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Idaho WIC makes annual adjustment to income guidelines

Idaho’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will implement new income guidelines effective July 1, 2020, that raise household income eligibility limits to help offset cost of living increases. This review and adjustment happens annually.

Two rabid bats found in Ada County; health officials urge caution around all bats

Idaho Public Health officials are reporting that two bats have tested positive for rabies and were found in separate homes in Ada County. These are the first rabid bats to be detected this season. 

Fish advisory for Coeur d’Alene Basin revised after high levels of mercury found in some species

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and Coeur d’Alene Tribe, in coordination with the Idaho Fish Consumption Advisory Program, have updated the fish consumption advisory for water bodies in the Coeur d’Alene Basin because recent testing showed high levels of mercury in some species o

Teams of CDC, DHW staff fan out across Idaho to conduct PPE training for medical providers

Beginning today, on-site training sessions will be conducted across the state, mostly in rural areas, to train medical providers how to use personal protective equipment (PPE) properly and to instruct their colleagues and other members of the community in that process as well.

DHW to publish weekly information about COVID-19 and long-term care facilities

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is announcing that information regarding long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases and deaths will now be published weekly, starting today.

Idaho SNAP benefits can now be used for online purchases at Amazon and Walmart

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is pleased to announce that Idaho families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can purchase groceries online starting today at Amazon and at Walmart locations in Jerome and Caldwell.

CMS approves Idaho Medicaid Behavioral Health Transformation 1115 waiver allowing reimbursement for services for adults in IMDs and residential settings

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a Medicaid 1115 waiver to allow reimbursement of services for adults age 21 through 64 treated in large psychiatric hospitals, also known as

Model shows continued mitigation will effectively slow the spread of COVID-19

A model developed by The Department of Health and Welfare (DHW), the University of Idaho, and four other colleges and universities has shown that continued mitigation efforts are effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

New Idaho COVID-19 Hotline available Monday, March 30

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has announced a new toll-free number for Idahoans to call with questions about COVID-19 or the Statewide Stay-Home Order. The number, 1-888-330-3010, will be staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Idaho reports two more cases of COVID-19 for a total of seven in the state

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, in conjunction with the affected local public health districts, is announcing an additional two cases of novel coronavirus infection in Idaho. This brings the total to seven in the state.