"Our health care and public safety workers are putting themselves in harm's way to respond to the coronavirus emergency, and we owe it to them to do our part by following this statewide stay-home order", Little added.
Little's order included language classifying educators and educational institutions as essential.
"We are doing everything at the appropriate time", Little said of the stay-at-home order.
Little's new stay-at-home and extreme emergency declarations represent his strongest, most widespread efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. When you have community spread, then you have to go to the next level. This excludes healthcare, public safety, and other essential workers as defined in the order.
Non-essential businesses and services will close their physical locations.
Essential work is considered medical professionals, food service employees, janitorial staff or anyone whos service is remaining open and can't work from home. People must limit all non-essential gatherings of any number of individuals outside the household. That includes bars, nightclubs, gyms, recreational facilities, among other businesses. "Let's keep it up", Little concluded. Restaurants across the state are being ordered to close dine-in, but drive-thru, pick up and delivery will still be available.
Washington state and OR have also issued statewide stay-at-home orders in recent days.
"I am confident the decisions that we have made in Idaho over the past few weeks and months have been solidly grounded in the advice of our epidemiologist and our infectious disease experts", Little said. An additional case in Ada County was pending investigation.
It follows an action Little took last week in Blaine County after community spread started in the Ketchum area. Community spread means it's not clear where or from whom a person became infected. "We are all in this together".
"The maintenance and growth of our transportation infrastructure remains a vital commitment of the State of Idaho, and I encourage the Idaho Legislature to pursue a comprehensive package when the state is facing a more positive economic outlook", Little wrote in his veto message.