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Idaho gov proclaims ‘Health Care Worker Appreciation’ month

December 16, 2020 GMT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has proclaimed December, “Health Care Worker Appreciation Month,” recognizing the work care providers are doing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Little made the proclamation on Wednesday, calling health care workers “heroes,” and urging Idaho residents to wear masks, wash hands, avoid gatherings with non-household members and maintain social distancing.

“We can show our gratitude by minimizing transmissible moments this holiday season,” Little said in a prepared statement. “As individuals, we must choose to do all we can to combat COVID-19 in order to relieve pressure on Idaho’s health care workers.”

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Idaho is currently 10th in the nation for new cases per capita. One in every 173 people in Idaho tested positive for coronavirus infection in the past week, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

At least 124,000 Idaho residents have been infected with coronavirus since the pandemic began, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and more than 1,200 of them have died from COVID-19.

Idaho received its first shipments of the new coronavirus vaccines this week. So far, 119 health care workers have been given their first dose of vaccine, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.