Viewpoint: Gov. Little discusses his stay-at-home order and the fight against coronavirus in Idaho
Ramita, hose News Channel seven this is viewpoints. And. Welcome. To viewpoint, I'm Doug pet cash the coronaviruses, toll and the fight against the virus continued. To dominate the news and our daily lives every. Day we see the numbers of confirmed cases and, deaths rise around the world around, the country, and around Idaho, every, day thousands. Of unemployed people wonder, how they'll make ends meet and when they'll be able to go back to work every. Day we stay hunkered down in our homes as much as possible to try to slow the spread and flatten the curve every. Weekday our, teachers, teach and our students learn from home and every. Day we see exceptional, acts of kindness and generosity throughout. Our communities, as individuals. Churches civic groups nonprofits. Businesses and the government rally, to help those who are hurting we, hope to hit on all of this today with, my guest Idaho, governor Brad little you know much has changed in, just a short time two weeks ago he joined me on viewpoint. Here in the studio and now he joins, us by, videoconferencing, from, his office first, of all good morning governor little. Morning. Dugged for, how, are, you and your family doing we're. Fine or. You. Know it's I think. And. Particularly. This. Easter, week, time. When families, get together we're missing that. I'm. Not. The biggest technology, guy in the world but I'm getting. Better at FaceTime. We. Miss her grandchildren. But. Compared. To a lot of other people I've. Got a pretty easy I'm. Glad to hear that everybody's doing well in the, little household. Governor. Your stay at home order runs through April, 15th as, this coming Wednesday will you extend it well. I, think, I've said this multiple, in. Multiple venues. There. Will be something after the 15th, I've. Got a meeting. Right. Away where, we're looking. At the data we build, our own model, a lot, of people quote the model that comes out of University, of Washington, I've, got to side-by-sides. Of that, it. Is of how flattening, the curve is what we're about and. We've, seen me. The very successful. Activity. Level. Infection. Level of, both the Blaine County which is the first place we did it and then all over Idaho as, a result, of the actions that we've taken place, but this. Is not something, you can switch ON or switch off. It's. It's got to be metered so, we're. We're. Looking at all the data and, of, course my goal I've. Got two goals what I want to keep everybody safe B. I want the economy to return. As fast as possible. But if I try. And do the lab door too fast we'll, have a second, wave and the, second way could even be worse than the first one given the fact that we've got community. Spread in almost every corner of the state when.
Will You decide what. It's gonna be after the, 15th. Well. Obviously. On the 15th is when the order runs out rolls before. There will have something, but we've, got all this data coming in from. National. From local from our health districts, from the hospitals, from. The testing labs we're still everybody's. Frustrated with a slow. Pace of testing I was just reading an article just a minute ago about. The. Slow pace of testing, everywhere, and, not only United, States but everywhere in the world and, that, is. Not. Helpful, when you're trying to make these very. Complex, decisions. As. We've reported some lawmakers and, a northern Idaho sheriff questioned, your authority to issue the stay at home order contending, it violated the US Constitution but. Attorney, General Lawrence Wasden affirmed, that Idaho Code gives you the power during a declared state of emergency to, restrict, the movement of people and access, to businesses, what's. Your response to to what the, lawmakers, and the sheriff had said about the. State home order that it went too far well. First I. Did. Not take this. Responsibility lightly. You. Know when I declared the first emergency and extreme emergency. I did. A predicated, on law, and the fact that in the tenth. Of M Constitution. It gives the states the powers that. Aren't reserved with the federal government, and this is this is one, and. But. I did not do it at all. Without. Thinking. It was a heavy decision, but. Again I have to protect the safety of people. In the state of Idaho and. As. Almost. All the other governor's there's, there's, a few governor's that don't have what they call a stay at home but they've got a lot, of guidance in place which is equates. To a stay at home and we're seeing the benefits of it what, I was seeing in the spread the. Community spread go down and that's to, our benefit, the most important, thing is that our sensitive. Populations. Are, elderly, and our health compromised, that. We have the healthcare system to take care of them this. Week the State Board of Education made. The decision that kids will not go back to school this year unless the health districts, deem it to be safe and then even then it will be up to each district, what, do you think of the decision to extend that soft closure, well. I, I. Consult. With the there's. Kind of an emergency team over, at the State Board it's. Got its, got regional representation, from all the school districts, and I. Hear from them I talk to them I think, that. Was a prudent decision, we, still got areas in the state where there's there's. Hardly any, known. Cases, but. When I hear back from the hospitals from the doctors, from the health districts, is, because, of the lack of testing, they probably have it and, we don't want to accelerate, it by. Putting. A. Hope. Any kind of gatherings, in school would be one of those together in. And, causing the spike in the spread and so. I agree. With them what what's. More exciting, to, me is the fact that more. And more school districts, are doing. Remote. Education.
Online. Education. That's, all of the benefit of our students I don't want this to be a lost year I want. The educational, progress that was made up until forty, days ago to continue, on and. Try. And support the school. District, the educators, the State Board in every way we can. You, touched on it a little bit are you starting see that we are flattening, the curve here if we not hit the peak yet I understand that's going to be the sixteenth was the projected, date for our peak. Yes. We have I, mean very. Good indications, of that and. And. That's happening, from a lot of ways people are staying home but, even when people go out when. They go to the grocery store. You. Know the fact that now CDC, recommends, people wear a mask with their around other people. Those. Are all part. Of the solution. What's. Taking place with the incredible. Compliance, by the people of Idaho to to. Take the sacrifice to stay home to. Give up that, social interaction that, we all love, to. To, basically protect. Themselves, their families, and their communities. Is. The reason that that that. Curve is flattening, and, we believe we've gotten to the peak that it, would not take much for that a second. Way when we know what that, do. You have any indication in your discussions, with our public health experts, that the coronavirus got here earlier, than March we've had some viewers telling us that they were sick with these same, kind of coronavirus, symptoms back in December, or January. Yes. Do, I, think. Was announced this morning I'd heard I'd, heard about it a day, or so ago there's. Gonna be a pretty, significant, research project, take place in Wayne County which. Was the first place where we had community, spread and, they're gonna go out randomly, and and, get a sample and take, do, antibody, tests, and then, we'll have a better factual, background, to, determine, who's. Had it perhaps. How long they've had it, and. And. That'll be helpful in planning, our. Activities. Going forward. And. In the hospitals, to do, the hospitals, do our health care workers have the protective equipment that the their staffs need here, in Idaho, well. We. Believe so, but. Again it depends upon what happens as long as people continue, to. To. Do the prudent, thing. They've been doing which is. You know social distancing, good. Hygiene, as long, as they continue to do that we. Believe that our our. Personal. Protective equipment inventory. Is, going to be adequate we're, very lucky in Ida we were one of the only states where we had a coordinated, inventory, we. Knew what the what. The emergency. Ambulance. District, did in a rural County, what we had in our big hospitals, what we had in our nursing homes so. We can coordinate that move it around, and. We just got another shipment, from. The federal start pile that, it's all dependent, upon people. Having that, prudent. Behavior, to where we don't spike. Community. Spread and need more of it testing. Consumes. A lot of PPE. If. We. Were to try and test everybody, in Idaho we, have to have our health care workers protected, and that, would spike the consumption, of our personal, protective equipment. How. About ventilators, do we have enough of those as the situation stands, as. Situation. Stands yes, don't we do one. Of the things we have an Idaho that. The. St., Luke's pioneered. Is, what they call e ICU. Which. Is an essence, one. Really, really good technician, sits, in a in a in a. Laboratory, or, in the office and monitors. All. These, ventilators. To. Make sure that each patient, as a. Customized. Flow. Of oxygen. And. And, care. For. That individual, patient because, every. Individual, has a different lung capacity. Every, individual, if, their impact, and has to be on a ventilator will, need a different flow and, so. Ventilators. Are one thing but having the experts to run them is. In. Pharmaceuticals. They need to administer it is another thing and so we're monitoring, all of that we, believe today the. Model from Washington, says we have enough but. Again. People's. Behavior is going to determine the. Critical level that we're gonna need you've signed a proclamation making, it easier for retired, doctors, and nurses to get real Ison's and get back in the profession, to help with the situation we reported that about 400 nurses. Have done that what do you think of the response, we're. Delighted, what. We're doing it licensing, what, we're doing on taking the the, cadre of nurses, that are going through the nursing programs, the, physician's, assistant, program getting.
Them Into the system early making, sure they're supervised. But. Again our. PPE. Equipment, and our critical, health care workers is dependent. Upon all. Of us doing our part to contain, the spread like, having remote delivery of, viewpoint. Exactly. A governor, we're gonna take a quick timeout and a commercial break and then we'll be right back to continue the conversation and with just about everything shut down the corona virus is having a major impact on businesses, workers and the state budget next I'll talk with the governor about the economic, impact of the virus and what's being done to help those affected. How. Did Peterson Auto Group become the number one place to buy or service a car in Treasure Valley friendly. Service a wide selection and, great, prices, Peterson, Auto Group ten brands five locations, all in one spot Peterson, cars.com. Hi. Students, this is mrs. Elliott from frontier elementary, miss you hope you're doing great, this. Is an Webb from Owyhee elementary in Nampa and I, miss you guys and I am so, proud of all the work you're doing, hello. This is Marybeth Matthews, from Sherman Elementary, I want you to know that you are amazing, and to remember to be kinder than necessary, hey. This, is mr. Moore from Sherman elementary, school and I just wanted to say Gators that I miss, you and I wish I could see your faces in person, but, we're gonna get through this and we're gonna have a great, time learning online. And remember. It's, great, to. Be a gator, this. Is Corey Johnson from Sherman Elementary and I just want to shout out to my students I miss you and stay, strong hello, this is amber McVeigh from pepperidge Elementary, letting you know we've got this we, may not be together in our buildings but we're still together as a community, this, message brought to you by Kappa, at Union wear membership, supports, education. Real, Steel find. Yours save. $80, on the self-propelled RMA, 460 D battery powered mower set and save an additional $40. When you take advantage of the double battery bundle, battery. Power made, by steel not. Sold at Lowe's or the Home Depot always. At a local steel dealer. Thank. You for voting Petersen, Auto group the number one place to buy and service a car in Treasure Valley shop, one of our 10 trusted, brands at Peterson auto group 10 brands 5 locations, all in one spot Petersen. Cars calm. And. Welcome. Back to viewpoint today we're focusing on the impacts of the coronavirus, on many aspects, of our lives and we turn now to the economy, my, guest is Idaho, governor Brad, little now governor through the 2.2 trillion dollar federal cares Act stimulus, package Idaho will get at least one and a quarter billion dollars. What, will that money be used for and how is it being managed well a lot of it is is already, slated. To go some. Of it to hospitals, some of Higher Education some. Of it to k12, there's. There's a lot of different parts we. Just had our first meeting, yesterday. Of, our Advisory. Committee which is part, of the agencies, some people from education a couple. Independent. Business. B business. People that will, will, kind of give us advice all. Of it will be run through, transparent. Idaho which is a website and, the, system that our State Controller random, wolf has so. That we. Are as efficient, with that as possible and the public is confident. With it you know for. A guy from a 1.2, billion sounds like quite a bit of money and we, want to make sure that a we get it out to the people that need it as fast as possible and be, that it's spent as efficiently. As possible how. Damaged, is Idaho's. Economy. Well. Chris last month our our, revenue came in ahead, of budget, but. You. Know the the unemployment, numbers are are, staggering. Mm-hm I remember. All the work we went through when we had a hundred, thousand, people and Idaho out of work in, 2009. And 10 when I was kena governor and until.
I Work on economic development. For. Us to get from, having one. Of the best economies. In the whole world particularly. In the United States to, where we are today is just. Unbelievable. To me and and. It's different, in different places you know there's some services. Obviously, the. Delivery, of online. Goods. Obviously. Grocery, stores but, then on the other hand the. Hospitality, industry has. Been has. Just been crushed and my, heart goes out to them in. A lot of ways so it's, just different for different sectors, in different areas of the state our. Agricultural. Base, is. You. Know agricultural, products are still in demand but. If you're a potato farmer, and you. Grow potatoes for, french fries so nobody can go to a. Restaurant, get a french fry that's. Not good either so we, have to look at every single part of the auto economy, and what, we can do to help restore it as fast as possible I, went, through a drive-thru yesterday and got some french fries so we're good you're going to have that cause but, what's the state doing to help those who have lost their jobs as you mentioned, the the numbers are staggering. Well. We. Are, our. Department. Labor the, employment, offices they. Were out busily. Trying to find. A scarce worker for, a business. 40. Days ago and, today they're just being besieged, by, by. Applications. For unemployment there's. Some pretty good programs, from the federal government, that. Are going to go out supplement. People that need. Need. Income, and, we're trying to get that done as fast and as efficiently, as possible so. There's a lot of programs out there I, can't, hard to keep track all of them don't. Get a call or see somebody, mail ask me about program, and have to go back and look at my cheat. Sheet about, what. Program, belongs to who we. Just want an Idaho that to be put out as efficiently. As possible is most. Of the help then for individuals. And for businesses coming, through the cares Act a. And, there's there's, another program I was just talking to my director. Of agriculture. There's, some other money that's available. For agriculture, and we're trying to figure out how, that works there's, there's programs, out there for the healthcare industry. For, rural hospitals, that is to, me desktop of mine because, the, whole issue, here is, to. Lower. That curve and what. We're trying to do is lower that curve, to where it's not above our health care capacity, so to. Keep citizens safe and, to restore the economy I have to make sure that my health care system, that we're not losing that we're gaining on this health care system so obviously. As you mentioned having a big impact on the state budget as well and you issued an executive order, to make 30 mine 39, a million, dollars available to help the state's response to coronavirus. What, is that money for. Well. We're, because, we know our income is gonna come down we know that sales, tax receipts are gonna come, down I tell. People it, takes a lot of toilet paper to make up for a car from. A sales tax standpoint, so our sales tax revenue is gonna be down obviously. People are money their personal, income. Taxes, are going to be down corporate. Income taxes, are going to be down we, are just planning. For. Less revenue, and we, want to balanced our expenditures, of our revenue cover so. Is that tapping the rainy day funds then, we. We, have not tapped the rainy day funds I made some transfers, to. Where we have some more money available and, some, of that money will be to. Get it out at the hospitals, in other areas as we wait for those federal, dollars to come in but. That rainy day fund looks pretty good I'm, on a lot of calls dug, with other governors, and, believe. Me most states, would love to have the, financial, position we have here in Idaho this is going to be a huge challenge but. It's going to be worse than a lot of other states speaking, of that you ordered 1%, budget cuts at state agencies and departments are more likely as you see this, economic. Situation developing. Well. Oh for. Next year, we're, already advising. The agencies. As they, look at. What takes place after. The 1st of July which is our fiscal year about. What they can do to say, the. Last thing you want to do in a crisis like this is raise taxes, but, you also have. To get out those necessary. Services. To the people of the state of I know they're more, important, now than they ever were before and, so. We've, got to keep people safe we've got to keep our health care system. But. Importantly, we want to be there to restore the economy as soon as we take our. Restrictions. Off and get the economy going and I, want to do that as soon as possible I'm going to take one more break governor and come right back with a few more questions but the time we have left so many people organizations and businesses, are stepping up to help fight the virus and those affected, by it for example the Boise company known for making sporting, equipment added medical, gear to the products its workers are pumping out I'll get the governor's take on the community, response to the virus next.
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Governor. We just have about 30 seconds, left do you have a final thought you'd like to leave, the viewers with this morning, well. It's Easter. Week and, you. Know the lesson that we learn. This. Week do we talk about. Amount. Of love thy neighbor is, incredibly. Important, we will get through this. In. Its springtime and, we. Will. Get through this but. Reach out to, those that need some. Help and some support, I, worry, about people that are isolated at, home I look, out on the streets of voice you can see how few people are out and, that's good. But. They do need to get out, and. Refresh. Your mind it, shouldn't be. Coronavirus. All day every day we. Will get through this I am 100%. Confident. And I think we'll get through it better than almost any other place but, people have to continue, to, practice, good behavior they're practicing, today and I appreciate it very much governor, I want to thank you for your time today and say a happy, Easter to you and your family and be, well sir. Thanks. Doug, that's. All of our time for this week's viewpoint.