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Audrey Dutton

Audrey Dutton

Audrey Dutton, senior investigative reporter, joined the Idaho Capital Sun after 10 years at the Idaho Statesman. Her favorite topics to cover include health care, business, consumer protection issues and white collar crime. Dutton hails from Twin Falls. She attended college at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Before coming home to Idaho, Dutton worked as a journalist in Minnesota, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Dutton's work has earned dozens of state, regional and national awards for investigative reporting, health care and business reporting, data visualization and more.

Saltzer to start administering monoclonal antibodies for COVID-19

By: - November 30, 2021

Saltzer Health urgent care clinic in Nampa will offer monoclonal antibody treatments, beginning Dec. 1, to people who test positive for COVID-19 and are at risk of hospitalizations. Vaccines continue to be the best defense against COVID-19, a news release from Saltzer and Southwest District Health noted. Saltzer will offer the treatments by appointment only, […]

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Today in Idaho hospitals and COVID-19 (updated 11/30): Patients, ERs, ICUs

By: - November 30, 2021

The number of adults with COVID-19 in Idaho’s intensive care units remains on a downward trajectory, falling into the 80s and 90s each day of the past week. Still, the coronavirus disease currently takes up more than 10% of all hospital beds in Idaho, and more than 30% of staffed adult ICU beds, according to […]

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Crutches are in low supply. St. Luke’s needs your help.

By: - November 23, 2021

A missing link in the supply chain is now keeping crutches from reaching the people who need them. “Ongoing supply chain issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to shortages in aluminum,” a St. Luke’s Health System news release said. Do you have new or gently used crutches, especially those made for adults? Here’s […]

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A new battle: Idaho’s COVID-19 surge left thousands of patients in need of care

By: - November 23, 2021

A few weeks after Idaho’s first-ever declaration of crisis standards of care, Gov. Brad Little took a call from Gloria, a woman in Kimberly. “I have a question for you,” she said during a Sept. 28 AARP Idaho telephone town hall. “I got my vaccine. I rolled up my sleeve. I did my civic duty. […]

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Idaho out of statewide crisis standards after 67 days; now only in North Idaho

By: - November 22, 2021

Most of Idaho’s hospitals have returned to semi-normalcy today, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced Monday. Idaho Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen on Nov. 22 announced that Idaho has exited a statewide “crisis standards of care” declaration. However, North Idaho remains under the mass casualty triage framework, due to prolonged surge of […]

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Breakthrough cases get attention. But how many Idaho COVID cases are reinfections?

By: - November 17, 2021

Idaho’s public health officials know the coronavirus managed to infect 17,099 fully vaccinated Idahoans since May 15. They know 543 of those Idahoans with “breakthrough” cases were hospitalized, and 226 died. How do they know? Public health analysts can cross-reference COVID-19 case records with immunization records and pinpoint when a person was “fully vaccinated” — […]

Another place to get monoclonal antibodies just opened. It’s in Boise.

By: - November 16, 2021

A state program helped launch COVID-19 monoclonal antibody sites in North Idaho and East Idaho. Now, it’s Boise’s turn. A company called Medical Directors of Idaho is now administering the treatments at Direct COVID Care in Boise. Patients must be referred by a health care provider, within 10 days of symptom onset. Urgent care or […]

Deaths in Idaho are 20% higher than average, and 2021 is far from over

By: - November 10, 2021

Since the pandemic began, an estimated 2,851 to 4,516 more Idahoans have died who likely wouldn’t have in pre-pandemic times. The coronavirus disease is now the top killer of Idahoans of Native American, Asian and Hispanic descent. This year, COVID-19 is poised to be the No. 2 killer of Idahoans in their 20s — after […]

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An Idaho man died of rabies. It was the first death of its kind since 1978.

By: - November 4, 2021

A man from Boise County has died from a rabies infection, according to state and local health officials. It is the first such death in Idaho since 1978. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Central District Health reported the death in a news release Thursday. “This tragic case highlights how important it is […]

Graphic showing two maps of the state of Idaho, with COVID-19 vaccination rates by ZIP code and new case rates by ZIP code from June through September 2021.

Curious about the relationship between delta COVID-19 and Idaho vaccinations? Check out these maps

By: - November 4, 2021

The coronavirus thrives in communities with low immunity. During summer and fall, the fast-spreading delta variant invaded Idaho and tore through pockets of the state that have low vaccination rates. The Idaho Capital Sun mapped and analyzed COVID-19 data at the county and ZIP code levels, using data from the Idaho Division of Public Health […]

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Idaho’s insurance exchange is now open, with 2 new insurers to choose from

By: - November 1, 2021

Idaho’s health insurance exchange, Your Health Idaho, opens Nov. 1 with a new slate of plans that qualify for subsidies. Idahoans can sign up for health insurance plans through the exchange at yourhealthidaho.org, or browse anonymously to see what’s available. The deadline to sign up is Dec. 15. “Every year we encourage Idahoans to begin […]

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Dispatches from Idaho’s front lines: ‘I just never really thought I’d ever see this.’

By: - October 27, 2021

Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in a series from the Idaho Capital Sun on what the Gem State’s health care workers are experiencing as they battle the latest surge of coronavirus in Idaho. Visit bitly.com/COVID-dispatch-1 or bitly.com/COVID-dispatch-2 or bitly.com/COVID-dispatch-3 for previous installments. Carol Clark finished nursing school and began her career in the […]