Idaho officials extend statewide school closure

Small business owner, Liyah Babayan tapes up a sign while getting set up to donate masks to those that need them Monday, April 6, 2020, on Main Avenue in Twin Falls, Idaho. Babayan and her family spent three days making around 200 masks to give out to the community, though donations are encouraged so they can continue to make masks. (Drew Nash/Times-News via AP)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials have extended the statewide school closure because of the coronavirus through the end of the academic year, or until social distancing requirements are lifted.

The Idaho State Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to extend school closures past the April 20 date for possible re-opening. Students will still be taught online.

Health officials say the number of people contracting the virus in Idaho is expected to peak in late April and early May. The school closures are based on guidelines for social distancing set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are currently 1,170 confirmed cases in the state, 83 hospitalizations and 13 deaths related to COVID-19.

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