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Health and Welfare officials announce first COVID-19 child death in Idaho

BY: - November 9, 2021

An infant in Idaho died of COVID-19 in October, Idaho Health and Welfare officials announced Tuesday, confirming it was the first death of an Idaho child due to infection from the virus. State and local health officials said to protect the grieving family’s privacy, they would not publicly release more specific details “Our hearts go […]

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The forgotten pandemic: Health advocates to come together to recognize World Diabetes Day

BY: - November 9, 2021

Sunday is World Diabetes Day, but hold off on the celebration. It is not a day for parades, backyard cookouts or the kind of large family gatherings that go with holidays. In fact, World Diabetes Day – created in 1991 – is not officially a holiday. It’s more of a somber reminder about a global […]

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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 […]

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Federal vaccine rule for private businesses to kick in on Jan. 4

BY: - November 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Many private employers beginning in January will have to ensure their workers either are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they will undergo weekly testing and wear a face covering, under a new federal rule announced Thursday by the White House. The policy from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is set to […]

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 […]

Photo of a health care worker in PPE observing a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise

Our health care workers’ commitment defines the best of who we are as Idahoans. To them: Thank you.

BY: - November 4, 2021

I started my career in health care as a critical care nurse, so I know firsthand both the exceptional demand and the deeply rewarding nature of the job. No one gets into medicine for the accolades or because they think it will be easy. They choose the field because they want to help people. But […]

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COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 to 11 get final endorsement by CDC

BY: - November 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed off on giving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to all kids ages 5 to 11, a final decision that means those children can begin receiving shots as soon as Wednesday. Vials of the pediatric version of the vaccine have already been shipped to states, so they are […]

Idaho’s four-year schools will follow vaccine mandate — at least for now

BY: - November 2, 2021

Idaho’s four-year schools will follow vaccine mandate — at least for now Originally posted on on November 2, 2021 Some college and university employees and students could need to get COVID-19 vaccines in the next few weeks, while the state goes to federal court to challenge a Biden administration vaccine mandate. The State Board […]

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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, 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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Shipments of COVID-19 shots for kids 5-11 on the way to states after FDA gives green light

BY: - October 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted emergency authorization to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds, a step that means kid-sized doses can begin shipping to health care providers across the country.  Vials of the two-shot vaccine will be headed to pediatricians’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies and other providers, so […]

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What’s in — and out — of Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending and climate bill

BY: and - October 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s sprawling social spending and climate package has been slimmed down into a still-massive $1.75 trillion plan that he and top congressional Democrats are attempting to wrestle through after months of negotiations. Snipped from that proposal are a number of key priorities for Democrats, including an attempt to create the first […]

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Analysis: Vaccine mandates could come to Idaho college campuses. Here’s how.

BY: - October 27, 2021

Originally posted on on October 27, 2021 On April 7, Gov. Brad Little attempted to build a firewall against COVID-19 vaccine mandates — banning all state agencies from requiring so-called “vaccine passports.” That firewall could crumble, at least on the state’s college campuses. On Sept. 9, President Biden issued an executive order that appears […]