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Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: August 7, 2020

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Wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID19, a teacher helps elementary school students before classes began for the day in Godley, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.

It was another tumultuous week in Idaho as the state continues to struggle against the coronavirus. While there are some signs that hot spots in the southwest part of the state are beginning to slow down in new cases, hospitalizations are up and another 26 fatalities were reported by the state since Sunday. With that backdrop, schools are trying to reopen. 

Besides K-12 reopening plans, the Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable will share what we learned from a study looking at the amount of testing required to safely return to college campuses, the financial hardship facing state universities, a program to train rural doctors on COVID-19 best practices, and in non-pandemic news, a look at a controversial proposal for state endowment lands near McCall. 

Our panel today: 

  • Madelyn Beck with the Mountain West News Bureau
  • Don Day with BoiseDev
  • Kevin Richert Idaho Education News

As COVID-19 cases spread through the U.S. and Idaho, we’re committed to keeping you updated and informed. You can get updated info on cases, closures and how to stay healthy at any time on our Coronavirus news blog.

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Frankie Barnhill was the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast.
As Senior Producer of our live daily talk show Idaho Matters, I’m able to indulge my love of storytelling and share all kinds of information (I was probably a Town Crier in a past life!). My career has allowed me to learn something new everyday and to share that knowledge with all my friends on the radio.