators, 50 ICU beds, and available 10-day supply of N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, gowns, and gloves
ANDORAND
Downward trend or very low numbers of patients with COVID-19-like illness admitted from Emergency departments within a 14-day period

MEASURED BY: NSSP (Idaho’s syndromic tracking system). Displayed on website as “Number of emergency Department Patients with COVID-like Illness Symptoms Admitted to the Hospital.”

METRIC: Downward trend over most recent reported 14-day period, OR less than 2 patients/day on average over same 14-day period
Downward trend of positive COVID-19 PCR tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period (including flat or increasing volume of tests)

MEASURED BY: NBS (Idaho’s integrated disease reporting system). Will be displayed on the website

METRIC: Downward trend over most recent reported 14-day period, OR less than 5 percent laboratory PCR positivity on average over same 14-day period
Low numbers of hospital admissions.

MEASURED BY: Hospital reports from most recent 14-day period downloaded from HHS Protect

METRIC: Hospital admissions of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients less than 8 per day on average over 14-day period
AND

Low numbers of ICU admissions.

MEASURED BY: Hospital reports from the most recent 14-day period downloaded from HHS Protect

METRIC: Patients hospitalized in the ICU with confirmed COVID-19 less than 25 per day on average over 14-day period

Strategies, Responsibilities, and Capabilities Needed

Testing Task Force Recommendations

The State of Idaho must remain focused on achieving the following core preparedness responsibilities.

Testing and Contact Tracing:

  • Ability to quickly set up safe and efficient screening and testing sites for symptomatic individuals, including those with mild symptoms
  • Contact tracing in place for all COVID-19 positive results
  • Screening and testing locations in all regions of the state in place that serve older individuals, rural, and lower income populations, and racial and ethnic minorities, such as Native Americans and Hispanics

Healthcare System Capacity:

  • Ability to quickly supply sufficient personal protective equipment, medications, and critical medical equipment to handle dramatic surge if needed
  • Ability to test symptomatic healthcare workers
  • Ability to surge intensive care unit capacity

Plans and Strategies:

  • State and local preparedness plans are in place including surge plans
  • Crisis Standards of Care Plan established
  • Long-Term Care Task Force operational to support long-term care facilities
  • Testing strategy developed
  • Contact tracing strategy developed

Initial Stage (before May 1)

INDIVIDUALEMPLOYERSPECIFIC TYPE EMPLOYER
All Idahoans, including vulnerable Idahoans, continue to self-quarantine, except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure.Continue to encourage telework, whenever possible and feasible with business operations.Visits to senior living facilities and congregate facilities (e.g. jails and corrections) are prohibited and those employees and providers who do interact with residents and patients must adhere to strict protocols regarding hygiene and infection prevention.
Gatherings of individuals outside the home are prohibited.Employees who are considered vulnerable individuals should continue to self-quarantine. Special accommodations for these employees should be made in the workplace if they are unable to work from home.Bars and nightclubs are closed.
Prohibit non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following essential travel.Non-essential businesses, other than those excluded in the amended order, develop plans for reopening and ability to business protocols.Restaurants continue with takeout and delivery.
Unless on essential business, people entering Idaho are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. If a person is in Idaho for less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the duration of their visit.Non-essential travel prohibited.Places of worship develop plans for reopening and ability to meet business protocols.
Indoor gyms and recreation facilities are closed.
Close contact services (hair/nail/massage/cosmetic) are closed.
Large venues (e.g., movie theaters and sporting venues) are closed.
Daycare, if closed, develop plans for reopening to meet business protocols and work with local public health districts and DHW.

Stage One

INDIVIDUALEMPLOYERSPECIFIC TYPE EMPLOYER
All vulnerable Idahoans should continue to self-quarantine. Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not always possible, they could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate from vulnerable residents.Continue to encourage telework, whenever possible and feasible with business operations.

Return employees to work in phases, if physical distancing, personal protections and sanitation are feasible.
Visits to senior living facilities and congregate facilities (e.g. jails and corrections) are prohibited and those employees and providers who do interact with residents and patients must adhere to strict protocols regarding hygiene and infection prevention.
Gatherings, both public and private, should be avoided.Employees who are considered vulnerable individuals should continue to self-quarantine. Special accommodations for these employees should be made in the workplace if they are unable to work from home.Bars and nightclubs remain closed.
Minimize non-essential travel and should adhere to state and CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.Non-essential businesses other than those excluded in the amended order implement plans for reopening demonstrating ability to meet business protocols.Restaurants dining rooms remain closed, develop plans for reopening and ability to meet business protocols in order to open in stage 2.
Continue the 14-day self-quarantine for people entering Idaho to prevent influx of out-of-state visitors.Minimize non-essential travel and should adhere to state and CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.Places of worship can open and should adhere to physical distancing, sanitation protocol, and any state and CDC guidance.
Indoor gyms and recreation facilities remain closed, develop plans for reopening and ability to meet protocol business protocols in order to open in stage 2.
Close contact services (hair/nail/massage/cosmetic) remain closed, develop plans for reopening and ability to meet business protocols in order to open in stage 2.
Large venues (e.g., movie theaters and sporting venues) are closed.
Daycares and organized youth activities and camps can reopen and adhere to state and CDC guidance.

Stage Two

INDIVIDUALEMPLOYERSPECIFIC TYPE EMPLOYER
All vulnerable Idahoans should self-isolate. Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not always possible, they could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate from vulnerable residents.Continue to encourage telework, whenever possible and feasible with business operations.
Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs can operate with seating only.
Gatherings, both public and private, of more than 10 people, where appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures are prohibited.Employees who are considered vulnerable individuals should continue to self-quarantine. Special accommodations for these employees should be made in the workplace if they are unable to work from home.Long-term care facilities are not allowed to operate without requiring masks on their premises.
All open businesses continue to follow protocols and plans.

Stage Three

INDIVIDUALSEMPLOYERSPECIFIC TYPE EMPLOYER
Vulnerable Idahoans should practice physical distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed.All open businesses continue to follow protocol for opening.Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs can operate with seating only.
Gatherings should be limited to 50 or fewer people. This does not apply to political and religious expression, educational activities, and health care related events such as COVID-19 testing or vaccination events. It does not apply to youth sporting events, as long as organizers comply with spectator plans administered by the Idaho State Board of Education.Long-term care facilities are not allowed to operate without requiring masks on their premises.
No restrictions on travel (individuals should adhere to state and CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel).Large events, such as trade shows, weddings, and sporting venues with more than 50 people, may receive an exemption if the organizer submits an attestation to the local public health district confirming the event will follow necessary physical distancing and hygiene protocols as outlined in their safe operations plan.
Face coverings are strongly recommended.

Stage Four (current)

View the Stage 4 Stay Healthy Guidelines here.

INDIVIDUALEMPLOYERSPECIFIC TYPE EMPLOYER
COVID-19 vaccine encouraged for all eligible individuals.All individuals, businesses, and governmental entities should adhere to physical distancing and sanitation guidelines.Face coverings required at long-term care facilities.
No recommended limitations on gathering sizes. Gatherings, both public and private, should adhere to physical distancing and sanitation guidelines.Businesses and governmental agencies continue operations at physical locations.
Face coverings strongly recommended per guidance from CDC.All open businesses continue to follow plans.
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