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”

Northern Idaho deactivates crisis care standards due to COVID-19

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare deactivated Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) in the Panhandle Health District on Monday, leaving the entire state out of the crisis care standard. The other six health districts deactivated crisis care standards on Nov. 22. Crisis care standards are used when there areContinue reading “Northern Idaho deactivates crisis care standards due to COVID-19”

One in four Idaho COVID deaths seen in long-term care facilities

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s weekly coronavirus press conference marked a dark milestone Tuesday for long-term care facilities.  IDHW Director Dave Jeppesen said the state has now seen 1,000 COVID-19 deaths in long-term care facilities. That means at least one out of every four COVID deaths in IdahoContinue reading “One in four Idaho COVID deaths seen in long-term care facilities”

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”

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”

36 COVID-19 bills introduced, only 1 memorial made it out of the capitol

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Legislature brought 104 lawmakers to the statehouse to address COVID-19 vaccines, who pitched 36 different bills. After three days and hours of testimony and debate, they passed a single joint memorial, then adjourned and went home. Bills that tanked ranged from employee protections to religious exemptions for vaccinesContinue reading “36 COVID-19 bills introduced, only 1 memorial made it out of the capitol”

Workers’ comp has paid more than $2 million connected to COVID

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Legislature considered amending the workers’ compensation law in Idaho to include vaccine injuries, but the state has already paid out more than $2 million for COVID-19 illnesses and vaccine injuries. Rep. Jason Monks, R-Meridian, pitched HB 417, which would require businesses that mandate their employees to be vaccinatedContinue reading “Workers’ comp has paid more than $2 million connected to COVID”

House passes 3 bills on exemptions to opt-out of pandemic rules

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho House of Representatives approved three bills Tuesday that would allow people to receive exemptions to avoid mandatory vaccination and to allow children to avoid face masks in schools.  House bill 414, sponsored by House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, would add religious exemptions to the Idaho Human RightsContinue reading “House passes 3 bills on exemptions to opt-out of pandemic rules”

Senate moving methodically on COVID legislation 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  An influential Senate committee held an informational meeting Tuesday morning on four COVID-related bills, in which the lawmakers did not vote on any of the proposals after hearing from bill sponsors and members of the public. “The reason I feel it’s important that we do this is it’s a limitedContinue reading “Senate moving methodically on COVID legislation “

Bill to amend workers’ compensation for vaccine injuries passes House

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee has moved forward a bill that would amend the Idaho worker’s compensation law to include vaccine-related injuries if an employer mandates a vaccine. Rep. Jason Monks, R-Meridian, introduced HB 417, saying if an employer mandates a vaccination, they should be held accountable forContinue reading “Bill to amend workers’ compensation for vaccine injuries passes House”