Central District Health says it is investigating a cluster of COVID-19 diseases involving 10 people who visited central Boise bars June 5 and 6.
BOISE Idaho – Health officials are investigating after a group of people who visited Boise bars last weekend tested positive for COVID-19.
According to Central District Health, five people who visited the bars on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, tested positive for COVID-19. Five others are considered probable cases.
CDH has identified several bars in the area of Sixth and Main Streets in downtown Boise that the infected visited on Friday and Saturday:
- Amsterdam Lounge ̵
- Cactus Bar – 517 West Main Street
- Humpin ‘Hannah’s – 621 West Main Street
- Silly Birch – 507 West Main Street
- StrangeLove – 100 South 6th Street
- Tom Grainey’s – 109 South 6th Street
The risk of exposure to protectors is unknown, so CDH recommends that anyone who was at one of these bars or spent time in Area 6 and Main during the evening hours of June 5 and 6, watch for June 20 for any of the following symptoms: fever , cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.
Symptoms may occur 2-14 days after exposure. If you experience any COVID-like symptoms, you are asked to contact your healthcare provider.
The health district said epidemiologists are continuing their investigation that includes specific contact tracking for these disease clusters.
“As Idaho continues to open again, disease clusters like this are a reminder that COVID-19 is still very much present in our communities,” CDH Director Russ Duke said in a statement. “It is especially important that we find our new normal, which must include wearing face coatings, especially in situations where adequate physical distancing is not possible, and continue to look for ways to limit face to face. Every interaction with others, especially in close contact , we risk getting infected with coronavirus. “
CDH also recommends that anyone who feels sick, even if the symptoms are mild, stay home.
“Given that the community is transmitted in many of our counties, everyone should constantly monitor themselves, children and the elderly for changes in health and potential symptoms,” Duke said.
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