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November 25, 2020

Health advisory lifted for Cascade Reservoir in Valley County

Valley County, ID - Central District Health (CDH) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have lifted a health advisory for Cascade Reservoir in Valley County. The advisory was issued on October 5, 2020, due to a harmful algal bloom (HAB). After regular monitoring, and water sample collection and testing, DEQ has confirmed that levels have returned to normal and toxin levels are below the safety threshold.
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November 18, 2020

Central District Health’s Board Issues COVID-19 Public Health Advisory for Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties

Central District Health, Idaho ― At their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the Central District Health Board of Health unanimously approved a COVID-19 Public Health Advisory for the entire four-county jurisdiction of Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties. The Advisory, which took effect immediately, is prompted by the continued surge in case counts, increasing demands on our healthcare system, and a backlog of cases that have required public health investigators and contact tracers to prioritize incoming case work.

The Public Health Advisory includes strong recommendations for individuals and businesses around personal behaviors and business operations. | Read More | View Advisory Page


November 12, 2020

Central District Health urges people to find safer ways to celebrate upcoming holidays;celebrations with household members pose the lowest risk

Central District Health, ID ― As COVID-19 case counts continue on a steady climb throughout Central District Health’s (CDH) four-county region, and with fall and winter holidays quickly approaching, CDH is urging people to choose lower-risk ways of honoring traditions and celebrating with family and friends in the coming months.

CDH has released guidance for the safer celebration of fall and winter holidays. The guidance outlines high, moderate, and lower risk activities, and asks the public to opt for the safest of options, which include those with household members only and follow local and state health orders in place.
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November 6, 2020

Case surges overwhelm public health efforts across Idaho

IDAHO – South Central Public Health District, Central District Health, Southwest District Health, and the Panhandle Health District warn case surges in the last month have created backlogs and delays for their disease investigation teams, making it impossible to contact all new reported cases or those individual’s close-contacts. Disease investigation remains a top priority for public health. However, as cases have flooded into the state, tripling daily averages in some districts, public health is asking for the community’s help. | Read More


October 30, 2020

First Ada County case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) confirmed in child

Central District Health confirms a case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) in an Ada County child. The child was hospitalized for illness related to MIS-C.
The child never tested positive for COVID-19 nor was considered a probable case, though had been around other household members who were sick with COVID-19. The child was likely asymptomatically infected, meaning they did not have symptoms of COVID-19. To protect the privacy of the child and family, no other patient information will be released at this time. | Read More


October 29, 2020

Health Advisory Lifted for CJ Strike in Owyhee/Elmore Counties

Central District Health (CDH), Southwest District Health (SWDH), and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have lifted a health advisory for CJ Strike Reservoir, which has access points in both Owyhee and Elmore Counties. The advisory was issued on September 18, 2020 due to a harmful algal bloom (HAB). After regular monitoring, and water sample collection and testing, DEQ confirmed levels have returned to normal and toxin levels are below the safety threshold. | Read More


October 16, 2020

Central District Health clarifies Youth Sports Guidance while in Category 3 (Red)

Central District Health (CDH) recognizes that participation in sports activities is an important part of the growth and development of children that provides both physical and mental health benefits. However, while valuable, recent CDH COVID-19 investigations estimate upwards of 150 people across Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties, are currently on quarantine due to potential COVID-19 exposure from youth sports―a number that continues to increase almost daily. Because of these growing impacts and the nature of youth sports bringing together children and adults from different neighborhoods and communities, CDH has updated its Youth Sports Guidance. The updated guidance more specifically addresses recommendations for youth sports when schools are operating in Category 3/Red and includes a list of sports according to level of contact. | Read More


October 9, 2020

Central District Health offers additional guidance for Ada County schools with anticipated shift to Category 3 (Red) recommendations next week;Categories to be updated Tuesday, Oct. 13

Ada County, ID ― COVID-19 case rates continue to rise in Ada County, which is Central District Health's (CDH) most populous county. With these increases, it's likely that Ada County schools will return to Category 3 guidance, which recommends remote learning over in-person learning. It is not anticipated that Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties will move to Category 3 (Red) next week. Despite the potential for Ada County schools to shift backward, at this time, CDH supports schools maintaining operations with some level of in-person learning even if data place schools in Category 3. | Read More | CDH Schools Webpage


October 5, 2020

Health advisory issued for Cascade Reservoir in Valley County

Valley County, ID - Central District Health (CDH) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have issued a health advisory for Cascade Reservoir due to the presence of a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB).
DEQ has been monitoring the reservoir and a recent water sample indicates that concentrations of toxin-producing cyanobacteria are present. These cyanobacteria can be harmful to humans and animals, and those with liver or kidney damage are at an increased risk of illness. Read More


September 18, 2020

Health advisory issued for CJ Strike Reservoir in Owyhee/Elmore Counties; Cascade Reservoir in Valley County being monitored

Central District Health (CDH), Southwest District Health (SWDH), and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have issued a health advisory for CJ Strike Reservoir due to the presence of a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB). CJ Strike has access points in both Owyhee and Elmore Counties.

Recent water samples taken by DEQ indicate that concentrations of toxin-producing cyanobacteria are present in the CJ Strike Reservoir. These cyanobacteria can be harmful to humans and animals, and those with liver or kidney damage are at an increased risk of illness.

Surface water experts have also recently sampled Cascade Reservoir in Valley County for a potential HAB. While test results came back as below the threshold for issuing a health advisory, the reservoir is seeing increased levels of microcystin (a type of cyanotoxin) that warrant users to take precautions. DEQ will continue to monitor Cascade Reservoir. Read More


September 4, 2020

Central District Health Board approves re-opening of Ada County bars pending anticipated school category change to yellow next week

In a special meeting last evening (Sept. 3), Central District Health’s Board approved a motion to amend the public health order in place to allow Ada County bars to re-open. Bars will be allowed to re-open their doors upon continued decline of case counts in Ada County yet this week and an anticipated shift in CDH’s Category designation for Ada County schools from Red to Yellow, next Tuesday. [Note: School categories are assessed and posted to the CDH website each Monday, however Monday, Sept. 7 is an observed holiday]. Read More | Updated Order | Reopening Criteria for Bars/Nightclubs


September 4, 2020

Central District Health Simplifies School Category Determinations for Weekly Reporting

Central District Health (CDH) has established new metrics for determining weekly school operation categories in Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties. The new system will keep Red, Yellow and Green color categories and recommended level of operations, but will entirely replace the previous category definitions with average case rates calculated for each county. CDH will use a two-week average of daily COVID-19 cases calculated per 100,000 people in a given county. The new system is aimed at simplifying the way categories for schools are determined within CDH’s four-county jurisdiction. Read More | COVID-19 Schools Page


September 2, 2020

Central District Health Board to hold special meeting on Thursday, September 3 to discuss petition from Boise bar owners

The Central District Health (CDH) Board of Health will gather for a special meeting (hearing) on Thursday, September 3 at 5:15 pm to discuss a petition recently submitted to CDH by a group of 10 Boise bar owners. The petition asks CDH to grant permission to 12 listed bars to reopen with specific outlined prevention measures in place, including safety measures for employees, sanitation of facilities, safety measures for customers, and bar owner protocols for monitoring, tracking and reporting any positive or likely COVID-19 cases to CDH. Read More | Board of Health Agenda | Public Notice


September 1, 2020

Central District Health Awarded $1,000,000 Grant to Help Combat Opioid Use in Valley County

Valley Co., ID — A one-million-dollar grant awarded to Central District Health (CDH) will help combat opioid use in Valley County through education, outreach, and expansion of services. The three-year federal Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Implementation Project Grant was awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Read More


August 30, 2020

Public viewing room for September 1 Board of Health meeting moved back to Central District Health facility

The public viewing room for the Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Central District Health (CDH) Board of Health meeting has moved back to CDH’s headquarters, located at 707 N. Armstrong Place, Boise. Previously, the public viewing room was to be held at the Ada County Courthouse. The meeting will still begin at 5:15 pm. Read More


August 29, 2020

Change to weekly Board of Health meeting start time and viewing room; Meetings to remain virtual with YouTube live streaming for public

The Tuesday, September 1, 2020, Central District Health Board of Health regular meeting will move to a 5:15 pm start time and the public viewing room for the virtual meeting will move to the Ada County Courthouse’s 1st Floor Public Hearing Room, located at 200 W. Front St., Boise, ID 83702. Read More


August 24, 2020

Health Advisory Lifted for Silver Lake in Boise

Central District Health (CDH) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have lifted a health advisory for Silver Lake, located in Northwest Boise’s Lake Harbor community. The advisory was issued on April 29, 2020 due to a harmful algal bloom (HAB). After regular monitoring, and water sample collection and testing, DEQ confirmed levels have returned to normal and toxin levels are below the safety threshold. | Read More | 4/29/20: Health Advisory Issued for Silver Lake


August 18, 2020

Board of Health meeting to be held Friday, August 21; to include COVID-19 metrics review, Open Meeting Law training, and additional items

Ada County, ID – The Central District Health Board of Health will meet virtually for its regularly scheduled meeting on Friday, August 21 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Due to the August 21 meeting, there will not be a meeting held today (Tuesday, August 18) or Tuesday, August 25. The Board will resume its weekly Tuesday meetings on September 1 at 4 pm. Read More | Visit Board Meetings Page


August 12, 2020

Board of Health approves face covering order for Valley County; limits Ada County social gathering size to no more than 10 people

At their regular weekly meeting held on Tuesday, August 11, Central District Health’s (CDH) Board of Health voted to pass a new order mandating the wearing of face coverings in public places for all of Valley County. Under the new order, “Every person is required to wear a face covering that completely covers the person’s nose and mouth when the person is in a public place or on the property of a public or private, or charter school, or technical school, or college or university, and others are present and physical distancing of six feet cannot be maintained.” This order came at the request and unanimous support of the Valley County Commissioners and is in effect immediately.
Read More | Ada Order Page | Valley Order Page


August 7, 2020

West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitoes Found in Elmore County

Elmore County – A single pool of West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquitoes was identified in Prairie, Idaho, located in Elmore County. Since the discovery, the Elmore County Mosquito Abatement District has treated the area where the positive pool was identified. This time of year 27 mosquito traps are set and samples are collected weekly for testing throughout Elmore County. This year’s first positive pool of mosquitoes in Elmore County comes later than last year’s, which was discovered in mid-July. Read More


August 7, 2020

Board of Health August 11 meeting agenda and draft order language available for review; consideration to close gyms removed from draft order

At their regular weekly meeting held on Tuesday, August 4, Central District Health’s (CDH) Board of Health discussed the potential for additional modifications to slow the spread of COVID-19 in two of its four-county jurisdiction which includes Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties. Requests were made around further limiting group gathering sizes and closing gyms in Ada County, and initiating a separate county-wide mandatory face covering order for Valley County. Read More | Board of Health Meetings Page


August 3, 2020

Central District Health provides community spread categories for school districts in response to COVID-19

Today, Central District Health (CDH) began its official weekly assessment and reporting of categories of community spread for use by school districts in Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties in their decision-making processes and operations for COVID-19. The categories are defined in the Idaho Back to School Framework, as approved by the State Board of Education in early July, and indicate what level of in-person learning and response is recommended. Read More | Schools Resource Page


July 28, 2020

First Boise County resident dies from COVID-19

This week, Central District Health (CDH) has confirmed the death of a Boise County resident who passed away from COVID-19-related illness. The resident was a man in his 80s and is the first death of a Boise County resident related to the novel coronavirus. At the time of this release, 32 cases have been identified in Boise County residents.
We express our deepest sympathies to those impacted by the recent COVID-19 related death in Boise County. As we see more people in rural areas of our health district affected by COVID19, it serves as a good reminder that wearing face coverings out in public and keeping ourselves physically distanced are the greatest tools we have to help protect our fellow Idahoans at this time. Anyone visiting our remote counties, for any reason, needs to follow this guidance to help protect people living in those areas where access to immediate healthcare is limited. “said Russ Duke, District Director for Central District Health. | Read More


July 16, 2020

First Valley County resident dies from COVID-19; community transmission identified in Boise County

Valley & Boise Counties - This week, Central District Health (CDH) has confirmed the death of a Valley County resident who passed away from COVID-19-related illness. The person was a man in his 80s and is the first death of a Valley County resident related to the novel coronavirus. At the time of this release, 30 cases have been identified in Valley County residents.
The recent investigation of a Boise County resident who tested positive COVID-19 is the first case that points to community transmission. Boise County saw its first case on June 25, 2020, and since then, it has grown to 12 cases. Community transmission is determined when an individual has not had contact with a known infected person or recently traveled. The resident is a woman in her 50s who is recovering at home with moderate symptoms. | Read More


July 14, 2020

Board of Health Adds Mandatory Face Covering Language to Ada County Public Health Order

With COVID-19 counts increasing by at least 100 cases a day in Ada County, at its regular meeting today (July 14), the Central District Health Board of Health voted to add language to the existing public health order to require that face coverings be worn in public places. The addition of mandatory face coverings to the order took effect immediately and applies to Ada County only; no additional changes were made to the order. Read More | Read the Updated Order


July 14, 2020

Widespread COVID-19 Testing at Idaho Department of Corrections’ Kuna Site Detects Recent Positive Cases for Ada County; Central District Health to separate associated case counts in bi-weekly data updates

Recent widespread COVID-19 testing of incarcerated residents and staff members with the Idaho Department of Correction’s Idaho State Correctional Center (ISCC) in Kuna has increased the detection of positive cases for Ada County in recent weeks. Since the first case was confirmed in an incarcerated individual on June 24, 2020, IDOC has reported 592 cases; 297 of those lab reports have been received and logged by CDH at the time of this release. Additional cases will be logged upon receipt. On Monday, July 13, CDH began publishing IDOC-related cases among incarcerated individuals in a separate line from Kuna case counts among weekly data, which is updated Mondays and Thursdays by 12 pm.| Read More | View Weekly Case Counts (See Ada 2 tab for IDOC numbers)


July 1, 2020

Central District Health Board of Health to hold weekly meetings to discuss COVID-19 developments; first meeting planned for Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Ada County, Idaho– Central District Health’s Board of Health is adding weekly meetings to its schedule of regular board meetings. The regular meetings will be held virtually each Tuesday at 4 p.m. MDT, with the first planned for July 7, 2020. Meetings are subject to cancellation if determined to not be warranted. The July 7, 2020 agenda is available online, and subsequent agendas will be posted in advance of meetings at https://www.cdh.idaho.gov/about-boardofhealth-meetings.php. Read More


June 25, 2020

First case of COVID-19 reported in Boise County

Boise County, Idaho – Central District Health (CDH) is confirming one case of COVID-19 in a Boise County resident. The individual is a male in his 30s who is reporting mild symptoms, and is recovering at home. Out of respect for the individual, no additional information is available regarding this case. CDH has not declared community transmission in Boise County. Read More


June 22, 2020

Rising COVID-19 numbers prompt Central District Health to issue order for Ada County to return to Stage 3 operations; to take effect Wednesday, June 24 at 12:01 am

Boise, ID – Today, Central District Health’s (CDH) Director, along with the Board of Health, announced it will implement orders for Ada County to move back to many of the guidelines in Idaho’s Stage 3 for COVID-19 response, effective Wednesday, June 24 at 12:01 am. The CDH Order includes some variations from the state’s Stage 3. Notably, Ada County bars and nightclubs will not be allowed to remain open. View the Order HERE. Read More


June 22, 2020

Two rabid bats found in Ada County; health officials urge caution around all bats

BOISE,ID - Idaho Public Health officials are reporting that two bats have tested positive for rabies and were found in seperate homes in Ada County. These are the first rabid bats to be dected this season.
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June 18, 2020

Central District Health and group of Boise bar owners discuss recent COVID-19 cluster and measures to help slow the spread to keep businesses open; public urged to wear masks in social settings

BOISE, ID - Today, Central District Health and more than 10 bar owners and operators from Boise’s downtown, held a virtual meeting to discuss the recent COVID-19 illness cluster and ways to slow the spread of the virus to keep businesses open and our community healthy.
During the meeting, CDH shared information on the illness cluster that now includes 69 people, many who exposed other members of the public by going to a number of bars and nightclubs while they were infectious. Read More


June 16, 2020

Additional establishments identified as potential COVID-19 exposure locations; illness cluster involving downtown Boise bar-goers increases

Through recent COVID-19 investigations, Central District Health (CDH) has identified four individuals who spent time in public locations, in close proximity to others while unknowingly infectious. Because of this, CDH wants to let the public know of the locations and dates these individuals were present, and encourage anyone there on the same date to watch for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, which may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Read More


June 11, 2020

Central District Health warns public of possible COVID-19 exposure at multiple Downtown Boise bars on June 5 and 6

BOISE, IDAHO – Central District Health (CDH) is investigating a cluster of COVID-19 illness involving ten individuals to-date who visited multiple bars while infectious in downtown Boise on Friday, June 5, 2020 and Saturday, June 6, 2020. Five of the individuals tested positive for COVID-19; five are considered probable cases. Probable cases include individuals who are close contacts to confirmed cases and who become symptomatic but are not tested. Read More


April 29, 2020

Health advisory issued for Silver Lake in Boise’s Lake Harbor area

Boise, ID — Central District Health (CDH) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have issued a health advisory for Silver Lake, located in Northwest Boise’s Lake Harbor community due to the presence of a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB). Recent water samples taken indicate that concentrations of toxin-producing cyanobacteria are present. These cyanobacteria can be harmful to humans and animals. Those with liver or kidney damage are at an increased risk of illness.

While CDH and DEQ do not typically issue advisories for privately managed bodies of water, reports of recreation by people, including children and dogs, were made to DEQ; Silver Lake also has one public access point. This is the first HAB to be identified in Idaho this season. HABs are most common in the summer months through the fall. Read More


April 14, 2020

Resident of skilled care facility passes from COVID-19; additional positive cases within facility

Ada County ― A resident of a Boise-based skilled care facility has died due to COVID-19 related illness. The woman was in her 80s with underlying health conditions. The woman was a resident of Avamere Transitional Care and Rehab where 14 additional staff members and residents have tested positive for COVID-19 to-date. Any other residents or staff associated with this care center who develop symptoms will be counted as probable cases. The care center has been proactive in its response and continues to work cooperatively with Central District Health on measures and guidance. Read More


March 28, 2020

First COVID-19 death confirmed in Ada County

ADA COUNTY, IDAHO – Central District Health (CDH) has confirmed the first death associated with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Ada County. The individual was over the age of 60 with pre-existing health issues and had lab-confirmed illness that was being investigated prior to death. Out of respect for grieving family and friends, CDH has provided this essential information but will retain any patient-specific information as confidential. Read More


March 22, 2020

Recently confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ada County indicate
likely connection to Blaine County; Central District Health reports first Valley County case with connection to Blaine County travel

Central District Health (CDH) is asking anyone with recent travel to Blaine County, Idaho in the past two weeks (March 8 through March 22) to shelter in place. This, after three Ada County residents and one Valley County resident tested positive for COVID-19, and confirmed travel and time spent in Blaine County. Read More


March 21, 2020

Confirmed COVID-19 Case at Middleton School District

CANYON COUNTY, ID – Southwest District Health (SWDH) and Central District Health (CDH) are working closely with Middleton School District after a confirmed case of COVID-19 was identified in an Ada County resident who had been in Middleton Middle School on March 11 and 12, 2020 during which time the individual may have been contagious. Read More


February 19, 2020

Hepatitis A confirmed in food service employee who worked at a Boise restaurant; Central District Health offering free vaccine to impacted patrons and employees

Ada County — A case of hepatitis A has been confirmed in a food service employee who worked while contagious at the Black Bear Diner, located at 7530 State Street in Boise. The employee worked only at the northwest Boise location, which is under separate ownership from the south Boise location, which shares the same name. Read More


November 26, 2019

Health Advisories Lifted for Multiple Reservoirs in Ada and Elmore Counties

Central District Health (CDH) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have lifted health advisories issued in late summer for Little Camas and Mountain Home Reservoirs, located in Elmore County, and Indian Creek and Blacks Creek Reservoirs in Ada County. Read More


November 4, 2019

Health Advisory Lifted for Lake Cascade

Valley County — Central District Health (CDH) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have lifted a health advisory for Lake Cascade that was issued September 6, 2019 due to a harmful algal bloom (HAB). After regular monitoring, and water sample collection and testing, DEQ confirmed levels have returned to normal and toxin levels are below the safety threshold. Read More


September 26, 2019

Central District Health and Boise School District Partnering on Tuberculosis Investigation

Boise, ID — Central District Health (CDH) has recently received notice from a local health professional of a person diagnosed with active Tuberculosis (TB). CDH learned that a limited number of students and staff at Capital High School may have been exposed to this person with tuberculosis (TB) during January through May of the 2018-19 school year. Read More


September 10, 2019

Idaho WIC begins transition this week to an electronic benefits system

The Idaho Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program is switching from paper checks to an electronic benefits system, called eWIC, which will distribute benefits onto a card that is used like a debit card.
eWIC will roll out in southern Idaho starting Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, and will expand to the rest of the state in October. eWIC will give families amore convenient and efficient way to shop for healthy, WIC-approved foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy products, juice, baby formula, and baby foods. Read More


September 6, 2019

Health advisory issued for Lake Cascade in Valley County

Cascade, ID — Central District Health (CDH) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have issued a health advisory for Lake Cascade due to the presence of a cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB). Recent water samples taken indicate concentrations of toxin-producing cyanobacteria are present that may be harmful to humans and animals. Those with liver or kidney damage are at an increased risk of illness. Read More


August 21, 2019

Bat Found in Valley County Tests Positive for Rabies

The bat was found in the yard of a residence in the McCall area. There was no human contact, but a dog that possibly came into contact with the bat was given a rabies booster vaccine. Read more on protecting youself and pets against rabies, HERE.


August 16, 2019

Health advisory issued for Little Camas Reservoir in Elmore County

Central District Health (CDH) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have issued a health advisory for Little Camas Reservoir located in Elmore County. Residents are urged to use caution when recreating in or near the water. Currently, 16 advisories are in place throughout Idaho. Health advisories issued by CDH and DEQ on July 31, 2019 for Mountain Home Reservoir (Elmore County) and Indian Creek and Blacks Creek Reservoirs (Ada County) remain in effect. Read More


August 15, 2019

Ada County Bat Tests Positive for Rabies; Central District Health encourages caution and protection for people and their pets

A bat found in the backyard of a Meridian home has tested positive for rabies. This is the first rabid bat reported in the Treasure Valley and increases the state’s rabid bat count to six so far this season. There was no human contact with the bat; however, a dog that may have had contact with the bat was given a rabies booster vaccine as a precaution. The bat was safely collected and submitted for testing. Read More


August 13, 2019

Hepatitis A confirmed in Meridian food service employee;
Additional potential exposure dates and timeframes added in recent case

A case of hepatitis A has been confirmed in a food service employee who worked while contagious at the Frontier Club, located at 116 E. Broadway Ave. in Meridian. Read More


August 9, 2019

Hepatitis A case confirmed in food service worker Central District Health offering free vaccine to impacted patrons and employees

Central District Health (CDH) has confirmed a case of hepatitis A in a food service worker employed at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, a restaurant located at 211 W. Parkcenter Blvd, Boise, ID 83706. Hepatitis A is a virus that affects the liver and can make people sick for a number of weeks. To-date, the food service worker is the only hepatitis A case in Idaho associated with this restaurant. Read More


August 7, 2019

West Nile Virus Detected in Ada County

MERIDIAN – Ada County Mosquito Abatement District has confirmed the presence of West Nile virus (WNV) in mosquito populations for the first time in Ada County, this year. One pool of mosquitoes tested positive for the virus. The positive detection came from mosquitoes trapped in along the Boise River in Star, near the cross streets of S. Short Road and W. State Street. Read More


July 31, 2019

Health advisory issued for Mountain Home, Indian Creek and Blacks Creek Reservoirs

Central District Health (CDH) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are issuing a health advisory for Mountain Home Reservoir located in Elmore County as well as Indian Creek Reservoir and Blacks Creek Reservoir, in Ada County. Residents are urged to use caution when recreating in or near the water. Read More


July 17, 2019

Hepatitis A case confirmed in food service worker; Central District Health offering free vaccine to impacted patrons and employees

Central District Health (CDH) has confirmed a case of hepatitis A in a food service worker employed at Saint Lawrence Gridiron, a restaurant located at 705 W. Bannock Street in Boise. Hepatitis A is a virus that affects the liver and can make people sick for a number of weeks. To-date, the food service worker is the only hepatitis A case in Idaho associated with this restaurant. Read More


July 1, 2019

West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitoes Found in Elmore County

A single pool of West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquitoes was identified in King Hill, located approximately six miles northeast of Glenns Ferry in Elmore County. The Elmore County Mosquito Abatement District will treat the area tonight (July 1). This time of year, mosquito traps are set and samples are collected weekly for testing throughout the county. Read More


June 19, 2019

West Nile virus detected in Canyon County mosquitoes

From our partners in public health, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare:
Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus (WNV) were detected in Canyon County on June 14, prompting public health officials to remind people to take precautions to “Fight the Bite.” The positive mosquitoes, which are the first detected in the state this year, were collected by the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District. Read More


June 7, 2019

Public Health Confirms Second Case of Measles in Latah County

From our partners in public health, Idaho North Central District:
Public Health – Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) announced today that it has received confirmation of a second case of measles in a Latah County resident. The initial case was a child too young to be immunized and the second case is a family member that was partially immunized due to age.  The newest case was also exposed to measles while travelling internationally. Read More 


June 5, 2019

Public Health Officials Confirm Measles Case in Latah County Resident

From our partners in public health, Idaho North Central District:
Public Health – Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) announced today that it has received confirmation of a case of measles in a Latah County resident; the first confirmed case of measles in Idaho since 2001. Public Health – Idaho North Central District is collaborating with Gritman Medical Center and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to respond. Read More


May 24, 2019

CDH Offering Free Vaccine in Response to Hepatitis A Outbreak

Central District Health (CDH), along with state public health, has been investigating a hepatitis A outbreak that began emerging in Southwest Idaho in early 2019. To date, nine cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed between Ada and Elmore counties, which are served by CDH. Two of the nine cases are Elmore County residents. Neighboring counties, including Canyon, Blaine and Twin Falls have also seen a recent increase in hepatitis A cases, bringing the state count to 18 since Jan. 1, 2019. In 2018, only eight cases of hepatitis A were reported in Idaho. Read More


April 23, 2019

Public Health to Exercise Preparedness Scenario

Because disasters happen, Central District Health (CDH) prepares year round. On Wednesday, April 24, CDH will practice its response to a mock scenario involving a simulated anthrax attack in Ada County, Idaho. Under the exercise scenario, CDH will practice mass antibiotic distribution methods. If there should ever be an anthrax attack, CDH and its partners will need to dispense antibiotics to all affected residents within 48-hours of exposure. Read More


April 19, 2019

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure on Commercial Bus Route Between Salt Lake City and Boise

Central District Health (CDH) is asking anyone who rode a Greyhound bus from Salt Lake City to Boise on Wednesday, April 10 and used the on-board restroom to contact the health department for information about a potential exposure to hepatitis A, a highly contagious virus that affects the liver. Riders who did not use the on-board restroom do not need to contact the health department. Bus riders who were on this route should call 208-327-8625 as soon as possible to talk to health department staff who will assess exposure risk. Read More | Related: CDH Hepatitis A web page


April 8, 2019

Health Officials Warn of Hepatitis A Outbreak in Southern Idaho

From our partners in public health, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare:
Public health officials are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A in southern Idaho. Twelve people infected with hepatitis A virus have been reported to public health officials since Jan. 1, 2019. In 2018, only eight people were reported with hepatitis A in Idaho. Epidemiologists are working to determine possible links between the cases and are encouraging people in high-risk populations to get vaccinated. Read More Related: CDH's Hepatitis A Webpage


February 7, 2019

Free, Limited-Time Immunizations Offered to Uninsured and Underinsured Valley County Adults and Children; Walk-in HPV Vaccine Clinics Scheduled February 11 and 15

Central District Health (CDH) is encouraging uninsured and underinsured Valley County residents to protect themselves against vaccine-preventable diseases through free, limited time immunizations for adults and children. The free vaccines are made possible through a grant from the Perc H. Shelton and Gladys A. Pospisil Shelton Foundation Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation. Read More


November 9, 2018

Central District Health Awarded Grant to Help Combat Opioid Use in Valley County

A $200,000 grant, awarded to Central District Health (CDH) will help combat opioid use in Valley County through education and outreach. The one-year federal Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Planning Grant was awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Read More


November 9, 2018

A northern Idaho woman older than 50 is Idaho’s first flu-related death this season

From Idaho Department of Health and Welfare: Idaho’s first influenza-related death of the 2018-2019 influenza season occurred this week in a northern Idaho woman over the age of 50. “The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is reminding residents that flu can be serious” said Randi Pedersen, the Idaho Influenza Surveillance Coordinator. “The most important action to take to prevent serious illness is to get a flu vaccine now.” Read More


October 16, 2018

Cyanobacteria Health Advisory Lifted for Lake Cascade

Central District Health (CDH) in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), has lifted a health advisory for Lake Cascade. The advisory has been in place since September 7, 2018, due to the presence of a cyanobacteria harmful algal bloom (HAB). DEQ has been monitoring and sampling water in Lake Cascade and has confirmed that levels have returned to normal, and toxins are below the safety threshold. Read More


September 25, 2018

Esther Simplot Park ponds close due to algal bloom discovery
Update: Ponds re-opened on 10/8/2018

The City of Boise has closed ponds No. 1 and No. 2 at Esther Simplot Park due to the discovery of cyanobacteria or blue-green algae. Tests show that the blue-green algae are species that are able to produce toxins. All recreation in the pond is prohibited until further notice. The city is actively treating both ponds and no reopening date has been determined at this time. Signs have been posted at the ponds to notify citizens of the closure. Read More


September 7, 2018

Health Advisory Issued for Lake Cascade; Precautions Advised for People, Pets and Livestock

In cooperation with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ), Central District Health (CDH) is issuing a health advisory due to the presence of a cyanobacteria harmful algal bloom (HAB) at Lake Cascade in Valley County. Recent samples taken indicate concentrations of toxin-producing cyanobacteria (sometimes called blue-green algae) are present that may cause illness to humans and animals. Read More


September 12, 2018

Tobacco Free Idaho Alliance Launches Statewide Public Education Effort Highlighting Resources to Help People Quit Smoking

Community Partner News Release
The Tobacco Free Idaho Alliance (TFIA), a coalition of more than 40 health-minded organizations dedicated to and uniting organizations and individuals in the fight against commercial tobacco products, e-cigarettes, nicotine addiction and exposure to secondhand smoke, is launching a statewide effort to educate Idahoans about the resources available to help them quit smoking. Read More


August 31, 2018

CDH reminds public to not handle bats and other wildlife; parents urged to talk to their kids about the potential dangers

Public health officials are urging people who encounter bats and other wildlife to avoid contact. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the risks of playing with or touching wildlife. While most bats do not have rabies, it is best to not touch wildlife. Read More


August 21, 2018

Ada County Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

A bat found in Boise has tested positive for rabies, increasing the state’s rabid bat count to three so far this season. The bat was discovered by a person who came indoors after being outside during daylight hours. The person felt something on their back and used their hand to make a brushing off motion, and discovered it was a bat. The bat was safely collected and submitted for testing. The person exposed to the bat is undergoing the rabies-preventing therapy as a precaution. Read More


August 16, 2018

Boise County Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

A bat found in Boise County has tested positive for rabies, making it the second rabid bat discovered in Idaho this season. The bat was found inside of a Boise County home where it had potential contact with a dog. The dog was current on its rabies vaccine. Those who were staying at the home are being assessed for potential exposure. Read More


July 25, 2018

Health Advisory Issued for Eagle Island State Park Water Recreation Area; Harmful Algae Confirmed
Update: Cleared to re-open on Aug. 3, 2018

In cooperation with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Central District Health (CDH) is issuing a health advisory due to the presence of a harmful algal bloom at Eagle Island State Park’s swimming and water recreation area. Recent samples taken indicate concentrations of toxin-producing blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) present that may cause illness to humans and animals. Read More


July 16, 2018

Elmore County Cat Likely Died of Plague Infection

Laboratory tests indicate an Elmore County cat likely died from plague infection. The cat was feral, but recently had been cared for by an Elmore County family as an outdoor cat. The cat had known contact with ground squirrels, also known as “whistle pigs,” before passing. Family members are being treated with antibiotics as a precaution. Read More


July 16, 2018

West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitoes Found in Elmore County

A single pool of West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquitoes has been identified in Hammett, located southeast of Mountain Home. The Elmore County Mosquito Abatement District has treated the area, and additional mosquito testing will happen this week. Throughout Elmore County this time of year, mosquito traps are set and collected mosquitoes are tested weekly. Read More


June 26, 2018

Elmore County Cat Recovering from Plague Infection

Laboratory tests indicate an Elmore County cat was infected with plague. The cat had recent contact with a rodent, which may have been a ground squirrel, or “whistle pig,” before becoming ill. The cat was treated promptly by a veterinarian and is recovering. No additional pets or people are ill. Read More


June 23, 2018

Health Advisory Issued for Little Camas Reservoir in Elmore County
Update: Health Advisory Lifted 9/20/2018 - Water has receded for season

Central District Health (CDH) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), have issued a health advisory for Little Camas Reservoir in Elmore County, due to the presence of blue-green algae. The reservoir is located northeast of Mountain Home off of Highway 20. People are urged to avoid recreating in or near the water. Read More


June 12, 2018

Elmore County Child Recovering After Plague Infection

Plague was confirmed this week in an Elmore County child. The child is recovering after receiving antibiotic treatment. “Plague is spread to humans through a bite from an infected flea. People can decrease their risk by treating their pets for fleas and avoiding contact with wildlife,” said Sarah Correll, D.V.M., Central District Health epidemiologist. “Wear insect repellant, long pants and socks when visiting plague affected areas.” Read More


June 18, 2018

Idaho WIC Makes Annual Adjustment to Income Guidelines

Idaho’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will implement new income guidelines effective July 1, 2018, that raise household income eligibility limits to help offset cost of living increases. This is an annual adjustment. Read More (link to Idaho Health & Welfare Blog)


April 23, 2018

Idahoans warned not to consume products containing kratom
because of Salmonella contamination

Idaho public health officials are warning Idahoans to avoid consumption of products that contain kratom because they could be contaminated with Salmonella. Read More


April 13, 2018

Idaho E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Ariz.

Public health officials in Idaho are investigating an outbreak of E. coli infections that are linked to a national outbreak affecting at least 10 other states. Read More


April 11, 2018

Idaho health agencies and EMS join Boise hospitals in national exercise to transport patients with highly infectious disease

State, local and national emergency personnel rehearsed moving patients with highly infectious disease in Boise today as part of the largest national preparedness exercise of its kind in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services history. Read More


March 1, 2018

Whooping Cough Cases High Throughout Treasure Valley; Public Health Urges Awareness

Reports of pertussis (whooping cough) are on the rise in Ada and Canyon counties. Over the past four months, 89 cases have been reported—70 of those cases include Ada County residents, while 19 are Canyon County residents. Whooping cough is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be life-threatening for infants and small children. Read More


January 2, 2018

Number of flu-related deaths in Idaho jumps to 13

Idaho is seeing more influenza-related deaths at this point in the season than in the same timeframe in the previous seven seasons, and public health officials are concerned. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has received five new reports in one week of Idahoans who died from an influenza-related illness, bringing the season total to 13 deaths. Read More


December 5, 2017

Meg FitzMaurice Hired as Family Nurse Practitioner at CDH’s Valley County Office

Megan (Meg) FitzMaurice has joined Central District Health (CDH) as the new Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) for Valley County. Meg will oversee preventive health services for the clinic and provide patient care, which currently includes reproductive health care appointments and children’s immunizations. FitzMaurice will also provide community outreach and education for CDH. Read More


November 21, 2017

Ada County Man Dies of Flu--related Illness

An Ada County man over the age of 50 has died from an influenza-related illness, making it the second flu-related death in Idaho this season. Last flu season, 23 Ada residents within Central District Health’s (CDH) jurisdiction of Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties died of flu-related illness, and 72 people died statewide. Read More


November 20, 2017

Know Your Status: CDH Offers Free Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing During Month of December

During the month of December, the Central District Health (CDH) is encouraging people to know their sexual health status by getting tested for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). December 1st through the 29th, CDH will offer free STI testing by appointment at its clinics in Boise, Mountain Home and McCall. Read More


October 3, 2017

Flu Season Arrives Early in Idaho

Flu season has arrived in Idaho, taking the life of a northern Idaho man over the age of 50. This could be an indication of an early flu season.
News Release from Panhandle Health District
Blog Post from Idaho Department of Health and Welfare


September 22, 2017

Health Advisory Issued for Blacks Creek Reservior in Ada County

In cooperation with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Central District Health (CDH) is issuing a health advisory for Blacks Creek Reservoir, located southeast of Boise off of I-84 and Kuna Mora Rd in Ada County. Residents are urged to use caution when recreating or hunting with dogs in or near the water. Read More


January 6, 2017

snowflake iconPlan for Home and Vehicle Winter Emergencies

Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults.

Read More HERE
Related: Ada County Declares Local Disaster Emergency for Hazardous Winter Weather


August 29, 2017

Ada County Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

A bat found in Ada County tested positive for rabies, making it the first rabid bat discovery in the county this season. The bat was brought inside of an Eagle area home by a family cat. While the cat had contact with the bat, the homeowner did not have any exposure to the infected bat. Read More

Related: Valley County Bat Tests Positive for Rabies (8/17/2017)


August 22, 2017

Human West Nile Virus Case Reported in Ada County

The Central District Health (CDH) is reporting a positive case of West Nile virus (WNV) in an Ada County woman over the age of 65. The woman, who lives in Southeast Boise, is recovering at home. This is the second confirmed human case of WNV in Idaho this year. Read More


August 17, 2017

Valley County Bat Tests Positive for Rabies; Public Health Urges Precautions

A bat found inside of a Valley County home tested positive for rabies. Both the homeowner and cat had contact with the bat, which they were able to trap and submit for testing. The person is currently undergoing the rabies-preventing therapy, and the family cat was given a rabies booster vaccination. Read More


August 11, 2017

West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitoes Found in Elmore County

Multiple positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito pools were identified this week in Elmore County. The positive pools were located in the areas of Canyon Creek Street, Hamilton Road, and East 6th Street/South 18th East Street in Mountain Home, Three Island Crossing State Park in Glenns Ferry and King Hill outside of Glenns Ferry. Elmore County is part of the growing list of Idaho counties reporting mosquitoes testing positive for WNV. Read More


August 8, 2017

CDH Offering Back-to-School Immunization Clinics in Boise

With a new school year getting underway soon in most Treasure Valley districts, it’s the perfect time to get kids up-to-date on their immunizations. The Central District Health (CDH) is offering immunization clinics this month for kids through age 18, with evening appointments available. Read More


August 3, 2017

From our Partners in Public Health: First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Kootenai County

Idaho’s first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) infection for 2017 has been confirmed in a Kootenai County resident. The resident, over the age of 50, is recovering from West Nile neuroinvasive disease. Read More


July 31, 2017

CDH Publishes FY 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

The strategic plan is a living document and focuses on goals and objectives for fiscal years 2018 through 2022. Read More 


July 18, 2017

Health Advisory Issued for Little Camas Reservoir

In cooperation with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Central District Health (CDH) is issuing a health advisory for Little Camas Reservoir, located northeast of Mountain Home off of Highway 20 in Elmore County. Residents are urged to use caution when recreating in or near the water. Full News Release | 9/22/2017 UPDATE: Health Advisory Lifted for Little Camas Reservoir


July 14, 2017

West Nile Virus Found in Ada County Mosquitoes

Two mosquito traps in Ada County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Ada County Mosquito Abatement District. This is the first positive test for West Nile Virus in Ada County this year. Read More


July 7, 2017

Returning Home After Flooding

When returning to your home after a flood, be aware that flood water may contain sewage and other harmful bacteria or chemicals. Areas where standing water has drained may contain contaminated soil or debris that can also pose a health hazard, increase risk of respiratory or skin infections. Read More


March 1, 2017

fruit icon March is National Nutrition Month

Put your Best Fork Foward in March. Helpful information for all ages HERE.


February 23, 2017

behavioral health Region 4 Behavioral Health Board Receives Grant

Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health Grant to support local mental health training to benefit youth. Learn More


February 1, 2017

tooth icon February is National Children's Dental Health Month

CDH offers a cavity-prevention clinic for young children, from their first tooth to age 3. Call us at 327-7450 or click HERE for more information.


February 10, 2017

calendar icon Offices Closed Monday, Feb. 20 for Presidents Day

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 21


February 5, 2017

board icon Board of Health to Meet Friday, Feb. 10

View the agenda


January 27, 2017

Upcoming Amen Free Clinic Recruiting Volunteers

Are you a medical provider looking to give back to the community? Or are you someone who would like to be involved in your community? Consider volunteering with the Amen Clinic in April. The 3-day free medical, dental, and vision clinic at Expo Idaho runs Tuesday, April 18th through Thursday, April 20th. Learn more about volunteer opportunities, HERE.


January 26, 2017

calendar icon Walk-In HPV Vaccine Clinic at CDH in Boise

Thursday, February 9 | 9 am to 5 pm
No Appointment Needed! Most insurance can be billed and a sliding fee pay scale is available. Call 327-7400 for more information. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of viruses linked to multiple types of cancer and other diseases. Learn more about HPV, the vaccine to protect preteens, teens, young women through age 26, and young men through age 21.


January 12, 2017

calendar icon CDH Offices Closed on Monday, January 16

Central District Health's offices will be closed on Monday, January 16 to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day / Idaho Human Rights Day. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, January 17.


December 22, 2016


WIC Appointments Now Available on Boise Bench

CDH has partnered with Terry Reilly to offer Women, Infants and Children (WIC) appointments every Tuesday at the new clinic, located at 848 La Cassia Street, on Boise's Bench. Call CDH today to schedule! 327-7488


November 1, 2016

CDH Has Flu Vaccine for Kids

Help protect your kids this winter by getting them the flu shot. CDH offers vaccines to children from birth through 18. Call today to make an appointment. 327-7400


Zika Virus Information

Zika virus is spread to people mostly through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Learn More HERE


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Spring/Summer Newsletter Has Arrived

In this edition of the Public Health Informer:


  • Zika Virus: Common Questions & Answers
  • What is CDH and What Do We Do?
  • New WIC Clinic Locations Prove Successful
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