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Governor: No mask mandate, but ‘modified’ Stage 2 (access required)

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Governor Brad Little issued a call up of the Idaho National Guard to help with the staffing response at Idaho’s hospitals due to growing COVID-19 cases admitted to medical facilities. He also rolled back the state to a hybrid-version of Stage Two of ...

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Idaho governor pledges to explain COVID-19 vaccine safety

Gov. Little at his Oct. 26 press conference.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little pledged Tuesday to explain the safety and effectiveness of a coronavirus vaccine to Idaho residents once it becomes available. The Republican governor made the promise during an hour-long call-in program put on ...

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Julie Triepke promoted to PacficSource account manager

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PacificSource Health Plans has promoted Julie Triepke to account manager. She most recently served as a client service representative and has held several additional positions during her seven years with PacificSource. In her new role, she will work out of ...

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As cases rise, states say they’ll work with Biden on virus

The incoming Biden administration is promising a cohesive national strategy to combat the worsening coronavirus outbreak, something many public health officials and Democratic governors say they welcome after months of mixed messaging under the Trump administration. Consistency about the need ...

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Idaho hospitals’ land of confusion over relief funds

Far from the idylls of Idaho, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the main agency managing the CARES Act healthcare provider relief funds to the nation’s caregivers. Among those that received funds are Idaho’s 43 critical access ...

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Holly Barr promoted to patient access director

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West Valley Medical Center has promoted Holly Barr to patient access director. Barr began her career in health care management 25 years ago and has been a patient access manager with HCA Healthcare, West Valley’s parent company, since 2016. She ...

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Idaho sees record COVID-19 cases, full hospitals and now flu

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A state panel of medical experts are asking Idaho’s governor for a statewide mask mandate, hospitals are running out of space for COVID-19 patients and last week was marked with record numbers of new cases and ...

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Is Idaho at a COVID care crisis? No, but it’s planning for it (access required)

Table 2 from the Idaho Crisis Standards of Care, available from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare online library of public documents. Screen shot by Catie Clark.

Idaho health care organizations are starting to make contingency plans for ‘crisis standards of care’ — that is, how to determine which patients get priority in a crisis situation — but say they have not yet reached that point. The ...

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