Coronavirus

Idaho Falls City Council on Thursday will consider making face masks mandatory in public spaces, as a growing number of Idaho cities are doing as the state’s COVID-19 caseload soars, according to an agenda posted on the city website on Tuesday evening.

BOISE (AP) — For a time in Idaho, it seemed like the worst of the coronavirus pandemic could be over. After an initial onslaught of confirmed cases in the spring, by June numbers had dropped to a point that state leaders felt comfortable allowing businesses to reopen and life to get back to …

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Southeast Idaho Public Health confirmed 23 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, setting a new record for the most new local cases during a single reporting period.

A resident of a Blackfoot-based assisted living facility has died due to COVID-19-related illness. The resident was in his 80s with underlying health conditions. This is the second death from COVID-19 in southeast Idaho.

BOISE — Idaho’s increase in COVID-19 cases is “alarming,” Gov. Brad Little said Tuesday, as he called on Idahoans to wear face masks, practice physical distancing, stay home when sick and take other measures to prevent spreading the virus.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health has eleven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 (3 in Bannock County, 1 in Bear Lake County, 6 in Bingham County, and 1 in Oneida County) in southeast Idaho. This brings the total to 202 confirmed cases in southeastern Idaho.

Despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that people wear masks in public as far back as early April to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus, the Idaho Department of Correction didn’t require its staff to wear them until Wednesday — the same day the firs…

BOISE — Idaho’s House and Senate GOP leaders announced Monday that they’ll form “joint legislative working groups” to address COVID-19 in Idaho, including developing legislation for consideration in January on everything from election processes to the governor’s emergency powers.

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Southeastern Idaho Public Health has fifteen new confirmed cases of COVID-19 (5 in Bannock County, 1 in Bear Lake County, 4 in Bingham County, 2 in Franklin County, 2 in Oneida County, and 1 in Power County) in southeast Idaho. This brings the total to 187 confirmed cases in southeastern Ida…

It has been a nail-biter. Small businesses have been through so much uncertainty and change in the last few months it’s a wonder they still have their fingers intact. Here at the Small Business Development Center, we have a lot of adjustment, too. I am writing from my home office and trying …

NAMPA — Some delegates at the Republican state convention have taken a stand against their party’s governor and his coronavirus response, condemning his contact tracing program and calling on the Idaho Legislature to “protect our lives, liberty and property from the recent unchecked, unbalan…

BOISE — Gov. Brad Little on Thursday announced the state will remain in Stage 4 of reopening for at least the next two weeks.

BOISE — Hundreds of thousands of dollars in coronavirus relief payments have been sent to people behind bars across the United States, and now the IRS is asking state officials to help claw back the cash that the federal tax agency says was mistakenly sent.

BOISE — Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Wednesday that he’s been talking with state legislators who want him to call a special session of the Legislature, but the Idaho Constitution requires such sessions to be called on a specific subject — and none of them have offered him one.

BOISE — Idaho Gov. Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney say they plan to appeal Tuesday’s U.S. District Court decision granting Reclaim Idaho’s request for a second chance to qualify its school-funding initiative for the November ballot, after the statewide stay-home order cut…

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Citing ongoing coronavirus-related health risks, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced a statewide requirement for people to wear facial coverings in public settings.

BOISE — Fifteen House Republicans gathered in the House chamber on Tuesday morning, but despite calls from far-right groups, they didn’t take any votes or attempt to conduct any legislative business.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused U.S. potato prices to drop by about 21% from Jan. 15 through April 15, according to the industry’s surveys of potato growers and processors in major potato production areas.

The COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide protests against police violence have put the country on edge, and the unrest appears to be a recruiting opportunity for some anti-government groups.

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With the sharp increase in coronavirus infections Idaho’s seen in the past two weeks, Gov. Brad Little says “we’re looking at all the options,” including a possible partial rollback of the state’s staged reopening plan.

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BOISE — Health officials in southwestern Idaho say a coronavirus outbreak linked to patrons at six Boise bars has spread to 34 confirmed cases.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health has twelve new confirmed cases (6 in Bannock County and 6 in Power County) of COVID-19 in southeast Idaho. This brings the total to 134 confirmed cases in southeastern Idaho. Eighty-five of the 134 total confirmed cases have recovered from COVID-19.

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The U.S. Treasury Department must release $679 million in coronavirus relief funding for tribes that it intended to withhold while a court challenge over the agency’s initial round of payments to tribal governments played out in court, a federal judge ruled late Monday.

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BOISE — For the month of May, Idaho averaged 27 new COVID-19 cases per day, according to the Idaho Health & Welfare tallies posted each day on the state’s coronavirus website. But in the first half of June, that’s jumped up to 40 per day.

SOUTHEAST IDAHO — Eastern Idaho Public Health is investigating a case of COVID-19 in a customer of the Westside Yard in Victor, Idaho on June 13 from 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. While the risk of exposure to other patrons is unknown, EIPH is recommending that any person who was at the establishment…