Doctor Roundtable

The first con​firmed case of COVID-19 was announced by Idaho public health officials in March, 2020. Since then, Idaho Matters has brought you a weekly roundtable with medical professionals from our state's leading healthcare systems. We are committed to bringing you factual, up-to-date information to answer your questions about the novel coronavirus.


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Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

The State of Idaho announced a proof of residency requirement for folks who are eligible for the vaccine, more than 500,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, variants first identified in South Africa and the U.K. have now been confirmed in Idaho, and the FDA is preparing to authorize the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We cover all these topics — and answer your questions about the coronavirus. 

Office of the Governor

Governor Brad Little says nearly one-third of Idaho seniors have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. But even as more vaccine has become available through retail pharmacies, demand is far outpacing supply.

Today, our panel of medical experts share the best ways to get an appointment for the vaccine once eligible, and answer more of your health questions.

Mary Altaffer / AP Images

On Monday, people 65 and older could start getting the COVID-19 vaccine in Idaho. But the supply is limited by the amount of doses sent to Idaho and distributed to health systems. The demand for vaccine appointments was so high Monday that St. Luke's Health System reported their slots were snapped up that morning, and Saint Alphonsus Health System had to cancel previously scheduled appointments after they didn't receive doses they were expecting.

Mary Altaffer / AP Photo


Monday Feb. 1, Idaho will open the COVID-19 vaccine to people 65 and older. The state warns that the group — which includes 269,000 Idahoans while the state is receiving just 21,000 doses of the vaccine each week — will take time to vaccinate. 



Tuesday, the U.S. marked 400,000 deaths from the coronavirus exactly one year to the day since the first case was diagnosed in our country. More than 1,600 of those deaths have happened in Idaho. The good news: almost 11,000 Idahoans have received their COVID-19 vaccination.

Seth Wenig / AP Photo


We are now ten months into the COVID-19 pandemic here in Idaho, and we are still seeing more cases and deaths. In fact, the U.S. saw the most deaths in one day due to this virus just this week. The good news? Vaccines are being distributed across the country, and more people in Idaho are able to receive them after a policy update by the state.

Paul Sancya / AP Photo

It's 2021, but we are far from through the pandemic. As Idaho works to vaccinate people as quickly and safely as possible, Idaho Matters talks with three doctors leading the fight against COVID-19. 

St. Luke's ICU nurse Kristen Connelly / St. Luke's Health System

Idaho Matters looks back at the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Gem State and around the world. 

Saint Alphonsus Health System / via Twitter

While Idaho health care workers received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week, hospitals remain strapped with patients forcing a possible move to crisis standards of care. And the health district governing Ada, Elmore, Boise and Valley Counties rejected a mask mandate as politics continues to play a big role in public health decisions.

Otto Kitsinger / AP Photo

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

Taimy Alvarez / AP Photo

Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and as Dr. David Pate, former CEO of St. Luke's Health System and a current member of the Idaho Coronavirus Taskforce urges, it's not too late to cancel your gathering

Dr. Pate joined Idaho Matters to update us on coronavirus news and answer your listener quetsions. 

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Intermountain Healthcare

Idaho set new grim COVID-19 records Tuesday. Our state recorded 35 deaths and more than 1,400 lab confirmed cases of the virus. As our state basically continues a free fall into the worst phase of the pandemic, we gets answers to your questions about the disease and how to keep your family safe. 

Rick Bowmer / AP Photo

Idaho set records again this week with number of new daily coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Now, hospitals across the state are turning patients away, as the bed shortage here and in neighboring states is realized. 

St. Luke's Health System

Joining Idaho Matters to give us the latest in coronavirus news and research, as well as to answer your coronavirus questions, is Dr. David Pate, former CEO of St. Luke's Health System and a current member of the Idaho coronavirus taskforce. 

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

Idaho once again hit new records yesterday for hospitalizations and ICU usage as our state added over 800 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths. And even with a rollback to Gov. Brad Little's stage three re-opening plan, Idaho isn't looking good. 

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho is experiencing the largest spike in new coronavirus cases since our first case was reported in mid-March. But this time, we're headed into colder months where safer outdoor interactions will be less possible, all while flu season is beginning. What could the next few weeks bring, and is the state ready for a surge in hospitals? 

Cheryl Gerber, Johnson & Johnson / AP Photo

Idaho is continuing to move in the wrong direction when it comes to new COVID-19 cases. At the same time, folks are headed indoors as the colder weather sets in and flu season gets underway. What does Idaho need to do to stay diligent eight months into the pandemic, and why is the indoors so dangerous when it comes to virus transmission? 

Evan Vucci / AP Photo

Idaho's numbers of new daily cases have been on the rise over the past couple of weeks. Idaho doctors warn that, although case numbers never went down to a safe and contained amount, this surge is our third wave. Every Wednesday, Idaho Matters brings on a panel of doctors to answer listener questions about the coronavirus. 

Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

Cases of coronavirus are once again on the rise in Idaho. According to Dr. David Pate, during today's panel of Idaho doctors, we are in "Idaho's third spike," following phases of rising infections in March-April and again in July-August.