Today in Idaho hospitals and COVID-19 (updated 10/14): Patients, ERs, ICUs

Get daily updates on Idaho hospital capacity, pediatric and adult COVID-19 hospitalizations

By: - October 14, 2021 11:41 am
Health care workers during a shift at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center on Aug. 30, 2021.

Health care workers during a shift at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center on Aug. 30, 2021. (Courtesy of St. Luke’s Health System)

For the past two weeks, Idaho’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have been on a downward trend. That corresponds with health care providers and state-sponsored infusion sites ramping up the use of monoclonal antibodies that can keep high-risk patients out of the hospital, when patients are treated early enough.

Still, Idaho’s low vaccination rate means more people who become infected with the coronavirus are likely to become severely ill and need hospital care for COVID-19. Idaho’s ICUs remain overburdened, at 90% capacity statewide. The majority of Idaho’s ICU patients have COVID-19, and almost none were vaccinated.

Although natural immunity can provide protection against COVID-19, it is unreliable, as not everyone who recovers from COVID-19 develops enough antibodies to fight reinfection. It's also dangerous to purposefully get naturally immune because people can only obtain natural immunity by contracting a serious and potentially deadly disease that can have long-term effects.

– Idaho Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen at dhwblog.com, Oct. 1, 2021

Idaho public health officials on Tuesday were reluctant to make any predictions about whether the COVID-19 surge is reaching a plateau or downward trend. Data backlogs are making it hard to produce a reliable forecast.

One thing we know is that Idaho’s hospitals remain in a crisis situation, for the 28th day in a row.

Federal data show the following, based on reports from hospitals for Wednesday, Oct. 13. (See “Notes” below for additional information about the data.) For quick visual reference, numbers in black are unchanged from the previous day, numbers in red are worsened, and numbers in green are improved.

  • People hospitalized with COVID-19: 619 (previous day: 646) which is 23.4% (previous day: 27.6%) of people hospitalized for all reasons
  • Adults in the ICU with COVID-19: 176 (previous day: 175)
  • Children hospitalized with COVID-19: 6 (previous day: 6)
  • Patients newly admitted to the hospital with confirmed or suspected COVID-19: 62 (previous day: 74)
  • Rolling 7-day average of newly hospitalized COVID-19 patients, by age:
    Children: 2 (previous day’s rolling average: 2)
    Age 18-19: 1 (previous: 1)
    20s: 3 (previous: 3)
    30s: 6 (previous: 7)
    40s: 9 (previous: 9)
    50s: 10 (previous: 10)
    60s: 16 (previous: 16)
    70s: 19 (previous: 19)
    80+: 12 (previous: 13)
    age unknown: 0 (previous: 0)
  • People who died in Idaho hospitals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19: 14 (previous day: 12)
  • Staffed adult ICU beds that were still available statewide, according to Idaho Department of Health and Welfare data: 7 (previous day: 18)

Note: These numbers may differ from those reported by the state, local public health districts or individual hospitals. There are multiple reasons for this: Some agencies use different methods and data sources. Hospital census always fluctuates as patients are admitted, discharged, moved to and from the ICU, and remain hospitalized for ongoing care. And some Idaho hospitals may be behind on reporting through the federal portal from which the Sun gets its data, which can result in revisions to the previous one to three days’ totals. (The federal data use the most recent numbers reported by each hospital in the previous four-day period. The rationale is to get the numbers as close as possible to being accurate; for example, it reduces the risk of hospitalizations appearing to plummet if a large hospital misses a day of reporting.) Where the Sun shows a “previous day” count, that is the number reported the previous day, regardless of whether it was revised up or down since then.

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The Sun will share daily updates on the situation in Idaho hospitals. See below for detailed tables and charts. Questions or comments? Reach reporter Audrey Dutton at [email protected].

You can also visit the Idaho Division of Public Health’s dashboard to see other metrics on the Idaho COVID-19 situation.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Idaho, ICU capacity, and adults and kids in the hospital

 

Idaho hospital COVID-19 data

Gritman Medical Center: gritman.org/coronavirus
Kootenai Health: kh.org/covid-19
Saint Alphonsus Health System: saintalphonsus.org/coronavirus
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center: sjrmc.org/covid-19-updates
St. Luke’s Health System: stlukesonline.org/covid19

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Audrey Dutton
Audrey Dutton

Audrey Dutton, senior investigative reporter, joined the Idaho Capital Sun after 10 years at the Idaho Statesman. Her favorite topics to cover include health care, business, consumer protection issues and white collar crime. Dutton hails from Twin Falls. She attended college at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Before coming home to Idaho, Dutton worked as a journalist in Minnesota, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Dutton's work has earned dozens of state, regional and national awards for investigative reporting, health care and business reporting, radio journalism, data visualization and much more.

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