Redistricting commission takes first crack at redrawing maps

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The Idaho redistricting commission held another series of meetings at the state capitol this week. The six-member bipartisan commission spent their time drafting example maps ahead of their statewide tour to gather public input on new legislative and congressional districts that will be in place for the next decade. OnContinue reading “Redistricting commission takes first crack at redrawing maps”

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”

Crisis standards of care activated in north Idaho

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has activated crisis standards of care for north Idaho after unvaccinated COVID-19 patients have overwhelmed hospitals and stretched resources thin. Crisis standards of care provides a framework for healthcare providers to make decisions on allocating limited healthcare resources during extreme emergencies, in whichContinue reading “Crisis standards of care activated in north Idaho”

Doctors describe “the most extreme healthcare delivery situation” Idaho has ever faced

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports In a Thursday media call, Treasure Valley hospital leaders warned that healthcare delivery will continue to suffer as hospitals are inundated with unvaccinated COVID-19 patients. The message was similar to what healthcare professionals across the state have said since mid-August: Idaho is veering dangerously close to crisis standards of care.Continue reading “Doctors describe “the most extreme healthcare delivery situation” Idaho has ever faced”

Redistricting commission builds foundation for next 90 days

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The 2021 Idaho Commission for Reapportionment met for the first time this week, beginning the 90-day process of creating new legislative and congressional district maps that align with 2020 census data. On Thursday, the committee laid out a tentative schedule for public hearings around the state, at which they willContinue reading “Redistricting commission builds foundation for next 90 days”

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”

IDHW clarifies policies on COVID-19 ‘booster’ shots

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Following recent announcements from the federal government about possible COVID-19 vaccine “booster” doses, state health officials clarified who is currently eligible for a third shot.  In a media briefing Tuesday, state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn said that third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines are currently intended onlyContinue reading “IDHW clarifies policies on COVID-19 ‘booster’ shots”

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”

Kootenai Health converts classroom to COVID care unit in preparation for crisis standards of care

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Kootenai Health has converted a classroom to a COVID-19 care unit in preparation for crisis standards of care. Kim Anderson, communications and marketing director for Kootenai Health, told Idaho Reports the hospital is on the cusp of asking the state to declare crisis standards of care for their region. WhenContinue reading “Kootenai Health converts classroom to COVID care unit in preparation for crisis standards of care”

IDHW releases vaccination data by zip code

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Since vaccines became widely available in Idaho, the Idaho Department of Health has updated vaccine uptake data by county every weekday. That data shows high vaccination rates in some counties, like Blaine, where nearly 90 percent of the eligible population has had at least one dose. Other counties, like IdahoContinue reading “IDHW releases vaccination data by zip code”