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Idaho doctors talk masks in schools after child vaccines roll out

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Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Children ages 5-11 are able to get vaccinated, prompting questions about masking in Idaho schools. Meanwhile, COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations are still high in Idaho, but state health officials say they are declining. Those trends are starting to relieve some pressure on our state’s healthcare providers, which remains in crisis standards of care.

Idaho Matters learns more about how the pandemic is affecting the state right now with two medical doctors:

  • Dr. David Pate, member of the governor's coronavirus task force and former CEO of St. Luke's Health
  • Dr. Julie Lyons, a family practice physician with St. Luke’s Wood River Valley
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.