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Idaho’s COVID-19 vaccine advisory committee voted to move adults 65 and older up on the state’s priority list on Friday.

 

  

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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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Starting today, employees from two major pharmacy chains will fan out across Idaho to vaccinate long-term care residents and staff.

 

 

  

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Some of Idaho’s COVID-19 trends are looking promising, for now, multiple health officials said this week. But, testing and public buy-in of prevention efforts continue to be obstacles for public health leaders in the state.

 

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Long-term care centers will be able to open their doors to visitors beginning on Saturday, as the state moves into Stage 4 of its reopening plan. 

 


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Idaho’s wishlist for expanding coronavirus testing is long. But since releasing a testing strategy more than a week ago, the state hasn’t provided much clarity on how it will get all the tests it will need.

 

 

 

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Editor's note: This post has been updated with new information following Gov. Little's press conference on the state's testing strategy.

 

In late April, a testing task force formed by Gov. Brad Little met for the first time.

 


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Being able to test everyone who needs it and alert contacts of positive coronavirus cases that they might've been exposed is key, as states begin to open up and people move around more, health officials say.

 

Idaho Department of Health & Welfare

To make policy decisions related to COVID-19, Idaho relies, in part, on mathematical models developed by university professors.


There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 or coronavirus in Idaho, but the State Department of Health and Welfare is conducting testing and monitoring people.


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Starting Wednesday, the United States could lose its measles elimination status. What does that mean for the country and for Idaho?


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West Nile Virus was detected in Canyon County mosquitos this week, for the first time this season.

 


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Idaho’s Health and Welfare Department says some of their clients’ personal information may have been compromised.

 

 

Niki Forbing-Orr

Governor Little recently signed into law a bill allowing for the establishment of needle exchange programs in Idaho. These programs have demonstrated success in reducing the rate of hepatitis and HIV transmission as well as connecting caregivers with intravenous drug users. Idaho Matters discusses the implementation of such programs with Aimee Shipman, Section Manager for HIV, STD and Hepatitis with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Dr. Zachary Weiss, a resident physician with Family Medicine Residency of Idaho.

As a measles outbreak continues in Washington, Idaho is coping with flu season. The illness shut down entire school districts in the eastern part of the state earlier this month.

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Southwest District Health is partnering with Lifeways to open a crisis center in Caldwell. Both organizations provide a variety of healthcare-related services, but this would provide emergency intervention for mental health and substance abuse crises.

 

 

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Over 35 cases of measles have been confirmed in Washington, and cases are appearing in Oregon too. With the highly contagious virus on the state’s doorstep, Idaho authorities are bracing for it to appear here.


Rita Dixon

Some bats tested positive for rabies last month and for better or worse, this seems to be the only time bats are in the news. Animal resuers are concerned this type of publicity gives bats a bad image. We talk with wildlife and health officials about why we shouldn't fear bats and we meet L'il Wayne, a female silver-haired bat.


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In an effort to keep their food local, some city-dwellers have taken to raising chickens in their backyards. As urban farming remains trendy, an unintended consequence of keeping chickens as pets is a rise in salmonella cases. It’s led to an outbreak of the illness that’s impacting Idaho and the nation.

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Idahoans are getting sick from eating chopped romaine lettuce. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says E. coli infections are linked to lettuce from Yuma, Arizona.

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