Idaho hospitals stable amid COVID-19 uptick

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports COVID-19 test positivity rates, or percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive, continue to climb in Idaho after a quiet spring, with more documented spread in eastern Idaho and the panhandle than in other areas of the state. But unlike previous surges, hospitals are nowhere near hitting a crisisContinue reading “Idaho hospitals stable amid COVID-19 uptick”

St. Luke’s files lawsuit against Ammon Bundy and campaign

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The state’s largest hospital system filed a lawsuit Wednesday against far-right activist and gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy, his campaign, the People’s Rights Network and his supporters.  The lawsuit, filed by St. Luke’s in Ada County, stems from an incident in March when the grandchild of Diego Rodriguez was taken toContinue reading “St. Luke’s files lawsuit against Ammon Bundy and campaign”

House committee narrowly backs bill to guarantee in-person visits at long-term care facilities

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The House Health and Welfare Committee narrowly endorsed a bill to guarantee in-person visitation at assisted living and nursing facilities, voting 6-5 to send the proposal to the House floor.  Rep. Julianne Young, R-Blackfoot, sponsored the legislation, which would require facilities to allow in-person visits, while also allowing facilities toContinue reading “House committee narrowly backs bill to guarantee in-person visits at long-term care facilities”

Idaho deactivates crisis standards of care, hospitals remain stressed

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare deactivated crisis standards of care Tuesday in the three southern Idaho public health districts. The health districts activated crisis standards on Jan. 15 due to a shortage of healthy staff and a blood shortage. On Tuesday, IDHW announced shortages in staffing and bloodContinue reading “Idaho deactivates crisis standards of care, hospitals remain stressed”

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”

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”

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”

“It’s such a traumatic experience.” Nampa toddler recovering after COVID nearly causes liver failure

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports In late August, Megan McCabe found herself at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, holding her 2-year-old daughter still while doctors sewed a dialysis line into her neck. A week earlier, the girl, Charlotte, had been playing with her brothers at their home in Nampa, and was jumping offContinue reading ““It’s such a traumatic experience.” Nampa toddler recovering after COVID nearly causes liver failure”

As Idaho hospitals fill, patients end up in other states, at great expense

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports, and Audrey Dutton, Idaho Capital Sun In late August, 2-year-old Charlotte McCabe started vomiting in the middle of the night.  Her parents, Megan and Cliff McCabe, initially thought she had a stomach bug. When she began acting listless, they brought her to an urgent care center, where a provider recommendedContinue reading “As Idaho hospitals fill, patients end up in other states, at great expense”

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”