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October 27 - 5:12 p.m.

Idaho set new high water marks Tuesday for hospitalizations and ICU usage as the state added nearly 700 new cases and five deaths.

As of Oct. 23, the latest data available, 272 people were hospitalized statewide who are confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19. 75 confirmed COVID-19 patients are in the ICU.


53,539 cases have been confirmed in Idaho since mid-March. State officials say there are another 7,384 probable cases, for a total of nearly 61,000.



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Flour, toilet paper and canned goods were coveted earlier this year. But now, as Idaho heads into winter, the shopping lists have changed.


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On today's Reporter Roundtable, Boise State Public Radio's Rachel Cohen and Jimmy Dawson, KIVI's Mike Sharp, and the Idaho Press's Betsy Russell join Idaho Matters to break down the last week in news. From hospitals filling from COVID-19 to the final stretch of elections, there's a lot to cover.

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My name is Keith Anderson. I work for the TRIO Program at Boise State as an educational specialist.

The moderator was polite enough not to make it Question 1. But, oh, it was coming.

This face-off in Hailey, Idaho, wasn't a typical debate night. Beforehand, incumbent state Sen. Michelle Stennett, a Democrat, had sought assurances for her safety, fearing riled-up supporters of her Republican opponent, Eric Parker. He, in turn, posted guards outside to avoid a ruckus like the one at a recent GOP picnic. That time, a heckler interrupted Parker's speech to call him a domestic terrorist.

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October 31 usually means yards full of glowing, grinning pumpkins, swarms of costumed trick-or-treaters, streams of fake cobwebs and buckets of candy. 

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The Boise Airport announced an agreement with Uber and Lyft on Friday that designates new rideshare pick-up and drop-off locations on the airport’s upper level.


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We're two weeks out from the November 3 election while the state continues to see coronavirus cases rise, so there's a lot to cover. Today our Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable panel includes Don Day, the founder and editor of BoiseDev, Nicole Foy, investigative reporter with the Idaho Statesman and Rebecca Boone, the supervisory correspondent of the Associated Press Boise Bureau. 

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A lot happened in Idaho news this week. Between our most recent spike in COVID-19 cases (including a report on Idaho schools from the White House) some new research on the health concerns facing Latina farmworkers in the Treasure Valley, the beginning of debate season in the Gem State plus a new effort to keep people in their homes and stave off evictions in Canyon County, there's plenty to cover.

We Are Idaho: Sam Hui

Oct 9, 2020

My name is Sam Hui. I moved to Boise, Idaho in 1972. I was born in Hong Kong. My mother's maiden name is Louie, and the Louie's have been in Idaho since probably the 1870s.

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Early Friday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that he and the First Lady had tested positive for COVID-19. On today's Reporter Roundtable, we first hear from Dr. David Pate, former CEO of St. Luke's Health System and a current member of Idaho's Coronavirus Taskforce and Dr. Sky Blue, an infectious disease doctor at Sawtooth Epidemiology about the president's coronavirus diagnosis. 

Mone't Alberts

My name is Mone’t Alberts. I am a student at Boise State in Biomedical Tissue Engineering, and I grew up in Boise, Idaho.

I went to elementary, middle, high school and eventually college, all in Idaho. I am African-American and female and I did have a lot of experiences at a younger age that definitely made me feel awful.

Washington County Commissioners will vote this morning on three controversial ordinances that would put them partly in charge over federal public lands there. James Dawson has this preview.

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There's a lot to cover this week on the Reporter Roundtable: Boise State Football will be competing this fall after all (so it seems), K-12 schools have seen their first death among an employee from COVID-19 as cases of the virus to the public remains opaque in many districts, and absentee ballots are being delayed in some parts of Idaho.

As flu season approaches, public health experts urge Idahoans to get a flu vaccine. They say  an influenza outbreak would make dealing with COVID-19 even harder. Audrey Regan reports.

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A new survey ranks younger Idahoans among the most well-educated in the country when it comes to the Holocaust, but there’s room for improvement, according to one expert.

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Fires in Oregon, Washington and California have blanketed the northwest in smoke. We're also six months into the coronavirus pandemic. 

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The Badger Fire south of Twin Falls now covers more than 40,000 acres and is 0% contained.

The Candlelight Christian Fellowship in Coeur d’Alene brought worshippers back for in-person services in May. Now, the church’s lead pastor is fighting COVID-19. Rachel Cohen has more.