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Idaho deactivates crisis standards of care but Omicron still spreading rapidly

A wheelchair and blood pressure cuff are in the foreground. A van with an open side door are in the background.
Saint Alphonsus Health System
St. Alphonsus uses Wandervans like this one as mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics to visit churches, schools, and community centers throughout southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon. The retrofitted vans include refrigeration to keep vaccines cold while traveling.

Crisis standards of care have once again been deactivated in Idaho. As of Tuesday, Idaho Health and Welfare officials said the omicron wave is starting to slow, but hospitals are still facing large numbers of severely ill patients.

Joining Idaho Matters are Dr. David Pate, former CEO of St. Luke’s Health System and a current member of the Idaho Coronavirus Task Force and Dr. Casi Wyatt, an infectious diseases physician with training in epidemiology, who works at Sawtooth Epidemiology & Infectious Diseases and is a partner with St. Alphonsus Health System.

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