Via press release from Idaho Gov. Brad Little:
Governor Brad Little announced today a last-ditch effort to avoid the first-ever activation of statewide crisis standards of care by adding hundreds of new medical personnel for Idaho hospitals, but he said the real solution to the crisis is more Idahoans choosing to receive the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.
Nearly all Idaho hospitals are overwhelmed with unvaccinated COVID-19 patients. There are more Idahoans in Intensive Care Units (ICU) with COVID-19 than ever before. The vast majority of them are unvaccinated.
“On a daily call with hospitals this morning, we heard there are only FOUR adult ICU beds available in the entire state, out of close to 400. Where hospitals have converted other spaces to be used as contingency ICU beds, those are filling up too,” Governor Little said.
“We are dangerously close to activating statewide crisis standards of care – a historic step that means Idahoans in need of healthcare could receive a lesser standard of care or may be turned away altogether. In essence, someone would have to decide who can be treated and who cannot. This affects all of us, not just patients with COVID-19.”
Governor Little is adding up to 370 additional personnel to assist hospitals with the surge. By mobilizing the Idaho National Guard again, up to 150 guardsmen will support short-staffed medical facilities.
They will be tasked with logistical support such as screenings, lab work, and other duties. In addition, 200 additional medical and administrative personnel will be available to Idaho through a contract with the U.S. General Services Administration.
Points to Newsweek for the photo reminder.
“We are dangerously close to activating statewide crisis standards of care,” Governor Brad Little said Tuesday. https://t.co/1UqYmvOJte
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) September 1, 2021
State police say the protest Saturday drew about 100 people to the Capitol steps. Videos posted on social media showed adults encouraging children to toss masks into a fire.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, has never ordered a statewide mask mandate.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) March 7, 2021
Hey, it’s Idaho Gov. Brad Little next to Mike Pence at the White House right now.
Cases are surging in Idaho, but Gov. Little has resisted issuing a mask mandate. He’s not wearing one today. pic.twitter.com/Vuf9RkuStp
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) July 16, 2020