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COVID-19 cases decline in Idaho, but Idaho isn’t out of the woods yet

As of now, people who are needing non-emergency surgeries or procedures are still put on hold
Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 3:50 PM MDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2021 at 3:57 PM MDT
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Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Cases of COVID-19 are declining across the state at the peak of the latest surge.

“When it comes to the percent positivity, as we have discussed in past briefings, the ideal is for our testing percent positivity to be below 5%,” said Elke Shaw-Tulloch, the public health administrator. “Our statewide percent positivity has declined over the past 4 weeks from 17.3% to 13.2% roughly 1% per week, but it still is well above the 5% that we look for.”

The entire state is still under crisis standards of care, and a few things have to happen in order for that to be lifted. One of those is for hospitals to be able to perform non-emergency surgeries and procedures safely again.

“When we went into crisis standards of care, one of the factors was space, we were seeing patients that were housed and treated in non-traditional space, areas of the hospitals, up north in Kootenai it was a classroom, in the Treasure Valley it was in day surgery into patient care units, so we would be looking for some of those things to go back to the normal footprint of the hospital before we declared crisis standards of care,” said Director Dave Jeppesen.

The Department of Health and Welfare says while the vaccination rate in the state is still low, they are seeing a steady increase of people choosing to get the shot, which is a positive thing.

“On average for the last 60 days, about 1,500 people are choosing to go in and get their first dose every day, so that’s not bad, every single one of those people is a reason to celebrate, it may not seem like a lot, but 1,500 people choosing to do something is a big deal,” said Dr. Kathryn Turner, the state epidemiologist.

Last week, the FDA advisory committee recommended booster shots for Moderna and Johnson and Johnson.

It’s now up to the full FDA and CDC to give their input, nearly a month after doing the same for Pfizer, which they will do this week.

Original Story: Cases of COVID-19 are declining across the state of Idaho, but the Director of the Department of Health and Welfare says we aren’t out of the woods yet.

The Department of Health and Welfare held a media briefing Tuesday.

One thing that was stressed during the meeting was that even though cases of COVID-19 are declining across the state, we still have to do our part to protect ourselves, and our neighbors.

“When we went into crisis standards of care, one (of) the factors was space,” said director of health and welfare Dave Jeppesen. “We were seeing patients that were housed and treated in non-traditional space, areas of the hospitals. Up north in Kootenai it was a classroom, in the Treasure Valley, it was in day surgery into patient care units. So we would be looking for some of those things to go back to the normal footprint of the hospital before we declared crisis standards of care,” he said.

As of now, people who are needing non-emergency surgeries or procedures are still put on hold and until those can return again safely, Crisis Standards of Care will remain in effect.

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