Health

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Ada commissioners won’t keep Dr. Epperly, who favored COVID measures, on health board

BY: - June 25, 2021

Ada County Commissioners have decided not to renew the appointment of Dr. Ted Epperly to the Central District Health board. “After 15 years of service to Central District Health, I was sent an e-mail saying … ‘Thank You For Your Service.’ An incredible example of politics becoming more important than public health knowledge and expertise,” […]

‘A gamechanger in the darkest months,’ Idaho National Guard’s COVID-19 mission ends

BY: - June 24, 2021

After more than a year of service, from helping food banks to helping vaccinate Idahoans, the governor is winding down the Idaho National Guard’s pandemic mission. Noting that COVID-19 is now under better control in Idaho, Gov. Brad Little on Thursday announced the draw-down of the Idaho National Guard’s COVID-19 response teams this month. Their […]

5 reasons some Idahoans didn’t get the COVID vaccine — and what might persuade them

BY: - June 24, 2021

A new report on vaccine hesitancy in Idaho sheds light on what’s behind the state’s low COVID-19 vaccination rate. More than 710,000 people in Idaho have now chosen to get the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s about 47% of the people eligible at this point. But public health experts believe it will take a lot more people […]

Looking for ways to make the commute for your employees easier? These grants can help

BY: - June 23, 2021

Ada County Highway District’s Commuteride program announced a new grant aimed at helping small local businesses implement and maintain commute options in a press release Wednesday. The Commuteride Workspace Mobility Grant provides up to $3,000 in financial assistance to Ada County organizations with 100 or fewer employees. The grant funds can be used for amenities […]

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Idaho hits a COVID vaccine milestone: More than 50% of adults got their shots

BY: - June 22, 2021

Idaho has reached a milestone in protecting its residents and economy from the coronavirus. More than half of Idaho’s adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported that 50.2% of Idaho adults had chosen to be vaccinated. “We likely will not meet the national […]

Rep. Russ Fulcher

Idaho Rep. Russ Fulcher announces kidney cancer diagnosis

BY: - June 18, 2021

Rep. Russ Fulcher, who represents Idaho’s First Congressional District, announced on his Facebook page Thursday that he has renal cancer, which affects the kidneys. “No one likes to hear the ‘C’ word, especially when having a discussion with their physician, but as many of you have previously experienced … sometimes it happens,” Fulcher wrote. According […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little

Idaho Gov. offers paid time off for COVID vaccine, calls on businesses to follow suit

BY: - June 17, 2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is taking the lead on offering paid time off to employees who get the COVID-19 vaccine. “This morning, I informed Idaho state employees we’re offering them a new benefit – four hours of paid leave if they have received or choose to receive the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine!” Little said […]

What’s the COVID-19 vaccination rate at Idaho’s care facilities? We don’t know.

BY: - June 17, 2021

A bare minimum of 10,000 residents and 7,000 staff at Idaho long term care facilities have chosen to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, based on data provided to the Idaho Capital Sun by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. That’s nearly twice the number of COVID-19 cases that facilities have reported during the pandemic, according […]

Rep. Greene Holds Press Conference Discussing The "Fire Fauci Act"

Marjorie Taylor Greene in new attack on Fauci demands his salary be stripped

BY: - June 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia on Tuesday led a group of House Republicans calling for the firing of Dr. Anthony Fauci, formalizing their intense criticism of his public statements and actions throughout the coronavirus pandemic into legislation. Those GOP lawmakers can’t actually oust Fauci from his post as director of the National […]

The SARS-CoV-2 molecule has a "spike protein" that it uses to hook into and invade certain cells in the body.

Want a free, at-home COVID-19 test? In Idaho, just dial 2-1-1.

BY: - June 15, 2021

Idahoans who may have COVID-19 can now easily request a saliva test kit to use in their home, with results in one to three days. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced Tuesday that it now offers free at-home COVID-19 tests to Idaho residents. Dial 2-1-1 to request them. The orders require no personal […]

Kiki Radermacher, a therapist, was one of the first members of a mobile crisis response unit in Missoula, Montana, which started responding to emergency mental health calls last year.

In mental health crises, a 911 call can now bring a team of helpers — and maybe no cops

BY: - June 15, 2021

  By the time Kiki Radermacher, a mental health therapist, arrived at a Missoula, Montana, home on an emergency 911 call in late May, the man who had called for help was backed into a corner and yelling at police officers. The home, which he was renting, was about to be sold. He had called […]

The J&J/Janssen vaccine is recommended for people aged 18 years and older.

Troubled Maryland plant told to toss part of the J&J vaccine ingredient it manufactured

BY: - June 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health regulators have instructed Maryland’s Emergent BioSolutions to scrap some batches of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine substance manufactured at the company’s troubled Baltimore plant, while clearing a small portion to be used in the U.S. or sent abroad.  Two batches of the J&J vaccine substance made in Baltimore were deemed “suitable […]