Coronavirus

Days before Bonneville High School discovered a student with coronavirus was at school, prompting the school to close Wednesday and Thursday, health experts discussed Bonneville Joint School District 93’s curious new 7-day isolation policy.

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BOISE — With lots of questions over how people in Idaho will know if they’re showing symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu, state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn announced this week that a single test will be available this fall to test for both.

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Five eastern Idaho counties are now under mask mandates by regional health officials and, at one time or another, all eight have been.

Idaho Falls School District 91 has 11 students and six staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. The district also has nearly 150 students districtwide who are isolating because they were in close contact with those who've tested positive.

A female in her 30s from Bonneville County died of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, according to an email sent to media outlets Tuesday by Eastern Idaho Public Health.

Before the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization in late August to an experimental COVID-19 treatment, a hospital in eastern Idaho was already offering it.

Weeks after the spike in July and early August, eastern Idaho appears to be seeing the next stage: A wave of deaths.

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include information about school re-opening in Mackay.

Eastern Idaho Public Health confirmed two coronavirus-related deaths of Bonneville County residents this week, putting the total death toll due to the virus at 15 for eastern Idaho.

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Medical professionals in eastern Idaho, in public meetings over the past two weeks, have said school re-openings put school administrators and health officials in a bind, forcing them to strike a careful balance.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated to properly identify the Fremont County facility with an active coronavirus outbreak. Information released by the state on Friday included wrong information attributing the outbreak at a different facility.

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Health officials from across Idaho on Tuesday discussed the role that regional health policy agencies should serve in school re-openings, ahead of a special session of the state Legislature where lawmakers could discuss stripping health districts of certain powers.

Eastern Idaho Public Health (EIPH) has confirmed the death of a male in his 80s from Bonneville County due to complications of COVID-19. Out of respect to his family, no additional details will be released. "We would like to express our heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends during t…

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As regional health officials continue to issue county mask mandates, they raised the threshold at which they would consider slightly more stringent event bans, requiring that any move to a high-risk level would have to be done at a higher caseload.

In most public places you enter in eastern Idaho, you’re now legally required to wear a mask, with some exceptions.

In half of east Idaho's counties, masks are mandatory and large events are restricted as eastern Idaho begins to reel with high caseloads that much of the state has already seen in recent weeks.

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Coronavirus tracking metrics that regional health officials use to levy social restrictions were flawed throughout July because of delays in test processing, according to data analysis and interviews by the Post Register this week. 

Two neighboring counties in eastern Idaho may be poised to have their coronavirus-related restrictions flip, after a series of votes by Eastern Idaho Public Health’s board of county representatives on Thursday.

Tribal health officials on Wednesday reported 13 new COVID-19 cases on Fort Hall Indian Reservation.

Clark County, the least populated county in Idaho, confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, winnowing down the number of counties that haven’t seen any COVID-19 cases to just two.

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POCATELLO — As Gov. Brad Little announced on Thursday that he is keeping the state in Stage 4 of his four-step reopening plan because COVID-19 cases were rapidly rising, he doubled down on his shift toward having local and regional governments respond to the pandemic.

I want to begin by admitting something: I really do not like wearing a face mask. That mask is hot and inconvenient and makes it difficult to breathe. Those who wear glasses tell me their masks fog them. There is nothing pleasant about the experience.

BLACKFOOT – On Aug. 19, 1930, Joan Mansor Blessinger was born to Leo and Nellie Mansor at the home of her grandparents, Harry and Minnie Trego, in Groveland. She was raised in Blackfoot with her brother Don.