Idaho rations health care statewide amid massive COVID surge


BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s public health leaders have expanded health care rationing statewide amid a massive increase in the number of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement Thursday morning. Idaho’s largest hospital network asked state health leaders to allow crisis standards of care on Wednesday because the increase in COVID-19 patients has exhausted medical resources.

Crisis standards of care means that scarce resources such as ICU beds are allotted to patients most likely to survive.

Other patients are treated with less effective methods and in dire cases given pain relief and other care. Idaho is one of the least vaccinated states.


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