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Thu Sep 16, 2021, 12:19 PM

Idaho declares statewide hospital resource crisis amid Covid surge

Source: NBC News

State officials made the announcement Thursday, which will permit medical facilities to ration health care and triage patients.

Kootenai Health, a hospital in Coeur díAlene, Idaho, has already converted a conference room into an overflow Covid unit, started paying traveling nurses $250 an hour and brought in a military medical unit. The hospital received permission from the state to begin rationing care last week. That's all in response to the Covid surge that in recent weeks has taken over much of Idaho ó a state with one of the nation's lowest vaccination rates.

"It's just nonstop trying to find placement for these patients and the care that they need," said Brian Whitlock, the president and CEO of the Idaho Hospital Association, who noted that hospitals across the state are struggling with the same issue. "It really is a minute-by-minute assessment of where beds are open, and hospitals saying we don't know where we're going to put the next one."
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A regional transfer hub for patients in urgent need of critical care ó typically things like car accidents, heart attacks and strokes ó Kootenai Health has had to turn down 392 patient transfer requests in the month of August because of their number of Covid patients.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/idaho-declares-statewide-hospital-resource-crisis-covid-surge-rcna1997

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Reply Idaho declares statewide hospital resource crisis amid Covid surge (Original post)
ffr Sep 16 OP
Tetrachloride Sep 16 #1
SergeStorms Sep 16 #5
jmowreader Sep 16 #20
BlueIdaho Sep 16 #34
SergeStorms Sep 16 #37
Comfortably_Numb Sep 16 #2
pandr32 Sep 16 #3
SergeStorms Sep 16 #4
winstars Sep 16 #8
SergeStorms Sep 16 #13
winstars Sep 16 #17
BlueIdaho Sep 16 #35
winstars Sep 16 #39
IronLionZion Sep 16 #6
Evolve Dammit Sep 16 #7
ffr Sep 16 #11
Evolve Dammit Sep 16 #19
Tommymac Sep 16 #15
Evolve Dammit Sep 16 #18
jmowreader Sep 16 #21
Evolve Dammit Sep 16 #23
not fooled Sep 16 #29
Evolve Dammit Sep 16 #32
roamer65 Sep 16 #9
totodeinhere Sep 16 #10
central scrutinizer Sep 16 #27
NickB79 Sep 16 #30
central scrutinizer Sep 16 #31
Ford_Prefect Sep 16 #12
James48 Sep 16 #14
Tommymac Sep 16 #16
jmowreader Sep 16 #22
BlueIdaho Sep 16 #36
IronLionZion Sep 16 #24
DBoon Sep 16 #26
hatrack Sep 16 #38
raccoon Sep 16 #25
NCjack Sep 16 #28
rdking647 Sep 16 #33

Response to ffr (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 12:25 PM

1. 392 denied !!!!!!

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Response to Tetrachloride (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 12:54 PM

5. Isn't that...

about half the population of Idaho?

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 02:39 PM

20. Not quite, but it's a huge chunk

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 08:17 PM

34. Laugh all you want

I live in north Idaho where every ICU bed is full and 90% of all medical procedures are being postponed. Itís no laughing matter around here and people are dying in droves. If you think your community is safe - think again. The next lethal variant may be brewing here, but itís only a plane ride away from your home town.

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Response to BlueIdaho (Reply #34)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 08:42 PM

37. Save your anger....

for the rugged individualist anti-vaxxers in Idaho who created that environment you're living in.

I'm truly sorry about the conditions you're having to endure in northern Idaho, but it's not anyone on DU's fault.

Stay healthy.

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 12:34 PM

2. A crisis for a hoax?? Begs the question, are those idiots seeing the light yet? I suspect not.

Full speed ahead with covid denial.

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 12:35 PM

3. Emergency non-Covid patients can't get care

This is so bad.

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 12:52 PM

4. Let's see.....Idaho....

isn't that the place where America's real patriots go to live, so they can escape the "tranny" of the U.S. government and left wing media?

I think this is just some right-wing "false flag" operation so they can commandeer medical supplies for their field hospitals, when the "real" shit hits the fan. I know a good conspiracy when I see one.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 01:19 PM

8. All the assholes who moved from California for more FREEDUMB!!!

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Response to winstars (Reply #8)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 01:42 PM

13. Is that who inhabits Idaho now?

I kinda' thought they were from all over the place, looking for that place where like minded crazies could congregate and be left alone.

I guess it would figure there would be a bunch of red-necked Californians settling down there though. Northern California is getting too crowded for them. Too many pot farmers.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #13)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 02:26 PM

17. I just know several "friends" who moved from CA there... So I might be over simplifying

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Response to winstars (Reply #17)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 08:26 PM

35. I was born in Idaho and live here to this day.

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I am a proud Democrat and remember when Democrats ran this state. I remember Cecil Andrus and Frank Church as national heroís. Itís also one of the first places that was unionized as mine workers and lumberjacks looked for protection from greedy bosses with no regard for workers. One of the first Unions in Idaho was the IWW - so we go back a ways.

The problems started when the Prop 1 boneheads showed up and started californicating Idaho. Itís gone downhill since then. But you know what? There are plenty of other Democrats fighting an uphill battle to protect and expand peopleís rights.

Please donít write this state off. We can use all the help we can get.

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Response to BlueIdaho (Reply #35)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 09:55 PM

39. Right on!!!!!!!!!

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 12:59 PM

6. Their rationing fears of socialism

have come true with Republicanism

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 01:03 PM

7. At what point do you start to "get it?" Much of the country has devolved into QAnon/ Cult 45.

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Response to Evolve Dammit (Reply #7)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 01:34 PM

11. What's to get? If you ask them, it's left-wing media hype that's untrue.

I'm not kidding you. They will go on and on about hearing Doctors refuting the claims of the Covid-19 surge and how the democrats are funding the media to say stuff! You cannot make this shit up.

One of the crazies told me she listens to a podcast from a truth-teller from Canada. He left Canada years ago because they don't allow people to tell the truth. So he moved to the states and now has a podcast that tells people what's really going on. She's got it alright. A case of alternative reality that's based on what she wants to believe.

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Response to ffr (Reply #11)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 02:31 PM

19. Easily duped and brainwashed by a "truth-teller." Forty years of AM radio did same thing here. n/t

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Response to Evolve Dammit (Reply #7)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 01:53 PM

15. No more then 30%. That's a lot but nowhere near a majority...unless you listen to the MSM

which is playing their usual rating grabbing 'Both Sides are valid' game to boost profits for their 1% owners.

Fuckers.

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Response to Tommymac (Reply #15)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 02:28 PM

18. yeah, it's really true. "Liberal media" was one of the most blatant lies ever.

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Response to Evolve Dammit (Reply #7)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 02:48 PM

21. Ain't that the truth. Especially Kootenai County, Idaho

We have people here who want to recall Republican county commissioners for voting no on a resolution of support for the John Birch Society.

And two days ago I went to Subway for lunch and a senior citizen was sitting there wearing a hat reading "Trump 2024: The Revenge Tour."

The town is covered with pickups with "Trump Won," "Fuck Biden" and "Not My President" flags flying from their beds.

And I'll tell you the worst atrocity: I was driving back from Spokane with the table (that I had bought at a thrift store) which will become my new bathroom vanity, and I was passed by a car with these things on it: the back window with "I support medical freedom. United we Stand" painted on it, "Repeal the Mandates" painted on the back-door windows, and a "Support Our Healthcare Heroes" bumper sticker. The old Sesame Street song "one of these things is not like the other" came immediately to mind.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #21)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 03:17 PM

23. Mixed messages for sure on the last one! Can't believe John Birchers still exist. And Revenge Tour?


"Revenge" is exactly what they are consumed with, so it makes perfect sense in a really evil sort of way.
Stay safe up there.

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Response to Evolve Dammit (Reply #23)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 04:29 PM

29. Birchers just devolved into Trumpers.

That's where they went.


Dinosaurs--> Birds

Birchers-->Trumpers

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Response to not fooled (Reply #29)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 05:58 PM

32. I guess all hate groups have coalesced around the Orange Hater Rat Fuck Supreme. Here we go.

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 01:26 PM

9. Isn't WA already limiting hospitals to residents only?

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 01:33 PM

10. And of course Idaho is one of the reddest states in the country.

We are not seeing this in blue states like Vermont.

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #10)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 03:39 PM

27. But you are seeing it in Oregon, a blue state

The National Guard has been called out to help the hospitals

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Response to central scrutinizer (Reply #27)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 04:59 PM

30. Oregon is blue only in the major cities

Geographically it's all red once you move away from the coast.

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Response to NickB79 (Reply #30)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 05:34 PM

31. Yawn, yes but acres and cows don't vote

People do, so weíre a solid blue state.

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 01:34 PM

12. In the middle of all this urgency the Governor has done nothing to accelerate vaccination

nor is there any directive regarding masking or social practices. In more rational times we would close the state borders and institute lockdown to contain the outbreak.

When you consider that one infected Idahoan probably means 5 more yet undiagnosed at home, or work, or the bar, or at school you realize they are only at the beginning of this wave. This is to say nothing of those who daily travel back and forth to Montana, Washington, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.

IMO the situation resembles one where an addict needs a fix and demands relief or else...

They are demanding we recognize their reality without judgement while they deny ours. I view them as vectors who need to be isolated until they are no longer toxic.

They are lemmings who will follow any Q-rumor leading straight over the edge and insist upon taking all of us with them.

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 01:52 PM

14. I'm fine with triage.

When they come in the door, the first thing to check is their vaccine card. No card, no service.

You picked your side. Now deal with it. Only vaccinated patients should be admitted.

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Response to James48 (Reply #14)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 01:56 PM

16. I'd give the unvaxxed full service...in a Hospice tent set up in the parking lot.

I'd even give them free lollipops.

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Response to Tommymac (Reply #16)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 02:50 PM

22. No. Not in the parking lot.

Kootenai Health doesn't have a big enough parking lot as it is.

But I'll tell ya what they COULD do. On the other side of US 95 from Kootenai Health is an abandoned Shopko store. It's got a big parking lot, and nothing's in it right now. It would make a perfect COVID ward.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #22)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 08:29 PM

36. Howdy Neighbor.

I donít know how many times I have suggested that Shopko as a Covid Care facility. For all I care they could set up a death with dignity ward x but at least other people could then get routine medical care.

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 03:18 PM

24. The virus must be specially engineered to target red states

The more who voted Trump, the more COVID hospitalizations and deaths now.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #24)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 03:32 PM

26. a lib/chinese plot to kill real americans

and pollute our precious bodily fluids

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Response to DBoon (Reply #26)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 09:49 PM

38. "Ice cream, Mandrake?"

"Childrens' ice cream?!?"

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 03:29 PM

25. Surely, they don't want Big Gubmint to bail them out of their

Largely self-created clusterfuck?

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 04:21 PM

28. Maybe "Bill Gates" microchips in Ivermectin are controlling them, forcing them

to go to covid-19 hot spots. After arriving, they get infected.

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 07:23 PM

33. if youre unvaxxeed you should be denied admission to a hospital for covid

harsh but im at that point.
let them die in the street

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