July 1, 2020 (Moscow, Idaho) -- Moscow Mayor Bill Lambert has issued an amended Public Health Emergency Order 20-03 requiring face coverings and six-foot social/physical distancing in Moscow, Idaho. Updates include clarification of restrictions, requirements, and penalties. The order is effective at 12:01 am on July 2, 2020.
The Moscow City Council will consider the order at their regular meeting on July 6, 2020, at 7 pm. The full order can be found at https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/783/Coronavirus-COVID-19.
In March 2020, the City activated its Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan to help navigate various stages of the pandemic. Governor Little's March 25, Statewide Stay-At-Home order later extended through April, then transitioned to the Idaho Rebounds Plan as of May 1, guided the State through the prescribed successive stages to date. On June 15, Governor Little announced that Idaho would remain in stage-4 as defined by the plan and transitioned COVID-19 response to regional or local jurisdictions, including Health Districts and Mayors.
City of Moscow officials have continuously monitored COVID-19 cases and potential exposure in Moscow. Officials have worked steadily to continue to prepare and plan for various possibilities of the changes in exposure and potential for community spread of COVID-19. Today, June 30, 2020, Idaho had the highest increases in cases since the outbreak began with 365 confirmed and probable cases. In the past 24 hours, the City has received informal word that as many as three local restaurants may have, or do have, confirmed cases of employee infection. In particular, Latah County has seen an increase in local cases to 15 confirmed, and five possible cases more than doubled from last week.
Story Contact: Gary J. Riedner, City Supervisor