State Parks And Camping Remain Open

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State parks and camping remain open. In response to Gov. Inslee’s mandate, we are making the following changes to operations through April 30: 

  • Visitor and interpretive centers are closed. 
  • Most special activities and special permits are cancelled. 
  • Planned programming is cancelled. 
  • Group camp and group reservations such as picnic shelters are restricted.
  • New camp hosts will not be placed in parks. Read more information for camp hosts.

Inslee Announces Relief For Business, Workers, Tenants And More In Response To COVID-19 Outbreak | WA Governor’s Office

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Today, Gov. Jay Inslee announced substantial measures for Washington state businesses and workers, as well as renters and other residents who may struggle financially to pay utility bills while dealing with loss of income during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is in addition to the state support for workers and businesses, and the state financial, export, insurance and unemployment assistance that has already been made available.

Idaho Wants To Hear From Small Businesses Impacted By Coronavirus

Businesses impacted may be eligible for SBA Disaster Economic Injury Loan Assistance

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Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced the State of Idaho is seeking responses from small, non-farm businesses across Idaho whose operations and ability to conduct business have been disrupted by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The information received will determine whether impacted businesses will be eligible for disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) though Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.


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OLYMPIA -- Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) director Derek Sandison released the following statement regarding agriculture, food production, and food distribution. 

Agriculture and food production is an essential industry that feeds our communities and serves a vital role in the state’s economy. I want to extend my personal thanks to our farmers and ranchers and to all the hard-working people in the agriculture and food industry whose jobs cannot be performed remotely and who continue to show up every day to keep our critical food infrastructure rock solid.

Cancellation of upcoming events at the Clearwater River Casino

PRESS RELEASE | Nez Perce Tribe

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From the early beginnings of the Clearwater River Casino and the Nez Perce Tribal Enterprises, we have continuously held the health and safety of our valued customers and team members in the highest priority. With the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) being a major concern throughout the world we are taking extra preventative measures to ensure we are doing all that we can to limit the risks and vulnerability of our guests and team members.


We regret to announce that the following upcoming events, set to be held here at the Clearwater River Casino, have been cancelled until further notice: Spring Fever Machine Tournament March 21st, Ludacris April 4th, Clearwater Combat MMA April 18th and Hell’s Belles May 9th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For Workers And Businesses Affected By COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Employment Security has programs designed to help individuals and employers during this unprecedented time.

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If you are affected by COVID-19, Employment Security has programs that may be able to help. We adopted a series of emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation and quarantine for workers and businesses.

The Q&A below provides answers to many of the frequently asked questions we are receiving about qualifying for unemployment benefits. And, this easy-to-read comparison guide lists some of the most common COVID-19 scenarios that may occur and the benefits that may apply.

Please know that the Employment Security Department and the entire state is mobilized and ready to help you through this difficult time.

Inslee Signs Bill Package To Support State Effort Combating The COVID-19 Outbreak

MEDIUM.COM STORY | WA Governor’s Office

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Gov. Jay Inslee signed a package of five COVID-19 related bills into law today to boost the statewide response to the recent outbreak.

Following the first COVID-19-related death in our state in late February, Inslee declared a state of emergency. The emergency proclamation directed state agencies to use all resources necessary to prepare for and respond to the outbreak. These bills secure additional funding for the state’s effort to mitigate the virus’ spread.

CDC State Funding to Combat COVID-19 (March 2020)

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In March 2020, CDC has provided $604,822,380 so far to state and local jurisdictions in support of the nation's response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Funding will be dispersed among all 50 states, as well as 15 U.S. territories and cities to: 1. Accelerate planning and operational readiness for COVID-19 preparedness and response; 2. Develop tools and strategies to combat COVID-19; 3. Provide technical assistance and program support to ensure ongoing communication and coordination among public health agencies and partners throughout the response; and 4. Ensure ongoing communication and coordination among public health agencies and partners throughout the COVID-19 response.

St. Joe’s Is Taking More Precautionary Steps To Help Ensure The Safety Of Everyone

A letter to patients and visitors

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Dear Patients and Visitors,

As the situation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, so does our hospital’s response. In addition to measures we’ve taken including restricting visitors, closing common areas, and adhering diligently to Public Health – North Idaho District and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, St. Joe’s is taking more precautionary steps to help ensure the safety of everyone at our facility.

Crime Alert - Telephone Scam


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On March 18, 2020, the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office received a call from a citizen in California. The complainant stated they received a call from their relative's cell number here in Lewiston, and that there was a male on the phone. The male stated he had the caller's relative hostage, and that if the police were involved he would kill them. He also stated he wanted money wired to him, but didn't give instructions on how to do that, he then hung up. The complainant was eventually able to get a hold of their relative and confirmed that they were okay. The Deputy that received the call responded to the relative's home after talking to the complainant.

Nez Perce County Sheriff Suspends Non-Criminal Fingerprinting Services


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Nez Perce County Sheriff's Civil and Driver's License is suspending all non-criminal fingerprinting services until further notice due to the concerns surrounding COVID-19.  This includes Concealed Weapons Permits and employment related fingerprinting.  Notice will be given when services return or you may call our Civil Division at 208-799-3134 to check availability. Thank you for your consideration and everyone stay safe!

The Common Sense Approach

OPINION: Doing What It Takes To Keep Your Business And Our Community Afloat

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 “It is our responsibility to keep this community thriving for all the great community programs we have here in the LC Valley, who are supported by our local businesses”

Secretary Azar Announces Historic Expansion of Telehealth Access to Combat COVID-19

HHS Press Office

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On Tuesday, the Trump Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced unprecedented steps to expand Americans' access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Centers for Medicare & and Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded Medicare coverage for telehealth visits, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced it will waive potential HIPAA penalties for good faith use of telehealth during the emergency, and the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) provided flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive beneficiary cost-sharing for telehealth visits paid by federal healthcare programs.


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