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Ketchum Asks Residents to Check on Neighbors

KETCHUM, Idaho – There is no time like the present to keep in touch with your neighbors.

On a regular, coronavirus pandemic day, restaurants, grocery stores and pharmacies continue to generously offer take-out and delivery for their customers.

While people are able to get food and prescriptions, it’s equally important to keep in communication with friends, family and neighbors who are sheltering in place.

Some residents, who may be elderly or living on their own, may be more vulnerable to the effects of the virus and become too sick to call for help.

“Our EMS team and police recently responded to a residence after receiving a call from a neighbor,” said Ketchum Fire Chief Bill McLaughlin. “The call to 911 from this conscientious neighbor allowed us to get the patient to the hospital.”

These are the type of situations when neighbors can check in with a quick phone call, and potentially save a life.

At the very least, it will add a smile and make someone’s day.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for all they’re doing to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our town,” said Mayor Neil Bradshaw. “And I know it’s not too much to ask of this wonderful community to remember our neighbors. One act of kindness, as little as a phone call, can help us stay connected and help us check in on the health of those more vulnerable than ourselves.”

For updates on city actions toward COVID-19, visit www.ketchumidaho.org/covid19. Spanish translations of several documents can also be found on the city website.

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About the City of Ketchum

The City of Ketchum is located in the Wood River Valley in south central Idaho. Founded in 1880 during the mining boom, Ketchum is now regarded as one of the most popular destinations for winter and summer visitors due to its world-class skiing, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, restaurants, art galleries and shopping. In 2018, Ketchum was awarded designation by the International Dark-Sky Association as a Dark Sky Community and is included in the Nation’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, one of only 13 in the world. The City of Ketchum hosts the famous annual Wagon Days Parade, held on Labor Day weekend, and numerous other year-round attractions. Ketchum is home to more than 10,000 full- and part-time residents. For more information about the City of Ketchum, visit www.ketchumidaho.org.

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