Friday was the candidate filing deadline. Here are our takeaways.

by Idaho Reports staff The Secretary of State website has posted an unofficial list of 2022 statewide and legislative candidates after the 5 p.m. Friday filing deadline. While it looks to be incomplete (as of 7:50 pm, it was still missing Democratic governor candidate Shelby Rognstad, who filed Friday), here are our takeaways. This postContinue reading “Friday was the candidate filing deadline. Here are our takeaways.”

Idaho State Liquor Division removing Russian products from shelves

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Customers soon won’t be able to find Russian vodka in Idaho’s state-run liquor stores ⁠— though there isn’t much to begin with. The Idaho State Liquor Division, in consultation with the governor’s office, is removing Russian-owned liquor from its store shelves to show support for Ukraine, said Marissa Morrison-Hyer, Gov.Continue reading “Idaho State Liquor Division removing Russian products from shelves”

House committee narrowly backs bill to guarantee in-person visits at long-term care facilities

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The House Health and Welfare Committee narrowly endorsed a bill to guarantee in-person visitation at assisted living and nursing facilities, voting 6-5 to send the proposal to the House floor.  Rep. Julianne Young, R-Blackfoot, sponsored the legislation, which would require facilities to allow in-person visits, while also allowing facilities toContinue reading “House committee narrowly backs bill to guarantee in-person visits at long-term care facilities”

FAQ: Crisis standards of care, round two

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Monday, Jan. 24, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare declared crisis standards of care for part of southern Idaho. The circumstances around this declaration are different than when IDHW declared crisis standards of care in fall 2021, prompting a number of questions from Idaho Reports viewers and readers,Continue reading “FAQ: Crisis standards of care, round two”

IDHW reactivates crisis standards for three southern Idaho health districts

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has activated crisis standards of care for Southwest District Health, Central District Health, and South Central District Health due to a critical shortage of staff and blood. The announcement comes as Idaho is experiencing its largest daily case numbers thus far in theContinue reading “IDHW reactivates crisis standards for three southern Idaho health districts”

With 14,800 unprocessed positive cases, Idaho’s numbers artificially low

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho’s official coronavirus case numbers are currently artificially low, as public health districts scramble to work through a backlog of 14,800 positive laboratory results. Though a lower percentage of COVID patients are currently hospitalized than at other points in the pandemic, a slight increase in hospitalizations coupled with healthcare workersContinue reading “With 14,800 unprocessed positive cases, Idaho’s numbers artificially low”

Idaho hits 4,000 COVID deaths

by Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Wednesday, Idaho surpassed 4,000 recorded deaths due to COVID-19.  The state hit 3,000 deaths on Sept. 28, meaning the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare recorded 1,000 additional COVID deaths in just 72 days.  In comparison, it took 263 days for Idaho to hit its first 1,000 deaths –Continue reading “Idaho hits 4,000 COVID deaths”

Little gives brief glimpse at 2022 priorities at Wednesday speech

by Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During brief remarks at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference on Wednesday, Gov. Brad Little hinted at his priorities for the upcoming 2022 legislative session. “This upcoming session, I will reveal my plans on how to give back to the people of Idaho yet another record budget surplus —Continue reading “Little gives brief glimpse at 2022 priorities at Wednesday speech”

Idaho deactivates crisis standards of care in southern half of state

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho has deactivated Crisis Standards of Care for six of the state’s seven health districts. On Monday morning, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced the deactivation. Only the Panhandle Health District remains under crisis standards due to a high number of cases and hospitalizations, particularly in Bonner County. DuringContinue reading “Idaho deactivates crisis standards of care in southern half of state”

Chairman Wood confirms no Health and Welfare hearing this session

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports While the House Business Committee heard hours of testimony on vaccine and testing mandates, House Health and Welfare Committee chairman Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley, spent Monday afternoon in his office, reading nine bills that House Speaker Scott Bedke had assigned to his committee.  “And I’ll not answer any further questionsContinue reading “Chairman Wood confirms no Health and Welfare hearing this session”