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This is a scary time – there is no doubt. But, I am amazed by the generosity and caring of Idahoans. Instead of feeling like victims of having to give up social events, having to take their classes online from home instead of attending school, or having to work from home, Idahoans are rising…

Leading a state through a pandemic is a heavy task that will invoke criticism no matter which steps you take. Though we, too, have our critiques, we first want to recognize and thank state and health officials for their tireless dedication and care for Idahoans during this unprecedented time.

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BOISE — Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney sent a request to Gov. Brad Little on Friday to delay the May 19 primary election,and to close all polling locations, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

BOISE — Gov. Brad Little is waiving the weeklong waiting period for unemployment benefits, and moving millions of dollars to an emergency fund to bolster Idaho's fight against the novel coronavirus, he announced at a Friday press conference. 

MIDDLETON — Though many small towns may seem better off than larger cities as the novel coronavirus spreads, small towns also face the challenge of smaller health care systems, as was seen in McCall city and health officials’ plea that people avoid visiting the popular vacation spot for the …

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Update: Gov. Little on Friday waived the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits and signed an executive order saying if person is quarantined at government direction, they will be considered to have met the requirements needed to apply for unemployment. Read the full story here. 

As part of its strategy to address coronavirus concerns, the Idaho Health Data Exchange is providing temporary free access to its portal for all health care providers who are caring for residents of Idaho and neighboring communities. 

Because of cancellations and closures, we’re temporarily replacing our calendar with information on community resources. Send your ideas to or join our Facebook group, “Idaho Press Community Group: COVID-19 Resources.”

BOISE — Primary Health Medical Group has developed “respiratory clinics” in Garden City, Meridian and Nampa offering car-side services for patients with COVID-19 symptoms while keeping them separate from the general patient population and reducing the risk of exposure to health care workers.…

Layoffs and furloughs are happening across the state due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Cities and utility companies will not shut off utilities due to late payments amidst the coronavirus and financial help is being offered through community organizations:

Gov. Brad Little on Wednesday issued a 21-day statewide stay-home order that "requires Idaho residents to stay and work from home as much as possible while ensuring all essential services and businesses remain available," according to the order.

BOISE — United Way of Treasure Valley is asking local manufacturers and businesses to donate any N95 masks to be distributed to health care workers who need them amid the novel coronavirus outbreak in the area.

While the Ada County Clerk's Office originally believed Friday would be the last day it could provide marriage licenses for people who had their special day planned between now and May 31, Gov. Brad Little's stay-at-home order might have thrown a wrench in the works.

Community spread. Social distancing. Shelter in place. When the coronavirus arrived in Idaho, it ushered in a wave of terms relatively unknown to the general public only a month before. Those terms now have a very real effect on Idahoans’ lives. Below is a list of words and phrases relevant …

NAMPA — To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Nampa's Parks and Recreation Department and the Nampa School District will close all playgrounds effective immediately and until further notice, according to a press release.

While the new coronavirus took time to make its way to Idaho, its presence in the state has dominated media coverage and casual conversation in the last week. It has led Boise Mayor Lauren McLean to order all bars and restaurants in the city to shut down in-person dining, and Gov. Brad Littl…

BOISE — Gov. Brad Little engaged with residents in a teleconference town hall Tuesday, answering questions about Idaho’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Some questions focused on why the state-level response to the presence of the coronavirus in Idaho has been less extreme than in other states.

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BOISE — Boise Mayor Lauren McLean on Monday issued a social distancing order for the city, which will remain in effect for 30 days.

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