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.

Emily, 12, gets the Pfizer vaccine from a nurse at a Primary Health Medical Group clinic in the Treasure Valley

Omicron is now spreading in the Treasure Valley, lab tests indicate

By: - December 21, 2021

With more than 20 clinics in the Treasure Valley, and large scale COVID-19 testing, Primary Health Medical Group has been something of a pandemic canary in the coal mine for the Boise area. The clinic group’s CEO, Dr. David Peterman, says the past week’s pattern of test results shows that the omicron variant is now […]

Protestors in Boise

Idaho’s history and anti-government subculture set the stage for a health crisis

By: - December 21, 2021

Fred Wood trained as a doctor in major medical centers. Then, he moved to Idaho in 1977 and spent the next few decades practicing modern medicine in a place where cows and sagebrush outnumber people — and where many of those people didn’t trust modern medicine. “This is America. You do get to choose … […]

A microscopic image of human patient cells infected by the SARS-CoV2 virus.

Idaho is now fully out of crisis standards of care. It took three months.

By: - December 20, 2021

The Panhandle region of Idaho has emerged from crisis standards of care after 105 days. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced Monday morning that Director Dave Jeppesen deactivated his crisis declaration, which he issued Sept. 6. “While the number of COVID-19 patients remains high and continues to stress health care systems, the surge […]

Photo of Dr. Ryan Cole speaking at a conference in early October

Idaho doctors, pathology board accuse Dr. Ryan Cole of endangering public health

By: - December 16, 2021

Idaho physicians allege, in complaints to a Washington medical board, that patients came into their hospitals sick with COVID-19 after taking advice or treatment from Dr. Ryan Cole, according to documents obtained by the Idaho Capital Sun through a public records request. In addition, the American Board of Pathology urged the Washington Medical Commission to […]

The omicron variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus is in Idaho. Here’s what we know.

By: - December 10, 2021

The omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been identified in Idaho, the Central District Health department announced Friday. The variant had already been identified in neighboring states, including Washington and Utah. Central District Health said the variant was confirmed in a test sample from an Ada County resident who reported recent out-of-state […]

Photo of Dr. Ryan Cole speaking at a conference in early October

Dr. Ryan Cole removed from one of Idaho’s largest health care networks

By: - December 8, 2021

A controversial Idaho pathologist and his laboratory are no longer in a group of about 2,800 health care providers, responsible for the care — and lab tests — of about 160,000 Idahoans. It’s unclear whether the network, St. Luke’s Health Partners, chose to eject Dr. Ryan Cole and his laboratory, Cole Diagnostics, or if Cole […]

Donna and Buddy Fowler

He got vaccinated and masked up. But others didn’t, and it cost an Idaho man his life.

By: - December 7, 2021

Buddy Fowler thought he had the flu. Three weeks later, he died. “Buddy passed away unexpectedly with his beloved wife Donna by his side,” reads his obituary in the Post Register last month. “Due to pre-existing health conditions, Buddy was hit hard by a case of Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated.” Now one of countless […]


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, […]

Photo of St. Luke's Downtown Boise hospital

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 […]

Photo of a health care worker in PPE

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. […]

Photo of a Kootenai Health nurse helping her patient put on his mask in his room to help prevent transmission of virus particles

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 […]

A microscopic image of human patient cells infected by the SARS-CoV2 virus.

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” — […]