Coronavirus

Last week, when the United States temporarily halted use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Idaho public health officials saw the number of people accepting vaccines to decrease.

BOISE — The Idaho Legislature had a tumultuous first day back in session Tuesday after its COVID-19-forced recess, with the House rejecting legislation raising the vaping age to 21, the Senate passing a restrictive anti-abortion bill along party lines, and a crucial budget bill failing in th…

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s mask mandate will end April 10 after the Republican governor signed a bill Wednesday that lays out a new timeline for lifting some of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A rural Idaho high school isn’t hosting a prom this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, so a group of parents planned to throw their own — promoting it with the tagline, “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody.” But after getting calls from the school district and a loc…

Most Idaho adults say they would receive the COVID-19 vaccine if offered, but a high rate of vaccine-hesitant Republicans may make achieving herd immunity more difficult, according to a report commissioned by the state health department.

BOISE (AP) — At least a hundred people gathered at the front of the Idaho Capitol on Saturday to burn masks in a protest against measures taken to limit infections and deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health has 43 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Southeast Idaho. That number includes 21 new cases in Bingham County, 16 in Bannock County, four in Franklin County, and one each in Bear Lake and Power counties. No new cases were reported in Butte, Cari…

POCATELLO — Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has a short shelf life once it’s delivered to pharmacies, which has led to occasional long lines of patrons and frequent long hours for pharmacy staff working to avoid wasted doses.

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BOISE (AP) — The Idaho House has passed legislation to define how severe an epidemic must be before it can qualify as a disaster. Under the measure, the coronavirus pandemic wouldn’t meet the criteria.

POCATELLO — A local home health care provider has a lot of free COVID-19 swab tests to administer to those who qualify under terms of a statewide grant and a limited time in which to do it.

Idaho’s top health leader said if the COVID-19 vaccine supply continues to rise, the state’s weekly inventory could more than double within a month and secure a path to reach “some sense of normalcy” by summer’s end.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Public health officials have confirmed two more cases of Idaho residents infected with COVID-19 variants, including the first known case of a resident infected with the United Kingdom variant of the coronavirus.