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Idaho bill appears to eliminate coronavirus as an emergency

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation defining pandemics that would appear to eliminate the current coronavirus pandemic from qualifying as an emergency in Idaho headed to the House on Monday. The House State Affairs Committee approved the measure that’s part of ...

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Coronavirus variant found in Idaho, vaccines delayed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Public health officials say extreme winter weather across the U.S. has prevented any coronavirus vaccine from being shipped to Idaho this week, potentially delaying some vaccination efforts. The news comes as Idaho Department of Health and ...

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Power County Hospital renovation to finish on time (access required)

Recent renovation work at the ER entrance to the Power County Hospital.

When the citizens of Power County approved a bond initiative for $15 million in 2017, the first date for renovating the 56-year old hospital was September 2020. After contracts were bid, that date moved back six months to March 2021. ...

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Seven Idaho rural hospitals could be at risk for closure

Entrance to North Canyon Medical Center

Seven Idaho rural hospitals are at risk of closure, according to a study released in January of such hospitals. The risk assessment was based on finances from 2017 through 2019. Because of the pandemic, the financial situation of most rural ...

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Billy Galligar granted hospice director certification

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Hospice Physician for Heart ‘n Home Hospice, Dr. Billy Galligar, M.D., was recently granted the Hospice Medical Director Certified credential by the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board. He was recognized for his commitment to improving the quality of life by ...

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Efforts underway to address direct care worker shortage (access required)

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Providers of direct care services are mobilizing to address a concerning, and challenging, shortage of Idaho workers. Direct care workers assist the elderly and those who have physical or mental disabilities — and qualify to reside in an institution or ...

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Idaho returns to Stage 3 but vaccines are still scarce (access required)

Idaho State Epidemiologist, Dr. Christine Hahn, at the Feb. 2 announcement for the state progressing back to Stage Three measures for containing COVID-19. Screen shot by Catie Clark.

Governor Brad Little announced on Feb. 2 that Idaho has once again progressed to Idaho Rebounds Stage 3. “When we moved back to Stage 2 in November, case counts were spiking and hospitals were bracing for the worst,” Little remarked. ...

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Lawmakers introduce bill to limit public health authority

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel of state lawmakers voted to introduce legislation to prevent Idaho public health officials from ordering schools to close or take preventive measures such as requiring masks during public health emergencies. The House Education Committee ...

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Brian Wonderlich joins Blue Cross of Idaho

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Brian Wonderlich will join Blue Cross of Idaho as the organization’s general counsel on January 1. He recently served as general counsel to Gov. Brad Little. He brings nearly 20 years of legal experience, including almost a decade as an ...

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