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A new N95 mask decontamination system in Idaho Falls can handle up to 80,000 face masks a day, and while it is cleaning masks for medical and emergency services providers throughout the state, so far it is running well under its capacity.

On April 30, Governor Brad Little announced the state’s readiness to begin Stage One protocols for Idaho to reopen. Stage One is expected to take place over a two-week period (May 1 – May 15). In order to advance to the next stage, all state-identified criteria must be met.

Madison Memorial Hospital respiratory therapist, Aaron Craythorn, is in New York treating COVID-19 patients at the Lincoln Bronx Hospital in New York. He has done so for the past six weeks and plans to be there for another month.

REXBURG − On Saturday near the Madison County Courthouse, Idaho residents gathered to protest Governor Brad Little’s stay-home order. The gathering began around 10 a.m. and by 10:25 a.m. there were about 30 occupied vehicles and at least 10 individuals congregating on the sidewalks, many at …

At the April 15 City Council meeting, the council approved a budget amendment and proposal for a dog park within Eagle Park. It should be available in June and will cost $79,000 to build.

Madison and Sugar-Salem School Districts plan to continue the ‘soft closure’ of their schools. The Fremont School District also plans to continue with its online education, but is also awaiting more information from Gov. Little, Idaho education and health officials on how to continue the rem…

At the Madison County Commissioner meeting Monday, officials looked at how COVID-19 impacted businesses within the county and how many of the businesses might need tax relief due to lower profits caused by a steep decline in the number of Brigham Young University-Idaho students living in Mad…

Longtime Madison County Detective Sgt. John Virgin plans to run for Fremont County Sheriff in May.

Come Sunday morning, instead of bundling up and making the annual trek to Marsing’s Lizard Butte before sunrise, the roughly 1,500 people who normally mark this Easter tradition will likely be at home, tuning in through a computer screen instead.

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In a 75-day legislative session that was dominated by bitter debate over social issues and failure to agree on major challenges, from property tax relief to regulating hemp, Gov. Brad Little sees some significant advances for the state. “Overall, I was very pleased,” Little said in an interview with the Idaho Press, taking a brief break from his current “COVID-19 all day every day” schedule. He cited enactment of his initiatives on education, including adding an advanced rung to the teacher career ladder; approval of his corrections initiative to provide more services aimed at preventing reoffense by parolees; and limiting overall spending while beefing up the state’s rainy-day funds...

In order to keep communities safe amid the growing coronavirus pandemic and protect citizens’ right to vote, Idahoans will vote in the May Primary Election from home. If you want to vote in the upcoming election, you will need to request your ballot at IdahoVotes.gov. 

The majority of Idahoans who have tested positive for COVID-19 so far are under age 50, with more than 600 people aged 18-49 testing positive. The second-largest group is Idahoans 50 and older, at more than 500 cases; but there also have been 15 cases in people under 18. “I think a lot of young people are maybe not aware...

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has ordered the creation of a committee to oversee the state’s $1.25 billion share of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic rescue package approved by Congress last month.

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Idaho is a big state, the 11th largest in the U.S. in terms of square miles. And it boasts a diverse environment from the fertile Snake River Basin to the high deserts in the southwest and eastern parts of the state to the lush forests of the panhandle.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community‐based transmission.

REXBURG − David Ashby, Learning Innovation and Technology director at Brigham Young University-Idaho, said he has a full staff consulting campus instructors and helping them adjust to an online-only environment. Recently BYU-Idaho announced that all its campus classes will be held online for…

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A key resource for understanding and managing the growth of the COVID-19 pandemic is testing. But according to physicians on the frontlines, current testing in Idaho, as throughout the nation, is sorely inadequate, suggesting the infection is much more widespread than indicated by official s…

As the regional referral hospital for southeast Idaho, western Wyoming and southern Montana, EIRMC continues to receive patients from other hospitals who require a higher level of care.

The 2020 Free Fisherman’s Breakfast in St. Anthony has been canceled. The annual event brings hundreds of people to town with visitors from as far away as Australia.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has announced a new toll-free number for Idahoans to call with questions about COVID-19 or the Statewide Stay-Home Order. The number, 1-888-330-3010, will be staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The number will be in service beginni…

BOISE — Gov. Brad Little is waiving the weeklong waiting period for unemployment benefits, and moving millions of dollars to an emergency fund to bolster Idaho's fight against the novel coronavirus, he announced at a Friday press conference. 

The St. Anthony City Council declared a local disaster emergency during its March 26 meeting to acquire funding from the state when necessary and align with state and county government.

(BOISE)—The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) remind the public to refrain from all nonessential open burning activities as communities respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes …

This week Governor Brad Little ordered all Idahoans to stay home for 21 days. Residents are facing uncertainty as they prepare to stay home for three weeks. The Standard Journal spoke with Dr. Ron Larsen, a psychiatrist and medical director of Optum Idaho. The company is working with the Dep…