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As Idaho officials continue with loose restrictions in response to growing COVID-19 cases in the state, regional health officials in eastern Idaho are eyeing a proposal that’s drawn ire from some: mandatory public mask-wearing.

Rather than engage in an expensive and likely fruitless legal challenge, Hardware Brewing Co. in Kendrick has chosen to pay a $2,500 fine for violating Idaho’s coronavirus shutdown order.

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…

Southeastern Idaho Public Health has four new confirmed cases (3 in Bannock County and 1 in Caribou County) of COVID-19 in southeast Idaho. This brings the total to 122 confirmed cases in southeastern Idaho. Eighty-one of the 122 total confirmed cases have recovered from COVID-19.


Two Idaho health experts say a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in neighboring states could translate into more cases in Idaho. And the trend spells trouble for regions such as southeastern Idaho, which have residents who sometimes work in a close neighboring state.


VICTOR — In a press release Wednesday morning, Eastern Idaho Public Health reported that it is investigating a case of COVID-19 in a customer who patroned Westside Yard in Victor on Saturday, June 13 from 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health has three new confirmed cases (1 in Bannock County, 1 in Caribou County, and 1 in Franklin County) of COVID-19 in southeast Idaho. This brings the total to 118 confirmed cases in southeastern Idaho. Eighty-one of the 118 total confirmed cases have recovered f…


The first confirmed case of the coronavirus has been identified in Franklin County. The patient, a woman in her 40s, is home recovering. She contracted the virus while traveling, states a release from the Southeast Idaho Public Health Department. The department will not be available for furt…

Southeastern Idaho Public Health has confirmed two more cases of COVID-19 in Bannock County. This brings the total to 26 confirmed cases (16 in Bannock County, 6 in Bingham County, 1 in Caribou, and 3 in Power County) in southeastern Idaho.

BOISE — U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill has granted a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction giving Idaho voters more time — until Tuesday — to request absentee ballots for the May primary election. 


Idaho’s staged reopening from the stay-home order has opened fault lines across the state, dividing the public, business owners, law enforcement and lawmakers. At the epicenter is Gov. Brad’s Little’s Stay Healthy Order. It details which businesses can reopen on which dates. Most businesses …


COVID-19 has turned daily routines upside down. Coping with that new reality of stay-home orders, social distancing and overall stress can lead to new mental health concerns or exacerbate issues that people already have.

While we cannot predict the future or know exactly how things will go as we navigate this entirely new existence and economy brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we at least know this: Even if it won’t be business as usual, we all have a part to play getting doors open again.

BLACKFOOT, ID – April 29, 2020 – Bingham Healthcare is now offering COVID-19 antibody testing at all primary care clinics throughout Eastern Idaho. The test is also available at Bingham’s three urgent cares located in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, and Pocatello.

BOISE — District courthouses will begin reopening to general public on May 1 with social distancing measures in place. Many hearings will still be held virtually, and civil and criminal jury trials won’t pick back up until later this year, according to an April 22 order from the Idaho Suprem…

IDAHO FALLS — As the coronavirus pandemic descended upon the nation, Idaho hospitals prepared for an onslaught. Hospital administrators freed up beds and ventilators and personal protective equipment. Yet these same medical facilities now stand empty. There have been just five coronavirus-re…


Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify that the EIPH's number of coronavirus hospitalizations only reflects the number of eastern Idaho resident hospitalizations. Additionally, the article has changed the statement saying "elective" surgeries has been canceled to "surgeries …

Personal finances are an especially sensitive source of anxiety right now. The economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic is causing understandable concern for eastern Idaho households needing to cover basic monthly expenses, including upcoming debt payments. As worries mount, unfortunatel…

(SE Idaho) – Eastern Idaho Public Health (EIPH) and Steele Memorial Medical Center (SMMC) have confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in a female in her 40s in Lemhi County. She was diagnosed through the Emergency Department at SMMC as an outpatient. She was never hospitalized and is …

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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.