Idaho virus restrictions remain; governor touts economy

FILE - Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little announces that there are too many coronavirus infections for him to lift additional restrictions, and that the state will remain in the fourth and final stage of his plan to reopen during the pandemic, Thursday, June 25, 2020 in Boise, Idaho. The governor also said Thursday that he's moving the state to a regional response system for lifting restrictions. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will remain under restrictions in the fourth and final stage of Gov. Brad Little’s economic-reopening plan for at least another two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor said Friday that intensive care unit hospitalizations of those infected remain too high.

Most Idaho businesses are open in stage 4.

Little says Idaho residents should be proud of the precautions they’ve taken, such as wearing face coverings, but virus infections have continued. John Hopkins University reports that through Thursday, there were more than 36,000 virus infections and 434 deaths in Idaho.

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