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Rules waived or suspended to facilitate Idaho's response to COVID-19

Governor Brad Little has signed an emergency declaration to aid in the COVID-19 response effort in Idaho.

How COVID-19 cases are counted

Local public health districts may be announcing cases of COVID-19 that are not reflected in the state’s numbers at coronavirus.idaho.gov. 

Community spread of COVID-19 detected in south central Idaho, associated with already-confirmed case

South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) have confirmed a case of novel coronavirus with no out-of-state travel and no identified contact with another person with confirmed COVID-19.

To minimize COVID-19 risk, Division of Welfare offices open for appointments only

To minimize the impact of COVID-19, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Division of Welfare is shifting from walk-in services to appointment- and phone-based services only in some Idaho locations beginning March 18, 2020. Benefits will continue as normal.

Idaho reports three additional cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a total of 5

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

UPDATE CONTACT FOR PHD: First case of novel coronavirus reported in south central Idaho; the second in the state

South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) have confirmed a positive case in south central Idaho of novel coronavirus in a female over the age of 50. This is the first in this area and the second in Idaho.

First case of novel coronavirus in Idaho has been confirmed

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and Central District Health (CDH) have confirmed the first positive case of novel coronavirus in a female over the age of 50 in the southwestern part of the state.

Two Idaho children have died from flu-related causes

Idaho public health officials are reporting that two Idaho children have died from influenza-related causes. One child lived in northern Idaho and the other in eastern Idaho.

Idahoans urged to test homes for radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer in U.S.

In Idaho, 2 in 5 tested homes across the state have higher-than-recommended radon levels. January is Radon Action Month, and the Department of Health and Welfare is encouraging Idahoans to test their homes for radon and raising awareness about the risks of radon in your community.

DHW seeks input on Idaho Behavioral Health Plan

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Divisions of Medicaid and Behavioral Health are working together to develop a new and innovative Idaho Behavioral Health Plan (IBHP) program.