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?”

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”

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”

State deploying emergency poll workers to multiple counties

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The state is deploying emergency poll workers today to counties that anticipate shortages. Chief Deputy Secretary of State Chad Houck wouldn’t disclose which counties requested help, saying he didn’t want concerns over shortages or COVID-19 to suppress voter turnout. That information will be available after the election, he said. LastContinue reading “State deploying emergency poll workers to multiple counties”

Election workers in Kootenai, Canyon test positive for COVID-19

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports One early voting site in Canyon County has had multiple workers test positive for COVID-19, and a positive test in Kootenai County’s office forced other election workers to quarantine. Joe Decker, public information officer for Canyon County, said there are four confirmed positives among poll workers who worked at theContinue reading “Election workers in Kootenai, Canyon test positive for COVID-19”

Kern: “Appalling” that rationing care is possibility

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During Monday’s press conference at which Gov. Brad Little announced Idaho will roll back to Stage 3, Dr. Joshua Kern of St. Luke’s Magic Valley mentioned the possibility of rationing care if already overburdened hospitals continue to see an influx of patients. Is Idaho there yet? No. But it’s notContinue reading “Kern: “Appalling” that rationing care is possibility”