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CRISIS STANDARDS OF CARE

On Thursday, September 16, 2021, in response to surging COVID-19 cases resulting in hospitalizations, Crisis Standards of Care was implemented across Idaho. Crisis Standards of Care are guidelines that help healthcare providers and systems decide how to deliver the best care possible under the extraordinary circumstances of an overwhelming disaster or public health emergency. The guidelines may be used when there are not enough healthcare resources to provide the usual standard of care to people who need it. The goal of crisis standards of care is to extend care to as many patients as possible and save as many lives as possible.

When Crisis Standards of Care are in effect, people who need medical care may get care that is different from what they expect. For example, patients admitted to the hospital may find that hospital beds are not available or are in repurposed rooms (such as a conference room) or that needed equipment is not available. They may have to wait for a bed to open, or be moved to another hospital in or out of state that has the resources they need. Or they might not be prioritized for the limited resources that are available. In other words, someone who is otherwise healthy and would recover more rapidly may get treated or have access to a ventilator before someone who is not likely to recover.

To help Idaho reverse the situation in which we find ourselves, EIPH's plea is:

  • Get vaccinated,
  • Stay home when you are sick,
  • If you contract COVID-19, seek treatment early to help avoid being hospitalized,
  • Wear a mask in public when you cannot physically distance from others (vaccinated or not),
  • Avoid large gatherings,
  • Utilize private healthcare providers or urgent care facilities for non-emergent situations, and
  • Take care to avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital BUT make sure you do not delay seeking medical attention at a hospital or calling 9-1-1 if you have a medicalemergency.

CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES

While EIPH is no longer identifying local "risk levels" based on a Regional Response Plan, below is a visual representation of the COVID-19 transmission levels as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the counties within EIPH's region.

CDC COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION LEVELS
LOW MODERATE SUBSTANTIAL HIGH
Clark County   Custer County

Bonneville County
Fremont County
Jefferson County
Lemhi County
Madison County
Teton County

The current surge of COVID-19 cases is being fueled by the more contagious Delta variant. For areas with substantial or high transmission, the CDC recommends the following:

For Schools:

Unvaccinated Individuals:

  • Consider getting vaccinated. Talk to your medical provider about any concerns you
  • have. Call us at 208-533-3223 to schedule an appointment.
  • Take all precautions to protect yourself from the virus, including, wearing a mask, maintaining 6 feet of physical space between yourself and those outside of your household, and avoiding crowds.

Vaccinated Individuals:

  • Wear a mask indoors in public, especially when you cannot maintain physical distance from others.
  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.