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What We Know And Don't Know About The COVID-19 Delta Variant In Idaho

A hand holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine between the thumb and index finger. Other vials with red caps can be seen beneath it in a bin.
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We've heard about the Delta variant that first was identified in India and is now spreading around the U.S. But what exactly is known about it, and what does it mean for Idaho's low vaccination rate?

Idaho Matters talks about this with Dr. David Pate, former CEO of St. Luke's Health System and a member of the governor's coronavirus task force. Plus: we ask Pate about the dangers that come with this week's historic heat wave in Idaho, and how to protect ourselves from heat-related health issues.

Samantha Wright is a news reporter and producer for Idaho Matters.
Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.