(SE Idaho) –Eastern Idaho Public Health (EIPH) has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)in Madison County. This individual is a BYU-Idaho student in his 20swith recent out-of-state travel to a COVID-19 affected area. The individual is in his apartment in Rexburg recovering from mild symptoms and did not require hospitalization.
The patient’s healthcare provider acted appropriately with ruling out influenza, discussing exposure risk, and appropriately determining that a COVID-19 test was necessary. Clinical specimens were then collected and sent to a commercial lab,where laboratory testing confirmed the infection.
The patient became symptomatic on Sunday, March 8, returned from out-of-state to Madison County on Wednesday, March 11. Since he wasn’t feeling well, he stayed in his apartment until he sought testing for COVID-19 on Thursday, March 12. After the test, he was asked to self-isolate in his apartment pending notification of his test results. Epidemiologists with EIPH will determine reasonable risk criteria for locations visited by this individual and any close contacts of that individual who were possibly exposed. If other people are found to have possibly been exposed, public health officials will contact them, provide guidance, willmonitor them closely for symptoms, and perform testing on them if deemed appropriate.
Additional case-specific information about this individual is confidential and will not be released.
Please see the criteria below that will be still be used to determine who needs to be tested for COVID-19:
If you have no symptoms, you will not be tested... and there is no need for you to be tested.
If you have fever with a cough or fever with shortness of breath, first call your healthcare provider.