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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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.

DARIN OSWALD / Idaho Statesman

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. 


While Idaho has reported a week of relatively consistant new daily case numbers, that number is still in the hundreds each day. Today, a panel of Idaho medical experts join Idaho Matters to talk about this and other trends, and to answer your listener questions about COVID-19. 

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

After several days of new COVID-19 case numbers below 200, Idaho health officials are holding their breath hoping the decline will be sustained. But, if the spikes we saw after Memorial Day and the 4th of July are any indication, we very well could see our numbers increase with the Labor Day holiday now in the rearview. 

DARIN OSWALD / Idaho Statesman

In the last couple of weeks Idaho has seen a downward trend in new coronavirus cases, but August is barely in the rearview and was the state's deadliest month so far. At the same time, the Lewiston Tribune is reporting a spike in cases on the Nez Perce Reservation as K-12 schools reopen in various forms across the state, and universities try to keep campuses safe. Ahead of the Labor Day weekend doctors caution against letting down our guard against the disease.

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

As protesters ignore mask and social distancing guidelines during the special session of the legislature in Boise this week, Idaho doctors are continuing to fight COVID-19 in hot spots like Canyon and Ada Counties. On Idaho Matters this week, we talk about mitigating risks of the virus in schools, why politicizing mask wearing is problematic for public health, and how the virus is spreading among members of the Latinx community. 


While we've seen a slight downward trend this past week in new coronavirus cases in Idaho, our state is nowhere near past this pandemic. Especially with schools opening back up this week and next, doctors across our state are worried about what the next month will bring. 

David Zalubowski / AP Images

Tuesday, Idaho's Central District Health Department board voted to limit social gatherings to 10 people in Ada County (with several exemptions) and mandated masks in Valley County. That comes after Idaho was put on a White House list of states with high rates of transmission. On the same day, a board member with the Southwest District Health Department spread misinformation about COVID-19 during a public meeting.  

LM Otero / AP Images

News about the coronavirus changes daily, so to keep you informed about the newest research, statistics and guidance, each Wednesday, Idaho Matters brings in a panel of medical experts to answer your coronavirus questions. One big topic today? How best to safely reopen schools in light of Idaho's continued surging case numbers and deaths. 

Sean McMinn / NPR

As cases of the coronavirus rise across our state and hospital beds fill, we know many of you have questions: how exactly does it spread? What is safe, and what isn't? To get answers for you, each week we've been bringing in Idaho medical experts to answer your COVID-19 related questions. 

LM Otero / AP Images

As Idaho education leaders struggle through adapting classrooms and technology to rise to the COVID-19 challenge, there are still so many unknowns. For doctors working to combat Idaho's unprecedented surge in cases since the pandemic began, there's reason to be concerned about the risks for students, faculty and staff as the fall semester draws near. 

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Idaho Matters is joined weekly by our panel of St. Luke's and St. Alphonsus medical experts to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. Plus, State Epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn joins today to give a statewide perspective. 

AP Images

Idaho Matters is joined weekly by our panel of St. Luke's and St. Alphonsus medical experts to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. Today, they discuss the recent rise in hospitalizations, travel restrictions and staying safe in restaurants.