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VIRGINIA CITY, Mont. — Emilie Sayler’s roots run deep in southwestern Montana. She serves on a nearby town council and the board of the local Little League. She went to college in a neighboring county and regularly volunteers in the schools of her three kids.

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The week starting Oct. 10 proved to be the second deadliest week for COVID-19 this year in eastern Idaho, according to the Post Register's tracking of death notices.

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BOISE — Idaho has passed another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, with the state Department of Health & Welfare reporting that the number of Idahoans who have died from COVID-19 surpassed the 3,000 mark on Wednesday, hitting 3,040.

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…

BOISE — Boise-based Norco Inc., which supplies oxygen to hospitals in several western states, sent an advisory this week saying hospitals are encouraged to activate conservation methods to not waste oxygen.

Coronavirus deaths in eastern Idaho last week rose to a level that was only last seen in January, while the state was exiting a monthslong case surge that nearly overwhelmed health care systems.

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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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Leona Georgia (Loynd) Later 6/23/2021 - 11/24/2021 Leona Georgia Loynd Later, of Rigby, Idaho, passed away peacefully at Homestead Living in Rexburg, Idaho, on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at age 88, surrounded by many of her children and grandchildren.

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Stephen Lynn Ball 3/28/1949 - 11/21/2021 Our caring, witty, and thoughtful husband, dad, grandpa, brother, and uncle, Stephen Lynn Ball, 72, passed away surrounded by family on November 21, 2021 in Idaho Falls, ID. Stephen was born in Rigby, ID in 1949. He grew up in Lewisville running sheep…

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Donald Jack (Later) Later 1/22/1925 - 11/17/2021 Donald Jack Later, of Rigby, Idaho, passed away peacefully, with his wife by his side, at Homestead Senior Living in Rexburg, Idaho on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at age 96.

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Jeanne Fay (Chiles) Crystal 10/5/1956 - 11/19/2021 Jeanne Fay Chiles Crystal, age 65, of Grant, passed away Friday, November 19, 2021 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

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Cleola H Schofield 1/24/1937 - 11/3/2021 Cleola "Cle" H Schofield of Lewisville, Idaho returned to her Heavenly Father peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on November 3, 2021.

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LaDeen (Lewis) Wolz 8/22/1934 - 11/5/2021 LaDeen Lewis Wolz of Rigby, Idaho passed away in the Idaho Falls Community Hospital on November 5, 2021 surrounded by her loving children. LaDeen was born on August 22, 1934 in the home of her Grandmother Ball in Rigby, Idaho to Don Williamson Lewis …

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Elmer J. Park 3/16/1934 - 11/6/2021 Elmer J. Park, 87 of Rigby, ID passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

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Sue (Pilkington) Velasquez 6/19/1954 - 11/6/2021 Sue Pilkington Velasquez passed away Saturday afternoon November 6, 2021, at the West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho holding hands with her beloved husband Joe Velasquez. Sue was born into the loving home of W. Farrell and Joan Pilki…