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Expert: Idaho will have to be smart to defeat coronavirus

A plan to reopen Idaho during the coronavirus pandemic hinges on understanding what the state and individuals have to do to defeat the illness, the co-chair of Gov. Brad Little’s COVID-19 Testing Task Force said. “The long-term success for all ...

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How do Idaho’s job losses stack up based on occupation? (access required)

When it comes to unemployment in Idaho, there’s good news and bad news. After eight weeks of unemployment statistics, Idaho’s biggest losses were in the food services occupations, in terms of both the number and proportion of jobs lost. One ...

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COVID-19 financial repercussions slam Idaho health clinics (access required)

While COVID-19 is a global pandemic that has created an unprecedented need for medical care, physician clinics are seeing dramatic reductions in revenue. According to a survey co-sponsored by the Idaho Medical Association and the Idaho Medical Management Association, physician clinics ...

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16 Idaho nursing homes hit by COVID-19, state mum on details

Idaho nursing homes have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with at least 150 cases reported at 16 different long-term care facilities in the state. So far, at least 26 people at such facilities have died from COVID-19. In ...

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HCA Healthcare quarterly earnings drop by 44% (access required)

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The parent company of two Idaho hospitals saw a large drop in first-quarter earnings. HCA Healthcare Inc. reported on April 21 that its first-quarter net earnings were $581 million, down 44% compared to $1.04 billion from the first quarter of ...

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Idaho forms COVID-19 coronavirus testing task force

Christ Taylor, a St. Luke's medical lab scientist, enters COVID-19 test results from outside laboratories into St. Luke's records system.

Gov. Brad Little announced on April 24 that he has created a public-private task force to design a COVID-19 testing strategy for Idaho. Without COVID-19 testing that reaches beyond those who feel ill, the pandemic may linger for a long ...

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Medicaid mental health waiver gains approval from CMS (access required)

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After seeking five different waivers to Medicaid, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the only Idaho waiver application that most everyone agreed upon. On April 17, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) announced that ...

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Crush the Curve test results indicate success at slowing COVID-19

Dr. John Kaiser of Saltzer Health at the Crush the Curve Idaho press Conference on April 22.

The good news is that Idaho is making real progress at crushing the rate of COVID-19 cases if recent testing in Treasure Valley is any indication. The nonprofit Crush the Curve Idaho (CTC-Idaho) organization announced the results of its first ...

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