Governor activates National Guard to assist health care and IDOC

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced Monday that he again activated the Idaho National Guard to assist with the impact of COVID-19. A total of 75 guardsmen would be active to assist Primary Health Medical Group facilities and the Idaho Department of Correction, which are experiencing staffing shortages. The activation comesContinue reading “Governor activates National Guard to assist health care and IDOC”

FAQ: Crisis standards of care, round two

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Monday, Jan. 24, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare declared crisis standards of care for part of southern Idaho. The circumstances around this declaration are different than when IDHW declared crisis standards of care in fall 2021, prompting a number of questions from Idaho Reports viewers and readers,Continue reading “FAQ: Crisis standards of care, round two”

State of Judiciary outlines challenges of pandemic, need for resources

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice G. Richard Bevan focused Wednesday on how the courts have evolved during the pandemic, continuing to serve those who fall into the judicial system.  Bevan spoke before the Idaho Senate and again before the Idaho House of Representatives on Wednesday, delivering the annual State ofContinue reading “State of Judiciary outlines challenges of pandemic, need for resources”

IDHW reactivates crisis standards for three southern Idaho health districts

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has activated crisis standards of care for Southwest District Health, Central District Health, and South Central District Health due to a critical shortage of staff and blood. The announcement comes as Idaho is experiencing its largest daily case numbers thus far in theContinue reading “IDHW reactivates crisis standards for three southern Idaho health districts”

With 14,800 unprocessed positive cases, Idaho’s numbers artificially low

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho’s official coronavirus case numbers are currently artificially low, as public health districts scramble to work through a backlog of 14,800 positive laboratory results. Though a lower percentage of COVID patients are currently hospitalized than at other points in the pandemic, a slight increase in hospitalizations coupled with healthcare workersContinue reading “With 14,800 unprocessed positive cases, Idaho’s numbers artificially low”

Northern Idaho deactivates crisis care standards due to COVID-19

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare deactivated Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) in the Panhandle Health District on Monday, leaving the entire state out of the crisis care standard. The other six health districts deactivated crisis care standards on Nov. 22. Crisis care standards are used when there areContinue reading “Northern Idaho deactivates crisis care standards due to COVID-19”

One in four Idaho COVID deaths seen in long-term care facilities

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s weekly coronavirus press conference marked a dark milestone Tuesday for long-term care facilities.  IDHW Director Dave Jeppesen said the state has now seen 1,000 COVID-19 deaths in long-term care facilities. That means at least one out of every four COVID deaths in IdahoContinue reading “One in four Idaho COVID deaths seen in long-term care facilities”

Idaho hits 4,000 COVID deaths

by Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Wednesday, Idaho surpassed 4,000 recorded deaths due to COVID-19.  The state hit 3,000 deaths on Sept. 28, meaning the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare recorded 1,000 additional COVID deaths in just 72 days.  In comparison, it took 263 days for Idaho to hit its first 1,000 deaths –Continue reading “Idaho hits 4,000 COVID deaths”

Idaho deactivates crisis standards of care in southern half of state

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho has deactivated Crisis Standards of Care for six of the state’s seven health districts. On Monday morning, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced the deactivation. Only the Panhandle Health District remains under crisis standards due to a high number of cases and hospitalizations, particularly in Bonner County. DuringContinue reading “Idaho deactivates crisis standards of care in southern half of state”

36 COVID-19 bills introduced, only 1 memorial made it out of the capitol

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Legislature brought 104 lawmakers to the statehouse to address COVID-19 vaccines, who pitched 36 different bills. After three days and hours of testimony and debate, they passed a single joint memorial, then adjourned and went home. Bills that tanked ranged from employee protections to religious exemptions for vaccinesContinue reading “36 COVID-19 bills introduced, only 1 memorial made it out of the capitol”