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Pediatrics Cases Concern Kootenai Health Officials

Sep 23, 2021
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[This story first aired on the radio on September 10.]

Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene is seeing so many patients with Covid that providers are rationing care. The pediatrics department there is projecting that the high number of serious Covid cases will soon have an effect on children who need care.

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North Idaho is now in a "crisis standard of care"  and state health officials warn that the rest of the state soon could be as well, if more people don’t get vaccinated.

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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.

"The Overall Trend Is Bad": This Is What Covid-19 Is Doing To Idaho Hospitals

Aug 16, 2021
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(This story was originally published in the Idaho Capital Sun.)

Patients treated in emergency rooms. Small community hospitals calling around for a place to send their critically ill patients. Nurses so burned out that hospitals offer them cash to take extra shifts. And a delta-fueled COVID-19 fire raging out of control from coast to coast.

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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.

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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.

Post Falls City Council Says No To Mask Requirement

Nov 9, 2020
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The Post Falls City Council today [Monday] said no to a three-month measure that would mandate its residents wear masks in public places.

The proposal comes at a time when the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus continues to climb in north Idaho.

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Spokane and north Idaho have moved into new territory when it comes to the number of people hospitalized for the coronavirus.

Call it a triple dose of triple digits.