Coronavirus

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The COVID-19 curve in the U.S. is rising again after months of decline, with the number of new cases per day doubling over the past three weeks, driven by the fast-spreading delta variant, lagging vaccination rates and Fourth of July gatherings.

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Idaho officials are gearing up to boost their capacity to put coronavirus test samples through genetic sequencing to identify concerning mutations.

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Most staff in Idaho nursing homes are unvaccinated, threatening the health of overwhelmingly vaccinated, medically vulnerable patients, according to data released last week that provides a rare but incomplete glimpse into vaccination rates in long-term care facilities.

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As cases tumble and states reopen, the potential final stage in the U.S. campaign to vanquish COVID-19 is turning into a slog, with a worrisome variant gaining a bigger foothold and lotteries and other prizes failing to persuade some Americans to get vaccinated.

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A press release from UW Medicine announced that a study of 1,095 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 discovered that two easily measurable signs of health — respiration rate and blood-oxygen saturation — are distinctly predictive of higher mortality. Notably, the authors said, anyone who rec…

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CHUBBUCK — Dean Wilde called in Hospice and asked the children to pay his 105-year-old mother a final visit when he learned in February that she'd contracted COVID-19. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.

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Lately, Southeastern Idaho Public Health Director Maggie Mann has been thinking back to 2009, when there was widespread misinformation that the vaccine that promised to quash the H1N1 pandemic somehow caused sterility. 

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Every adult in Idaho is eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, but the number of adults who’ve received at least one dose in Idaho is barely more than halfway toward the 80% benchmark that experts say could pave a path for the virus to be under control. And that doesn’t include young childre…

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Last week, when the United States temporarily halted use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Idaho public health officials saw the number of people accepting vaccines to decrease.

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POCATELLO — The city’s ordinance requiring face coverings to be worn in public places will again remain in place, this time until at least through May 6 following a 4-2 vote from the City Council Thursday evening.

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Local doctors treating COVID-19 patients in eastern Idaho are growing increasingly concerned that Idaho’s sparse testing for concerning coronavirus variants means officials simply don’t know if variants are spreading here.

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Although Eastern Idaho Public Health lifted the public face covering order in Madison County on Thursday, Brigham Young University-Idaho is keeping its COVID-19 protocols unchanged.

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Sugar City’s Public Works Director Arlynn Jacobson and its information technology director, Spencer Cook, have created a cellphone app that will send residents city announcements.