Two weeks after children as young as 12 years old became eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, few in Idaho have received shots.
BOISE — Central District Health will open COVID-19 vaccines to residents who are 16 years and older who have at least one qualifying medical condition on Monday.
The Southwest and Central health districts opened vaccine appointments to new eligibility groups on Monday.
Idaho’s vaccine planners are answering a tough question: What groups should be next in line for COVID-19 vaccination?
IDAHO FALLS — With an outbreak stemmed, the dining room is finally looking more full.
MERIDIAN — Idaho State University will open a new coronavirus vaccination clinic Friday on its Meridian campus.
BOISE — The state of Idaho is launching a centralized system this month for residents to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
BOISE — A bill to authorize millions of dollars in rental assistance for Idahoans is heading to the governor’s desk.
BOISE — The first case of the United Kingdom variant of COVID-19 has been identified in Idaho, in an Ada County woman, Central District Health and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported Wednesday.
Pet adoptions have increased across the country over the last year. A national database by Shelter Animals Count found that pet adoptions increased by about 15% in 2020 compared to 2019, the Washington Post reported.
BOISE — Before the pandemic, Daniel Ojeda was used to supplementing his income with unemployment benefits. A 29-year-old ballet dancer and choreographer, Ojeda works about half the year as a freelancer, when he’s not on contract with Ballet Idaho during the fall and winter.
Public health officials say extreme winter weather across the U.S. has prevented any coronavirus vaccine from being shipped to Idaho this week, potentially delaying some vaccination efforts.
Idaho COVID-19 vaccine planners have decided who to put at the front of the line for virus shots. But they are in a pickle as they decide how to structure the rest of the line.
CALDWELL — Most of the six counties in Southwest District Health's jurisdiction have seen a decline in new COVID-19 cases and positivity rates.
CALDWELL — The Vallivue School District board of trustees were the latest district in the Treasure Valley to approve full-time, in-person learning for secondary students.
BOISE — The Central District Health board on Friday rescinded the mask orders in place for Ada and Valley counties.
CALDWELL — Health officials have confirmed the first known infection with a new variant that causes COVID-19 in a man living in Southwest Idaho.
Wyatt Lindley goes to class just one day a week at Kuna Middle School. The rest of the week, he has little to do. He started sixth grade this year in a new school and his family just recently moved to Idaho, so his social circle is small.
BOISE — Though law enforcement and corrections officers have been eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine for a month, it’s unclear how many have done so in the Treasure Valley.
BOISE — Two new variants of the novel coronavirus, including one that may be more infectious than current variants in Idaho, have been discovered in wastewater samples from three Ada County cities, Central District Health announced Wednesday.
Idaho’s weekly COVID-19 vaccine dose allotment has increased again while another boost may be fast-approaching.
BOISE — COVID-19 vaccine access is expanding across Idaho this week with the rollout of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. The collaboration between federal and state governments and roughly 40,000 pharmacies will facilitate the distribution of 1 million doses.
Idaho’s top health leaders say they’ve been pressing the federal government for the state to get its “fair share” of COVID-19 vaccine doses. And some say it’s beginning to pay off.
It’s been nearly three weeks since Idaho health officials flagged five coronavirus samples as having possibly dangerous mutations, shipping them to national labs for more thorough screening because state labs can’t yet do that.
MERIDIAN — Crush the Curve Idaho on Thursday launched a COVID-19 vaccine awareness campaign focused on providing a central location for vaccine information, education and resources for Idahoans.
Idaho's top health leaders said Tuesday that the state knows the status of 101,000 unused COVID-19 vaccine doses, and that vaccine planners are arranging plans to shuffle vials around when providers don't use them.
HOMEDALE — Dozens lined up outside the cafeteria at Homedale Middle School on Friday, but not for lunch. Instead, the adults visiting the school were eagerly awaiting their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Gov. Brad Little asked Idahoans to be patient with the limited number of available COVID-19 vaccines over the next weeks and months.
BOISE — Treasure Valley COVID-19 vaccine facilitators have been short on supply in recent days, leading to appointment cancellations by one major health care provider and scheduling delays by another.
LEWISTON — The challenge that Terri Brockman faced almost a year ago was unlike any she had encountered in her career.
BOISE — Education remains a top policy priority among Idahoans, according to the results of Boise State University's annual Public Policy Survey, released Thursday.
BOISE — A Idaho House staff member tested positive for COVID-19 after the first week of the session, House officials acknowledged Tuesday, and stayed home for a week but has now been cleared to return to work.
BOISE — Georgette Bisoka and her family had a major COVID-19 scare early in the pandemic, when Bisoka’s sister, Wivine, tested positive for the virus.
Here's a look at the latest data from the state's coronavirus dashboard, which is updated daily at 5 p.m. Sunday’s numbers are typically lower, as not all agencies report on Sundays. Data is preliminary and subject to change. Case numbers included lab-confirmed and probable cases.
Idaho has some idea of who its front-line essential workers are — those who are at incredibly high risk to be exposed to the virus and will be given early access to vaccines.
In early December, staff at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls asked questions about the nation’s largest vaccine campaign to two local doctors leading the fight against COVID-19.
BOISE — Gov. Brad Little took aim at the Idaho Legislature on Friday, criticizing lawmakers for attempting to end a state of emergency, a decision that could put in jeopardy tens of millions in federal aid to Idaho.
It’s so rare, that many of the biologists who study the critter have never seen one in the wild.
BOISE — The chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee said suicide rates in Idaho did not increase substantially in 2020, despite claims to the contrary from many critics of COVID-19 protocols.
With demand outpacing supply, Idaho health officials are bulking up vaccine administration efforts in hopes of quickly getting COVID-19 shots into people’s arms.
BOISE — After announcing it would reconsider its choice, the Ada County Commission again Tuesday voted to nominate former U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador to sit on the Central District Health Board.
After appointing former U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador to the Central District Health board last week, the Ada County Commission will reconsider its choice, and will include infectious disease expert Dr. Sky Blue in the running for the health board’s open seat.
BOISE — As Idaho seeks to more quickly vaccinate vulnerable residents, demand for a COVID-19 vaccine “far exceeds” supply in Central District Health, district officials said Thursday.
BOISE — Former U.S. Congressman Raúl Labrador on Tuesday was named Ada County’s new representative on the Central District Health, replacing former County Commissioner Diana Lachiondo, who lost a reelection bid in November.
Public health district boards, tasked by the governor with the bulk of Idaho’s COVID-19 response, are bracing for a potential attempt by state legislators to redraw the board’s roles by clawing back their legal powers and slashing funding.
BOISE — Central District Health has shipped 28,300 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to providers in its four-county jurisdiction in the past five weeks.
Bucking CDC guidance issued last month, Idaho’s vaccine planning panel recommended on Friday that Gov. Brad Little let people 65 and older start receiving COVID-19 shots in the next phase of vaccinations.
Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on January 5, 2021
A vaccine advisory panel is expected to tell Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Friday whether the state should let more aging Idahoans, who are dying at high rates, to access COVID-19 shots soon.
BOISE — Central District Health will hold monthly meetings in 2021, a departure from its weekly meeting schedule that became a lightning rod for protests toward the end of 2020.