Monkeypox in Idaho: Here’s what you need to know
The monkeypox outbreak has now been declared a global and national public health emergency. Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, which is in the same virus family as the virus that causes smallpox. Even though Idaho has reported fewer than 10 cases, the Department of Health and Welfare is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Administration for Strategic Preparedness & Response (ASPR), and Idaho’s
The COVID-19 data in Idaho is telling a consistent story when it comes to what is happening with vaccinated vs. unvaccinated Idahoans. The gap between COVID-19 cases in the vaccinated vs. unvaccinated is growing. Below are charts that outline what is happening in Idaho
As Omicron surges across the country and in Idaho, many of us are wondering how many more surges or waves we’ll have to endure, and when the pandemic will be considered over. There is no firm answer to that. The virus that causes COVID-19 will continue to mutate as it is spread
Over the past few weeks, we have seen the effects of a very, very contagious Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19. Omicron currently makes up more than 88 percent of cases in Idaho. The percent of positive tests (percent positivity) doubled from 8.6 percent on Dec.
Omicron is more contagious than other variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. It is rapidly spreading in Idaho and across the nation. Getting vaccinated and boosted at the right time is still the very best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from serious illness,
Mission: Dedicated to strengthening the health, safety, and independence of Idahoans Making progress toward Strategic Goal 3: Help Idahoans become as healthy and self-sufficient as possible The Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) is engaging in groundbreaking strategic work
The work of our child welfare staff is often unseen. They work with families experiencing some of the most difficult times of their lives, and the work they do is not often visible to others because child welfare cases are confidential to protect the privacy of the families
NOTE: Welcome to the new and improved DHW Voice blog! Previous blog posts are still available at https://dhwblog.com/. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Idaho has conducted research to help us respond to the concerns of Idahoans when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as
How long do the antibodies protect you from COVID-19? Nobody knows if there is a certain level of antibody, or certain types of antibodies (such as neutralizing antibodies) that can predict protection, although antibody levels are used in clinical trials as a way to estimate
Every year, we create and distribute our Facts, Figures, & Trends, where you can find robust and detailed information about the work of the department’s eight divisions. The book highlights how our employees live our mission daily: to strengthen the health, safety, and
Idaho has a critical need for foster families so children have a safe and nurturing place to live and go to school while their parents get the help they need to provide a safe place at home. But becoming a foster parent is a big decision, and many people have lots of questions.
Obesity is a common and serious disease that puts people at risk for many other serious diseases and increases the risk of severe illness from COVID-19. A study of COVID-19 cases shows that hospitalizations, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, need for