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South central Idaho city, county and regional government agencies make temporary changes to access

Many agencies in south-central Idaho are constructing business those their doors may not be open to the public. (Source: PxHere)
Many agencies in south-central Idaho are constructing business those their doors may not be open to the public. (Source: PxHere)(KMVT)
Published: Mar. 17, 2020 at 5:36 PM MDT
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City, county and regional state agencies are taking precautions to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Here is a list of some of the changes in south central Idaho.

MUNICIPALITIES

is open, but public access to government buildings is closed starting Monday, March 16. Departments can be reached by phone or electronically. Public hearings will remain open, with participants encouraged to use phone or video conference attendance. Critical services like EMS and water and sewer and garbage utilities will continue to be staffed. Library events have been cancelled, but the Hailey Public Library can help patrons over the phone and assistance with eResources.

Use at Hailey parks has been restricted to 10-person groups. Park patrons are asked to enjoy themselves, but to not gather in groups larger than 10 and to practice social distancing and hand sanitization before and after play structure use.

Water and sewer payments can be made online, over the phone, through payment drop box or direct pay.

Starting Wednesday, March 18, Jerome will temporarily close access to public buildings, including City Hall, Fire Station No. 2, Public Works/Engineering, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Jerome Animal Shelter, Jerome Public Library and Jerome Police Department (restricted access). City Council chambers will be open for regularly scheduled meetings. City staff will be working and can be reached through the

. The city's online and drop-off bill pay window will be open. The closures will be reevaluated at the end of March.

Twin Falls is suspending walk-in utility payments and some indoor and outdoor recreation. For online or over-the-phone payments, visit

. City recreation has suspended adult basketball, youth wrestling and Shotokan karate and closed the city pool. The decisions will be reevaluated on March 30. Outdoor recreation with practices slated to start the week of March 30 are to continue as planned for the time being. For more information about temporary recreation changes, visit

.

COUNTY GOVERNMENTS

wants to reassure the public the Patrol Division will continue to provide essential law enforcement operations. The sheriff’s office adopted a number of measures including, restrictions to the jail and Ketchum Police Division. The public is encouraged to call or email for nonemergency services (the link above provides a list). Visitation except for legal visits at the jail were suspended starting March 16.

All Blaine County government buildings are closed to the public.

Blaine County set up a COVID-19 Information Hotline. The number is 208-788-5504. It is open to the public seeking information related to local COVID-19 response, current guidance from Blaine County or other agencies and available community resources. The line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MDT seven days a week. Messages can be left at any time and calls will be returned as soon as possible.

Cassia County Commissioners released a

on March 16 regarding COVID-19, limiting some access to government buildings. Residents are asked to conduct business online or over the phone, even

.

goodingcounty.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=122">COVID-19 hotline

at 208-934-4747, which is manned 24/7 by registered nurses and providers who can answer questions and review symptoms.

TWIN FALLS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE is changing access to the

and closing the

, though may services will still be available online, mail or my phone.

STATE AGENCIES

is cancelling a number of upcoming event due to health concerns.

This list is posted as a public service announcement. Business making changes can email KMVT at newstips@kmvt.com to be added to the list.

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