Coronavirus

BOISE — Gov. Brad Little said Wednesday that Idaho stands “at a precipice,” with the state’s “phenomenal” economic gains all at risk because of the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic.

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Each day Kenneth Krell is working at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center’s intensive care unit, he and a respiratory therapist will check on the patients who are on high-flow oxygen.

A push for people to become pen pals of long-term care residents is expanding across the state.

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BOISE — Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin on Tuesday touted a proposal she’s crafted to funnel millions of the state’s CARES Act funds to a Nevada company for technology including “walk-through disinfectant cubes” to be installed at the state Capitol.

In an interview with the Post Register on Thursday, White House staffer John Fleming endorsed a COVID-19 control strategy of issuing few state restrictions, having local governments handle the bulk of mandates and using a light touch on enforcement — all similar to the approach Idaho Gov. Br…

While Bonneville nears the critical-risk level for coronavirus spread, the Idaho Falls Fire Chief issued a somber, straightforward call to action to regional health officials on Thursday.

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BOULDER, Colo. — Brady Bowman, a 19-year-old student at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and two friends strolled down 11th Street, all sporting matching neck gaiters branded with the Thomas’ English Muffins logo. He had received an entire box of the promotional gaiters.

By Wednesday night, Eastern Idaho Public Health had already reported 15 new COVID-19 deaths, the most ever reported in a single week, according to the Post Register’s tracking of public health data. That news comes as the region’s rate of new cases is at a record high.

Eastern Idaho Public Health reported for COVID-19 deaths on Monday. In total, 77 eastern Idahoans have died from the virus, according to the health district.

BOISE — A rising tide of COVID-19 cases is straining health care facilities across the United States. In Treasure Valley hospitals, a major spike in COVID-19 cases means shortages of nurses, physicians and certified nursing assistants, a trend that is already cutting what kind of health care…

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Bingham Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit in Blackfoot was full last Friday, southeastern Idaho health officials learned Thursday. It had four regular patients and one COVID-19 patient at that time.

A second county in eastern Idaho has reached the critical-risk level, the highest of four risk levels that Eastern Idaho Public Health uses to evaluate the rate at which coronavirus is spreading in different areas.

Utah’s governor went on statewide TV on Sunday night and announced a new emergency order as COVID-19 cases swell in his state, including a statewide mask mandate, a halt to all informal social gatherings and extracurricular school activities, and weekly testing of asymptomatic college studen…

The spike of new coronavirus cases in Madison County that's been driven by young people, between 18 and 29 years old — which elevated eastern Idaho's unprecedented surge status last month, and made the Rexburg area a state hotspot and national hotspot — hasn't strained health care capacity a…

Eastern Idaho Public Health’s board on Thursday moved rural Lemhi County into the critical-risk level — the highest, but largely symbolic, risk level in the health board’s four-tier coronavirus response plan — after its cases ballooned in recent weeks and stressed its local hospital with mor…

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In a Thursday visit to Idaho Falls, White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx told public officials that testing and mask use must become more widespread in eastern Idaho, according to Eastern Idaho Public Health Director Geri Rackow.

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White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx visited Idaho Falls on Thursday, Idaho Gov. Brad Little's press office confirmed Friday morning.

Eastern Idaho Public Health reported five more Bonneville County residents have died from COVID-19, pushing the county’s pandemic death toll to 35 and the region’s to 48 since the pandemic started.

Eastern Idaho Public Health on Tuesday reported two more Bonneville County residents have died from COVID-19, one of whom was a man in his 30s.

Debates about whether to buck or abide by public health guidelines for coronavirus isolation policies have mirrored other feuds about pandemic-related restrictions.

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Gov. Brad Little’s decision Monday to move Idaho back to a stricter stage of COVID-19 protections provoked a mix of reactions from other political leaders, with one Democratic senator saying he hadn’t done enough while some Republicans criticized Little from the right, accusing him of overre…

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BOISE — Gov. Brad Little announced Monday that Idaho will move back to Stage 3 of its reopening, after remaining in Stage 4 since June, due to coronavirus spread and “alarming” capacity questions at Idaho hospitals. The governor stopped short of issuing a statewide mask mandate, though healt…

BOISE — Gov. Brad Little announced today that Idaho will move back to Stage 3 of its reopening, after remaining in Stage 4 since June, due to coronavirus spread and “alarming” capacity questions at Idaho hospitals. The governor stopped short of issuing a statewide mask mandate, though health…

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On the heels of eastern Idaho health officials’ move away from more coronavirus-related restrictions, the region had the deadliest week yet.

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Modeling from the University of Idaho estimates about one in 30 eastern Idahoans have COVID-19 and are actively spreading the virus, a figure that displays the magnitude of the region’s mounting caseload.

Shirley Larae Palmer Johnson passed away on November 25, 2020 at Teton Post Acute Care in Idaho Falls.

Fred Leon Olson, 84 of Idaho Falls, Idaho, passed away Saturday, November 15, 2020 at EIRMC in Idaho Falls.

LaVell Ray Purser, 87 of Rigby, Idaho, passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020 in Rigby, Idaho. LaVell was born on November 9, 1933 in Hyde Park, Utah to Emma Balls Purser and Bartley Ray Purser. He attended school in Hyde Park until 1940 when the family moved to Rigby Idaho. The family farmed…

As promised in her blessing, Norma passed sweetly and quickly away on November 23, 2020. She, daughter of Joseph Fisher Sellers and Myrtle Lucas Sellers, was born in Plano, ID on March 6, 1923.

Norma Kay Farman Jorgensen, 75, of Dubois, Idaho died at 12:15 a.m. on November 7, 2020 in Rexburg, ID.

Darin Clyde Geisler was born of goodly parents, Max and Roberta Cox Geisler, on January 30, 1970, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Darin was welcomed home by his older sisters Julie, Kaye and Gretta and his brother, Kevin.

Colleen H. Atwood Olson, age 79, of Idaho Falls, passed away at her home, Thursday, November 12, 2020. Colleen was born August 1, 1941 in Idaho Falls a daughter to Thomas Edward Herndon and Thelda Pearl Scott Herndon. She grew up in the Clark area attending schools in Ririe and Rigby, gradua…

James “Jim” Ellis Frew, 63 of Roberts, Idaho, passed away Saturday, November 7, 2020 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.