Antigen testing is expected to become a more common way to test for COVID-19. It looks for the virus’ surface coating, rather than pieces of its genetic material. It’s faster and easier to administer than other tests.

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BYU-Idaho sent a campus-wide email on Friday, urging students to follow coronavirus guidelines and mask requirements. The school also warned it could close down campus if infections don’t drop. As of Sunday, 56 students and 11 employees were infected.


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Idaho state officials reported 373 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the statewide total to 37,272. An additional 49 cases were listed as probable.

Ada County logged the highest daily count of confirmed cases at 75, while Latah County added 61 and Canyon County added 43.

Idaho’s death toll still stands at 460, as no new deaths were reported Monday.

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There's a lot to cover this week on the Reporter Roundtable: Boise State Football will be competing this fall after all (so it seems), K-12 schools have seen their first death among an employee from COVID-19 as cases of the virus to the public remains opaque in many districts, and absentee ballots are being delayed in some parts of Idaho.

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Boise’s Treefort Music Festival is postponed until September 2020. But while we wait, “Filmfort,” Treefort’s film festival, is hosting a mini fest this weekend

The controversial kind of study is called a “human challenge study” and it’s controversial because it involves researchers purposefully infecting (or “challenging”) healthy volunteers with the virus after giving them an experimental treatment or vaccine, to see if it worked.

Retailer CVS announced plans last week to double its COVID-19 drive-through test sites at locations across the U.S., including in two Mountain West states.

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As the U.S. surpasses 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 with no signs of the pandemic coming to an end, Idaho Matters brings you medical experts to get us up to date on the latest regarding the virus and to answer your coronavirus questions. 

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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.

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Health officials are urging people to get the influenza vaccine this year to lessen the burden of the flu during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they're emphaszing getting it sooner rather than later.

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A federal program called Pandemic EBT has been a lifeline for many low-income families recently. But unless Congress acts, it’ll expire at the end of the month.


Boise parents, educators and the Boise School District’s youngest students will resume in-person instruction next week. George Prentice reports.

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High coronavirus hospitalization rates are still preventing Idaho from fully graduating out of his reopening plan.

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Fires in Oregon, Washington and California have blanketed the northwest in smoke. We're also six months into the coronavirus pandemic. 

Researchers recently investigated three outbreaks of COVID-19 at child care centers in Salt Lake City. Their findings are helping to fill a knowledge gap on how younger children might spread the virus.

Two of the outbreaks started after staff came to work while their sick relatives were experiencing COVID-19 symptoms at home. In the third outbreak, it’s unclear who brought it in, but in the end children in that particular outbreak seemed to have passed the virus to at least five people at home, including a parent who had to be hospitalized.

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A new analysis finds there’s a bit of hope for Idaho to still gain a third congressional seat this decade due in part to the early deadline for the census.

The Candlelight Christian Fellowship in Coeur d’Alene brought worshippers back for in-person services in May. Now, the church’s lead pastor is fighting COVID-19. Rachel Cohen has more.


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This interview originally aired Apr. 23, 2020.


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The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll, not just on people’s physical health, but also their mental health.

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The Boise Library’s Comic Arts Festival has become an annual tradition over the last eight years. But this year, like so many events, the summer event has been reformatted. 

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With Labor Day behind us, Idahoans are wondering how they can celebrate the next major holiday safely, as the question of what to do with Halloween is a touchy subject.

The poll came from the Colorado Health Foundation but national polls over the past few months paint a similar picture.

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll, not just on people’s physical health, but also their mental health.

For some people, long-term planning or routine tasks that were easier last year are now roadblocks that are hard to get around. Others are suddenly overly focused on cleaning or washing their hands.

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Boise State University President Marlene Tromp is announcing the school will lay off some portion of its workforce after the coronavirus pandemic punched holes into its budget.