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Idaho deactivates crisis standards of care, except for north Idaho

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 file photo Ann Enderle R.N. attends to a COVID-19 patient...
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 file photo Ann Enderle R.N. attends to a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.(Kyle Green | AP Photo/Kyle Green,File)
Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 10:21 AM MST
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Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced Monday morning that, with the exception of north Idaho, the state has deactivated its crisis standards of care.

Crisis standards of care remain in effect for the Panhandle Health District encompassing Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, and Shoshone counties.

The department says that while the number of COVID-19 patients is high and continues to stress Idaho’s healthcare systems, it no longer exceeds the healthcare resources available, except in north Idaho.

“We managed through this period of crisis standards in our portion of the state without having to make a this or that care decision,” said St. Luke’s Chief Physician Executive Dr. Jim Souza. “Which means we didn’t have to say there is one ventilator and two patients and make that allocation decision.”

Souza also says Idaho does have capacity in intensive care units, and hospitals are encouraging staff to take some much-needed time away from work.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says it will take time for healthcare systems to return to full normal operations.

21% of hospitalizations are COVID-19 related and 40% of ICU patients have COVID-19. Saint Alphonsus reports that the COVID-19 test positivity rate is at 9%. The goal is to get it below 5%.

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