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COVID-19 INFORMATION

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Information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving on an hour by hour basis as the virus is actively spreading throughout our country.  All of us at the City of Sandpoint and our regional partners want our citizens and visitors to know that we are and have been working together proactively and with a reactive four phase response in mind to ensure that we continue to provide critical services to the community and address impacts of closures and quarantines on schools, businesses and events.

  • Phase 1:  Persons Under Monitoring
  • Phase 2:  Persons Under Investigation (Testing in Progress)
  • Phase 3:  Confirmed Case(s) (No Person-to-Person spread or spread in household)
  • Phase 4:  Person-to-Person Spread in the Community

We are currently in Phase 3 as the first confirmed case in Bonner County was announced on March 29. This case was NOT acquired through community spread.  There has also been 36 confirmed cases in neighboring Kootenai County announced since March 19.

 

LATEST NEWS: The Panhandle Health District announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on Sunday, March 29. Read the PHD press release here:

PHD announces first Confirmed case in Bonner County, bringing North Idaho total to 27

 

City Updates

Sandpoint City Hall closes following Gov. Little's statewide stay-home order, 3-25-2020

City playgrounds closed to public, online form launched for businesses 3-23-2020

Business Closure, 3-22-2020

Letter to the community on COVID-19, 3-19-2020

Mayor's Statement on COVID-19, 3-02-2020

 

Additional Links

List of business information for takeout, delivery and online services

City of Sandpoint Business Closure Information Form 

Contact list for all City service areas during closure

 

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City Services

All City buildings and facilities are closed to the public, visitors and vendors until April 20, 2020.  This includes City Hall, our maintenance shops, Community Hall, treatment facilities, etc. The closure is in accordance with the statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Brad Little on March 25.

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of all of the online services the City has to offer.  This includes online access to utility bills and payments, parking tickets, dog licenses, business licenses, and burn.  All of these services are available on our website or can be accessed through the Engage Sandpoint mobile app.  The app can be downloaded in the iTunes or GooglePlay store.

We are pleased to announce that all of our building and planning permits are processed electronically. You can submit your application, pay your fees, review the status and see our staff comments online at: https://www.sandpointidaho.gov/your-government/permits-licenses

Plan review and other meetings and inspections can still be scheduled with our building, planning and engineering staff by calling (208) 263-3428 or emailing development@sandpointidaho.gov. Any meetings will be held virtually until further notice.

 

All of our City Council and commission meetings are streamed on our website. 

During Phases 2 – 4 of this crisis, these meetings will be conducted electronically.  We will be continuing our public forum portion of the meeting, allowing public comment on agenda items and participation in public hearings but it will be electronic.  We are working on enhancements to our system to make this as easy as possible for you and they will be announced in the upcoming two weeks.  We will provide for both telephonic and web-based participation.  You also always have the opportunity to submit written comments to the City Clerk at cityclerk@sandpointidaho.gov.

 

Citizen Assistance

To ease the burden on our residents and other water customers, we have suspended water shut-offs and associated fees for non-payment of City utility bills through April 30.  Avista Utilities has also announced that it is suspending power utility shut-offs during this time. 

Several local businesses and organizations have stepped up to provide lunches to children out of school.  A list of locations, times and other community services is now available on a new website launched by Sandpoint Online dedicated to the coronavirus.  It is available at: http://sandpointonline.com/news/coronavirus.shtml.

 

Parks & Recreation

All of our City parks remain open at this time.  Our local parks, trails and open spaces have always served as places where people can find respite and seek peace and restoration. During this time of uncertainty, these places are needed now more than ever. Public restrooms at all City parks and the Mickinnick Trailhead are closed to the public effective March 23 in order to ensure your health and safety. Effective March 24, all playground equipment is closed to the public as well. They will be reopened when we are advised by public health officials that it is safe.

  • Please refrain from using parks or trails if you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19
  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
  • While on trails, warn other users of your presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.
  • Follow CDC guidance by limiting the number of people at social gatherings to less than ten, including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.
  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.

 

Disaster Declarations and Orders 

Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order on March 25, 2020. Read the news release and full stay-home order from the governor here:

News Release, 3-25-2020: Gov. Little issues statewide stay-home order

Stay-home order issued by Gov. Little - Full Document

Stay-home order FAQs

Mayor's Declaration of Local Disaster Emergency 

Bonner County Emergency Disaster Declaration

State of Idaho Emergency Disaster Declaration