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For people who have bared their arms for a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, the message from public health officials has been clear: Get the second shot if you want full protection. But an emerging body of evidence suggests that there may be an exception to that rule. If you've already battled a coronavirus infection,it's possible that one dose may suffice. "This has been rumored for a long time, ...

Apr. 10—The Latah Recovery Center in Moscow is considering implementing a program that would allow people to exchange used needles and syringes for clean ones to reduce diseases, like HIV and hepatitis C, and help people recover from drug addiction. The implementation of the center's harm-reduction program, of which the needle exchange is a part, is expected to be voted on by the recovery ...

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Apr. 9—After a year of closures and lost revenue for live performance and arts spaces, a new relief grant program designed to help arts venues opened for applications Thursday. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration, is intended to assist live-event venues, many of which lost nearly all revenue in 2020 while still paying overhead costs like ...

Mar. 25—Idaho residents will have one more month to file their income taxes with the state. The Idaho State Tax Commission held a special meeting Thursday to extend the state deadline from April 15 to May 17, matching the federal government's deadline, after a request by Gov. Brad Little. Idaho state legislators were on track to approve the extension in a bill, but a COVID-19 outbreak among ...

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BOISE - The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has been riddled with tales of people “jumping the line,” getting vaccinated before they are eligible under state or federal priorities. But what happens when there’s no line to jump? It’s a problem around the country — and in Idaho, which has a history of low flu vaccination rates and vaccine hesitancy.

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Idaho's seven-day moving average of new cases of COVID-19 stayed below 500 for the third consecutive day Wednesday. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the state's seven public health districts reported a combined 386 new confirmed cases and 114 new probable cases for 500 total on Wednesday. The seven-day average dropped to 436.7 cases per day.

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Washington state lawmakers Friday afternoon released the outline of a new COVID-19 relief bill aimed at boosting vaccine distribution and contact tracing, and aiding schools, renters and small businesses amid the pandemic. The $2.2 billion measure is funded largely by federal aid dollars from the pandemic-relief packages passed by Congress in last spring and in December.

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Washington's 2021 Legislature kicked off Monday inside a state Capitol that felt eerily unpopulated and nearly silent. There were no families of new lawmakers celebrating oaths of office. Gone were the usual throngs of chattering lobbyists. The pledge of allegiance and opening prayer were piped in on video screens. With COVID-19 and security concerns front of mind, ...