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”

EMS providers struggle in rural Idaho, OPE reports

Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  Depending on where Idahoans live, access to emergency medical services is not a guarantee, according to a new report from the Office of Performance Evaluations.  In a letter to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Nov. 16, OPE Director Rakesh Mohan explained “insufficient staffing means patients in these areas face longerContinue reading “EMS providers struggle in rural Idaho, OPE reports”

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”

SWITC again sees demand for more staff amid Medicaid compliance issues

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Southwest Idaho Treatment Center, a state-run facility with a troubled past, is again seeing a shortage of staff available to help clients, an issue that could jeopardize its licensing and ability to accept federal funding. The Nampa facility, commonly called SWITC, is a temporary home to intellectually disabled andContinue reading “SWITC again sees demand for more staff amid Medicaid compliance issues”

IDOC replaces prison health care provider

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As coronavirus continues to rage across Idaho’s unvaccinated population, the Idaho Department of Correction has changed health care providers. IDOC is responsible for the health care of roughly 8,000 people in the department’s custody. For more than 10 years, the department contracted with Corizon Health. Corizon was established in 2011,Continue reading “IDOC replaces prison health care provider”

“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”