Oh, we’re back to this again: Test positivity climbs to 8 percent for first time since January

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho recorded 439 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the highest one-day total logged since March, and is nearing 200,000 total cases over the course of the pandemic.  The state’s positivity rate has climbed to 8 percent for the first time since January, and the number of confirmed cases with theContinue reading “Oh, we’re back to this again: Test positivity climbs to 8 percent for first time since January”

Idaho’s rural counties see highest death rates, lowest vaccination rates

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho’s rural counties, some of which have been hit especially hard by the pandemic, are struggling to get vaccination rates up.  While half of Idaho adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the majority of Idaho’s counties have not hit that 50 percent threshold. Of Idaho’sContinue reading “Idaho’s rural counties see highest death rates, lowest vaccination rates”

Half of Idaho adults have now received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports As of Friday, 49.9 percent of Idahoans ages 18 and older have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 45.8 percent are fully vaccinated, according to data published by Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The vaccination rate varies by age group; Three fourths of Idahoans agesContinue reading “Half of Idaho adults have now received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine”

In county budgeting, population growth outpaces tax increases, says OPE

by Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Office of Performance Evaluations released a report on county revenue to the Idaho Legislature, outlining sources of revenue in the state’s 44 counties and highlighting how Idaho’s population growth has outpaced revenues. The evaluation was presented to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Thursday. “Idaho’s rapid population growth hasContinue reading “In county budgeting, population growth outpaces tax increases, says OPE”

Who is getting vaccinated? Census data offers some clues.

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho counties with the highest rates of COVID-19 vaccination so far are some of Idaho’s wealthiest, while the counties with the lowest rates have significant Hispanic populations, according to data released Tuesday by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. But it’s hard to tell exactly who in those countiesContinue reading “Who is getting vaccinated? Census data offers some clues.”

Why doesn’t Idaho collect demographic on vaccine recipients? It’s “challenging,” but not illegal.

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports After telling Idaho Reports and the Idaho Statesman that the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is legally barred from collecting race and ethnicity data from vaccine recipients, IDHW director Dave Jeppesen told the legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Monday that isn’t the case. Last week, Idaho Reports and theContinue reading “Why doesn’t Idaho collect demographic on vaccine recipients? It’s “challenging,” but not illegal.”

Does Idaho have a racial disparity problem with vaccinations? We don’t know.

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports This week, CNN analyzed vaccination data from 14 states, finding white people in the United States are getting inoculated against COVID-19 at twice the rate of black and Hispanic people. But in Idaho, the state doesn’t know if there are racial disparities in vaccine distribution. It doesn’t collect that data.Continue reading “Does Idaho have a racial disparity problem with vaccinations? We don’t know.”

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?”

Idaho Reports analysis: Jordan results show GOP benefitted from record turnout

By Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Note: 2020 election results used in this analysis are unofficial. State law requires that results be canvassed and certified by counties within 10 days of the general election (Nov. 13) and by the state within 15 days (Nov. 18). The 2020 general election saw remarkably high turnout in Idaho, withContinue reading “Idaho Reports analysis: Jordan results show GOP benefitted from record turnout”

Idaho Reports analysis: Rural conservatives see some of Tuesday’s biggest wins

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports One indicator of how well a lawmaker represents their constituents: How comfortably they won a challenged race.  I took a look at legislative candidates who won with highest percentage of votes in R vs D races. I skipped races with only independent and third party challengers, as those candidates generallyContinue reading “Idaho Reports analysis: Rural conservatives see some of Tuesday’s biggest wins”