No coronavirus cases in Idaho, but officials say it’s coming

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials say there are no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the state but that 35 people are being monitored.

Most are travelers returning from China. Republican Gov. Brad Little said Wednesday the state’s main public health focus is to slow the spread of the virus once it appears so that the state’s healthcare system isn’t overwhelmed.

Officials say six people have tested negative, but the state only has about 300 tests at the moment.

Another 500 are expected by the end of the week.

Little says he’s also talking to lawmakers to free up millions of dollars to respond to an outbreak if needed.

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