The week starting Oct. 10 proved to be the second deadliest week for COVID-19 this year in eastern Idaho, according to the Post Register's tracking of death notices.
BOISE — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has been quietly touring hospitals and intensive care units across the state this week to personally express his appreciation to health care workers amid the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials are not sure whether Idaho’s delta-fueled COVID-19 surge is over yet.
Reported COVID-19 deaths dipped in eastern Idaho last week, following two weeks of high reports.
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.
In a rare change, hospitalizations and ICU admissions dipped last week in Idaho, where a hospital crisis plan has been in effect statewide for three weeks.
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…
CANYON COUNTY — Christmas and New Years were quiet affairs in Nampa in 1918, since the influenza ban prevented any public gatherings.
IDAHO FALLS — Bonneville Joint School District 93 is moving to the red phase of its COVID-19 response plan, requiring students and staff to wear masks starting Monday.
Booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer are available statewide at pharmacies, clinics and health care providers, according to the state health department.
Idaho officials sounded the alarm Tuesday about rising COVID-19 infections in children.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has distributed about $5 million to help pay for the funerals of Utahns who have died of COVID-19, the federal agency reports.
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.
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.
New research from Idaho State University found that Hispanics in rural southeastern Idaho communities had low rates of vaccine hesitancy and refusal.
There are many reasons for Idaho's hospital staffing shortage.
An Idaho Falls hospital has partnered with the state to administer treatment that helps keep COVID-19 patients out of the hospital.
Pocatello Community Charter School will be reimposing a mask mandate for students effective on Thursday, Dean Michael Mendive confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
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.
The entire state of Idaho is already under a formal hospital resource crisis.
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.
Four more eastern Idahoans have died of COVID-19, including two people in their 30s and 50s, officials announced Tuesday.
A few weeks ago, highly trained cadaver dogs were set loose near Almo to search an area about the size of two football fields sniffing for human remains.
A Caldwell school and community are reeling following the death of an admired administrator.
Crisis Standards of Care were not in use Thursday in eastern Idaho, but area hospitals were still burdened by the latest wave of COVID-19 patients.
On the same day as a last-resort hospital crisis plan was activated statewide for the first time ever, eastern Idaho health officials appointed one of the plan’s authors to serve as a board member.
All of Idaho has now been declared under a hospital resource crisis that allows for health care to be rationed.
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.
In communities across Idaho, we have celebrated the impact of our brave, dedicated healthcare workers as they fight against COVID-19. This pandemic, now in its 18th month, continues to take a relentless toll on the region’s caregivers. They have worked tirelessly and devoted themselves to ca…
BOISE — As Idaho’s hospitals and intensive-care units fill up with patients receiving costly life-saving care for an avoidable medical condition — severe COVID-19 in unvaccinated individuals — that care is taking priority over regular medical care for everything from hip replacements to canc…
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…
After the recent Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, federal employees and contractors can expect tighter vaccine requirements.
COVID-19 is once again straining hospitals all across Idaho as many are struggling to find space to treat patients in intensive care units.
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.
Gov. Little: "There are only four standard adult ICU beds available in the entire state."
Arlene Cranford, a 56-year-old cancer survivor, worried about what side effects the COVID-19 vaccine might bring. Until she realized that no matter what, she was at risk.
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.
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...
Intensive care unit admissions for COVID-19 recently hit an all-time high in Idaho. Coronavirus cases have barreled upward. And hospitals are “dangerously close” to a resource crisis.
POCATELLO — Idaho State University started its school year on Monday with vaccinations front of mind, as an effort to fend off COVID-19 has turned to cash incentives for vaccinated students and weekly testing for the unvaccinated.
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.
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…
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.
Unless you're one of the 6,300 Idahoans living in three specific rural counties, you should be wearing a mask in public indoor spaces, according to federal guidelines.
Health care systems in eastern Idaho and throughout the state faced strains head-on last fall — when a surge of COVID-19 cases overwhelmed their resources.
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.
This story was originally published in the Idaho Capital Sun.
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