The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted economies, businesses, schools, healthcare services, and the lives of Idahoans throughout the state. The Division of Behavioral Health in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is conducting an anonymous statewide survey to better understand how attit…
In a rare change, hospitalizations and ICU admissions dipped last week in Idaho, where a hospital crisis plan has been in effect statewide for three weeks.
Eastern Idaho Public Health last week reported the deaths of a dozen eastern Idahoans due to COVID-19, marking the second straight week the number of reported deaths reached that mark.
Eastern Idaho has had 300 deaths from COVID-19.
New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control has prompted Teton Valley healthcare providers to begin offering Covid booster shots to certain populations and adults in high risk occupations.
Businesses don't have to police clientele, mayor says
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, Sept. 24, recommended a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for certain populations and adults in high risk occupational and institutional settings.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Wednesday that masks will be required inside temples to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“The situation is dire – we don’t have enough resources to adequately treat the patients in our hospitals, whether you are there for COVID-19 or a heart attack or because of a car accident” said Dave Jeppeson, Director of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare as he initiated Crisis Standard…
On Thursday, Sept. 16, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare activated Crisis Standards of Care for hospitals across the state. This is a VERY big deal. This is a sign that hospitals are struggling to maintain levels of care that we all have come to know and expect. ICU beds across the …
This is a developing story. Check the Teton Valley News 9/22 issue for updates.
All of Idaho has now been declared under a hospital resource crisis that allows for health care to be rationed.
On Monday Sept. 13th the Teton County Board of Commissioners voted to enact a renewed mask mandate, which is printed on the front page of this week’s B section.
Victor Elementary School will be closed the remainder of this week due to a surge in absences affecting both staff and students.
On Friday, September 3rd, a group of protestors marched from downtown Victor into the Mountain Shadows subdivision to protest in front of the Mayor’s residence. While the protest was peaceful, the group was very loud and carried signs displaying a masked sheep and flags with a Swastika cover…
Victor City Attorney Herb Heimerl penned a memorandum to the Mayor and City Council insisting that the Mayor’s recently issued Order requiring all individuals to wear a mask or face covering when indoors in a public setting, including schools, is lawful and that the school district must comp…
Idaho officials on Tuesday announced bundles of aid in hopes of saving the health care system from a resource crisis.
With skyrocketing rents, a major increase in popularity, and many turning to their vehicle for housing, another shortage was felt across Teton Valley this summer.
BOISE — Just seven weeks after the last Idaho National Guard deployment ended, Gov. Brad Little on Tuesday activated troops and called in federal personnel to help Idaho hospitals cope with a COVID-19 surge that’s filled them beyond capacity.
Last week two local jurisdictions came into conflict when the City of Victor passed an emergency mask mandate and the Teton School District 401 superintendent informed the city that the requirement would not hold up within the halls of Victor Elementary School.
Due to the continued case rate increases of COVID-19 from the highly infectious Delta variant, Mayor Frohlich has issued an Order requiring all individuals to wear a mask or face covering compliant with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines when indoors in a public sett…
City council is critical of school board decision
Driggs and Teton County followed Victor's lead this week in returning to mask requirements inside county and city facilities. This includes the courthouse, 4-H and Extension office, and the Driggs Community Center.
At a special meeting on Monday to discuss masks in school, the Teton School District 401 board was predictably split, with three trustees voting in favor of the status quo and two voting to start school with mandatory masking due to the rise in cases and the prevalence of a more contagious C…
Idaho students are back to their classrooms — a welcome transition for students and families across our state.
Eastern Idaho Public Health officials bristled at the suggestion of more coronavirus restrictions Friday, backing vaccines as crucial while a statewide surge threatens to send Idaho hospitals into a resource crisis.
BOISE — Last week, Idaho Gov. Brad Little posted on Facebook a plea for Idahoans to get vaccinated so that students can safely return to in-person classes as the highly infectious delta coronavirus variant continues to spread throughout the state. A barrage of misinformed comments appeared i…
If you’re headed to any of the nearby national parks, don’t forget to bring your face masks.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints renewed its prior calls to members to get a COVID-19 vaccine and to wear face masks in public gatherings on Aug. 12.
Effective Aug. 18, face coverings are required in all city facilities in Victor, including city hall, the council chambers, and the public works building.
Local medical professionals think Teton County is at a tipping point right now as far as Covid is concerned, with the Delta variant infecting more people just as the school year is about to start.
With the new academic year looming, the Teton School District 401 Board of Trustees faced the same conundrum it saw at the end of last school year: should masks be required in school or not?
The Teton County Emergency Management Team would like to assure residents and visitors alike that we are carefully monitoring the recent surge of the COVID-19 cases including the delta variant. We continue to meet with local agencies to make sure we are doing all we can to protect our commun…
As Idaho’s coronavirus case numbers surge again, vaccination numbers continue to lag.
After a months-long lull, coronavirus infections and hospitalizations are surging in Idaho while state health officials spot more cases caused by the ultra contagious delta variant.
Leaders in Teton School District 401 have spent the past couple of weeks shifting into summer mode, decompressing, and looking back on a school year that was unprecedented in every way.
Citing strikingly improved rates of coronavirus infection and hospitalization, eastern Idaho health officials on Thursday retired a plan that guided their coronavirus response for the eight-county region that once became home to two national hotspots.
For people who haven’t found time yet to get their Covid vaccination, Corner Drug is offering walk-in vaccinations during most business hours.
Board reaffirms mask vote at special meeting Monday
The Teton School District 401 Board of Trustees voted on May 10 to make masks optional at all schools for the remainder of the academic year, effective May 11.
Teton County posted this information on May 3:
In a sign that Idaho has more COVID-19 vaccines than residents who want them, state public health officials will no longer recommend that providers ask people to prove they live or work in-state to be inoculated.
On Tuesday, April 20, the Driggs City Council voted to lift the city’s mandatory mask mandate, effective on Monday, April 26, because ICU usage across the region is down and vaccines are available to all adults. The Teton Board of County Commissioners followed suit on Wednesday, April 28, an…
Every adult in Idaho is eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, but the number of adults who've received at least one dose in Idaho is barely more than halfway toward the 80% benchmark that experts say could pave a path for the virus to be under control. And that doesn't include young childre…
Victor and Teton County will discuss at next week's meetings
At this Monday's meeting, Teton School District 401 Board of Trustees began a discussion around the rule that K-5 students must wear masks at recess if they want to play within 6 feet of one another.
Idaho health officials hope to have 80% of residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by early fall.
BOISE — The COVID-19 cluster that formed last month in the Idaho Capitol building infected at least 14 people who live in four different regions of the state.
BOISE — Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued an executive order Wednesday banning state government from requiring or issuing COVID-19 “vaccine passports.”
As of April 5, all Idaho adults and teens aged 16 and up are eligible to receive the Covid vaccine, and in Teton County health care providers are working to put as many shots in arms as possible.