Health

Photo of a child with a backpack and surgical mask preparing to enter a classroom with COVID-19 precautions

16,000 school-aged kids in Idaho caught COVID-19. That’s not what school reports said.

BY: - June 4, 2021

Idaho schools did not know about, or report, more than half of COVID-19 cases among students in the last school year, according to an Idaho Capital Sun data analysis. More than 16,000 school-aged children in Idaho had COVID-19 between the first week of September and May 22. But the statewide summary of COVID-19 cases linked […]

Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline mural in Boise

Pandemic fallout: Idaho health department responds to need for depression, anxiety resources

BY: - June 4, 2021

The oldest caller to the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline since it launched in 2012 was 92 years old, while the youngest was just 7 years old. And as the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the state, Idahoans of all ages have needed more mental health resources to get by.  During the first three months of 2021, […]

Food stamps sign hangs in a business

Idaho’s nutrition program for women, infants and children benefits will temporarily increase

BY: - June 3, 2021

To promote the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables, the cash-value benefit amount for participants in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children will temporarily increase to $35 per month, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced in a press release. The increase will be in effect from June […]

Joe Biden speaks at a gathering with Kamala Harris and Dr. Anthony Fauci

‘Get a shot and have a beer’: Biden touts free brew, sports tickets and child care to boost vaccines

BY: - June 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Free child care during COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Late-night appointment slots on Fridays. And free beer for everybody over 21 if President Joe Biden’s vaccination goal is reached next month. These are some of the latest incentives and strategies lined up by the Biden administration to boost national vaccinations against COVID-19 leading up to the […]

Interpath Laboratory in Boise

Can’t keep track of COVID-19 variants? They now have easier-to-remember names

BY: - June 1, 2021

The World Health Organization on Monday announced a new series of names for certain coronavirus variants. The WHO says the names, based on the Greek alphabet, could make it easier to follow the shifting virus, without implying connections between geographic areas and the potentially deadly COVID-19 disease. It is normal for a virus to mutate […]

Entrance to the Hands of Promise campus

Idaho children are sent out of state for care. Idaho Youth Ranch is bringing them home.

BY: - June 1, 2021

For years, Idaho families have been forced to send their children out of state – sometimes all the way across the country – to get them residential mental health care. The Idaho Youth Ranch plans to change that with a $28 million project in Canyon County. The nonprofit has been serving Idaho children and families […]

Janice McGeachin

McGeachin’s order was likely unconstitutional, Idaho Attorney General’s opinion says

BY: - May 28, 2021

A legal opinion from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office says Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin likely went beyond her legal authority by ordering a statewide ban on mask mandates. McGeachin’s order also likely encroached on the legislative branch’s powers, it says. In her capacity as acting governor while Idaho Gov. Brad Little was out of state […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little

One day after it was signed, Little repeals McGeachin’s order banning mask mandates

BY: - May 28, 2021

Saying she disrespected the rule of law and threatened the state’s ability to protect children, first responders and seniors, Gov. Brad Little repealed the executive order Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued Thursday banning mask mandates  McGeachin issued the original order Thursday while Little was out of state and McGeachin was acting governor.  “The action that […]

Janice McGeachin

Idaho Lt. Gov. McGeachin issues order terminating public agency mask mandates

BY: , and - May 27, 2021

While acting as governor in Gov. Brad Little’s absence on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued an executive order prohibiting mask mandates issued by the state or its “political subdivisions,” including public schools, counties, cities and public health districts. It also extends to state boards, commissions, departments and divisions. The order is effective as of […]

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

Idaho’s COVID-19 vaccinations have fallen to their lowest since January

BY: - May 25, 2021

The number of people in Idaho receiving their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has fallen to its lowest level since winter, when vaccines were limited to only certain groups of Idahoans. The state’s coronavirus vaccine dashboard shows that Idaho’s uptake peaked earlier this spring, when health care providers were vaccinating 9,000 to 11,000 Idahoans […]

Saint Alphonsus hospital bill for a childbirth in August 1926. The bill shows charges of $59.50 for 14 days in the hospital at $4.25 a day, $85 for the medical doctor, $5 for the delivery room, $3 for dressings and $2 for laboratory fees.

The cost to deliver a baby in Boise? 10 times more than 100 years ago

BY: - May 24, 2021

Margaret Ertter gave birth to her daughter, Mary, in March 1922. The bill was $92. Ertter delivered twin boys four years later. They were born prematurely, and only one baby survived. The bill for Ertter’s 14-day hospital stay and medical care for her preemie newborns? $154.50. Ertter’s granddaughters in Boise discovered the documents this year: […]

Jerry Kramer getting a COVID-19 vaccine at St. Luke's Health System in February

Who’s getting the COVID-19 vaccine in Idaho? Who isn’t? Here’s the data.

BY: - May 21, 2021

Some of Idaho’s wealthiest and least vulnerable communities have reached higher levels of protection from the virus that causes COVID-19, while the more vulnerable remain at risk. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare provided COVID-19 vaccination data by ZIP code, and by week, to the Idaho Capital Sun. The data, obtained through a public […]