Coronavirus

Eastern Idaho Public Health’s board substantially reduced or eliminated many restrictions in its pandemic plan, favoring public education about COVID-19 when the virus worsens in an area.

According to the Eastern Idaho Public Health dashboard for Thursday, Oct. 1, released at 5:07 p.m., Teton County has now seen its first coronavirus death of a resident since the pandemic hit in March. EIPH reports that the patient was a woman in her nineties. 

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Regional health officials on Thursday, frustrated with an unprecedented surge of new coronavirus cases, followed course with their pandemic response plan by mandating masks in three counties with high rates of spread — Custer, Lemhi and Teton — but they said they'd look to change their plan.

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Three hospitals in eastern Idaho told regional health officials Thursday morning that they’re busy coping with a rise in COVID-19 patients.

After a late summer lull in reported positive COVID cases in Teton County, the number on Eastern Idaho Public Health’s dashboard has started to rise again, and many of the cases are coming from the school district.

The novel coronavirus has found its first mark at Teton High School. A student, a harrier on the cross country team, felt some symptoms early last week and a parent took their child to be tested for COVID-19.

BOISE — With lots of questions over how people in Idaho will know if they’re showing symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu, state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn announced last week that a single test will be available this fall to test for both.

Eastern Idaho Public Health confirmed two coronavirus-related deaths of Bonneville County residents this week, putting the total death toll due to the virus at 15 for eastern Idaho.

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As regional health officials continue to issue county mask mandates, they raised the threshold at which they would consider slightly more stringent event bans, requiring that any move to a high-risk level would have to be done at a higher caseload.

As Idahoans identify the many impacts of COVID-19, the need increases for behavioral health support, food security, housing, and other services. The Division of Behavioral Health in the Department of Health and Welfare and in conjunction with the Idaho Office of Emergency Management is pleas…

On Monday morning the Teton County Board of Commissioners passed an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings in the unincorporated county. The action was in response to Eastern Idaho Public Health’s decision last Thursday to lift Teton County’s public health order limiting mass gathering…

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Coronavirus tracking metrics that regional health officials use to levy social restrictions were flawed throughout July because of delays in test processing, according to data analysis and interviews by the Post Register this week. 

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Two neighboring counties in east Idaho may be poised to have their coronavirus-related restrictions flip, after a series of votes by Eastern Idaho Public Health's board of county representatives on Thursday.

Teton Hospital CEO Keith Gnagey reported Monday, Aug. 3, that seven new COVID-19 cases where logged through rapid-testing at the medical facility this afternoon. This is added to the 11 new positive tests reported by Eastern Idaho Public Health on Sunday. On Tuesday, the hospital reported th…

Clark County, the least populated county in Idaho, confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, winnowing down the number of counties that haven’t seen any COVID-19 cases to just two.

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BOISE — July has not been a good month for Idaho on the coronavirus front, with two-thirds of all Idaho’s COVID-19 infections to date reported since July 1, and the month’s tally of deaths now surpassing April’s high, making July the deadliest month for the virus in Idaho, even before the mo…

BOISE — Gov. Brad Little announced last Thursday that Idaho will stay in Stage 4 of its reopening plan for at least another two weeks, and said he’s collaborating with public health district directors across the state to deal with the swelling COVID-19 pandemic.

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Eastern Idaho Public Health's Board of Health on Tuesday organized plans to vote on an order to mandate face masks in Teton County. This on the heels of Teton County Commissioners tasking the emergency management department on Monday to draft its own mask requirement after the cities of Drig…

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Eastern Idaho regional health officials on Thursday punted a decision to mandate masks until a later date, instead deciding they would soon vote to recommend face masks, which health officials already have been urging for months.

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The Eastern Idaho State Fair board is looking to move ahead with this year’s fair, but the mayor of Blackfoot and Bingham County officials have expressed reservations about whether it is safe due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Idaho Falls City Council on Thursday will consider making face masks mandatory in public spaces, as a growing number of Idaho cities are doing as the state’s COVID-19 caseload soars, according to an agenda posted on the city website on Tuesday evening.

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Teton Valley Health reported a eleventh case of COVID-19 in Teton County in a female in her 40s stemming from contact with another active case.