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.
More than 330 coronavirus cases in Idaho have been caused by concerning variants, according to data released this week.
About 1.1 million vaccine doses have administered in Idaho. Over half a million Idahoans have received both shots.
Recently released data show that females in Idaho reported post-vaccination coronavirus infections at higher rates than females across the country.
While local coronavirus infections declined and the percent of tests that return positive dropped to a 10-month low, virus-related hospitalizations have plateaued but are still high in eastern Idaho.
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.
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.
Idaho health officials hope to have 80% of residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by early fall.
The COVID-19 vaccine is now eligible for everyone 16-years-old and older in Madison County.
Mostly good news emerged this week about COVID-19 vaccines.
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.
Although new coronavirus cases dipped last week in eastern Idaho, health experts say the region’s coronavirus surge that propelled it to national hotspot status isn’t over.
In most regions of Idaho, all residents age 16 and up can start scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
While Idaho prepares to let all adults access COVID-19 vaccines, state health officials are also bracing for a time when vaccine supply will outpace demand.
BOISE — Idaho continues to strongly recommend wearing masks in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19, even as the state’s vaccine rollout expands.
All Idahoans over the age of 16 will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccines beginning April 5.
During the fall and winter coronavirus surge, two of the most common respiratory viruses fell by the wayside.
The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) marks the one-year anniversary of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act by pledging its continued commitment to investigating COVID-19 financial crimes and urging taxpayers to report suspected fraud.
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.
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.
Before the end of April, every Idahoan age 16 and up will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
After Idaho Gov. Brad Little delegated most control of the pandemic to local governments in June 2020, Eastern Idaho Public Health’s board forged a strategy for controlling the pandemic locally.
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.
Idahoans age 45 and up will all be made eligible for COVID-19 vaccines within weeks, state leaders said Tuesday.
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.
IDAHO FALLS — With an outbreak stemmed, the dining room is finally looking more full.
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If the regional health board sticks to its plan, masks should again be mandatory throughout eastern Idaho’s most populous county.
Dr. David Pate, a leading voice on Idaho’s COVID-19 response, posed a hypothetical best-case scenario this week.
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.
Eastern Idaho Public Health is letting essential workers in a handful of industries sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine waitlist.
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.
Just before the first COVID-19 vaccines arrived mid-December, new reported infections began dropping across eastern Idaho.
If you’re headed to a vaccine appointment in the Gem State, you’ll need to bring proof that you live or work in Idaho.
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.
Idaho’s weekly COVID-19 vaccine dose allotment has increased again while another boost may be fast-approaching.
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.
Madison Memorial Hospital is among Idaho COVID-19 vaccine providers leading in the percentage of doses administered.
The first draw of Eastern Idaho Public Health’s vaccine lottery signup system for seniors and other eligible people is underway.
An extra supply of COVID-19 vaccines allowed Eastern Idaho Public Health to vaccinate nearly 400 people in Madison County during a mass clinic on Saturday.
It felt like a sinus infection at first.
BOISE — A girls’ basketball tournament triggered legislation introduced Friday targeting gathering-size limits due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Carmen Marler was one of the lucky ones.
Luck of the draw will now decide when eastern Idaho seniors can get COVID-19 vaccines through the health district.
Idaho is returning to Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds Plan after several weeks of declining COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations.
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.
Starting Monday, Feb. 1, Idaho residents aged 65 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.