The State of Idaho has played a critical role in the ongoing response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the possibility of emerging COVID-19 cases across Idaho, the Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM) activated the Idaho Response Center (IRC) on March 3, 2020. The objective of the IRC was to monitor, coordinate, and provide messaging in support of the COVID-19 response through its Emergency Support Functions (ESFs).
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, and on March 13, 2020, Governor Brad Little declared a state of emergency in Idaho. The state’s response established temporary restrictions to reduce the spread of the virus, including restrictions on social gatherings and businesses. On March 15, 2020, the IRC increased the activation posture to Level 2.
Approximately 90 agencies and community partner organizations supported the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. After 25 months of activation, the IRC was deactivated on April 15, 2022. During this time of activation, the IRC’s staff expertly supported the response and exhibited professionalism and dedication to the extended response.
At the time of publication of this report, the COVID-19 crisis continues to pose an unprecedented challenge to the health and well-being of every community across the United States. COVID-19 has affected all facets of life for the residents of Idaho and mobilized the most significant, sustained response and recovery effort for a public health emergency in recent history. As of October 27, 2022, the state has recorded over 503,346 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 5,246 deaths. The development timeline of the COVID-19 crisis as it relates to the State of Idaho is located in Appendix B.
This State of Idaho COVID-19 After-Action Report and Improvement Plan (AAR/IP) is the result of the combined efforts of IOEM, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW), and numerous state agencies, local and tribal governments, departments, local responders, and community-based and non-profit organizations to evaluate the strengths, areas for improvement, and corrective actions and steps necessary to advance the state’s preparedness posture.