As our families, communities and nation work through this situation, LINC is here to provide you with specific information relating to Idaho and disability issues. Although our offices are physically closed, LINC is still working hard to provide resources and help.
We make every effort to provide accurate information. We will also continue to build this page as the situation changes. Please check back as your needs change as well.
General COVID-19 Information
Governor’s Stay Healthy Order
This is the Governor’s plan for our state as we manage this COVID-19 epidemic. Many people with disabilities have physical conditions where COVID-19 poses a higher risk to them. Therefore, they are considered part of the “vulnerable population” in the order and recovery plans. Here is more specific information about what it means —
Questions about enforcement of the Stay Healthy Order are answered
The Stages of Re-Opening as well as requirements for business and updated information about that process can be found at their website:
Crush the Curve Idaho
Providing COVID-19 testing to workers deemed essential during this global pandemic.
State Independent Living Council
Our State Independent Living Council (SILC)’s website has links to information on disability-specific help, mental health resources, as well as getting your basic needs met.
Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
For participants and providers in the HCBS programs, there is a website for you with COVID-19 Updates. Click the link below to visit their site for more information.
A great resource for those caring for others during this time. They cover a variety of topics including new COVID-19 symptoms, keeping those with Alzheimer’s safe from COVID-19 and more. Please check out their blog.
Basic Information plus Questions and Answers
From the World Health Organization, the people working on the COVID-19 issue worldwide:
Puzzled by the words people are using during this time?
This website gives good, basic definitions of terms we hear a lot lately…
Questions about COVID-19 or the Stay-Home Order?
Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has announced a new toll-free number for Idahoans to call with questions.
Available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
How to Prepare
This is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) specifically on COVID-19. Links to find local information, how to avoid scams, signs & symptoms, having a plan, etc. Even if you have not been able to prepare before now, it’s never too late!
Beware of Scams!
There is a lot of misinformation about what our government agencies are doing and not doing during this crisis. Please be aware that Social Security payments will continue as they have. Do not try to visit government offices without calling first; most are closed to in-person visits to help stop the spread of the virus. Government office staff are still working to answer calls and emails.
Social Security Administration
Need answers about your Social Security benefits during this time? Click here to be directed to their website.
US Dept of Health and Human Services
“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Scammers are offering COVID-19 tests to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information. However, the services are unapproved and illegitimate.” (from the HHS website) Click here to read the full article and find out how to report fraud.
FEMA’s Coronavirus Rumor Control
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also has a webpage with good information about what is and is not happening regarding food and supplies, stay-home orders and more. Click here to visit their webpage for more information.