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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare hosted its first weekly COVID-19 vaccine briefing Tuesday, about three weeks after the first dose was administered in the state.

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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.

Idaho arts organizations are celebrating, even as many venue stages across the country have lain dormant since the onset of the coronavirus last March. James Dawson tells us why.

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Embedded in the more than 5,000 page new COVID-19 relief bill is a provision to help support the flailing arts industry. The pandemic forced the temporary of stages in March across Idaho, putting venues, promoters and arts organizations in the most challenging financial position they’ve ever faced. 

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Finding ways to keep people safe from COVID-19 while indoors during the cold weather months has caused some to turn to a technology called ionization. The modern version of this centuries-old technology is called needlepoint bipolar ionization, and a Nampa company has been installing it in businesses, healthcare buildings, schools and government buildings to kill airborne coronavirus molecules.


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Idaho’s largest hospital systems predicted they might need to ration health care before the end of 2020, but they haven’t reached that point yet.

In Fast-Moving Pandemic, Health Officials Try To Change Minds At Warp Speed

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Nine months into the pandemic that has killed more than 320,000 people in the U.S., Kim Larson is still trying to convince others in her northern Montana county that COVID-19 is dangerous.

Health Officials Fear Pandemic-Related Suicide Spike Among Native Youth

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Fallen pine cones covered 16-year-old Leslie Keiser’s fresh grave at the edge of Wolf Point, a small community on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation on the eastern Montana plains.

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Virtual Santa visits, masks, reservations and wax-sealed letters: There's plenty of changes at Santa's workshop this holiday and some will outlast the pandemic.

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More than 5,000 Idahoans have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Now that it’s here,  Idaho’s health officials are clearing up confusion and misinformation.

While Idaho, along with the rest of the nation, anxiously anticipates the widespread distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, health care providers remind us that battling the pandemic needs a global solution, not just a national one. George Prentice reports.

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As more doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine arrive, health districts are still waiting on additional freezers to store them at ultra-low temperatures. But Moderna’s vaccine is on the way, and it’s not as logistically challenging. 


More than 1,200 Idahoans have died from COVID-19 since March. It’s the third-leading cause of death in Idaho so far this year, after heart disease and cancer. And in November, it was the state’s leading cause of death.

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The manager of Idaho’s vaccination program says every single one of Idaho’s initial doses of the Pfizer vaccine should be given to patients – not held in reserve. 

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What a year 2020 has been. For this special end-of-year edition of the Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable, we'll look back on what happened before COVID-19 first arrived in the Gem State and everything that happened since those first few days of the pandemic. From a rocky legislative session to racial justice protests and an historic general election, it's a packed hour of analysis from our journalist partners.

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Idaho’s top House Republican does not want to delay January’s legislative session, despite the outbreak of coronavirus in the state.

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With COVID-19 infection rates soaring, more people are avoiding crowded ski areas and heading to the backcountry for winter sports and recreation. 

Idaho hospitals have installed special new freezers to keep Pfizer’s new coronavirus vaccines at -94°F (-70°C). The vaccine storage temperature must be carefully monitored and maintained, and a Boise-based pharmaceutical company is playing a key role in this effort—here in Idaho, and nationwide.

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Just weeks after opening a new 47-room Ronald McDonald House in Boise, the pandemic hit. But the need for a home away from home for children and their families, in need of accute care at Treasure Valley hospitals, has never been greater. And with Christmas only a few days away, the core staff at Ronald McDonald House Charities are doing their best to make sure that some part of the holiday season is still merry and bright.

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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.