Lewiston Tribune coronavirus archive

An archive of stories -- available outside our normal paywall -- on the threat of coronavirus in our region and beyond.

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Health officials in Idaho believe it’s only a matter of time — possibly even a few weeks — before the omicron variant of the coronavirus is de…

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LONDON — The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days af…

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Three deaths caused by COVID-19 were reported Tuesday on the Public Health – Idaho North Central District website.

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced Monday the deactivation of crisis standards of care for the state with the exception of t…

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St. Joseph Regional Medical Center will require its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by early January to comply with federal …

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One death from COVID-19 was reported Tuesday on the Public Health – Idaho North Central District website.

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Three deaths from COVID-19 were reported Friday along with 98 new infections in north central Idaho and southeastern Washington.

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The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and Gritman Medical Center has continued to decline ov…

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Two deaths from COVID-19 were reported Wednesday on the Public Health – Idaho North Central District website.

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Public Health – Idaho North Central District reported 71 new COVID-19 infections over the weekend and two new deaths.

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Two deaths from COVID-19 were reported Thursday by health officials in north central Idaho, though the number of deaths and new cases in the r…

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Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in Pullman is planning two COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination clinics for Whitman County children ages 5 to 11 ne…

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An Idaho County woman in her 70s was the latest victim of COVID-19, according to Public Health – Idaho North Central District’s daily pandemic…

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Seven more deaths from COVID-19 were reported over the weekend for a regionwide total of 334 since the beginning of the pandemic.

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SPOKANE — A federal judge in eastern Washington on Monday denied a bid by firefighters, state troopers and others to halt Washington’s COVID-1…

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Moderna said Monday that a low dose of its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and appears to work in 6- to 11-year-olds, as the manufacturer joins its r…

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Three deaths from COVID-19 were reported by health officials in the region Thursday.

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WASHINGTON — Children ages 5-11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician’s office, local pharmacy and potentially even t…

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A Nez Perce County man in his 30s was one of five people whose deaths from COVID-19 were reported by health officials in the region Wednesday.

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Five deaths from COVID-19 were reported by health officials in north central Idaho and southeastern Washington on Friday, bringing the region’…

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Six deaths from COVID-19 were reported by health officials in the region on Tuesday, bringing the area’s October total to 22.

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Three COVID-19 deaths were reported in the region Monday, bringing the area’s pandemic death toll to 305.

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COEUR D’ALENE — The northern Idaho hospital that was the first in the state to institute health care rationing because of surging COVID-19 cas…

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Washington’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate doesn’t appear to be taking a heavy toll on staffing at the local level, but the pandemic is still p…

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Health officials reported seven more COVID-19 deaths Wednesday in north central Idaho and southeastern Washington.

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COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are coming down again, hospitalizations are dropping, and new cases per day are about to dip below 100,000 for the…

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SEATTLE — Washington state health authorities say a woman in her late 30s has died from a rare blood-clotting syndrome after receiving the Joh…

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Two more deaths caused by COVID-19 were reported in the region over the weekend, bringing the total number since the beginning of the pandemic…

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WASHINGTON — In a potential leap forward in the global fight against the pandemic, drugmaker Merck said Friday that its experimental pill for …

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Health officials in north central Idaho and southeastern Washington reported three more COVID-19 deaths Thursday, bringing a close to the dead…

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BOISE — Add oxygen to the list of resources Idaho health care providers must manage closely as COVID-19 continues to surge through the state.

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Parkway Elementary School in Clarkston will take a pause from in-person learning starting today in response to a rise of COVID-19 cases at the…

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BOISE — Idaho’s unchecked spread of the highly contagious delta variant is sending more kids and babies to hospitals with complications from C…

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Despite staff shortages and patient loads two to three times the normal rate, Pullman-area physicians said they are doing everything they can …

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The Lewiston City Council declined to reinstate a mask mandate at its meeting Monday night to help stem the drastic rise in COVID-19 infection…

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Hospitals and nursing homes around the U.S. are bracing for worsening staff shortages as state deadlines arrive for health care workers to get…

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Ten more COVID-19 deaths were reported by health officials in north central Idaho and southeastern Washington since last week.

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SEATTLE — Authorities in Washington state said Monday that COVID-19 hospital admission rates “look better” but hospitalizations still remain high.

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MOSCOW — Moscow’s face mask order has been terminated.

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WASHINGTON — In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance…

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It’s National Bike Month and there’s no better advocate for the outdoor activity than Eric Justis, of Clarkston.

There was an almost perfect alignment on the political right this week of two seemingly disconnected issues, and where things head with both w…

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Helping more young adults is one of the ways the Willow Center in Lewiston wants to expand after a recent move.

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The Public Health – Idaho North Central District announced Thursday that it will start taking COVID-19 vaccination appointments for all people…

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Local government officials were still scratching their heads after Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed a sweeping new property tax bill into law Wed…

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A $5.7 million expansion of a fiber optic line in north central Idaho is the biggest item in the Port of Lewiston’s proposed budget for the fi…

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PULLMAN — Without enough time to plan the National Lentil Festival this year, the Pullman Chamber of Commerce may instead try to organize a sm…

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MOSCOW — Programming at the University of Idaho will not be significantly affected by a $500,000 budget cut passed down by the legislature, th…

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BOISE — Idaho is moving into a new stage of Gov. Brad Little’s coronavirus reopening plans and lifting restrictions on the size of gatherings.

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Lewiston city councilors gave initial approval Monday to a second set of proposed changes to city code regarding parades and public assemblies…

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MOSCOW — University of Idaho President Scott Green highlighted the university’s response to COVID-19 as well as the school’s efforts to correc…

Wednesday, May 05, 2021
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said all of the state’s counties will remain in their current phase of the state’s economic reopening pl…

Tuesday, May 04, 2021
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters ages 12 to 15 by next wee…

Sunday, May 02, 2021
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REPUBLIC, Wash. — About 10 percent of the population of this small city in north-central Washington, has tested positive for COVID-19 in an ou…

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NEW YORK — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinat…

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccine appointments have decreased recently at Public Health – Idaho North Central District, even though the percentage of the popul…

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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A slight uptick in COVID-19 cases continued in Asotin County on Tuesday, with 10 new cases reported by health officials.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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Sixty-one new COVID-19 cases were reported around the eight-county region of north central Idaho and southeastern Washington since Saturday, b…

Sunday, April 18, 2021
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At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kevin and Sunshine Brotherton worried that the loss of his job at a Clarkston boat-building plant was j…

Friday, April 16, 2021

Gritman Medical Center administered its 10,000th dose of COVID-19 vaccine in a small ceremony Friday morning at a makeshift clinic set up in t…

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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After planning a special Lewiston School Board meeting Thursday to change COVID-19 protocols, Superintendent Bob Donaldson instead used his au…

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
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With just eight weeks left until summer break, the Lewiston School Board agreed Monday evening to modify its districtwide COVID-19 protocols a…

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Whitman County will be among three counties that will move back to more strict coronavirus restrictions at the end of the week because of risi…

Saturday, April 10, 2021
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Three more COVID-19 deaths were reported by public health officials in the region Friday, with one death apiece in Nez Perce, Latah and Whitma…

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MCCALL — Eric Pingrey has been selected as the new superintendent of the McCall-Donnelly School District.

Pingrey turned down an offer to become superintendent of the Idaho Falls School District in order to accept the M-D job.

MCCALL — Eric Pingrey has been selected as the new superintendent of the McCall-Donnelly School District.

MCCALL — Eric Pingrey has been selected as the new superintendent of the McCall-Donnelly School District.

Pingrey turned down an offer to become superintendent of the Idaho Falls School District in order to accept the M-D job.

Friday, April 09, 2021
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OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee will announce Monday whether some counties in Washington will have to roll back to Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 r…

Thursday, April 08, 2021
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A woman in her 50s died of COVID-19, according to figures posted on the Public Health – Idaho North Central District website Wednesday.

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Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued an executive order Wednesday banning state government from requiring or issuing so-called COVID-19 “vaccine passports.”

Wednesday, April 07, 2021
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Even though COVID-19 cases are down from their peak levels from a few months ago and vaccinations are becoming widespread, the top infectious …

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Whitman County’s recent surge in COVID-19 cases prompted the Whitman County Department of Public Health to issue an emergency order Friday cla…

NEW YORK — Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can safely enjoy again, according to new U.S. guidance issued Friday.

Friday, April 02, 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic hit small community colleges in rural areas particularly hard but some of the ways in which they adapted are likely to b…

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BOISE — A federal judge should require an 87-year-old Idaho man to reveal whether he’s received the COVID-19 vaccine following his January law…

Thursday, April 01, 2021
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OLYMPIA — Washington state is opening up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents age 16 and older starting April 15, Gov. Jay Inslee ann…

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The COVID-19 pandemic pushed total U.S. deaths last year beyond 3.3 million, the nation’s highest annual death toll, the government reported W…

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SEATTLE — As many college students return to campus for their spring term, some Washington schools are reporting another surge in COVID-19 cas…

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The 36th annual Art Under the Elms event at Lewis-Clark State College has been canceled, because of a limited response from vendors willing to…

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
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In-person classes will resume full time five days a week for kindergarten through 12th grade students in the Clarkston School District on Apri…

Saturday, March 27, 2021
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MOSCOW — The three Moscow residents arrested for not wearing masks and not social distancing last fall at a church singing event in the Moscow…