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SIPH Announces Two Additional Cases of COVID-19 in Southeast Idaho


(Press Release, March 31, 2020)

Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH) has confirmed two additional cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in southeast Idaho. One in Bannock County and one in Bingham County, bringing the total number of cases to six in southeast Idaho (four in Bannock County and two in Bingham County). Details on the new case are listed below. Southeastern Idaho Public Health includes eight counties (Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Butte, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power).

The Bannock County patient is a male in his 30s. He is self-isolating at home. This case appears to be travel-related. Contact tracing is ongoing.

The Bingham County patient is a female in her 40s. She is hospitalized at this time, and we do not know if this case is travel related. The investigation is ongoing.

In the United States, there have been 140,904 cases and 2,405 deaths as of March 30, 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Epidemiologists at SIPH are working to investigate possible contacts of cases. All household members of the confirmed cases have been asked to self-isolate at home for a prescribed period of time. If other people are found to have been exposed, health officials will provide guidance to these individuals and they will be asked to self-monitor for the development of symptoms.

SIPH will continue to monitor the situation closely and is working with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, city and county leaders, schools, emergency management, healthcare providers, and our community at large to help prevent the spread of this virus.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

– Follow Governor Little’s Statewide Stay-Home Order at
– Stay home if you are sick.
– Avoid people who are sick.
– Practice social distancing (6ft).
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
– Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
– Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs using a disinfecting solution.

For more information, call SIPH’s call center Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (208) 234-5875.

For Idaho-specific information about the novel coronavirus, please visit For southeast Idaho information, please visit or join us Monday-Friday at 11 am for Facebook Live.

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Pocatello: City Council Meetings Scheduled for Thursday, April 2, 2020, Cancelled


(Press Release, March 31, 2020)

Pocatello City Clerk Ruth Newsom sent the following notice today:

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Notice is hereby given the City Council Clarification meeting at 5:30 p.m. and Regular Council meeting at 6:00 p.m. scheduled for Thursday, April 2, 2020 have been cancelled.
Items, as needed, will be rescheduled to a future meeting.

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Idaho’s Primary Election to Remain on May 19, Will be Conducted by Mail


(Press Release, March 30, 2020)

Governor Brad Little (Official Photo)

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced today there will be no change in Idaho’s primary election date of May 19.

The election will be conducted by mail pursuant to the existing laws for absentee voting due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

The move is necessary after it became clear that sufficient polling places and poll workers could not be obtained for the election.

The Governor and Secretary of State will work with the Attorney General and the clerks of Idaho’s 44 counties to refine the absentee voting process for these unique circumstances, including setting appropriate deadlines for registering to vote, requesting a ballot be sent to your home, and returning the ballot.

Governor Little will issue a proclamation addressing the election in the coming days.

“While the coronavirus situation may change how we practice our right to vote in this primary election, it is important to keep our election dates in place,” Governor Little said. “I urge all voting Idahoans to request their absentee ballots as soon as possible so they can vote from home this year,” Governor Little said.

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“Voting absentee is the right thing to do under these circumstances, and my office has already set up a website that allows Idaho voters to register and request an absentee ballot,” Secretary Denney said.

Idahoans can request an absentee ballot at:

Vote Early Idaho

“We all hope Idaho’s situation with coronavirus will improve before election day on May 19, but decisions cannot wait. Governor Little is making the right call to conduct the election by mail. It is important for all Idaho citizens of voting age to request an absentee ballot and fully exercise our precious right to vote. This is our chance to show the world that, even under difficult conditions, our American values are alive and well,” Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill said.

“Voting is one of our most basic rights as American citizens, and it is important that Idahoans continue to exercise this right this year by voting absentee,” House Speaker Scott Bedke said.

“Idaho’s county clerks appreciate the move to absentee to keep voters and poll workers safe. We are prepared to carry out this election and ensure the people of Idaho can exercise their right to vote,” said Kristina Glascock, Twin Falls County Clerk and president of the Idaho Association of County Recorders and Clerks.


White House Proclamation on National Doctors Day, 2020

Photo Credit: Aaron Kittredge

(White House Press Release, March 30, 2020)

President Donald J. Trump (White House Official Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Our Nation is tremendously grateful for all Americans who have chosen the noble profession of healing and caring for others. This is especially true as our extraordinary doctors and other talented medical professionals have collectively risen to the challenge of combating the coronavirus pandemic in communities large and small across the United States. This year in particular, on National Doctors Day, we recognize the remarkable men and women who treat their fellow Americans, find cures for the diseases and illnesses we face, and never waver in their efforts to treat every patient with the dignity, respect, and empathy they deserve.

As our Nation continues to combat the novel coronavirus, the tireless work and dedication of our medical and healthcare professionals is evident in the hospitals and treatment centers where they care for the sick, inside the labs and research facilities where vaccines and treatments are being developed, and from the podiums where they have continuously reassured and informed the American people. These brave patriots on the frontlines of the war against this invisible enemy are the most talented, innovative, and hardworking medical professionals in the world. Thanks to their incredible, life-saving work, no country is better prepared to fight this pandemic than the United States, and we remain confident that their steadfast resolve will see our Nation through to victory over this disease.


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This National Doctors Day, we express our immense gratitude to the men and women who are caring for and treating patients across our country and whose commitment to serving others has never been clearer. Their contributions to the health and well-being of every American are immeasurable. As one Nation, we pray for their continued health and strength, and we ask God to bless them with the wisdom and resolute spirit to care for all those who need healing.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 30, 2020, as National Doctors Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.


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Attention Students: National Bible Bee Registering Participants Now!


March 30, 2020

Stuck inside?  As a young person, what better use of your time could there be than memorizing Scripture?

The National Bible Bee has announced that advanced pricing is now extended through April 15!  Registration starts at just $20 per participant.  This is your chance to join an amazing journey this summer you learn what it means to trust.

The National Bible Bee website states, “Join thousands of young people who are learning how to unlock the Scriptures and memorize God’s Word!  The 8-week Summer Study prepares and encourages participants to memorize and study Scripture, whether they are studying on their own or taking part within a hosted group.

Using the Discovery Journal resource, the Summer Study launches the participants on a journey through the Scriptures asking questions designed to help them learn tools to discover the truths of the Bible in as little as 20 minutes a day with the option of a deeper study.

At the conclusion of the Summer Study, participants may take the National Bible Bee Qualifying Test. This test allows them to be ranked nationally among other Summer Study participants. If they score within the top 120 of their age division and have met all the other requirements, they will be invited to be a contestant at the National Bible Bee Competition (NBBC)…with over $100,000 in prize money!”

To learn more about the National Bible Bee, or to register, visit:

Summer Study Registration Start

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Coronavirus Lead Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx Interview on the Ben Shapiro Show


March 30, 2020

On March 29, 2020, Vice President Mike Pence, Chair of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and Dr. Deborah Birx, United States Global AIDS Coordinator and Response Coordinator for the task force, joined Ben Shapiro of the Daily Wire to discuss the White House decision making process, when we can expect all of this to come to an end, and much more.

Here’s an opportunity to find out what is happening with the government’s response to the coronavirus directly from two of the individuals most deeply involved with the effort.  A welcome reprieve from the fearmongering and misleading statements that are all too prevalent in some news sources, this is a not-to-be-missed interview.

To see the full interview, click on the video link, below:

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Pocatello/Chubbuck’s Food Service Businesses Move to Carry-Out, Delivery, Business Models

Pocatello/Chubbuck Food Service Businesses Provide Carry-out, Delivery Options

March 30, 2020

Never underestimate the resilience and adaptability of American small business entrepreneurs.

Food service businesses, from restaurants and bakeries to nosh box and nutritional drink creators in Pocatello and Chubbuck have quickly repurposed their businesses to focus on carry-out and delivery service.  Many are offering free delivery once a price threshold has been met.

Some of Pocatello/Chubbuck’s popular businesses that have adjusted to continue to meet the needs of their customers are listed below.  Click on the pictures to read more about these businesses:

Nidia’s Creations: The bakery and Argentinian food purveyor provides carry-out and delivery.  Nidia’s creates fantastic cakes that are truly works of art, along with a variety of pastries and Argentinian dishes.

Nidia Palmer, a trained chef, specializes in custom designed cakes.  She stands ready to work with you to create the perfect cake design for your special day.  Be sure to check out the photos and videos on their Facebook page to see more of her food offerings and wonderful cake designs.

You can learn more about Nidia’s by clicking on the picture of the golf cake, shown here, or by visiting:

Contact Nidia’s Creations at (208) 226-4352 or by email at

Mountain Thyme & Brie Grazing Boxes: Perfect for ‘Social Distancing’

Mountain Thyme & Brie: Creating delicious and aesthetically pleasing grazing boxes is the specialty of Mountain Thyme and Brie.

The business touts their grazing boxes as, “perfect for social distancing or self-quarantine.”  They’ve established a method of doing business which can be used to deliver without having to meet directly with anyone through an online payment system and deliveries left at your door.

With the freshest fruits, meats, chesses, and even boxes that are gluten free, you will be in awe of their stunning and delicious snacks.

Contact Mountain Thyme and Brie at (936) 615-7787 or visit:


Mammoth Liftin’ Lemon and Mega Fireball Clean Energy

New Life Nutrition Lounge: When the only thing that can satisfy your cravings is a delicious, cold drink, stop by New Life Nutrition Lounge.  The drink and snack purveyor has remained open, serving delicious and nutritious drinks via in-store pickup, curbside pickup, and, with deliveries of $20 or more, local delivery.

New Life Nutrition Lounge has a variety of unique drink creations available to choose from.  Their Mammoth thick shakes include the Animal Cookie, PB&J Lava, Snickers, and more, all packed with protein.  Also refreshing and cool are their clean energy teas, such as the Mermaid, Fireball, or Triple Berry Blast.

Call (970) 213-3205 to place your order, or for carry-out, curbside pickup, drive over to 624 E. Benton Street in Pocatello.


Mandarin House: Mandarin House has been a Pocatello favorite for over 40 years, first opening their doors in 1980.  Since then, Mandarin House has been known for our authentic Chinese cuisine, fast and efficient service, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

You don’t have to forego the delicious offering at Mandarin House during the stay-home situation. As they say on their Facebook page, “We will be closing our dine in option, doing To-Go only starting tomorrow, March,19th until further notice.  You can call in or use our online ordering system at to place your orders.  We are still here serving you as well as protect you and our employees!

Mandarin House is located at 675 Yellowstone Ave, Suite D in Pocatello.  They can be reached by phone at: (208) 233-6088.

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Trump Administration Continues Taking Decisive Action to Combat Coronavirus

Photo Credit: Aaron Kittredge

(White House Press Release, March 30, 2020)

President Donald J. Trump (White House Official Photo by Shealah Craighead)

President Donald J. Trump’s administration continues to take decisive action to combat the coronavirus threat.  In a meeting with medical supply chain distributors, Trump highlighted the following actions:

  • The Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA built a 2900 bed hospital bed in four days.  The hospital opens today.
  • Deployed the military’s two hospital ships, one to New York (USNS Comfort) and Los Angeles (USNS Mercy).
  • FEMA and HHS have shipped or delivered 11.6 million N95 respirators, 26 million surgical masks, 52 million face shields, 43 million surgical gowns, 22 million gloves, and 8,100 ventilators
  • Partnered with transport corporations to create an Airbridge, thus far delivering 2 million masks and gowns, over 10 million gloves, and over 70,000 thermometers on the first of 51 projected flights;
  • Ramped up coronavirus testing to nearly 100,000 persons per day;
  • Announced the development by corporate partners of rapid tests which can provide almost instantaneous results.

To see a video of the meeting with medical supply chain administrators, click on the video link, below:


Nidia’s Creations Offering Free Delivery/Pickup on Custom Cakes, Baked Goods, Argentinian Specialties

Nidia's Creations: Stunning Cakes for Any Occassion!

Just because many of us our homebound at the moment doesn’t mean we have to forgo high quality food and specialty bakery items. Nidia’s Creations is now offering free delivery in addition to carry-out on their beautifully decorated cakes, baked goods, and Argentinian specialties.

A trained chef, Nidia Palmer specializes in baked goods and cake decoration. Nidia will create a special cake for any theme, and, as her customers attest, the results are truly works of art.

To place an order for your special day, or to send an unforgettable gift to someone you care about, call or email Nidia today. She will work with you to ensure just the right design.

Nidia’s Creations can be reached at (208) 226-4352 or by email at To see more examples of Nidia’s amazing cakes and other offerings, visit:

Former Navy Seal, Author, Podcaster Jocko Willink on the Candace Owens Show


March 29, 2020

Former Navy Seal, leadership instructor, speaker, author, and executive coach Jocko Willink speaks with Candace Owens about how the Navy Seals taught him invaluable life lessons.  Willink discusses his philosophy that discipline brings freedom and success.

A not-to-be missed conversation!