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BOISE — Idaho has passed another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, with the state Department of Health & Welfare reporting that the number of Idahoans who have died from COVID-19 surpassed the 3,000 mark on Wednesday, hitting 3,040.

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While the initial surge of COVID-19 deaths skipped over much of rural America, where roughly 15% of Americans live, nonmetropolitan mortality rates quickly started to outpace those of metropolitan areas as the virus spread nationwide before vaccinations became available, according to data fr…

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CANYON COUNTY — Christmas and New Years were quiet affairs in Nampa in 1918, since the influenza ban prevented any public gatherings.

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Coronavirus deaths in eastern Idaho last week rose to a level that was only last seen in January, while the state was exiting a monthslong case surge that nearly overwhelmed health care systems.

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BOISE — An advocacy group for older adults has filed a civil rights complaint against Idaho over the state's “crisis standards of care” guidelines for hospitals that are overwhelmed by patients amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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BOISE — Health care workers are exhausted and angry. Some of Idaho’s coronavirus vaccines are expiring because they have sat unused for so long. And coronavirus case numbers and deaths continue to climb, putting the state among the worst in the nation for the rate of new COVID-19 diagnoses.

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BOISE — Lawmakers on a committee that considers state sovereignty issues have bumped up their planned meeting next week to Wednesday to consider President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate. The meeting announced Monday is a potential avenue to reconvening the Legislature.

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More pregnant women in Idaho are getting sick with COVID-19. Some of them have to be hospitalized and put on ventilators because they can’t breathe — and, sometimes, their babies are delivered early because of preterm labor or in an effort to save the baby’s or mother’s life.

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BOISE — The intensive care rooms at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center are full, each a blinking jungle of tubes, wires and mechanical breathing machines. The patients nestled inside are a lot alike: All unvaccinated, mostly middle-aged or younger, reliant on life support and locked in a silent…

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BLACKFOOT -- Posters hanging throughout the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds have a simple message featuring the fair's mascot, "Happy," as a full fair returns in 2021, starting Friday.

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Utah State University will be requiring a COVID-19 vaccine after a letter from the Utah Board of Higher Education sent Friday encouraged college presidents to consider the vaccine as a precondition for enrollment.

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Idaho's hospitals are bursting at the seams as coronavirus numbers continue to skyrocket across the state, prompting state leaders to call on residents to serve as volunteers to help keep medical facilities operating, the AP reports. "There's a wide variety of positions available, a wide variety of skillsets...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday, a milestone that could lift public confidence in the shots and spur more companies, universities and local governments to make vaccinations mandatory.

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BOISE — Last week, Idaho Gov. Brad Little posted on Facebook a plea for Idahoans to get vaccinated so that students can safely return to in-person classes as the highly infectious delta coronavirus variant continues to spread throughout the state. A barrage of misinformed comments appeared i…

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Eastern Idaho health officials bristled at the suggestion of more coronavirus restrictions Friday, backing vaccines as crucial while a statewide surge threatens to send Idaho hospitals into a resource crisis.

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Patients treated in emergency rooms. Small community hospitals calling around for a place to send their critically ill patients. Nurses so burned out that hospitals offer them cash to take extra shifts. And a delta-fueled COVID-19 fire raging out of control from coast to coast.