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Idaho doctor is concerned the omicron surge will take us back to crisis standards of care

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Omicron is causing a significant surge in Idaho COVID-19 cases as the state's vaccination rate remains below the national average. Although hospitals are not in crisis standards of care, Dr. David Pate tells Idaho Matters why he is worried we may be headed in that direction in the coming weeks. Pate is the former CEO of St. Luke's Health System and current member of the governor's coronavirus task force.

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.