Idaho News

AP Images

August 11 - 5:02 p.m.

State health officials say another seven people have died due to complications from COVID-19, bringing Idaho’s total to 246. 

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare recorded two deaths in Ada County, three in Canyon County, one in Payette County and Benewah County’s first.


Officials also confirmed 425 new cases Tuesday. The state has now recorded 23,950 since mid-March.


Boise State Public Radio is here to keep you current on the news surrounding COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This blog contains on closures, cancellations & news regarding the coronavirus in Idaho.

Looking for resources? Click here. If you have specific questions or a story about the virus in Idaho, please submit them here.

LM Otero / AP Images

It was another tumultuous week in Idaho as the state continues to struggle against the coronavirus. While there are some signs that hot spots in the southwest part of the state are beginning to slow down in new cases, hospitalizations are up and another 26 fatalities were reported by the state since Sunday. With that backdrop, schools are trying to reopen. 

Elaine Thompson / AP Images

Well, we've made it to Friday and it's time for the weekly Reporter Roundtable. This week, our panel discusses the latest with Idaho's coronavirus casesmental health and COVID-19local reaction to President Trump's suggestion that the November election could be delayed, folks showing up at Black Lives Matters protests with firearms, and how Idahoans are dealing with the expiration of a federal moratorium on evictions. 

DARIN OSWALD / Idaho Statesman

Having trouble staying up to date on the week's news? Idaho Matters has you covered.

Lauren McLean / via Facebook

For this Friday's Reporter Roundtable, we're joined by Boise State Public Radio's Madelyn Beck, the Associated Press's Rebecca Boone and the Idaho Press's Margaret Carmel

They discuss the ever-evolving school reopening plan, Idaho's record-setting coronavirus spike, Boise's new police chief Ryan Lee, efforts to recall Boise Mayor McLean and more.

Tobias Leeger / Flickr Creative Commons

Today on the weekly Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable, Boise State Public Radio's Heath Druzin, Kevin Richert of Idaho Ed News and Idaho Statesman Opinion Editor Scott McIntosh discuss the state's School Reopening Plan, racist counter-protesters at racial justice rallies and the state's spike in coronavirus cases. 

Ted S. Warren / AP Images

On today's special Thursday edition Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable, the Mountain West News Bureau's Madelyn Beck, Idaho Ed News's Kevin Richert and BoiseDev's Don Day come together to discuss the week in news. 

Luke Mayville, Medicaid for Idaho, Idahoans for Healthcare, Proposition 2
James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Reclaim Idaho has just filed an expedited motion to enforce the U.S. District Court's order in its case, and certify its initiative to increase school funding in Idaho for an up-or-down vote by Idahoans on the November ballot.

Eric Gay / AP Images

Between a lawsuit to give a ballot initiative another chance, response to the homophobic vandalism found at the College of Idaho, and Ada County returning to Stage 3 of Idaho's reopening plan (while Gov. Brad Little announced the state will remain in Stage 4) there's a lot to cover on this week's Reporter Roundtable. 

Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: June 19, 2020

Jun 19, 2020
DARIN OSWALD / Idaho Statesman


The Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable has another weekly breakdown of the news you might have missed from around the state this past week. 

Besides updates on COVID-19, we'll cover Juneteenth, regional protests in support of racial justice, planning for the new library in Boise, and more. 

DARIN OSWALD / Idaho Statesman


Our Reporter Roundtable has shares fresh perspectives and stories you might have missed from around the Gem State this week.

Madelyn Beck / Mountain West News Bureau


Today, our Reporter Roundtable has all the news you need to know from the past week, including Boise's Black Lives Matter protest and vigil and how K-12 schools are planning to reopen in the fall. 

Courtesy of St. Luke's Health System

Today, our Reporter Roundtable has all the news you need to know from the past week, including the recent spike in coronavirus cases in the Magic Valley, how Idaho schools are planning to safely reopen and what new developments are coming to our area despite the pandemic.

Molly Wampler / Boise State Public Radio


Today, our Reporter Roundtable has all the news you need to know from the past week, including Idaho’s first vote-by-mail election, an outbreak of coronavirus at the Nez Perce Reservation, what an outbreak at a food processing plant means for the state's response to COVID-19, our low testing rate and a push for tourists to return (safely). 

The Stil / via Facebook


Today on the Reporter Roundtable: Boise State Public Radio’s Heath Druzin and The Idaho Press’s Betsy Russell and Margaret Carmel join Idaho Matters to talk about stage two of reopening the state — which begins tomorrow — plus Governor Brad Little’s controversial move to open bars two weeks early. 

via America Amplified

On Saturday, May 9 Idaho Matters and the Mountain West News Bureau helped produce a national call-in show in collaboration with America Amplified as part of the series "Life, Community and COVID-19." Listen to the full show here: 



Today on the Reporter Roundtable: Boise State Public Radio’s James Dawson, The Idaho Statesman’s Nicole Foy, and KIVI’s Mike Sharp join Idaho Matters to talk about reopening Idaho, a huge dip in state revenue, loans for farmers and much more. 

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio


Americans across the country are grappling with limited movements and a lot more time at home. For many refugees, this is familiar territory. Boise State Public Radio reporter Heath Druzin joins Idaho Matters to talk about how their insights can be valuable to coping with life under lockdown.

John Flesher / AP Images


Stay-at-home orders mean spending a lot of time away from your friends and family and it can be difficult bridging the distance. An attempt to keep the connection going has created some new traditions across the global. Our region has its own take: Howling. 

Rick Bowmer / AP Images

The Friday Reporter Roundtable is back with all the information you might have missed from the week's news. They cover grocery store earnings, plans to begin reopening the state, a lawsuit from the state superintendent, the uncertainty felt by higher education during COVID-19 and disruptions in the food supply chain in the Mountain West.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

Americans across the country are grappling with limited movements and a lot more time at home. For many refugees, this is familiar territory and they have some valuable insights into coping with life under a stay-home order.

Tiffany Victoria

Fear about the coronavirus led to shortages of toilet paper, bottled water and other essential items. And from the beginning of this crisis, one of the most essential things couldn’t be found anywhere was baby formula. 

patrick thibodeau / Flickr Creative Commons


There's no question we're living through historic times. And to record it, the Idaho State Historical Society has opened up an online portal for Idahoans across the state to share their stories of this time. 

City of Good, kin, coronavirus, volunteering, helping

Michael Kramer-Duffield had just moved to Idaho and was looking for work in the restaurant industry when COVID-19 swept through. He's out of work, but like many of us, getting antsy and knows he could be putting his free time to use.

"Public health officials tell us that the biggest thing we can do to help our community is to just stay at home," he said. But there had to be ways for him to help safely right now, which led him to ask Wanna Know Idaho