COVID-19 vaccine

FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal health advisory panel wrestled Friday with whether to widely authorize a booster dose of Pfizer’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine for most Americans, ultimately recommending that a third dose be offered only to older or higher-risk individuals.   The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot […]

A patient wears a pulse oximeter on their finger

No, Idaho is not under a ‘universal DNR.’ Hospitals won’t just let everyone die.

BY: - September 18, 2021

A claim that everyone in Idaho is now under a “do-not-resuscitate” order — that they won’t be revived if their heart stops in the hospital — has gone viral on social media. But it’s not true. The state entered “crisis standards of care” last week, giving Idaho hospitals, nurses and doctors an ethical framework to […]

Protesters outside of Saint Alphonsus

Saint Alphonsus, St. Luke’s delay vaccination requirement deadlines

BY: - September 17, 2021

Idaho’s two largest hospital systems have paused a requirement that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. “While we remain committed to our vaccine requirement policy, we are pausing the requirement for our Idaho colleagues only while crisis standards of care are activated,” said Mark Snider, communications director for Saint Alphonsus. The pause affects only Idaho-based Saint […]

President Biden at Boise airport

Little, Wasden and other GOP leaders threaten suit over Biden COVID rule

BY: - September 17, 2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and two Republican legislative leaders signed a letter Friday threatening legal action if President Joe Biden doesn’t repeal a new vaccine and COVID-19 testing rule for employers. The move isn’t a surprise in Idaho, where Little and Speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives Scott Bedke, R-Oakely, […]

A nurse in Maryland draws a vaccine dose from a vial

Republican AGs urge Biden administration to give up on vaccine requirements

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 20 Republican state attorneys general are threatening to sue the Biden administration over its mandate that large employers require their employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing.  In a Thursday letter, the 24 AGs pushed the administration to remove the requirement that would affect nearly 80 […]

Saint Alphonsus doctors and nurses perform a tracheostomy on a patient in the ICU after COVID-19

Inside an Idaho hospital on Thursday, a ‘slower rolling’ mass casualty event

BY: - September 17, 2021

There’s a 33-year-old man hospitalized in what used to be a cardiac ICU. Just like most of the other patients on this floor, he has COVID-19. He’s on his belly, unconscious, covered by a sheet. There is a breathing tube down his throat, and tubes in other places to drain bad fluids and deliver good […]

House Democrats roll out plan to expand Medicare, Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — New Medicare benefits for older Americans, like dental care. An expansion of eligibility for Medicaid for low-income people in Republican-controlled states that have declined to take that step. And potentially an historic effort to rein in prescription drug prices — if congressional Democrats can work through objections from moderates in their party. The massive […]

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

Idaho is now in statewide mass-casualty triage mode, due to COVID surge

BY: and - September 16, 2021

Halting procedures that put someone at significant risk of permanent disability or chronic health problems. Idahoans with low oxygen levels waiting four or more hours to be seen. Nurses with less time to monitor vital signs and paralysis.  Health care workers using basic ventilation devices with no monitoring or sensing functions. Patients awaiting an intensive […]

Dr. Ashley Carvalho

Idaho health care workers don’t need sympathy. They need you to get vaccinated to stop this surge.

BY: - September 16, 2021

I am completing my medical residency training in Boise. After finishing medical school and earning MD or DO credentials, physicians continue training as residents in a specific area of focus, which allows us to practice medicine in a clinical setting with the support of attending physicians. I chose to become a doctor to help others. […]

Signs lead people to a COVID-19 vaccination clinic set up at a park in Caldwell.

Unable to keep up with contact tracing, southwest Idaho health district launches online self-reporting COVID tool

BY: - September 16, 2021

Southwest District Health, which covers six counties in Idaho, announced in a press release Wednesday that it has launched a new COVID-19 data collection tool for self-reporting since the district is unable to conduct contact tracing in a timely manner. The health district attempts to contact each person with a new positive case to learn […]

A health care worker helps a patient at Saint Al's

¿Qué significan las normas de atención en caso de crisis?

BY: - September 16, 2021

Las normas de atención de crisis se implementan en circunstancias extremas cuando hay más personas que necesitan atención médica que recursos disponibles para ayudar a todos. Esto establece un marco para que los trabajadores de la salud prioricen cómo usar los recursos y a quién ayudar primero. El plan “Idaho Crisis Standards of Care” se […]

Obesity map of U.S.

Putting on pandemic pounds: State obesity rates hit all-time highs

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — The number of states with high obesity among residents has nearly doubled since 2018, according to new data Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 16 states that had obesity rates among adult residents of at least 35% last year, with Iowa, Ohio, Delaware and Texas on that […]