Idaho’s spent just 1% of federal ARPA relief funds

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports During the second day of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee’s interim meeting Wednesday, legislators listened to a breakdown of how much federal money the state has spent, and what’s still in the bank.  Alex Adams, of the Division of Financial Management, provided an update on the use of the American RescueContinue reading “Idaho’s spent just 1% of federal ARPA relief funds”

Idaho prisons continue to combat COVID infections among staff, residents

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Department of Correction houses more than 8,000 people in custody and the latest updates show coronavirus infection numbers are again increasing.  In a COVID update posted Thursday, IDOC deputy director Bree Derrick wrote about how the Delta variant has changed the game. “First and foremost, please remain vigilantContinue reading “Idaho prisons continue to combat COVID infections among staff, residents”

IDHW releases vaccination data by zip code

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Since vaccines became widely available in Idaho, the Idaho Department of Health has updated vaccine uptake data by county every weekday. That data shows high vaccination rates in some counties, like Blaine, where nearly 90 percent of the eligible population has had at least one dose. Other counties, like IdahoContinue reading “IDHW releases vaccination data by zip code”

Analysis: Are ethics complaint responses subject to public disclosure?

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  Last week, the House Ethics Committee held a contentious hearing on two complaints against Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird. The representative gave testimony defending her actions and asserting her right to free speech, though she spent just as much time — if not more — accusing the committee itself ofContinue reading “Analysis: Are ethics complaint responses subject to public disclosure?”

As Delta rises, state still not able to sequence most COVID positives for variants

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports As new cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions have nearly doubled in Idaho in the last few weeks, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is eyeing a rise in confirmed Delta variant cases. During a media call on Tuesday, state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn said not all hospitals and labsContinue reading “As Delta rises, state still not able to sequence most COVID positives for variants”

Late task force agenda may not violate open government laws

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s Task Force on Education Indoctrination meets at 1 pm Thursday at the Idaho Capitol’s Lincoln Auditorium, but members of the public may not have known until today. The meeting notice and agenda weren’t posted on the lieutenant governor’s website until mid-afternoon Wednesday, less than 24 hoursContinue reading “Late task force agenda may not violate open government laws”

After Legislative ethics hearing involving intern, complaints on Rep. Giddings flood in

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In the week following a Legislative ethics hearing revolving around a sexual assault allegation against a former legislator, House leadership received nearly 2,000 complaints about Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, after she twice published a link to a blog that named the victim of an alleged sexual assault. Most ofContinue reading “After Legislative ethics hearing involving intern, complaints on Rep. Giddings flood in”

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?”