Idaho Deactivates Crisis Standards of Care Except for North Idaho;
Marisa Lloyd

Idaho Deactivates Crisis Standards of Care Except for North Idaho;

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

With the exception of north Idaho, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has deactivated Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) in accordance with IDAPA 16.02.09 – Crisis Standards of Care For Healthcare Entities. While the number of COVID-19 patients remains high and continues to stress healthcare systems, the surge is no longer exceeding the healthcare resources available except in north Idaho. 

Crisis Standards of Care remains in effect in the Panhandle Health District, which encompasses Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, and Shoshone counties. 

For the rest of the state, healthcare systems are generally using contingency operations, which means they remain stressed with an unusually high number of patients. It will be some time before healthcare systems return to full normal operations. It also will take time for the healthcare systems to work through the many delayed surgeries and other medical treatments. 

DHW, along with Saint Alphonsus Health System and St, Luke’s Health System, will hold a media briefing about crisis standards of care in Idaho at 1 p.m. (MT) Monday, Nov. 22, via Webex. 

Those who will attend the briefing from DHW include Director Dave Jeppesen, Elke Shaw-Tulloch, administrator of the Division of Public Health, and Dr. Christine Hahn, state epidemiologist. In addition, Dr. Jim Souza from St. Luke’s and Dr. Patrice Burgess from Saint Alphonsus will join the briefing.

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