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Hospitals in the south and southeastern regions of Idaho have banded together to release a joint statement calling for their communities to take responsibility to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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BOISE — Idaho’s economic rebound following a shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic is third-best in the nation based on the unemployment rate, but the tradeoff has come with the worst positive COVID-19 test rate in the country and a grim milestone: 500 dead.

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Regional health officials seemed exasperated last week. Why, despite rounds of mask mandates and event restrictions based on venue size, is the virus running more rampant than ever?

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Regional health officials on Thursday, frustrated with an unprecedented surge of new coronavirus cases, followed course with their pandemic response plan by mandating masks in three counties with high rates of spread — Custer, Lemhi and Teton — but they said they'd look to change their plan.

David, an old high school friend, sat by me at a football game. After we watched the opening kickoff, he turned to me and asked, “How did you end up becoming the kickoff person for our high school team? That seems unusual for a lineman.”

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It's been about 60 days since Emily Geisler first contracted the coronavirus and she's still taking prescription headache medication and nausea pills developed for chemotherapy patients. 

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Public health officials have begun pushing back against what they say are dangerous myths about deaths from COVID-19 — myths that downplay the dangers associated with the novel coronavirus.

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BOISE — With lots of questions over how people in Idaho will know if they’re showing symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu, state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn announced this week that a single test will be available this fall to test for both.

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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided updated guidelines to help Church leaders and members safely increase engagement in worship and other activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Eastern Idaho Public Health confirmed two coronavirus-related deaths of Bonneville County residents this week, putting the total death toll due to the virus at 15 for eastern Idaho.

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LOGAN, Utah — One day before the fall semester begins at Utah State University, the COVID-19 pandemic has generated a crisis with high levels of the virus detected in the sewage of four dorms and the university announcing a quarantine of students in those facilities.

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The consequences of the coronavirus pandemic have reverberated into almost every aspect of people’s lives. Many people are unsure where to turn for help as they navigate this new reality.

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A recent United Ways of Idaho survey found three-fifths of Southeast Idaho residents have experienced some degree of financial distress during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Tracking based on geotagged Twitter data has found that Idaho is fourth in the country for people refusing to wear masks as protection against COVID-19, according to a survey by Florida based marketing company Fresh Mechanism.

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REXBURG — We are pleased to announce that Brigham Young University-Idaho will broadcast an online commencement service to celebrate and recognize our Spring Semester 2020 graduates. Elder L. Whitney Clayton, Senior President of the Quorums of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latt…

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Idaho Falls City Council on Thursday will consider making face masks mandatory in public spaces, as a growing number of Idaho cities are doing as the state’s COVID-19 caseload soars, according to an agenda posted on the city website on Tuesday evening.

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A resident of a Blackfoot-based assisted living facility has died due to COVID-19-related illness. The resident was in his 80s with underlying health conditions. This is the second death from COVID-19 in southeast Idaho.

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Project Protect, a service project created in Utah to produce masks for health care workers, sent about 190 kits to Rexburg on May 6. Each kit had 100 masks to be sewn. In the last two weeks of May, Upper Valley residents created over 93,000 clinical-grade pleated masks.

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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.