Central District Health is the most populated health district in Idaho covering Ada County, Valley County, Boise County, and Elmore County.
CDH is currently under a health advisory although Ada County has a mask mandate in place already. However, under the advisory that is currently in place, the wearing of a mask is not required.
A number of the CDH board members such as Diana Lachiondo and Dr. Ted Epperly have been speaking out for stronger measures.
In fact, CDH has a scheduled meeting tomorrow to discuss and vote on a health order which would require masks throughout the health district and also ban sports where social distancing is not possible.
The order, which can be found here, states that masks are to be worn when social distancing is not possible in all of the counties covered under Central District Health. Exceptions to the order are for children under the age of two, people with specific medical conditions and people getting a service done where wearing a mask is not feasible such as going to the dentist.
While exemptions to the “10-person” exist for religious and political gatherings, the order states that masks must still be worn at those events.
Here is the portion of the order discussing that:
The order also prohibits individuals from visiting long-term care facilities and jails.
One part of the order has already drawn criticism from some citizens. The order prohibits sports activities where social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained.
It is unclear at this time what types of sports would fit those criteria.
Football, basketball, soccer, and even baseball require players to be closer than six feet apart.
Here is the portion of the order discussing the prohibition of sports under certain guidelines:
Will Boise State have to shut down many of its athletic programs under the order? That is a question Idaho Dispatch has sent the CDH board members but have not received an answer.
Idaho Dispatch also asked the CDH board members what sports would not violate social distancing guidelines but we have not received a response to that question either.
In addition to the current board members, Idaho Dispatch asked incoming Ada County Commissioners Rod Beck and Ryan Davidson for comment on the issue but have not received a comment at this time.
CDH is scheduled to meet virtually on Friday at 5:15 p.m. and a protest is expected at the CDH office in Boise located at 707 N. Armstrong Place. For anyone wishing to contact the board members to support or oppose the measure, you can do so using the link here.
Do you think it is necessary to cancel sports to fight the Coronavirus or should those activities continue?
Let us know in the comments below.
Tags: Ada County, Boise County, Boise State University, Central District Health, Diana Lachiondo, Elmore County, Mask Mandate, Rod Beck, Ryan Davidson, Valley County