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-Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani advocate for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate


Sine Die
The Senate Sine Died on Thursday, March 19th, followed by the House on the morning of March 20th. If you would like a copy of my End of Session letter, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As I leave the legislature following ten years of service, thank you for the opportunity to serve.


Coronavirus Update
The Governor provided an update on COVID-19 in Idaho on March 18, 2020. Idaho is adopting the CDC’s guidelines:

  • Please stay home if you feel sick and contact your health care provider if you think you should be tested.
  • The elderly and immunocompromised should stay home and way from other people for the next few weeks.
  • Shop for your needs and no more.
  • Don’t visit nursing homes or long-term care facilities.
  • Avoid discretionary travel.
  • Avoid social gatherings of more than ten people.
  • Practice good hygiene.
  • Work from home whenever possible.

Idaho’s Novel Coronavirus website is regularly updated with information about the numbers of cases and testing.

St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center has drive-thru testing at 100 Hospital Dr in Ketchum. It is open daily from 10am to 6pm until further notice. No appointment necessary, but if you are unsure whether you should seek testing, call 208-381-9500 to speak to a nurse. Criteria for testing include shortness of breath, coughing, body aches, a fever of 100 degrees or higher, or potential exposure to the virus. Testing is not available if you do not meet the criteria.

Anyone in need of help or who believes they may be in a violent relationship is encouraged to contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or at thehotline.org.

Idaho wants to hear from small businesses impacted by covid-19. Some small businesses may be eligible for low-interest loans through the federal Small Business Administration.

The Idaho Statesman is providing covid-19 coverage without a paywall and is translating important articles into Spanish.

Free meals for children are available at approved sites throughout the state. Children ages 1-18 may pick up meals at any site, regardless of enrollment. To locate a feeding site near you, visit the Idaho State School Feeding Site Locator. The community centers at Whittier and Morley Nelson Elementary Schools are open providing limited, free childcare for k-6th graders for children of parents in high-demand jobs.

Many local food banks remain open to the pubic who are in need, including Idaho Food Bank, Boise Rescue Mission, and more. For a great website with resources for both those in need and those ready to help, visit backpacklunch.com.

Most school districts and colleges are closed through spring break. Keep updated on school closures through your local school district websites or through a local news outlet.

Mayor McLean of Boise announced that the City of Boise will be forgiving rent for the month of April for residents of all City of Boise-owned rental housing. In addition, a moratorium on evictions has been placed on city-owned properties through April 2020. The City is encouraging private property managers to do the same. Lastly, the City is stopping collections of unpaid utility bills in the near term, and no services will be cut off.

Visit the Idaho Department of Labor website for information about COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance.

Have a wonderful week,

Cherie

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