The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Idaho are increasing at a rapid rate as more people are undergoing testing at drive-thru sites.

With recent Coronavirus drive-thru testing sites becoming available in a number of counties in Idaho, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting a spike in statewide cases. In the Magic Valley, St. Luke's Medical Center began offering swab testing to people outside the hospital through the use of testing tents.

According to the most recent numbers statewide, there are 475 cases, according to reporting health districts. Nine deaths have also been linked to COVID-19. Governor Brad Little will be hosting a live COVID-19 question and answer session that will air on Idaho Public Television on Thursday, April 2.

Those who fear they may have contracted the virus can visit the testing tents between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., which is located near the surgery center of St. Luke's Medical Plaza, in Twin Falls. A new COVID-19 triage hotline has been set up through St. Luke's for those who have questions or concerns. That number is 208-381-9500.

The most updated information regarding state testing, announcements, symptoms and other information relating to the virus, can also be accessed by clicking here.

The CDC reminds the public to continue to practice social-distancing (six-feet from others), keep hands washed, avoid contact with those who appear ill, self-quarantine as often as possible, and avoid large crowds whenever possible.

The early symptoms of the virus include a persistent cough, fever and difficulty breathing.

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