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Idaho Epidemiologist On Hospitalization Data: 'Other States As Unhappy As We Are'

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman
Christine Hahn, Idaho’s state epidemiologist, and Gov. Brad Little spoke at a press conference to reassure the public that they’re working to make sure Idaho can handle a potential coronavirus outbreak.";s:

Idaho Matters is joined weekly by our panel of St. Luke's and St. Alphonsus medical experts to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. Plus, State Epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn joins today to give a statewide perspective. 

Today, our guest doctors discuss the huge spike in transmission, positive testing and hospitalizations, as well as the pros and cons of reopening schools and mask mandates.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn said she and many of her peers were informed Monday of a change in the process for hospital data reporting.

To change right now when we really need that daily information is very upsetting to us. -Dr. Christine Hahn

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is now requiring that data be reported to its private database instead of a public database run by the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Hahn called that decision disappointing, and said it was akin to changing horses in the middle of a stream. Her full answer is part of today's broadcast. 

Joining Idaho Matters this week are: 

  • Dr. Christine Hahn, Idaho State Epidemiologist.
  • Dr. David Pate, a member of the governor’s Coronavirus Task Force, and former CEO of St. Luke’s.
  • Dr. Meghan McInerney, Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician and assistant director of the ICU at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
  • Dr. Rob Cavagnol, St. Luke’s Executive Medical Director.

​Have a question for the panel? Leave us a voicemail with your question and we may use it on next Wednesday’s show. Here’s the number to call: 208-426-3625. Or email us at idahomatters@boisestate.edu.



Samantha Wright is a news reporter and producer for Idaho Matters.
Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.