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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.

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Most Idaho adults say they would receive the COVID-19 vaccine if offered, but a high rate of vaccine-hesitant Republicans may make achieving herd immunity more difficult, according to a report commissioned by the state health department.

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Madison County’s mask order from Eastern Idaho Public Health will be lifted in just under two weeks, following improved and stable hospital capacity after near-critical levels during fall 2020.

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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.