Former legislator accused of rape arrested in Georgia

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Authorities arrested former legislator Aaron Von Ehlinger, who is accused of raping a legislative intern, in Clayton County, Georgia. A warrant was issued for Von Ehlinger’s arrest on Sept. 9 in Ada County on charges accusing him of rape and sexual penetration with a foreign object. He was booked intoContinue reading “Former legislator accused of rape arrested in Georgia”

Spokane VA hospital accepting Idaho civilian patients

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, has begun accepting civilian patients from Idaho. Idaho has been in statewide crisis care standards since Sept. 16 and regularly struggles to find open beds for patients in need of health care. Mann-Grandstaff normally only treats veterans, but given circumstances inContinue reading “Spokane VA hospital accepting Idaho civilian patients”

Legislative committee questions consequences of Biden’s vaccine order

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Legislature’s Committee on Federalism met Wednesday to discuss President Joe Biden’s recent announcement on employee vaccinations. Idaho still has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. Crisis standards of care has been activated statewide due to a flood of COVID-19 patients, the overwhelming majority of whomContinue reading “Legislative committee questions consequences of Biden’s vaccine order”

Gov. Little allocates another $10 million to medical facilities for COVID relief

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced the allocation of another $10 million to provide relief from the growing strain on hospitals and health care workers. Idaho has been in statewide crisis care standards since Sept. 16 and coronavirus patients continue to flood hospitals. Crisis care standards are implemented when there areContinue reading “Gov. Little allocates another $10 million to medical facilities for COVID relief”

What do crisis standards of care mean for Idaho?

Crisis standards of care are implemented in extreme circumstances in which there are more people in need of health care than there are resources available to help everyone. It sets up a framework for health care workers to prioritize how to use resources and who to help first. The Idaho Crisis Standards of Care planContinue reading “What do crisis standards of care mean for Idaho?”

Jane Doe, alleged rape victim, files tort claim against Idaho Legislature; von Ehlinger charged

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The former legislative intern who claimed a state representative sexually assaulted her and faced an ethics hearing has taken the first step in civil litigation. On Sept. 3, attorney Erika Birch filed a tort claim with the state on behalf of the 19-year-old woman, identified as Jane Doe.  Idaho ReportsContinue reading “Jane Doe, alleged rape victim, files tort claim against Idaho Legislature; von Ehlinger charged”

State, federal government at odds over vaccine mandates for private employers

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports President Joe Biden announced Thursday afternoon that he will impose new stringent vaccine and testing requirements for federal workers and for all employers with more than 100 employees.  The announcement comes as coronavirus continues to rip through Idaho, filling hospitals to maximum capacity. Northern Idaho hospitals have already reached crisisContinue reading “State, federal government at odds over vaccine mandates for private employers”

Idaho Reports to air live show Thursday on crisis standards of care

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  Idaho Reports will air a live special Thursday featuring medical experts from around the state to discuss the recent coronavirus surge and hospital capacity at 8 p.m., Sept. 9. The special, called “The Consequences of Crisis Care,” comes after two public health districts in Idaho reached crisis standards of careContinue reading “Idaho Reports to air live show Thursday on crisis standards of care”

As COVID-19 fills ICUs, Little deploys National Guard again

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In a last-ditch effort to avoid crisis standards of care, Gov. Brad Little announced Tuesday he is mobilizing Idaho National Guard members to support health care facilities across the state.  In a press release Tuesday morning, Little said they have not yet implemented crisis standards of care, but statewide, hospitalsContinue reading “As COVID-19 fills ICUs, Little deploys National Guard again”

Crisis standards of care impacts all patients, not just COVID patients

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports If crisis standards of care are implemented in Idaho, anyone seeking medical care at a hospital could be affected, not just coronavirus patients.  Crisis standards of care are implemented in extreme circumstances in which there are more people in need of health care than there are resources available to helpContinue reading “Crisis standards of care impacts all patients, not just COVID patients”