COVID-19

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Feds: Florida, Missouri, Texas account for 40 percent of all COVID-19 cases last week

BY: - July 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — Amid a rise in infections and hospitalizations from the surging delta variant of COVID-19, the Biden administration is boosting money and other assistance to the hardest-hit areas of the country. Last week, just three states with lower vaccination rates — Florida, Texas and Missouri — accounted for 40 percent of all cases nationwide. […]

Analysis: In the absence of mandates, educators pin their hopes on vaccine messaging

BY: - July 22, 2021

Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on July 22, 2021 As Idaho’s coronavirus case numbers surge again, vaccination numbers continue to lag. And vaccination rates are lowest among young people — just weeks before students are due to return to schools and college campuses. This puts health officials and education leaders in a bind. They say vaccines […]

The Senate in session at the Idaho Capitol on April 6, 2021.

Idaho Senate leaders call for meetings, not legislation, to address vaccine requirements

BY: - July 16, 2021

Republican leaders of the Idaho Senate are calling for government and business leaders to partner up to address vaccine requirements from several health care companies instead of adding regulations by writing legislation and passing laws. In a statement issued Thursday, the senators called for business leaders, Gov. Brad Little’s office, and the House of Representatives […]

Crowd gathers at the Idaho Statehouse

Hundreds attend Idaho Statehouse rally opposing vaccine mandates by businesses

BY: - July 15, 2021

Hundreds of people attended a rally on the Idaho Statehouse steps in opposition to vaccine requirements on Thursday morning, moments after Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin repeated her call for the Legislature to reconvene.  McGeachin, a Republican who is running for governor in 2022, requested Friday that House Speaker Scott Bedke reconvene the Idaho Legislature after […]

Analysis: School trustees could mandate staff COVID vaccines. But would they

BY: - July 15, 2021

Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on July 15, 2021 There is nothing stopping school districts and charter schools from requiring their employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Gov. Brad Little’s executive order banning “vaccine passports” says nothing about K-12 schools. That means school trustees and administrators are free to follow the lead from the Treasure Valley’s […]

‘I am not an anti-vaxxer’: Two legislators have different reasons for opposing vaccine mandates

BY: - July 13, 2021

Two Nampa legislators were among the six who signed a statement on Monday declaring their opposition to local health care providers requiring employees to be vaccinated — but their reasons for doing so are nuanced. Rep. Rick Youngblood and Sen. Jeff Agenbroad are Republicans who represent Districts 12 and 13, respectively, in Canyon County. They […]

Bedke: ‘We’re going to be deliberate’ on lt. gov.’s request to look at vaccine rules

BY: and - July 9, 2021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued a letter to Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, on Friday calling on him to reconvene the Legislature to address the issue of health care providers mandating COVID-19 vaccines for employees. Bedke told the Idaho Capital Sun on Friday afternoon that he and Senate leadership plan to do more research […]

Analysis: Could the delta variant stop a ‘normal’ school year before it starts?

BY: - July 8, 2021

Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on July 8, 2021 School will be different this fall. More like normal. That’s the hope — or the assumption — shared by parents, students, teachers and administrators. Does the latest coronavirus variant challenge this hope and shake this assumption? As the delta variant becomes the predominant form of coronavirus in […]

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‘Inherent barriers’ hindering federal aid for Idaho rental assistance

BY: - June 29, 2021

Even with extensions, one local housing organization says the national eviction moratorium and additional federal funding isn’t helping those struggling with housing costs in the Treasure Valley.  The eviction moratorium that began in September 2020 was scheduled to expire at the end of March but received an extension to the end of June. That deadline […]

Facing COVID-related foreclosure? New federal rules apply

BY: - June 28, 2021

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released new rules Monday to establish temporary safeguards for borrowers who are exiting forbearance plans and may be facing foreclosure, including loan modifications and the option of selling the home. The rules, which generally exclude small servicers, cover loans on principal residences and will take effect on Aug. 31, according […]

Idaho cities can start applying for $54 million in federal relief funds

BY: - June 22, 2021

Idaho cities with populations of fewer than 50,000 people will begin receiving their share of $54 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, Gov. Brad Little and State Controller Brandon Woolf announced Monday in a press release. Almost all Idaho cities have a population small enough to be eligible for the funds. Little and […]

A McDonald's in Boise advertises it is hiring for $11 per hour.

Idaho unemployment down to 3% in May

BY: - June 18, 2021

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped slightly, from 3.1% in April to 3% in May, according to a press release from the Idaho Department of Labor. The state’s overall labor force grew by one-tenth of a percent, the second consecutive month of labor force gains. Six industries saw significant job losses, including natural resources (-2.5%), […]