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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 again this week with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. This week, you asked them about the new Ada County spike and the Central District Health Department's decision to close bars and what this means for hospitals dealing with the increase in cases.  

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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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Valley County is many Idahoans summer playground: from the fresh mountain air, to hiking and biking and sunny days on the lake, people come in droves to this area to get away and relax.

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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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Every three years, hospitals across Idaho take part in a survey to determine the state's biggest health needs.

The survey, which pulls data from health sources and interviews, is conducted by the St. Luke's system. The new results are out Friday. The two most significant concerns? Obesity and mental illness.

Jean Fitzgerald Mutchie, Lyle Nelson and Dr. Alejandro Necochea joined Idaho Matters to talk about what these statistics mean and some possible solutions.

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A team of nurses and respiratory therapists based in Boise was recently named the top neonatal and pediatric team in the country by the Association of Air Medical Services. The team focuses on neo-natal and pediatric transport, serving moms and babies around the state. We talk with one of the members of the team to learn more about their work.

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What do you do if you want to take your baby or young child to the theater? Oftentimes, there is no opportunity to expose young children to theater without fearing the need to get up and change a diaper or walk around with an antsy toddler. In partnership with St. Luke's, theater group Company of Fools in the Wood River Valley looks to solve this problem with their "Parent and Baby Night." Idaho Matters learns more about the impact of this opportunity.

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The man who moved Boise’s giant Sequoia in June is in town checking on his centenarian charge. Relocated to make room for a new children’s facility at St. Luke’s Hospital, the tree appears to be taking to its new home in Fort Boise Park.

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There’s no need to worry about the state’s largest Sequoia standing guard in front of St. Luke’s in Boise. Despite looking a little ragged, the mighty tree is doing just fine.

Fans of the Pittenger Sequoia in front of St. Luke’s have been worrying about the health of the tree after the long and harsh winter. They’ve taken to a North End Facebook page to raise their concerns about the evergreen’s brownish tinge.

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Wednesday evening, St. Luke's Men's Health Clinic is hosting a motivational speaker at Boise State University. Travis Mills has a New York Times bestseller and loads of confidence. But what he doesn’t have is a key part of the story.

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A health care provider says it's banning all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones at its facilities throughout Idaho.

St. Luke's Health System in a news release Monday says the ban applies to all employees, patients and visitors.

St. Luke's says signs about the ban will be put up in prominent locations.

Samsung, based in South Korean, recently recalled millions of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones globally because of a problem that causes the batteries to overheat and catch fire.

However, it's believed many of the devices remain in use.

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A hospital trying to raise money for a high-tech piece of equipment to help its patients might be newsworthy. Someone who was once paralyzed and is now climbing Idaho’s tallest mountain certainly would be. Now a Twin Falls doctor who thought he’d never walk again is climbing Borah Peak Wednesday in order to raise money for a machine to help his patients learn to walk again.

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A Portland, Oregon, woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling $850,000 through a scheme that transferred unused money in flexible spending accounts to her private accounts.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Idaho says 45-year-old Sara Curnow pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud in U.S. District Court in Boise, Idaho.

Authorities say Curnow worked for Pinnacle Pension Services headquartered in Boise. Pinnacle handled flexible spending accounts for St. Luke's Health System. Employees deposited pre-tax funds into accounts and Pinnacle approved disbursements.

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A U.S. Department of Labor investigation found that one of Idaho’s largest employers was systematically violating the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The Labor Department says St Luke’s Medical Center failed to ensure that employees received FMLA protections.