Idaho Public TV screenshot

Idaho Governor Brad Little says the Gem State’s health care system is close to being overwhelmed because of the growing number of critically ill COVID patients. 

“On a daily call with hospitals this morning [Tuesday], we heard there are only four adult ICU beds available in the entire state, out of close to 400. Our hospitals have converted other spaces to be used as contingency ICU beds. Those are filling up too. Idaho hospitals are beyond constrained," he said.

Courtesy of Columbia County Health System

Even though most hospitals in Washington are full, hospital officials don’t anticipate a situation where they’ll need to transfer Covid patients to other states.
Healthcare providers are working together to keep from being overwhelmed.

Courtesy of Kootenai Health

The three hospital systems in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene says they’re postponing some non-emergency procedures to preserve staff time and beds for more acute cases.

Kootenai Health

Spokane County and north Idaho combined for more than a thousand new Covid cases from Saturday-to-Monday. Most of those people will recover without needing hospital care. But the surge is putting a strain on providers throughout the region.


Spokane County is now eligible to move to phase two of Washington’s Safe Start protocol. The announcement came Tuesday from Governor Jay Inslee.

He says counties in Washington may apply if they have fewer than 10 new cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day span.

“This, obviously, is happily going to allow more economic opportunity for states that can qualify, while still really providing the protections we need for the health of our citizens," Inslee said.

Courtesy of Mid-Valley Hospital

Hospitals in the Northwest are waiting to see how a new round of federal aid will trickle down to them. This week, Congress approved $75 billion for hospitals as part of its second round of funding for the Payroll Protection Program. 

Northwest Hospitals Hopeful For More Federal Aid

Apr 19, 2020
Courtesy of Mid-Valley Hospital

Washington hospital officials are hoping Congress and the Trump Administration are able to agree on a package that includes more aid for hospitals.

Cassie Sauer from the Washington State Hospital Association says that money would supplement funds already approved by Congress.

Courtesy of Mid-Valley Hospital

Rural hospital administrators in the Northwest are waiting to see if federal coronavirus aid will be coming their way. For some, it could be the difference between staying open and closing their doors.

At Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak, CEO Alan Fisher knows he doesn’t have much financial cushion.

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Today on Inland Journal, people and companies are busy making personal protective equipment for people who are exposed to the coronavirus. We talk with the director of one Coeur d’Alene company.

We talk with a hospital CEO in Omak about the struggles there and what his facility is doing to stay afloat.  A Spokane dentist tells us how practices have changed recently

We’ll meet Washington’s coronavirus czar and learn how the virus is affecting spring planting for farmers in central Washington.

Those stories and more on Inland Journal, after the news.