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Page last updated on January 13th, 2022 at 02:39 pm

Governor Brad Little and public health officials have been preparing for coronavirus since January of 2020 when the first case was confirmed in the United States. 

Since then, Governor Little and his administration have taken numerous actions to protect the health and safety of the public while ensuring a strong economic comeback for Idaho businesses and employers.

Governor’s Announcements

Little, Wasden praise win on OSHA vaccine mandate strike down at U.S. Supreme Court

National study finds Idaho one of best states for pandemic response

Idaho files emergency motion asking SCOTUS to reinstate stay on OSHA vaccine mandate

Court halts Biden’s federal contractor vaccine mandate

Court halts implementation of Biden’s healthcare worker vaccine mandate in Idaho

Biden administration suspends enforcement of OSHA vaccine mandate

Gov. Little joins third lawsuit challenging Biden vaccine mandates

Idaho will sue Biden Administration Friday over OSHA vaccine mandate

Gov. Little joins lawsuit challenging Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors

Gov. Little proclaims October Idaho Health Care Worker Appreciation Month

Monoclonal antibody treatments save lives, reduce hospitalizations but not meant as alternative to COVID-19 vaccine

OPINION: Biden’s vaccine mandate is not the solutioIdaho directs more aid to hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patientsIdaho leaders detail legal issues with federal vaccine mandate, threaten Biden with legal action

Idaho exploring legal action against Biden’s COVID-19 plan

Gov. Little takes steps to expand pool of substitute teachers to support in-person learning

Gov. Little activates National Guard again, directs hundreds of new medical personnel to help Idaho hospitals overwhelmed with unvaccinated COVID-19 patients

Gov. Little launches COVID-19 antibody treatment centers, directs relief funds to increase hospital capacity

Gov. Little comments on FDA full approval of COVID-19 vaccine

OPINION: Vaccine is our best shot at keeping kids in school

Idahoans urged to receive COVID-19 vaccine now as students head back to school

Gov. Little establishes timeline for Idaho National Guard COVID-19 Task Force draw down

Idaho cities start receiving new round of federal relief dollars

Gov. Little defends local control, denounces Lt. Governor’s irresponsible abuse of power

“It’s time to get back to work” – Gov. Little ends Idaho’s participation in all federal pandemic unemployment compensation programs

All four living former Idaho Governors support Gov. Little’s veto of emergency powers bills

Gov. Little bans ‘vaccine passports’ in Idaho

All Idahoans aged 16+ can access COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5

Gov. Little details path forward for federal American Rescue Plan Act funds in Idaho

OPINION: More foolish logic in Democrats’ COVID-19 relief plan penalizes responsible states like Idaho

Gov. Little reflects on one year of Idaho’s pandemic fight

Idaho launches COVID-19 vaccine appointment pre-registration system

OPINION: Biden, Democrat-led Congress seek to punish responsible states like Idaho

Governor’s emergency declaration secures millions in funding for vaccination effort

New COVID-19 vaccine administration transparency data now live

Idaho advances to Stage 3 as COVID-19 case counts, hospitalizations decline

New online tool helps Idahoans learn when, where to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Gov. Little signs executive order to speed up safe vaccine rollout, promote transparency in vaccine administration

OPINION: Idaho Legislature’s actions threaten vaccine rollout and Idaho’s prosperity

High school athletic plan to include more spectators at sporting events

Gov. Little accelerates COVID-19 vaccine administration across Idaho

Gov. Little updates Idahoans on COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Gov. Little launches weekly press briefings on COVID-19 vaccine

Gov. Little issues proclamation for Health Care Worker Appreciation Month in Idaho

OPINION: The enemy is the virus, not each other

Gov. Little increases Idaho National Guard response to battle COVID-19

Gov. Little explains Crisis Standards of Care, highlights steps to address hospital constraints

Gov. Little says Idahoans must choose to keep others safe and protect Idaho’s strong economic trend

OPINION: Thanksgiving is our opportunity to celebrate freedom by showing love to others 

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

OPINION: It’s our turn to protect veterans from a new enemy – COVID-19

Idaho moves back to Stage 3 amid healthcare capacity constraints statewide

COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee sets first meeting

Strong Families, Strong Students goes live Wednesday

Gov. Little urges personal responsibility to slow COVID-19 spread

Idaho on track for historic state budget surplus, Gov. Little cautions Idahoans about COVID-19 spread

Majority of Idaho property taxpayers will benefit from Gov. Little’s Public Safety Initiative

Higher education benefits from major financial support during pandemic

COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning underway in Idaho

OPINION: Together, Idaho and President Trump are taking action to support small business

Idaho leads in economic rebound, Gov. Little highlights steps taken to strengthen economy

Financial support for K-12 education grows 10.5-percent during pandemic

Idaho ranks first among states for financial stability, August revenues come in millions ahead of forecast

Gov. Little keeps taxes low for Idaho small businesses, ensures solvency of unemployment trust fund

Gov. Little urges Idahoans to get flu shots

Idaho to begin payments for Trump’s Lost Wages program this week

Nearly $50 million awarded for broadband projects to support remote learning, economic development

Gov. Little issues statement on special legislative session

Gov. Little highlights The Idaho Foodbank and partners, announces Idaho will stay in Stage 4

Special legislative session to address election, civil liability during the pandemic

Idaho to continue economic rebound by participating in President Trump’s new lost wages program

Additional funds to feed families in need, protect Idahoans in long-term care facilities

Idaho directing millions of dollars to the safe reopening of schools

Gov. Little to call special legislative session

Idaho supports thousands of businesses and citizens during pandemic

OPINION: Idaho state budget well positioned to handle ongoing impacts of COVID-19

Additional funds to cover COVID-19 testing for school staff, more supplies to open schools safely

Gov. Little highlights state-local collaboration in COVID-19 response during statewide media events

Majority of Idaho cities, counties submit letters of intent to support public safety, pass savings onto property taxpayers

Gov. Little meets with President Trump, White House officials on regulatory innovation, COVID-19

Dozens of cities, counties submit letters of intent to support public safety, pass savings onto property taxpayers

10,000 Return to Work bonuses sought during first day of opening

Gov. Little pushes for in-person instruction in Idaho schools this fall

Idaho extends Stage 4 as COVID-19 response becomes more localized across state

Gov. Little statement on first confirmed case in prison

Gov. Little cuts more red tape, preserves recent healthcare advances moving forward

More details available on Return to Work bonuses, Idaho’s conservative approach to strengthening workforce, continuing strong economic rebound, saving taxpayer dollars

New committees to address fall school reopening and the digital divide

Up to $200 million approved for new program to support public safety, pass savings onto property taxpayers

Protocols now available for long-term care facilities, nightclubs, employers of at-risk people, plus changes to restaurant protocols

Idaho narrowly meets criteria to enter final stage of rebound plan, Idahoans strongly urged to continue following safe practices

OPINION: Idaho leans on fiscally conservative principles in coronavirus relief decisions

ONE Idaho initiative highlights resilience and ingenuity of Idahoans

Idaho leverages federal relief funds to cover public safety costs, gives local governments opportunity to transfer up to $200 million in savings to property taxpayers

Gov. Little to offer back-to-work cash bonuses

Guidance added for outfitting services in Idaho

Protocols now available for indoor movie theatres, safe campgrounds

Idahoans reminded to continue safe practices as Idaho enters Stage 3 of reopening

Guidance now available for safe gatherings

Idaho rolls out new COVID-19 testing strategy to protect lives, preserve healthcare capacity, rebound economy

For first time in 38 years, Idaho state government won’t borrow money to support cash flow, saving taxpayer dollars

OPINION: Idaho’s economic rebound hinges on the safety and confidence of consumers and employees

Protocols now available for opening bars, outdoor pools, onboarding seasonal workers

Gov. Little extends cash grants to self-employed

Small businesses can access 30-day supply of PPE as state opens for Stage 2 of Idaho Rebounds plan Saturday

White House highlights Idaho as leader in reopening plans and distribution of federal relief funds

Idaho partners with Battelle to decontaminate N95 masks at no cost

Protocols now available for indoor gyms, recreational facilities

Gov. Little announces criteria, timelines for small businesses to apply for Idaho Rebound cash grants

General and business-specific protocols for opening available

New emergency grants now available for childcare business owners

Gov. Little plans to distribute $300 million in cash grants to small businesses as state enters Stage 1 of reopening

Gov. Little extends emergency declarations, waives more regulations amid COVID-19

Gov. Little taps local clinical, laboratory, research experts to create testing strategy moving forward

Idaho Rebounds: Gov. Little outlines new plans in path to prosperity

OPINION: President’s plan to responsibly reopen the economy in phases is underway in Idaho

“Recreate Responsibly Idaho” campaign aims to make outdoor recreation safe from coronavirus spread

Governor Little charts path to prosperity, extends statewide stay-home order to April 30 with exceptions

Idaho lenders now processing Paycheck Protection Program applications from small businesses

Governor Little visits medical supplies stockpile, updates Idaho on PPE levels

Governor’s Easter message

Governor Little outlines process to ensure transparency, accountability in use of federal funds to fight coronavirus

Governor suspends more rules to increase telehealth access, ease licensing for medical professionals fighting coronavirus

Idaho’s primary election to remain on May 19, will be conducted by mail

Governor Little signs new executive orders, proclamation to further position Idaho to overcome coronavirus challenge

Governor Little issues statewide stay-home order, signs extreme emergency declaration

Governor Little rolls out latest actions to further prepare Idaho for coronavirus, ease burdens on citizens

Idaho small businesses impacted by coronavirus can now access federal disaster loans

Governor Little issues statement on news of community spread of coronavirus in Blaine County

American Red Cross blood donations needed

Idaho wants to hear from small businesses impacted by coronavirus

Idaho adopts latest federal guidance to prevent coronavirus spread

OPINION: History will remember our reaction to coronavirus, so let’s be there for each other

Governor, Legislature advance additional $1.3 million to ensure continuity of essential government services amid coronavirus concerns

Governor Little issues statement following first confirmed case of coronavirus in Idaho

Governor signs proactive emergency declaration to further prevent coronavirus spread in Idaho

Governor Little and Idaho Legislature advance $2 million in state funds for coronavirus response

Governor’s message on Coronavirus: Idaho is prepared, do your part to prevent spread

Governor’s Proclamations and Executive Orders

Governor’s Statewide Orders

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