FILE – Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little speaks at the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Little announced a plan for reopening schools in the fall that requires schools to be prepared to teach students with traditional face-to-face methods in the classroom, distance learning online, or a hybrid combination. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will remain in the fourth and final stage of Gov. Brad Little’s economic reopening plan for at least another two weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic as infections and deaths rise. The Republican governor also said Thursday that Idaho will receive 530,000 rapid antigen tests that will be prioritized for schools.
Little also announced the formation of an Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee in anticipation of a vaccine that would be distributed by the federal government, potentially in January or sooner.
Stage four allows most businesses to open. Johns Hopkins University reports that Idaho has more than 42,000 infections and 469 deaths through Wednesday.