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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, radio journalism, data visualization and much more.

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Idaho’s ICUs are filling up again — this time, patients are in their 30s

By: - July 28, 2021

They survived 15 months of COVID-19 swabs, patients gasping for air, intubations and body bags. They survived the bottomless pit of sorrow that is a patient’s family saying goodbye over Skype — and being the one to hold that patient’s hand as they died. The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in Idaho gave these health care […]

Katie Kanago, Saint Alphonsus RN, gives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Arena Palominos at a mobile clinic in Caldwell.

It took months, but these Idahoans got COVID-19 shots. What changed their minds?

By: - July 27, 2021

Rey Ramos spent 127 days making a decision. But last Wednesday evening, he parked at a Saint Alphonsus mobile clinic in Caldwell. He got out of his car, put on a cloth mask, hesitated for a few minutes, then walked up to get his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Ramos was one of […]

ave Lacknauth, Director of Pharmacy Services, Broward Health Medical Center shows off a bottle of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a press conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Here’s how effective COVID-19 vaccines have been in Idaho. (Hint: Very.)

By: - July 27, 2021

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare last week shared a graphic to illustrate how much of Idaho’s COVID-19 activity is among the unvaccinated. Elke Shaw-Tulloch, Idaho’s Public Health Division administrator, was making a point about how getting a coronavirus vaccine can reduce the risk of getting sick with COVID-19, significantly reduce the risk of […]

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Who pays for public health? Who sets pandemic rules? Idaho changed the law

By: - July 26, 2021

Two bills passed through the Idaho Legislature in the 2021 session that changed how Idaho’s public health districts are funded, and how much authority they have. State and local governments are now taking up a big question: “What does the future of public health look like in Idaho?” said Seth Grigg, executive director of the […]

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As delta spreads, Idaho’s COVID-19 cases are ‘headed the wrong direction’

By: - July 20, 2021

Idaho Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen began the state’s latest COVID-19 media briefing with some bad news: After several weeks of improvement, all of Idaho’s coronavirus indicators are “now headed the wrong direction,” he said. “These trends are very concerning, particularly as we look forward to the fall, with the return of the flu […]

A patient wears a pulse oximeter on their finger

Boise-area hospitals are getting full again. Saint Al’s urges vaccination.

By: - July 20, 2021

Hospitals in the Boise area are once again starting to hit capacity. It’s not just because of COVID-19 patients. But the more infectious delta variant now spreading through Idaho isn’t helping, a local hospital administrator said. State data show a rise in hospitalized patients with COVID-19. The number of patients statewide with the coronavirus had […]

Bedke: ‘We’re going to be deliberate’ on lt. gov.’s request to look at vaccine rules

By: and - July 9, 2021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued a letter to Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, on Friday calling on him to reconvene the Legislature to address the issue of health care providers mandating COVID-19 vaccines for employees. Bedke told the Idaho Capital Sun on Friday afternoon that he and Senate leadership plan to do more research […]

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Many Idaho health care workers face a choice: get the COVID shot or leave your job

By: - July 8, 2021

Almost all of the Boise area’s largest health care employers on Thursday said they’ll require staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by fall. Anywhere from to 22% to 28% of the health care organizations’ staff haven’t gotten a coronavirus vaccine. Based on the size of their workforces, that means thousands of health care workers must […]

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Doctors, public health skeptics, others apply to join Boise-area health board

By: - July 8, 2021

The Ada County Commissioners will soon choose their next nominee for the board of Central District Health. That board is tasked with making public health decisions for Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties. The health department’s goal is public health through efforts such as immunizations, infectious disease prevention, environmental health, restaurant inspections, child care inspections […]

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Multiple complaints accuse Idaho Freedom Foundation of breaking nonprofit rules

By: and - July 7, 2021

An eastern Idaho man who created a new nonprofit organization to serve as a watchdog for political candidates and groups has filed a complaint against the Idaho Freedom Foundation with the IRS. Travis Oler, a Democratic legislative candidate from Shelley, created the Hold Idaho Accountable nonprofit organization earlier this year.  One of his first actions […]

Chuck Winder, left, and Scott Bedke, right

Idaho AG’s Office to GOP leaders: Yes, it is legal to keep adult vaccine records

By: - July 2, 2021

Republican leaders in the Idaho Legislature this year accused the state of unlawfully keeping vaccination records and said the records should be destroyed. But a response from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office told them they were wrong. House and Senate Republican leaders on April 9 sent a letter to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden that […]

The Senate in session at the Idaho Capitol on April 6, 2021.

Idaho Freedom Foundation official fined for breaking lobbyist registration law

By: - July 1, 2021

Dustin Hurst, vice president of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, has been fined $250 for lobbying on Idaho’s higher education budget without first registering as a lobbyist. The Idaho Freedom Foundation is a Boise-based nonprofit organization that advocates for limited government. It created an organization in recent years called Idaho Freedom Action, with the same staff […]