Appointments for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots from Eastern Idaho Public Health are available Mondays in Challis and Tuesdays in Mackay, for people who have had the Pfizer vaccines.

In-person classes resumed this week in the Mackay school district after a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the city prompted district officials to close schools last week.

BOISE — A constant barrage of misinformation has Idaho health care workers facing increased animosity from some patients and community members, officials say. It’s gotten so bad in northern Idaho that some Kootenai Health employees are scared to go to the grocery store if they haven’t change…

Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Monday in Custer County, bringing the active case count to 10, a huge drop from the 20 active cases listed on Friday by Eastern Idaho Public Health officials.

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BOISE — Health care workers are exhausted and angry. Some of Idaho's coronavirus vaccines are expiring because they have sat unused for so long. And coronavirus case numbers and deaths continue to climb, putting the state among the worst in the nation for the rate of new COVID-19 diagnoses.

BOISE — In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders expanded health care rationing statewide Sept. 16 and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number of unvaccinated COVID-19…

Stanley School students are excited for their upcoming trip to the McCall Outdoor Science School, according to their teacher Ashley Reese, but the COVID-19 pandemic might prevent them from going.

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SEATTLE — Washington is facing its own COVID-19 crisis and has little capacity to help neighboring Idaho deal with an overwhelming surge of cases driven by unvaccinated people, state hospital executives and doctors said Monday.

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BOISE — When Idaho public health officials announced last week that northern hospitals were so crowded with coronavirus patients that they would be allowed to ration health care, roughly 11,000 kids in Coeur d'Alene were packing lunches, climbing on buses or grabbing backpacks for their firs…

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BOISE — Amid the Idaho coronavirus surge that prompted officials to authorize hospitals to ration health care, Army soldiers sent to one hospital have traded their fatigues for personal protective equipment to help treat a flood of infected patients.

BOISE — Hospital facilities and public health agencies are scrambling to add capacity as the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise statewide. But many Idaho residents don't seem to feel the same urgency.

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BOISE— Idaho's hospitals are bursting at the seams as coronavirus numbers continue to skyrocket across the state, prompting state leaders to call on residents to serve as volunteers to help keep medical facilities operating.

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BOISE — Hospitals are reporting record numbers of COVID-19 patients on ventilators, public health officials have reactivated a "crisis standards of care" task force and epidemiologists are warning that based on the current rate of spread, Idaho could see as many as 30,000 new cases a week by…

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BOISE (AP) — The leaders of some of Idaho's largest health care providers warned people last week that coronavirus cases again are again threatening to overwhelm hospitals and primary care clinics as cases climb across the state.

New evidence showing the delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and may be more dangerous than other versions has prompted U.S. health officials to consider changing advice on how the nation fights the coronavirus, internal documents show.

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Even with coronavirus vaccines readily available to all Idahoans, actives cases continue to occur, such as the three reported in Custer County on Monday and one in Butte County.

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Residents of Custer, Lemhi and Butte counties have slowed the pace at which they get vaccinated from the coronavirus and none of the counties has yet reached 40 percent full vaccination.

Idahoans can now test themselves for COVID-19 at home, with free test kits from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

As cases tumble and states reopen, the potential final stage in the U.S. campaign to vanquish COVID-19 is turning into a slog, with a worrisome variant gaining a bigger foothold and lotteries and other prizes failing to persuade some Americans to get vaccinated.

Rural health clinics in Idaho are slated to receive $4.4 million in federal funds to expand COVID-19 testing access, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday.

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Idaho seniors did not get vaccinated at rates as high as state officials had hoped, data shows.

With only a few more percentage points to go as of May 28, Custer County residents are nearly 40 percent fully vaccinated from the coronavirus, which is half of what health officials want to reach by September.

About 1.1 million coronavirus vaccine doses have bee administered in Idaho. More than half a million Idahoans have received both shots.

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State health officials want 80 percent of Idahoans vaccinated for the coronavirus by September, and so far Custer, Butte and Lemhi county residents have yet to reach the halfway point.

New budgets were set for public school teachers and for higher education last week, after the previous versions were voted down in the House.

In a sign that Idaho has more COVID-19 vaccines than residents who want them, state public health officials will no longer recommend that providers ask people to prove they live or work in-state to be inoculated.

The Idaho House rejected $40.3 million in federal COVID aid funds for voluntary COVID-19 testing in public and private schools next year, with opponents decrying testing as unneeded and one falsely claiming that children can’t carry the COVID-19 virus.


Every adult in Idaho is eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, but the number of adults who’ve received at least one dose in Idaho is barely more than halfway to the 80 percent benchmark experts say could pave a path for the virus to be under control. And that doesn’t include young children,…

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Custer County reached a COVID-19 vaccination rate of 32 percent April 26, which nearly matches the state’s rate of 32.8 percent for people who’ve received both their vaccines.


BOISE — Legislation that would have prevented government entities in Idaho from implementing mask mandates won't get a hearing in the Senate, the powerful chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee said Monday.

Eastern Idaho has seen a surge in coronavirus cases this spring, and Salmon River Clinic Physician Assistant Amy Klingler said there are two main factors that have caused that scenario.

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With vaccination clinics operating Mondays in Challis and Tuesdays in Mackay, an estimated 20 percent of county residents had been fully vaccinated for the coronavirus as of March 29.

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Although the coronavirus has weakened across Idaho and the United States, Physician Assistant Amy Klingler with the Salmon River Clinic in Stanley warned Stanley City Council members at their March 25 meeting the fight persists.

With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Idaho, members of the Eastern Idaho Public Health Board decided last week to longer issue public health orders designed to slow the spread of the virus.

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Custer, Lemhi and Butte counties each had two active coronavirus cases at the end of the day Tuesday, according to data from regional health districts.

Stanley city officials let the COVID-19 health order that required face coverings in public and limited public gatherings to 10 people expire last week, replacing it with a resolution that strongly encourages the same measures.

Stanley School teacher Lisa Muscavage said she can’t speak for the other teachers and staff, but she’s personally joyed to have received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Eastern Idaho health officials last week removed mask mandates in Custer and Jefferson counties.

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Challis cross country runners competed in Butte, Montana, on Sept. 24.

Reviews of data captured in 15 screw traps operated throughout the state by Idaho Fish and Game personnel helps them understand fish migration patterns, Fisheries Technician Kaitlyn Wauhkonen said.

BOISE — An emergency trap-and-truck operation of sockeye salmon in danger from high water temperatures in the Snake and Salmon rivers netted enough fish at an eastern Washington dam to sustain an elaborate hatchery program, wildlife officials said.

The journey of salmon and steelhead back to Marsh Creek on the Middle Fork Salmon River near Stanley is being tracked this summer via an instream detection system.

Stanley School students are excited for their upcoming trip to the McCall Outdoor Science School, according to their teacher Ashley Reese, but the COVID-19 pandemic might prevent them from going.

Although he’s so new he doesn’t yet have a name, Mackay cheerleading coach Amber Hulse said the Mackay Miners mascot got a chance to shine before the student body at a pep assembly held the first week of school.

Although they are still developing an application process, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare officials will use $30 million to make sure Idaho school districts that want to test for COVID-19 have the option.

People who want to comment on the possible sale of the Challis Middle School can share their thoughts with school trustees at a 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 hearing in the school auditorium.

Challis student athletes will ride on the district’s coach-style activity buses to district and state tournaments only after school board members chose to limit use of those buses. Board members also approved the purchase of a new yellow activity bus.

Class of ‘70 holds reunionMembers of the Challis High class of 1970 gathered for a one-year delayed 50-year reunion at the Y-Inn for “fun times,” class member Barb Fox said.

Gyer and Latimer plan weddingJason Gyer and Brenda Gyer and Kathleen Latimer and the late E.L. Latimer announce the engagement of Taylor Gyer and Kaleb Latimer.