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.”

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”

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”

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”