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The Eastern Idaho Public Health board — which oversees everything from COVID-19 control policies to more typical responsibilities such as septic licenses and restaurant inspections — is preparing to add a new doctor to its ranks.

In north Idaho, patients should expect longer wait times and care in makeshift rooms as hospitals, which are stretched thin treating hordes of COVID-19 patients, struggle to provide routine levels of care.

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare declared a hospital resource crisis throughout northern Idaho due to a “massive” surge in COVID-19 patients, the agency announced in a news release Tuesday.

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A newsletter from the office of the Idaho lieutenant governor used a misleading number to disparage the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, the Post Register found after talking with an office staffer and three outside experts.

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As part of the Idaho Falls' Deaf Awareness Celebration on Saturday, nurses and pharmacists will be stationed downtown with interpreter tablets at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

Eastern Idaho health officials bristled at the suggestion of more coronavirus restrictions Friday, backing vaccines as crucial while a statewide surge threatens to send Idaho hospitals into a resource crisis.

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Idaho officials are gearing up to boost their capacity to put coronavirus test samples through genetic sequencing to identify concerning mutations.

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Two of the biggest barriers preventing Idahoans from getting vaccinated for COVID-19 are concerns about the vaccine’s safety and ease of getting time off work, according to a state-commissioned survey released Wednesday.

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Most staff in Idaho nursing homes are unvaccinated, threatening the health of overwhelmingly vaccinated, medically vulnerable patients, according to data released last week that provides a rare but incomplete glimpse into vaccination rates in long-term care facilities.