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The City of Moscow and Moscow Arts Commission invite the Moscow community to attend the opening of the Third Street Gallery’s newest exhibition Sculpted Spaces, Wild Lives on Thurs., Oct. 21 from 4-6 p.m. Read on...
The City of Moscow is excited to introduce new program graphics to the community which will visually represent the Moscow Farmers Market! Read on...
The 2021 Summit features nationally recognized and award-winning water conservation and efficiency expert. Read on...
On Jul. 19, 2021, City Council directed staff to resume collections and reinstate late fees and shut-offs for past-due utility bill accounts. Any late fees assessed at this point or potential shut-offs pertain to the billings from Mar. 2021 to current. Read on...
Governor Brad Little moved the State of Idaho to Stage 4 of the Idaho Rebounds Plan, effective May 11, 2021.
Governor Brad Little, with the help of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and guidance issued by President Donald Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has established a data-driven approach to opening up Idaho’s economy.
For over 70 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability.
Supporting public health preparedness by planning and preparing for emergency response to infectious disease outbreaks, public health threats, or bioterrorism events
Official resources for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) including the Statewide
Stay-Home Order and additional guidance.
Gritman Medical Center is working quickly to respond to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 public health emergency and is implementing several changes at the hospital and our clinics to protect the health and safety of patients, staff and the community. Have questions about COVID-19 symptoms and testing?
The world is dealing with the outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. As the virus continues to spread, the University of Idaho is monitoring the situation and is committed to the health and safety of Vandals statewide.
MSD281 is working to balance the responsibility to provide your child with an education while ensuring everyone’s health and safety is considered. Their goal is to provide the best education possible during these uncharted times.
With the cooperation and supervision of the County Commissioners the Department of Disaster Services is responsible for the development, maintenance and implementation of the Latah County Emergency Operations Plan.
The Moscow Chamber of Commerce is committed to serving our business community. Based on cautionary efforts to protect our employees and customers, the Moscow Chamber of Commerce business office will be closed starting Wednesday, March 18th. The Chamber staff is committed to supporting you and will remain connected remotely while the physical office location is closed (411 S Main Street). Their goal for the community is to continue to support local in ways that are safe and appropriate. The Chamber welcomes their clients and members to visit their website and official social media accounts for any news and updates regarding our services and operations.
Disability Action Center NW website
| The IdahoSTRONG website is a collection of resources to help you through hardships caused by COVID-19.|
To access the COVID Help Now Line, Call or Text (986) 867-1073 or call Toll Free (866) 947-5186 to speak to a representative. COVID Help Now Line is staffed from 8am to 8pm Mountain Time, 7 days a week. Callers may also leave a message during off hours and receive a return call the following day. Responders do not classify, label, or diagnose people and no records or case files are kept.
The City of Moscow continues to monitor COVID-19 concerns in the community
Currently, the surge in the COVID-19 Delta variant is of significant concern. In Moscow, wastewater tests continue to show increased concentrations of the Delta variant, which is spreading much faster than the original COVID-19 Alpha strain. In addition, the CDC has reported that those infected with the COVID-19 Delta variant are more likely to be hospitalized than patients infected with other variants, including the Alpha, Beta, and Gamma strains. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/delta-variant.html.
Bill Lambert, Mayor of the City of Moscow, Idaho, issued an advisory proclamation on Sep. 24, 2021, encouraging community members and businesses to do their part to help prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Lambert’s proclamation encourages the following:
- All eligible individuals, please choose to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
- Follow the recommendations of our health care experts by:
- Getting vaccinated.
- Wearing face coverings indoors when you cannot maintain a distance of 6 feet or more from those not in your household.
- Frequently washing or sanitizing your hands.
- Follow the guidelines specific to your situation and your business type provided by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Public Health-Idaho North Central District, and the CDC.
Mayor Lambert explains, “Let’s set aside our political differences and beliefs to unite as a community, to make the choice to do our part to protect ourselves, our community members, to support our community partners and businesses, and to keep our kids in school.”
In support of the proclamation, effective Fri. Sep. 24 masks are required in all City facilities for employees and the general public.
Community concerns and recent developments that prompted the issuance of the Mayor’s advisory proclamation include the following:
- Sep. 1, 2021, the Moscow School District opened its doors for five (5) days a week of in-person instruction with the requirement of wearing face coverings within their buildings. As a result, the schools to date have reported zero (0) in-building transmissions and have been able to remain open. The Moscow School District Board of Trustees voted to retain the requirement to wear face coverings throughout the first semester of the school year.
- Sep. 6, 2021, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen declared that conditions exist in Public Health Districts 1 and 2 to activate crisis standards of care. The conditions in North Idaho, specifically at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’ Alene, were identified as particularly dire.
- Sep. 7, 2021, Gritman Medical Center issued a statement indicating it has not moved to Crisis Standards of Care at this time.
- Gritman has established a dedicated COVID-19 patient care unit in its hospital, which has been at capacity on several occasions.
- Gritman has reported the vast majority of its hospitalized and seriously ill COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated.
- Gritman strongly recommends choosing to receive the vaccine to protect yourself, wearing a mask, washing your hands, keeping social distance, and limiting gatherings with those outside your immediate household as effective methods to help slow the spread.
COVID-19 was first declared a public health emergency of international concern on Jan. 30, 2020, by the World Health Organization (WHO). On Mar. 11, 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The pandemic continues to threaten all in our community, including health care systems and schools. The vaccine for COVID-19 was first approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Aug. 23, 2021, and is considered the most effective tool to manage COVID-19.
Information below includes local data counts from the City of Moscow's Water Reuse and Reclamation Facility, Gritman Medical Center, and the Idaho North Central Health District Department.
COVID Regional Wastewater Testing Program
Since July 2020, the City of Moscow Water Reuse and Reclamation Facility has partnered with the University of Idaho Biological Sciences and Civil & Environmental Engineering Departments, in partnership with the Institute for Modeling Collaboration and Interaction, to coordinate a regional wastewater testing program to monitor wastewater for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Prior to the U of I partnership, the City worked with Biobot Analytics, Inc. beginning in May 2020.
Results shown in the graph here present the concentration of the COVID-19 viral fragments found in Moscow's wastewater from January 2020 to present. The Moscow Water Reclamation and Reuse Facility serves the area within Moscow City limits and the Southeast Moscow Sewer District located just outside of Moscow's east city limit boundary. These viral fragments are shed from infected individuals at or even before symptoms' onset. Viral fragments are also shed from individuals who never show symptoms. Because it detects both symptomatic and asymptomatic infections, wastewater-based detection provides an agnostic assessment of SARS-CoV-2 circulation in a community. However, wastewater testing does not provide a method to determine the number of infected people, as people shed the virus at different rates and the wastewater concentration is affected by changes in flows and dilution such as a significant rain event. What we can determine from the chart, however, is the changing rate of infection in our community. A comparison of infection rates – based on clinical test results – to the wastewater test results shows the concentration of viral fragments in wastewater increase at the same time or in advance of the community experiencing an increase of infection rates. In short, the wastewater studies provide a complementary surveillance to monitor the spread of the virus in our community; results can help community leaders and health care providers in making more proactive decisions to protect the community.