COVID-19

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Panic buying has slowed down considerably since this spring, but one thing still lingering is higher demand for meat that's easier for people to cook themselves.


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Idaho health care workers began receiving their first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday. It was a day we’ve all been waiting for and gives a glimmer of hope during the most deadly phase of the pandemic in Idaho. But how exactly is the vaccine being handled to ensure it will do its job and protect folks against the coronavirus?

Indoor dining is allowed across the Mountain West. But new research shows that even with current social distancing guidelines, the coronavirus can spread easily inside restaurants.

States across the Mountain West are receiving their first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. And the Moderna vaccine will be coming once it's granted emergency authorization by the FDA. But as distribution gets underway, other COVID-19 prevention measures including frequent hand-washing, mask-wearing and social distancing will still be necessary. 

Evictions have cascading effects, and researchers have found they could be fatal during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new study draws the connection between a lack of stable housing and an increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

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Our health care workers are spread thin and are struggling at times to keep up with the crush of COVID-19 patients filling our hospitals. On Friday, the Idaho Board of Health and Welfare authorized a new rule which sets up standards for how Idaho health care workers may soon have to ration care, in essence deciding which patients get treated first and who will be last to get treated — if at all.

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Idaho’s four Republican electors cast their ballots for outgoing President Donald Trump on Monday. Joe Biden won the electoral college later that afternoon.


Your Health Idaho

Tuesday is your last chance to sign up for 2021 coverage through Idaho’s health insurance exchange if you don’t already have a plan through your employer.

St. Luke's Health System

The St. Luke’s Health System is ready to receive the first shipments of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.


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Idaho health officials have approved a new rule that allows the state to implement crisis standards of care, if necessary, during the coronavirus pandemic.

New Mexico and Colorado put limitations in place back in the spring and summer, respectively. And Nevada recently tightened its capacity restrictions even further to 25%. 

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The U.S. hit a horrific milestone this week: More than 3,000 COVID-19 fatalities in just one day. But rising deaths do not necessarily translate into rising concern.


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Anti-mask and anti-lockdown protesters are targeting public health officials and politicians in parts of the Mountain West – sometimes at their own homes.


Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

During a tense and emotional press conference Thursday, Gov. Brad Little laid out in grim detail the direction Idaho is heading as hospitals near their limits, though he took no additional action to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In April, Google and Apple launched software that state health authorities can use to build COVID-19 contact tracing apps. But fewer than half of U.S. states have taken advantage, and most people living in those states aren't putting the apps to use.

In the Mountain West, Colorado's Exposure Notifications app has had the most success, with about 20% of the state's population having downloaded it. But fewer than 3% of Wyoming and Nevada residents have downloaded their states' smartphone apps.

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

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Joining the Idaho Matters Doctor Roundtable today are: 

  • Dr. David Pate, former CEO of St. Luke's Health System and a current member of the Idaho Coronavirus Taskforce.
  • Dr. Laura McGeorge, St. Luke’s Health System Medical Director, Primary and Specialty Care
  • Dr. Brian Kitamura, Emergency Department doctor at St. Alphonsus in Ontario, Nampa and Boise

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The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine could arrive in Idaho as early as Tuesday. But it could be months before inoculations are widely available.

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Thanksgiving Day highway and interstate traffic volumes were down considerably compared to 2019 in southwest, south central and northern Idaho, according to Idaho Transportation Department data.


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There is growing curiosity and even some anxiety surrounding the much-anticipated vaccines for COVID-19. While the nation anxiously awaits the FDA's review of the Pfizer and Moderna-based vaccines, hundreds of more trials are continuing on the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, and one of those trials is being conducted in the Treasure Valley.

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