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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. 

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Every three years, the United Way of the Treasure Valley partners with Saint Alphonsus Regional Health System to conduct a community assessment which helps define the most pressing needs in our area. The 2020 assessment was just released, and it gives us a better picture of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected folks from an ecomonic and public health perspective.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

 


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Idaho Matters is joined again by our panel of medical experts to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. This week, they discuss Idaho's record-setting spike and what it means, free testing sites and contact tracing.

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Idaho Matters is back with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. This week, they answer questions about the clusters of cases that popped up in the last week, the importance of mask-wearing and what we should expect this fall.

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Idaho Matters is back with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. This week, they answer questions about kids and the coronavirus, changes to hospital visitation policies, who's following CDC guidelines, and stage four in the Gov. Brad Little's reopening plan. The governor will announce whether the state will move to stage four on Thursday. 

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Idaho Matters is back with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. This week, they answer questions about new sterilization protocol, inconsistent reporting and the risk of super-spreader events like protests.  

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Idaho Matters is back with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. This week, they answer questions about current Idaho outbreaks, what precautions we should be taking during reopening and how area hospitals are doing in Stage Two of Idaho's reopening plan. 

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Idaho Matters is back with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. This week, they cover questions about a rapid coronavirus diagnostic test that has come under scrutiny, Idaho's low testing rate per capita, possible longterm effects of severe cases of the virus, symptoms to watch for in your children and much more. 

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Idaho Matters is back this week with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. It seems like every week, we're learning something new about what the coronavirus does to people who get infected. But for everything we learn, there's an equal if not greater amount of incorrect information circulating. 

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We’re back again this week to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. Every Wednesday during at least the month of April, we will bring on a panel of doctors and health professionals to get us updated and to answer your questions. 

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We've asked you to submit any questions you have about Coronavirus in Idaho, and you stepped up. With news (and mis-information) coming out every hour, it’s more important than ever that we provide the most up-to-date and accurate information. 

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The Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees is one of the Treasure Valley’s most enduring holiday traditions. This is the 31st year of this celebration of all things Christmas. It’s open to the public from Wednesday through Sunday.

St. Al’s spokesman Josh Schlaich says 20,000 to 30,000 thousand people visit each year.

“It really is a generational thing,” Schlaich says. “We see grandparents, that have been coming for years, come with their grandchildren. We see great grandchildren. ”