Idaho has emerged from its latest bout with crisis standards of care
Idaho Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen announced Tuesday that Idaho hospitals are no longer in severe crisis
Boise’s Saint Alphonsus hospital is the trauma center for the region. Its emergency department, medical units and ICU have been strained at many points during the pandemic. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)
Idaho Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen announced Tuesday that Idaho hospitals are no longer in a severe crisis, which necessitated a move into crisis standards of care three weeks ago.
Jeppesen re-activated the care-rationing protocol on Jan. 24, due to combination of COVID-19 hospitalizations, staffing shortages in hospitals and in long-term care facilities, and a shortage of blood supplies.
- 43,570 new cases of COVID-19
- 1,604 patients with COVID-19 admitted to hospitals
- 179 deaths related to the coronavirus
The latest activation wasn’t statewide. It applied only to Southwest Idaho and South Central Idaho.
Jeppesen on Sept. 6 activated crisis standards for North Idaho and then, 10 days later, for the entire state. That crisis sent thousands of people to the hospital with COVID-19 and overwhelmed the ability of hospitals to care for people quickly and in the normal settings.
That crisis lasted more than two months for the entire state, and more than three months for the Panhandle region.
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