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We’re back again this week to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. Every Wednesday during at least the month of April, we will bring on a panel of doctors and health professionals to get us updated and to answer your questions. 

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West Valley Medical Center just launched an online COVID-19 screening tool for the public, which assesses a person’s risk of the virus through a series of questions. Based on the person’s answers the screening will recommend the best next steps for care. 

Most states have issued stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wyoming and Utah are two of the very few remaining without statewide orders.

Boise State Public Radio is here to keep you current on the news surrounding COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This blog contains the latest on closures, cancellations & news regarding the coronavirus in Idaho.

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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.

 

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Hospital officials in south central Idaho are cautiously optimistic about the coronavirus picture in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.

 

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Riding the bus for free and not being able to sit near other passengers are just two of the many changes to Valley Regional Transit (VRT) in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a totally different world,” said VRT Community Relations Manager Mark Carnopis.

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Over the next few weeks, the Mountain West News Bureau is taking questions from listeners across the region about the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have a question, email us at mountainwestnewsbureau@gmail.com or give us a call at 208-352-2079 and leave us a message. This service is powered by America Amplified, a public radio initiative.

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President Trump acknowledged that he learned only recently about a warning earlier this year from a top adviser about the risks of the coronavirus — but he defended his actions on Tuesday at a news conference.

"I couldn't have done it any better," Trump said about his and the administration's handling of the pandemic.

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If Idaho runs out of crucial supplies — like ventilators or intensive care units — to treat patients with coronavirus, hospitals and providers will need to make difficult decisions about how to prioritize care for certain people.

 


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The Idaho State Board of Education approved a soft closure of school districts in late March.

 


The COVID-19 statewide shutdown means paying bills is getting harder for a lot of Idahoans. And the biggest bill is usually your rent or house payment. What kind of help is available for people struggling to make payments?

 


Boise State Public Radio is here to keep you current on the news surrounding COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This blog contains information from March 29 - April 4 on closures, cancellations & news regarding the coronavirus in Idaho.

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Over the next few weeks, the Mountain West News Bureau is taking questions from listeners across the region about the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have a question, email us at mountainwestnewsbureau@gmail.com or give us a call at 208-352-2079 and leave us a message. This service is powered by America Amplified, a public radio initiative. 

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One of the largest Basque festivals in the world is pushing pause for a year as it tries to wait out the coronavirus. Organizers who put on Jaialdi made the decision Monday to postpone the event until 2021.

 

As the economy grinds to a halt during the coronavirus epidemic, renters and homeowners alike are facing hardship. The scary fact is: many people who have never faced foreclosure or eviction may face it now. But there are programs to help some folks get through this challenging time. 

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The coronavirus pandemic is disrupting every facet of our lives. With a recession on the horizon and unemployment through the roof, the survival of entire sectors of the economy are now at risk. Arts organizations and other creative businesses like restaurants and tech startups are facing challenges similar to the 2008 Great Recession.  

With COVID-19 tests still in short supply, a Montana computer programmer created websites intended to tally the number of people in Montana and Wyoming who self-report symptoms of the disease and haven't been able to get tested.

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April 7 - 5:15 p.m.

Idaho is reporting two more deaths and 40 more positive cases for the coronavirus Tuesday evening.

 

 

The state now has 1,210 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 15 total deaths.

 

 

Another 10 people have been hospitalized, with three more admitted to the ICU for the disease since Monday. Nine additional healthcare workers now have COVID-19 for a total of 96 across Idaho.

 

 

In all, nearly 11,900 people have been tested.

 

April 6 - 5:10 p.m.

Idaho now has 1,170 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with more than 11,200 individuals tested at state and commercial labs. There are two more deaths in Canyon County; Payette County reported its first fatality, bringing the state death total to 13. Last week, the state saw increases of more than a hundred new confirmed cases a day for five straight days. But that rate has slowed and today, the state is reporting 69 new cases. A University of Washington analysis projects if social distancing continues into May, Idaho should reach its peak of hospital resource need in mid-April.

April 5 - 7:15 p.m. 

The State Department of Health and Welfare confirmed 1,101 total COVID-19 cases Sunday. Twenty five were new cases and no new fatalities were reported. Ada County's count rose to 402, accounting for 17 of the newly reported cases. Canyon County reported 101 total cases.

South Central District Health, which covers Blaine County, did not report any new cases Sunday according to state Health and Welfare. The district had not updated the count on its own website since Friday evening.

Case numbers posted by individual health districts have typically been slightly different from the state total, but only three districts had posted a daily update as of Sunday evening. Of the 25 new cases reported, 15 are healthcare workers according to data posted on the state website. The number of tests completed rose from 10,261 to 10,995 and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rose from 66 to 77. Five additional patients in Idaho were admitted to intensive care. Fifty two percent of confirmed cases in Idaho are in persons under the age of 50, and 51% are female. Idaho continues to have more cases than neighboring Oregon, a state with more than double Idaho's population. The Oregon Health Authority reported a total of 1,070 confirmed cases Sunday, and 28 people have died.

 

April 4 - 5:06 p.m.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported a total of 1,077 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday, an increase of 64 since Friday evening. There were no new fatalities reported. Today is the first day since March 29 to not have an increase in cases of 105 or more. The State said 10,261 people have been tested and 66 have been hospitalized.Currently, the state is not releasing information on recovery numbers. Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen said on Idaho Public Television Thursday, they were looking at a way to release that information in the future.

April 3 - 5:28 p.m.

 

Idaho has topped 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

That includes at least 10 deaths.

 

This week, the daily rate of confirmed cases has risen rapidly, with a caseload increase of more than 100 for each of the last five days.

April 2 - 5:53 p.m.

 

The state of Idaho saw a 222 jump in cases Thursday bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 891. There have been no new deaths reported in the last two days bringing the state total to nine since the first case was diagnosed last month. Idaho’s population is less than two million, but it now has more cases than neighboring Oregon that has twice the population. Oregon has 826 cases. The state case number has continued to increase this week with a 144 jump on Wednesday and a more than 100 jump the day before. 

 

Sparsely populated Blaine County remains the epicenter of cases at 351 and Ada County has 307. 

April 1 - 6:30 p.m.

When the state initially reported numbers at 5:00 p.m., it erroneously reported there were 673 confirmed cases. This post has been updated to reflect the correct numbers.

The number of confirmed cases in the state of Idaho jumped to 669, a 144 increase from the day before. The caseload for Blaine County remains at the highest for the state at 256. With a population of around 23,000, this means the sparsely populated county has one of the highest rates per capita in the country. Ada County, the largest county in the state with a population of more than 480,000 has the next highest count in the state at 226. There were no new deaths reported on Wednesday with the number of deaths in Idaho staying at nine. More than 7,000 people have been tested in state and commercial labs.

March 31 - 5:18 p.m.

South Central Public Health District and Southwest District Health have confirmed the first cases of COVID-19 in Adams and Camas counties Tuesday.

It’s unclear how the man in his 60s in Adams County contracted the coronavirus, according to public health officials. He’s recovering well at home, they said.

South Central Public Health District only confirmed that Camas County’s first case was an adult woman. They say she likely picked up the virus by traveling to areas with community spread.

Her health status, as well as whether she’s been hospitalized is unknown and state officials say that information is confidential.

March 31 - 5:05 p.m.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, continue to climb in Idaho. 100 more cases have been reported within the last day.

 

State officials report 525 cases, with 9 deaths.  

 

Ada County, Idaho’s largest, keeps surging, and now effectively shares the distinction as the epicenter of the state’s outbreak with 195 cases.

 

Blaine County, where much of the spread began, has 192 cases.

 

5,712 people have been tested among private and state laboratories.

 

45 people have been hospitalized from COVID-19 in Idaho so far. 

 

25 health care workers have contracted the disease as of Tuesday evening.

March 30 - 5 p.m.

 

Idaho health officials reported 105 new cases of coronavirus Monday, with one additional death.

 

That brings the state’s total to 415 cases and seven deaths.

 

Ada County, Idaho’s most populous county, surpassed Blaine County for the highest number of total cases for the first time.

 

151 people have contracted COVID-19 in Ada County, compared to 148 people in rural Blaine County.

 

More than 4,700 people have been tested among commercial laboratories and the state’s public health lab.

March 29 - 5:00 p.m.  

The State of Idaho reports there are 310 confirmed cases of COVID-19. By the end of the weekend, the state has reported six deaths. Blaine County still has the most cases at 115, but Ada County has just two fewer cases at 113. Both counties each have had two virus-related deaths. Canyon County has the next highest number of cases at 40 and one death. Nez Perce County has only four cases, but one fatality. Commercial labs have tested 3,139 individuals, more than twice the amount the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories has tested at 1,567. 

March 29 - 11:36 a.m.

Southwest District Health has confirmed the first COVID-19 case in Owyhee County. The individual is a female in her 40s. Her condition was not immediately reported, and the source of transmission is under investigation.

March 28 - 5:15 p.m.

State officials Saturday evening announced 261 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Idaho and a statewide death toll of five.  Blaine County continues to have the most in the state with 114. Ada County added four from Friday's total, with 88. Lincoln County, home to Shoshone and Richfield, had its first confirmed case Saturday. Cases were split almost evenly between individuals on either side of age 50, and lean 54% female. The number of tests completed on Idahoans increased by about 800 from Friday, to 4,282. The majority of those tests have been completed at out-of-state labs. Earlier Saturday, a man in his 60s was announced as the first fatality in Ada County; the fifth in the state.

March 28 - 1 p.m.

Central District Health officials announced the first COVID-19-related death in Ada County Saturday, a man over the age of 60 with pre-existing health conditions. Officials say they will only be releasing limited information on individuals due to privacy rules.

The Ada County man is the fifth to die of the infection in Idaho. The first two fatalities were in Blaine County earlier this week, followed by a man in his 70s in Canyon County, and an individual in their 80s in Nez Perce County Friday.

The official state department of Health and Welfare total remains at 230, but individual districts have reported an increase to 153 cases across Idaho.  The State numbers are updated once per day, at 5 p.m.

March 27 - 7:43 p.m. 

Eastern Idaho Public Health announced the first positive case of COVID-19 in Bonneville County. The individual is a male, over the age of 60, who had recently returned from travel out of the country. Health officials say upon his return to the U.S., he self-isolated and then became symptomatic. He was hospitalized, but is now recovering at home. 

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is currently reporting eight other confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the Eastern Idaho Public Health District.

 

March 27 - 6:21 p.m.

The state’s South Central Public Health District has announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lincoln County, which neighbors Blaine County to the south.

The individual is male, over the age of 70, and has been hospitalized. The point of transmission is under investigation.

 

March 27 - 5:03 p.m.

 

The state of Idaho is reporting four deaths and 230 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. These numbers come two weeks after Idaho announced its first case. 

 

Nez Perce County reported its first virus-related death Friday: an individual older than 80. It’s not clear how that patient contracted the disease. 

 

Blaine County has the state’s highest number of county cases at 98; two deaths were reported there Thursday. Ada County has 75 cases and no reported deaths. Canyon County has the third highest count at 23, with one reported death.

March 27 - 3:31 p.m.

Gem County, in southwest Idaho, has reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19, according to Southwest District Health.

A male in his 20s tested positive and is recovering at home with mild symptoms. He had no known contact with other confirmed cases and health officials are investigating the source of transmission.

All household members are being asked to self-isolate at home, according to the health district.

 

March 27 - 2:50 p.m.

The North Central Health District reports a patient diagnosed with the novel coronavirus has passed away. The individual in Nez Perce County was older than 80 with age-related health issues. This case was a confirmed case prior to death. Epidemiologists are investigating how the patient contracted the illness. Including this death, there are five confirmed cases in the health district, four in Nez Perce and one in Idaho County. Yesterday, the state reported its first three deaths related to the virus.

March 26 - 5:15 p.m.

On Thursday the state of Idaho raised the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 189, after testing more than 2,800 people. The state tallied 86 cases in Blaine County, where officials yesterday added new restrictions to the statewide isolation orders. 

That Central Idaho county claimed 45% of the state totals, with Ada County carrying the second-highest caseload, or 53 cases, making up 28% of state totals. One of those COVID-19 cases, it was announced on Thursday by the Transportation Security Administration, is a baggage officer at the Boise Airport, who worked in the main terminal. The last day the person worked was a morning shift, from 4 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Thursday March 19.

March 26 - 1:38 p.m.

Health officials have announced Idaho’s first three deaths due to coronavirus – 13 days after the state confirmed its first case of COVID-19. Full story here.

March 25 - 5:38 p.m.   

As Gov. Brad Little announced a stay-at-home order for the state, the state reports the number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 50 today to a total of 123. The Panhandle Health District has nine cases in total, reporting one new case today: a man in his 40s from Kootenai County. The health district said one of its nine cases seems to be from community transmission because health officials can’t track it to travel or contact with a confirmed case.

Idaho North Central Health District announced its first case in Idaho County today, bringing that district's total to two. The Central Health District is reporting 15 more cases since yesterday. That district is reporting 39 total cases in Ada County, while the state website says that county has 37.

The South Central District Health Department is recording 63 cases in Blaine County as of yesterday. But the state is still recording 52 cases there today.

The Eastern Idaho Public Health reported two more cases in Fremont and Custer counties with one case tied to out-of-country travel and the second to travel to an area with community transmission. As of Wednesday evening, the state was not reporting the case in Custer County.

If the county cases (two in Ada, 11 in Blaine and one in Custer) from the health district cases are added to the state total, Boise State Public Radio calculates the case number in Idaho is 137. Almost 2,200 individuals have been tested for the virus at state and commercial labs. 

 

March 24 - 8:18 p.m.

In a press release Tuesday evening, Idaho North Central Health District confirmed the first positive test for coronavirus in New Perce County. The patient is an adult under the age of 60 who did not require hospitalization and is at home recovering. The point of transmission was not stated.

Public health officials are working to determine risk criteria for locations and contacts that may have been exposed to this individual. 

March 24 - 5:51 p.m.

Payette County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19, according to Southwest District Health. The largely rural county borders Oregon in southwest Idaho.

A woman in her 20s contracted it, experienced mild symptoms and recovered at home, according to the health district.

Officials are investigating how she was infected. Southwest District Helath asks household members and anyone who had prolonged exposure to anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 to self-isolate at home.

March 24 - 5 p.m.

At 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the state of Idaho website for confirmed cases of COVID-19 was partially updated. The site states, “Idaho is currently reporting 73 cases,” which is up 13 from its count Monday. However, the accompanying table below this text was not updated. It’s still reporting yesterday’s total of 50.

 

Calculating each public health district’s tallies, the total case count in Idaho is at 87 at end of business on Tuesday. Eastern Idaho Public Health reported the first two confirmed cases in Jefferson County. Southeastern Idaho Public Health reported the first two cases in Bannock County. Southwest District Health announced the first confirmed case in Payette County.

 

The Panhandle Health District sent a press release announcing another two cases in Kootenai County. Central District Health and South Central Public Health District both reported an increase in case numbers — Ada County now has 24 and Blaine County has reached 40.

 

Idaho North Central Public Health District, which serves the counties of Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce, is the only public health district yet to report any confirmed cases of coronavirus.

 

March 24 - 1:28 p.m.  

Panhandle Health District has confirmed two more cases of novel coronavirus in North Idaho.

The cases are both in Kootenai County, which includes Coeur d’Alene.

One is a woman in her 20s and the other is a man in his 60s. Both are self-isolating at home.

Epidemiologists are investigating possible contacts with other people, according to the health district.

For more information, visit http://panhandlehealthdistrict.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus_Cases-3.24.2020.pdf

 

March 24 - 11:15 a.m.

Eastern Idaho Public Health District has confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus in Jefferson County. This brings the total number of cases in this region to six.

The first confirmed case is a woman over the age of 65. She was not hospitalized and is self-isolating in her home. The point of transmission was connected with travel outside the country.

The second patient in Jefferson County to test positive for coronavirus is a male over the age of 65. He is self-isolating at home and has connected his case to travel out of the country.

Officials are currently investigating both of these cases further and will contact others who may have been exposed.

March 23 - 5:00 p.m.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Idaho has ticked up again. The state website is officially reporting a total of 50 cases, showing an additional case in Canyon County and two more in Ada County. But numbers are slightly higher according to the indivual public health districts.

Central District Health is reporting a total of 20 cases for Ada County, while South Central District Health is showing a total of 36 in Blaine County — more cases than the number currently reported by the state. Southwest District Health sent out a press release Monday afternoon that announced additional Canyon County cases, bringing the total there to five. Also left out of the state's Monday number report is the first confirmed case in Cassia County and the first two confirmed cases in Bannock County. Taking into consideration all of the numbers reported by public health districts, this brings the statewide total of coronavirus cases to 69.

March 23 - 1:40 p.m.  

Southeastern Idaho Public Health has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in Bannock County.

These are the first two confirmed cases in the county, which is in southeastern Idaho and includes Pocatello.

Both patients are men in their 30s who have a history of travel, though an investigation is ongoing to determine how they got the virus, according to Southeastern Idaho Public Health. 

Both are recovering at their homes. It brings the total number of confirmed cases in Idaho to more than 60 (these numbers are changing fast and may be outdated). 

March 23 - 10:17 a.m.

 

South Central Public Health District and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Cassia County.

 

The individual who tested positive is a woman in her 70s who has been hospitalized. Officials say she hosted visitors in her home from areas with documented community spread, which is likely how she contracted her virus.

 

More information about the woman’s status and symptoms were not immediately available. 

March 22 - 5:30 p.m.

In the 9 days since Idaho’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, on March 13, the state has tallied 47 cases across the state, with the majority in Blaine and Ada counties. 

 

Other counties with more than one confirmed case are Madison and Teton counties in the east, Kootenai County in the north and Canyon County in the west. Twin Falls, Valley and Bingham counties have each reported a single case. 

 

To date, more than 1,300 people have been tested for the novel coronavirus in Idaho, most of them through the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories. 

March 20 - 5:20 p.m.

The Southeastern Idaho Public Health office has confirmed Bingham County’s first case of COVID-19. The case isn’t yet noted on the state’s website, and would bring Idaho’s total to 32.

March 20 - 5 p.m,

The state of Idaho saw another uptick of reported COVID-19 cases Friday bringing the state total to 31. So far, the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories has tested 692 individuals and commercial labs have tested another 219. Southwest District Health is poised to announce its first coronavirus case in Canyon County. Boise State University announced today one of its employees tested positive and the Ada County Courthouse was evacuated around 1 p.m., after the spouse of a worker there tested positive. The South Central Public Health District, which includes Blaine and Twin Falls County, remains the epicenter of the virus with 20 confirmed cases, the highest number in the state.

March 19 - 5:30 p.m.

Idaho Governor Brad Little has announced that there will be an isolation order in place for residents of Blaine County. That county reported 17 positive cases of COVID-19 so far, two of them healthcare providers.

Nearly all of these 12 new cases were found in people younger than 60 years old. They’re evenly split between men and women. It’s unclear whether they’ve been hospitalized or are recovering at home.

A spokeswoman from the South Central Public Health District didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking clarification.

Twenty-three cases have been confirmed statewide as of Thursday afternoon, including Idaho’s first in the panhandle

March 19 - 3:14 p.m.

North Idaho has now confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus. The Panhandle Health District and Kootenai Health say the patient is a male older than 60 in Kootenai County. Health officials say he has mild symptoms and he has been told to isolate. This is the 12th confirmed case in the state. Officials are still investigating contacts for possible exposure.

March 19 - 2:20 p.m.

The first case of community spread of the novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Idaho. South Central Public Health District and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced  Thursday afternoon, the patient is a male from Blaine County in his 40s — this is the same case Blaine County announced Wednesday afternoon. The individual had no out-of-state travel and no known contact with another person confirmed with COVID-19.  He has mild symptoms and is recovering at home. 

March 18 - 6:15 p.m. 

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has confirmed two new cases of coronavirus, bringing the state's total to 11.

Both are in south central Idaho, which is home to nearly half of the state's cases.

One is a man in his 80s from Twin Falls County, the first case in that county. He was briefly hospitalized, but is now recovering at home. The second is a man in his 40s from Blaine County. He displayed mild symptoms, health officials said, and is also recovering at home.

The South Central Public Health District said the four other women in Blaine County who contracted the disease are still recovering well. Officials believe three of them received it from visitors to the area, while the origin of the fourth is under investigation. 

March 17 - 6:29 p.m.

South Central Public Health District announced a fourth confirmed case of COVID-19 in Blaine County. This is the state's ninth confirmed case.

The patient is a female  over the age of 80. She is recovering in a local hospital under isolation. The point of transmission remains under investigation.

March 17 - 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday afternoon Eastern Idaho Public Health confirmed the first positive case of novel coronavirus in Madison County. This is the state’s eighth case. The individual is a male BYU-Idaho student in his 20s with recent out-of-state travel to a COVID-19 affected area.

The individual is recovering with mild symptoms in his Rexburg apartment. The patient became symptomatic on March 8, returned to Madison County on March 11 and stayed in his apartment until seeing his medical provider on March 12.

March 17 - 2:53 p.m.

Eastern Idaho Public Health has confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in Madison County, bringing the statewide total at this time to eight. More details about the case will be announced in a press conference in the County Commissioner's Chamber at the Madison County Courthouse at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17 - 9:52 a.m.

South Central Public Health has confirmed a new case of COVID-19 in Blaine County. The patient if a woman over the age of 50 who did not require hospitalization. As soon as she began showing symptoms, the individual self isolated. The point of transmission is still under investigation.

Tuesday, March 17 - 9:48 a.m.

Central District Health has announced Ada County's third confirmed case of COVID-19. The patient is a woman from Ada County under the age of 50. She reported mild symptoms that did not require hospitalization. She reamins in isolation at home and has indicated possible travel-related transmission.

Saturday, March 14 - 8:21 p.m.

The second Blaine County resident confirmed by South Central Public Health to have tested positive for COVID-19 is a woman over the age of 70. She is currently being hospitalized for her symptoms and is recovering. At this time, officials are still trying to determine how the patient contracted the virus.

Discover McCall

The resort community of McCall's economic sustainability depends on opening its collective arms to visitors. But COVID-19 has changed everything. In fact, out-of-area license plates are now met with shaming in store parking lots.

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Sitting at his desk within the small office of the Sandpoint Reader, a weekly newspaper in northern Idaho, publisher Ben Olson is exhausted. 

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With the number of COVID-19 cases in the Gem State continuing to climb, there has been plenty of debate regarding Idaho’s enforcement of social distancing, or the lack of it, particularly when it comes to local  businesses.

Initial jobless claims in Idaho jumped 143% last week, after increasing 1,200% the week before. 

Most colleges across the country have closed campuses. But as classes go online, not every student can pick up and head home. Tizee Kasetet is a sophomore at the College of Idaho. “I'm from Namibia in southern Africa,” he said.

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This week was packed (there was that earthquake, changes to how the May 19 primary will be run, and getting homeless Idahoans tested for COVID-19). 

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