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Former Ada County Commissioner Diana Lachiondo lost her bid for re-election this fall, after taking controversial positions in her role on the Central District Health Board. Her critics said she was overreacting in her support for COVID-19 restrictions, while her supporters say she has become a victim of a hyper-partisan election where public health had become politicized. 


The Board of Central District Health met Friday morning for an update on the spread of COVID-19, the strain found in the United Kingdom and vaccine distribution, among other items.

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Former congressman Raul Labrador was appointed to the Central District Board of Health Tuesday, on a 2-0 vote from newly sworn-in Ada County Commissioners Ryan Davidson and Rod Beck. Commissioner Kendra Kenyon abstained from the vote after criticizing the process.

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While most Idahoans have moved on from the Christmas/New Year break, caregivers nervously await what could be a post-holiday surge of COVIID-19.

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A controversial proposal by Central District Health to implement a four-county mask mandate has failed in a 3-3 vote.

Leaders across Idaho are responding to the protests that forced Central District Health to cancel a board meeting Tuesday evening. 

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The Central District Health board was set to consider a new health order Tuesday evening, but the board adjourned the meeting after only fifteen minutes, following a request from the Boise mayor and police chief.

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Central District Health board Friday punted a vote on new, more restrictive health orders for its four-county area to a meeting Tuesday. The board will accept public comment on the proposed order through Monday. If approved, the order would take effect Friday, Dec. 11.

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As COVID-19 infections in Ada County and Boise are on the rise, the Boise City Council is exploring what to do next.

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Last week, Idaho’s public health districts received funds to put toward testing school teachers and staff for COVID-19, which were earmarked by Gov. Little in July. But one health district is rejecting the state’s money. 

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Public health officials say a sudden spike in coronavirus cases in Ada County is one reason why they aren’t lifting a mask mandate just yet.


Central District Health Tuesday improved the risk classification for multiple school districts in its area, moving the Boise, West Ada and Kuna school districts from the red, high risk category 3 to the yellow, moderate risk category 2.

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This week on the Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable,  we catch up on the latest with chaotic school reopenings (both K-12 schools and college campuses), dissect the state's latest unemployment data, and get an update on a petition from 12 Boise bars lobbying health officials to allow them to reopen. 

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After initially saying no to Boise bar owners’ requests to reopen, the Central District Health board Thursday said yes.

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Idaho’s school reopening framework asked local health districts to analyze community transmission levels and assign a risk category, ranging from 1 to 3.


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When schools in Ada County reopen next month, they’ll have to comply with an expanded mask mandate approved Tuesday night by public health officials.

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On Tuesday afternoon, public health officials will consider whether to extend Ada County’s mask mandate to all schools and daycares.

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As of Tuesday evening, face masks are now required in public spaces in Ada County.


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Idaho’s largest hospitals say they’re admitting more and more people with cases of COVID-19 as the community has failed to stem the spread of the disease in recent weeks.