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After Pressure, Idaho Shares Information On COVID-19 Deaths In Nursing Homes

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Carmela Bergamelli, 87, sits on a wheelchair in Alzano Lombardo, Italy, Friday, May 29, 2020.


Since the coronavirus first started spreading in Idaho, one concern for both the public and health officials has been the protection of folks who live in nursing homes. But as March turned to April and then to May, the state remained tight-lipped about exactly how many cases of COVID-19 exist in which facilities. 

Now, we know a lot more. Of the 83 coronavirus deaths in the state, 52 of those deaths were among residents or staff.  


After the Idaho Statesman threatened to sue the State Department of Health and Welfare, the agency released a list on Friday.


Statesman reporter Audrey Dutton doggedly pushed for the information, and shares more about what she’s learned.

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Frankie Barnhill was the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast.