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Idaho Governor Warns Of Outbreaks, Potential School Closures If Vaccinations Remain Low

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Idaho Governor Brad Little made an appeal Tuesday to Idaho residents to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

His request comes during a dramatic increase in positive cases.

In an address Tuesday, Governor Little said he wanted to ensure there would be no interruptions to classes in the upcoming school year.

“We need more Idahoans to choose to receive the vaccine if our kids have a chance at a normal school year, one that is entirely in person, without outbreaks and quarantine.”

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppeson says the CDC is recommending masking of all students when classes resume, both those who are vaccinated and those who are not:

“Obviously it will be up to school boards and school districts to make their own determination. We actually have convened a back-to-school task force that will be issuing some recommendations in the next couple of weeks to hopefully give some guidance to those school districts and school boards as they consider how they want to approach this fall.”

Idaho health officials reported Tuesday that the state-wide 7-day average of cases is now at 18.5 per hundred thousand.

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999. His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR. Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC. Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.
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