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Coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine

Southwest District Health says it won’t “infringe on the rights” of residents during pandemic

BY: - May 4, 2021

The board that oversees Southwest District Health on Tuesday passed a resolution vowing not to issue or enforce COVID-19 restrictions or vaccine rules. The health district has never issued a mask mandate or other rules beyond those issued by the state. When local business owners and physicians asked the board to pass a mask mandate, […]

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States with higher vaccine demand will be able to request more from the feds

BY: - May 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — With demand for COVID-19 vaccines dropping in many states, the federal government is changing how those doses are allocated. Under the new policy, any doses that a state doesn’t request from its weekly, population-based allotment will be held in a general pool, and states with higher demand can request additional shots from that surplus.  […]

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New walk-in Saltzer urgent care clinic opens in Meridian

BY: - April 26, 2021

Saltzer Health has announced a new walk-in urgent care and family medicine clinic is now open in north Meridian on Chinden Boulevard between Meridian and Linder roads. The 5,300-square-foot clinic is located at 6357 N. Fox Run Way near the Paramount neighborhood in North Meridian, according to a Saltzer press release. The clinic’s urgent care […]

Dr. Laurel Desnick, county health officer in Park County, Montana, administers a covid vaccine to a senior at Park High School.

Only 1 vaccine is OK for older teens. It’s also the hardest to manage in rural America.

BY: - April 23, 2021

As states expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to allow shots for 16- and 17-year-olds, teens in rural America may have trouble getting them. Of the three vaccines authorized in the U.S., currently only one can go to that age group: the Pfizer-BioNTech shot. That vaccine comes in 1,170-dose packages at minimum and expires after five days […]

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Idaho inmates worked at food plants. They got COVID. So did their bunkmates.

BY: - April 22, 2021

Idaho inmates who worked in the community likely got COVID-19 at those jobs and brought the coronavirus back into their correctional facilities and dorms. A new report published Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes how COVID-19 outbreaks tied to workplaces, such as Idaho food processing plants, may have seeded outbreaks […]

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Biden calls for paid time off for vaccinations as U.S. hits 200 million goal

BY: - April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal and state officials now face trying to reach Americans unable or unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine, after meeting President Joe Biden’s goal of administering 200 million doses within his first 100 days in office. To aid in that push, Biden on Wednesday called on employers to give their workers time off […]

r. Despina Markogiannakis examines a patient at her dental practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

From rotten teeth to advanced cancer, patients feel the effects of treatment delays

BY: - April 20, 2021

With medical visits picking up again among patients vaccinated against COVID-19, health providers are starting to see the consequences of a year of pandemic-delayed preventive and emergency care as they find more advanced cancer and rotting and damaged teeth, among other ailments. Dr. Brian Rah, chairman of the cardiology department at Montana’s Billings Clinic, was […]

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

Pushback against ‘vaccine passports’ puts colleges in a quandary

BY: - April 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Florida’s Nova Southeastern University joined a small group of U.S. colleges on April 1, when the private research university announced that it would require all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus this fall. In a message posted on the university’s website, NSU’s president and CEO, Dr. […]

Dave Lacknauth, director of Pharmacy Services at Broward Health Medical Center shows off a bottle of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a press conference on Dec. 23, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Idaho sets a lofty goal: 80% of people vaccinated for COVID-19 — this year

BY: - April 14, 2021

State officials hope to persuade more Idahoans to get the COVID-19 vaccine — and they’ve set the goal at a statewide vaccination rate of 80%. That’s a high bar for a state whose flu vaccination rate is below 50%. Idaho public health officials said Tuesday they’re planning to ask the U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

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Idaho health officials urge pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines

BY: - April 13, 2021

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on Tuesday issued a recommendation to health care providers to follow guidance from U.S. regulators and hold off on continuing to administer COVID-19 vaccines made by Johnson & Johnson. Federal officials issued a recommendation early Tuesday morning that health care providers pause use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine. […]

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Reclaim Idaho organizers traveled through the scenic Gem State in a funky 1977 green painted RV.

‘Reclaim Idaho’ may dominate 2021’s documentary awards race. Film debuts at Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

BY: - April 12, 2021

Idaho’s Medicaid expansion fight may be next year’s award darling for best documentary.  New Yorkers and first-time filmmakers Laura-Wing Kamoosi and Jim Kamoosi, the married team behind “Reclaim Idaho,” entered the documentary into the prestigious Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and so far the reception has been resoundingly positive.  “Reclaim Idaho” tells the story of […]

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Idaho families are still — and will always be — suffering because of COVID. Mine is one.

BY: - April 9, 2021

Editor’s note: Karen Kay died Sunday, April 11, 2021. She was 61.  My Aunt Karen Kay has a sneaky smile with crooked teeth, a rebellious stubborn streak and a purse collection that rivals even Cardi B’s.  She loves cold Cokes, black “kiki” cats and dozens and dozens of photo albums full of family. And as […]