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Idaho’s vaccine shipment far short of what federal government promised

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho health officials started out the week with high hopes for ramping up the state’s vaccine roll-out. By Friday, the state has received fewer than half the doses it was promised for the week. Elke Shaw-Tulloch, Administrator of Public Health for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, said duringContinue reading “Idaho’s vaccine shipment far short of what federal government promised”

Labrador appointed to Central District Health board

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The Ada County Commissioners have voted to appoint Raúl Labrador to the Central District Health Board of Health.  Labrador replaces former commissioner Diana Lachiondo, who lost the November election to Ryan Davidson. Previously, Labrador represented Idaho’s First Congressional District and served as chairman of the Idaho Republican Party. At theContinue reading “Labrador appointed to Central District Health board”

Amid federal uncertainty, Idaho allocates last of CARES Act funds

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Wednesday afternoon, the Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee budgeted the last of the $1.25 billion in CARES Act funding Idaho received in the spring.  Alex Adams, CFAC chairman and administrator of the Division of Financial Management, said the proposals are meant to bridge Idaho’s continued needs with what isn’t coveredContinue reading “Amid federal uncertainty, Idaho allocates last of CARES Act funds”

COVID FAQ: Why do Idaho death counts vary by source?

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports One of the questions I get asked most often: Why do the number of deaths we report daily sometimes vary from what other outlets report, and why don’t they line up with the graph on IDHW’s own COVID-19 Tableau dashboard? Idaho Reports uses the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’sContinue reading “COVID FAQ: Why do Idaho death counts vary by source?”

Speaker Bedke survives challenge; Winder new Senate Pro Tem

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Lawmakers have elected their leaders for the next two years. Every member of the House majority leadership team survived challenges. House Speaker Scott Bedke, who was first elected speaker in December 2012, fended off Rep. Wendy Horman for the position. Majority Leader Mike Moyle, who has held the position sinceContinue reading “Speaker Bedke survives challenge; Winder new Senate Pro Tem”

One day, four public health district meetings, a patchwork of approaches.

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Four of Idaho’s seven public health districts held Board of Health meetings Thursday, with each approaching the pandemic in markedly different ways.  The day’s series of meetings and votes was emblematic of the patchwork local approach that has defined Idaho’s efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak, as Gov. Brad LittleContinue reading “One day, four public health district meetings, a patchwork of approaches.”

COVID-positive behavioral health patients present new challenges for hospitals

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports As hospitals strain under the influx of COVID-19, they face new challenges in treating behavioral health patients, resulting in those patients being placed in facilities increasingly farther away. During a Thursday morning Eastern Idaho Public Health District Board of Health meeting, Chief Operations Officer David Hoffenberg of Eastern Idaho RegionalContinue reading “COVID-positive behavioral health patients present new challenges for hospitals”

Boyle to run for House Majority Leader

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, is running for House Majority Leader, challenging Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Star, for the position he’s held for 14 years. Boyle, currently the House Agricultural Affairs Committee chair, was first elected to the legislature in 2008. She said she considers Moyle a friend, but believes it’s timeContinue reading “Boyle to run for House Majority Leader”

As hospitals struggle, Gov. Little mobilizes Idaho National Guard

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Governor Brad Little announced Friday that he is rolling the state back to a modified version of Stage 2 and mobilizing 100 members of the Idaho National Guard to support the state’s struggling healthcare capacity. “We are in the middle of an unprecedented and dangerous time in our state’s history,”Continue reading “As hospitals struggle, Gov. Little mobilizes Idaho National Guard”

Idaho Supreme Court halts jury trials due to COVID

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Jury trials in Idaho are halted until at least January 4, 2021. On Monday, the Idaho Supreme Court issued an order pausing both civil and criminal trials due to the substantial rise in COVID-19 cases statewide. The order, signed by Chief Justice Roger Burdick, said those cases have caused disruptionsContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court halts jury trials due to COVID”

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