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Central District Health supports CDC’s recently-revised isolation and quarantine guidance; favors non-test based strategy until more asymptomatic testing is available

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) have provided options to reduce the isolation period for people without symptoms (asymptomatic) who are close contacts of those who have tested positive for COVID-19. [read more]

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Last Chance For Idaho Renters To Receive Help

The deadline for Idahoans to apply for short-term rent or utility assistance through the Housing Preservation Program is 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11. To apply, renters are encouraged to go to www.idahohousing.com/covid-19 or call 1-855-452-0801. [read more]

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Q: I’ve heard that hospitals make more money treating COVID-19 patients, so they are labeling more patients as COVID-positive than they are actually treating for COVID-19. Is this true?

A: This is not true. There is a false rumor circulating that hospitals are misrepresenting COVID patient data to increase federal reimbursements for patient care. It is true that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act increased reimbursements to hospitals for Medicare patients with COVID-19 due to the high cost of COVID-19 patient care. [read more]

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Gov. Little calls on National Guard to help in pandemic response as Idaho rolls back to modified Stage 2

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed an executive order today mobilizing the Idaho National Guard to help the pandemic response in new ways, and he signed a new statewide public health order rolling Idaho back into a modified Stage 2 of the Idaho Rebounds plan. [read more]