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.
Metrics continue to be assessed every two weeks
The Rexburg Kiwanis Club and Rexburg Rotary Club are calling upon child artists to help distribute thank-you cards to about 150 businesses on Thursday.
Utah State University has expanded COVID-19 testing for employees and students on the Logan Campus by way of a new testing site just east of Maverik Stadium.
Different tracking methods of Idaho’s coronavirus testing have led to varying reports of the state’s positivity rate.
When schools reopened in late August, health officials expected a spike in COVID-19 cases. But they say it’s panned out much better than they once thought.
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.
Madison County is now under high risk status of Eastern Idaho Public Health’s COVID-19 Regional Response Plan but won’t see further restrictions issued from EIPH.
Rexburg has reached the New York Times’ number one rank for cities with rising active COVID-19 cases within the last two weeks.
EMMETT, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho high school football game was canceled after anti-government activist Ammon Bundy refused to wear a mask or leave school grounds.
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?
Sugar-Salem’s football team looked sharp coming out of its bye, scoring a season-high in points on its way to a 34-22 road win over Preston.
BOISE — Idaho will stay in Stage 4 of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan for another two weeks, Gov. Brad Little announced Thursday, his eighth continuation of this final phase of reopening.
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.
Enviro groups worry too much logging
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho now has more than 40,500 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, and some health experts are warning that the state is entering its third wave of new infections.
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.”
SHELLEY — At a recent drive-thru flu shot clinic, Jane Strong pulled in as she was heading to buy groceries.
Madison County’s recent surge of active COVID-19 cases has opened the possibility of Brigham Young University-Idaho closing its campus.
BOISE — Idaho’s statewide positive COVID-19 test rate has risen slightly, remaining under 10% for the fifth straight week.
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.
New equipment being set up in Idaho Falls is capable of processing hundreds of diagnostic coronavirus tests each day, which experts say will be a crucial boon for pandemic monitoring in eastern Idaho.
The chief medical officers of both Portneuf Medical Center and Bingham Memorial Hospital recently warned public health officials that their facilities are on the “razor’s edge” of being overwhelmed by COVID-19.
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.
Idaho school districts vary widely when it comes to letting the public know about coronavirus cases in classrooms.
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.
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.
Teton County is no longer under a countywide mask mandate from Eastern Idaho Public Health, and Jefferson County might join soon.
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.
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.
BOISE — Shirley Hurley’s biggest fear is that one day she will go to her mother’s window at Shaw Mountain of Cascadia and the staff will say she isn’t feeling well.
If eastern Idaho breaches metrics to reach a higher risk level, the Eastern Idaho Public Health board could issue a rigid ban on large gatherings throughout the region, officials voted Thursday.
BOISE — At-home COVID-19 test kits now are available at all Albertsons pharmacies in southern Idaho, company officials announced Tuesday.
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.
BOISE — Idaho hasn’t met its COVID-19 criteria for moving out of Stage 4 reopening restrictions, Gov. Brad Little announced Thursday, but he pressed to reopen schools for the fall nevertheless.
BOISE — State officials said during Tuesday’s AARP telephone conference that 58% of Idaho’s COVID-19 deaths have been linked to long-term care facilities.
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.
Eastern Idaho Public Health (EIPH) has confirmed the death of a male in his 90s from Bonneville County due to complications of COVID-19.
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.
BOISE — State officials announced 550 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the statewide case total over 14,000.
Teton County is the first in eastern Idaho where masks are mandatory in public and large gatherings are barred across the county.
Driggs and Victor councils require masks in cities
BOISE — State officials reported four COVID-19-related deaths on Wednesday, the second highest single-day number since five were reported on April 21.
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…
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.
POCATELLO — Pocatello is mulling an ordinance that would require citizens to wear masks in public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Southeastern Idaho Public Health has 18 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 (9 in Bannock County, 7 in Bingham County, 1 in Caribou County, 1 in Franklin County) in southeast Idaho.
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.
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.
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.