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While Idaho is experiencing its sharpest spike in coronavirus cases of the entire pandemic, Gov. Brad Little is pushing for K-12 schools to re-open for in-person instruction this fall.

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A surge in new coronavirus cases is keeping most of Idaho locked into Stage 4 of Gov. Brad Little’s reopening plan for at least another couple of weeks.

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When he launched Idaho’s phased reopening plan in April, Gov. Brad Little said if cases of coronavirus in Idaho spiked, the entire state could move back through these four different stages. That no longer appears to be the case.

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After fewer businesses than expected applied for help from the state to weather the recent coronavirus shutdown, Idaho is using up to $100 million of that money to push people to go back to work.

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Our Reporter Roundtable has shares fresh perspectives and stories you might have missed from around the Gem State this week.

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Idaho is forging ahead in its reopening plan, but Gov. Brad Little said the state nearly missed the benchmarks needed to move forward. 

“We almost did not make it to stage four this week,” Little said in a press conference Thursday.



Governor Brad Little said in early May that it had been weeks since he’d spoken to Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin. But on Tuesday, McGeachin joined Gov. Little and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen for the first time during a weekly COVID-19 town hall.


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Idaho’s wishlist for expanding coronavirus testing is long. But since releasing a testing strategy more than a week ago, the state hasn’t provided much clarity on how it will get all the tests it will need.




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Gov. Brad Little is moving ahead with entering the third phase of his reopening plan, despite a recent uptick in confirmed cases.

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Today on the Reporter Roundtable: Boise State Public Radio’s Heath Druzin and The Idaho Press’s Betsy Russell and Margaret Carmel join Idaho Matters to talk about stage two of reopening the state — which begins tomorrow — plus Governor Brad Little’s controversial move to open bars two weeks early. 

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Governor Brad Little announced the state will be moving into Phase Two of reopening tomorrow, which means dine-in services are back on the menu for Idahoans.


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Gov. Brad Little is relaxing several restrictions on residents and businesses as Idaho moves into the second phase of his reopening plan starting Saturday.


Being able to test everyone who needs it and alert contacts of positive coronavirus cases that they might've been exposed is key, as states begin to open up and people move around more, health officials say.


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Idaho is five days into the state's phased re-opening. More retail businesses are opening up, and houses of worship are allowed to open. But some business owners are choosing to violate the state's plan by reopening early. Speaking on Idaho Matters Wednesday, Gov. Brad Little (R) says these violations are "incredibly disrespectful" to the majority of businesses that are following the rules. 

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As Idaho prepares to start it’s four-part reopening process, there are many unknowns. “Phase 1” starts tomorrow, bringing with it the opportunity for places of worship to reopen, following social distancing and health guidelines.

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Idaho small businesses could get some help from the state as they poise to reopen under Gov. Brad Little’s Rebound Idaho plan. Little is using $300 million in federal dollars to issue grants to qualifying companies.

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We’re back again this week with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. As the state prepares to begin reopening on Friday, Idaho Matters is here to help get your questions answered. 

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Talks of reopening Idaho's economy have dominated the coronavirus conversations this week, as Republicans in leadership butt heads about when and how to safely get people back on the job.  

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On Thursday, Gov. Brad Little (R) unveiled his plan to reopen Idaho’s economy beginning May 1, releasing his roadmap as tensions over his stay-at-home order continue to rise.

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Governors across the country have implemented statewide lockdowns to stop the spread of coronavirus. However, that very step meant to keep people safe has led to many businesses shutting their doors and millions of lost jobs, all of which means a hit to state budgets with tax collecitons likely to take a dip.

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The pushback against Gov. Brad Little’s (R) stay-at-home order is beginning to simmer after he recently extended it through the end of the month.

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A lawsuit was filed Wednesday that challenges Idaho’s recently passed law banning women and girls who are transgender, and many women and girls who are intersex, from participating in sports. 

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Gov. Brad Little (R) is extending his stay-at-home order for the entire state of Idaho for another two weeks, though some previously closed businesses will be allowed to open during that time.


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Some of Idaho’s top Republican lawmakers are now calling on Gov. Brad Little (R) to give up control of the coronavirus response to local officials.

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In late March, Governor Brad Little (R) issued a stay-at-home order to help stop the spread of coronavirus in the state. The initial order was set to end on April 15.

“We will not return to normal on April 16," said Gov. Little.