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 […]

Saint Alphonsus Health System giving the COVID-19 vaccine to people in Homedale

OSHA tells employers how to keep workers safe, including paid time off for COVID vaccine

BY: - June 10, 2021

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday announced an emergency temporary standard to protect health care workers from catching and spreading the coronavirus, as well as general guidance for other employers. “Too many of our frontline health care workers continue to be at high risk of contracting the coronavirus,” said U.S. Secretary of […]

PFAS gel

Frustrated local leaders urge Congress to move faster on regulating PFAS

BY: - June 10, 2021

WASHINGTON—Local officials and community leaders on Wednesday pushed Congress to designate toxic chemicals that are contaminating drinking water as hazardous materials, which would trigger federal cleanup standards.   In addition, two Democratic senators from Michigan, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, introduced legislation that would put additional obligations on the Pentagon to initiate cleanup at military bases. […]

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.

More than 90% of Idaho’s COVID cases now are among the unvaccinated

BY: - June 8, 2021

More than 90% of newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in Idaho “have no record of being vaccinated” against the coronavirus, Idaho Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Kathryn Turner said Tuesday. The numbers underscore how effective the vaccines have been, not only in controlled clinical trials. A study published Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]