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Idaho Virus Restrictions Remain; Governor Touts Economy

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Gov. Brad Little extended Stage 4 of Idaho s COVID-19 reopening plan, citing that metrics had not been met to move forward, during a news conference at the Statehouse, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Boise, Idaho. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP)

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho will remain under current restrictions of the final stage of Gov. Brad Little’s economic reopening plan for at least another two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The governor said Friday that intensive care unit hospitalizations of those infected remain too high.

Little says Idaho residents have done well in their precautions, such as wearing face coverings, but virus infections have continued. John Hopkins University says that through Thursday, Idaho had more than 36,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 434 deaths.

Most Idaho businesses are open in the state's stage 4 restrictions. The governor says the unemployment rate is now at 4.2%, after reaching nearly 12% during spring when the virus entered Idaho and businesses started shutting down.