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Idaho’s top health leader said if the COVID-19 vaccine supply continues to rise, the state’s weekly inventory could more than double within a month and secure a path to reach “some sense of normalcy” by summer’s end.

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BOISE (AP) — Public health officials have confirmed two more cases of Idaho residents infected with COVID-19 variants, including the first known case of a resident infected with the United Kingdom variant of the coronavirus.

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BOISE — Two new variants of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), including one that may be more infectious than current variants in Idaho, have been discovered in wastewater samples from three Ada County cities, Central District Health announced Wednesday. 

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BOISE — An Idaho senator tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, and the Senate is being warned of the possible exposure. Today, Sen. Van Burtenshaw, R-Terreton, was absent and appointed former Sen. Jeff Siddoway, also from Terreton, to fill in for him indefinitely.

Idaho is returning to Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds Plan after several weeks of declining COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad little is moving the state into “Stage 3” of his coronavirus reopening plan, lessening restrictions on the size of group gatherings as the rate of COVID-19 infections continues to drop statewide.

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Seven Idaho children diagnosed with MIS-C between November 2020 and early January 2021 are being added to the state’s overall MIS-C case total. In collaboration with healthcare providers serving the Treasure Valley, these cases were found to have not previously been included in the state cas…

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BOISE — Two former Republican speakers of the Idaho House took the unusual step of releasing a letter Wednesday blasting the Republican-dominated Legislature for its attempts to strip GOP Gov. Brad Little and future governors of emergency powers during crises like the coronavirus pandemic.

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State health care leaders are pressing federal officials to explain why Idaho was allotted far fewer doses of coronavirus vaccine than most other states, the AP reports. According to numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the only state allotted less on a per-capita basis is South Carolina...

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Thanks to a years-long shift toward home-based gospel study driven by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, students at the Driggs seminary found the forced transitions caused by COVID to be less jarring than they might have been otherwise.

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The Idaho High School Activities Association is slightly changing its winter championship schedule due to COVID facility protocols and recommendations from its State Tournament Committee.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct information about Eastern Idaho Public Health's vaccine eligibility tool. It allows people to register to be notified once vaccines are available to people in their priority group. It does not allow people to schedule appointments.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two Democratic lawmakers in Idaho filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court against the Legislature and the Republican speaker of the House contending the Statehouse is unsafe for them and others with chronic health conditions because coronavirus precautions are being ignored.

The turn of the new year has seen Madison County move back into Eastern Idaho Public Health’s COVID-19 high-risk level, ending a near two-month period of soaring active COVID-19 cases in the health district’s critical-risk level.

Hospital representatives delivered a sigh of relief to eastern Idaho health officials on Thursday, saying that the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines to frontline health care workers this week has boosted staff morale.

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TREASURE VALLEY — A new nationwide survey found that officials with two-thirds of the long-term care facilities surveyed say they won’t make it another year because of the increased costs due to COVID-19; local officials say Idaho is seeing the same rise in expenses.

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Eastern Idaho Public Health will be conducting free COVID-19 drive-thru testing starting Monday until the end of December.

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REXBURG — A hospital in eastern Idaho began inoculating health care workers on Monday with a very limited number of initial doses of Pfizer’s newly approved COVID-19 vaccine, signaling what could be the beginning of the end for the coronavirus pandemic.