When will Idaho be able to exit crisis standards of care?
That is a question I receive quite frequently. When Gov. Brad Little and I answered questions through the AARP Town Hall earlier this week, several people asked us about this and shared stories of postponed surgeries and delayed healthcare that caused them frustration and distress. That is not what anyone wants. We all want healthcare availability to return to normal.
The short answer to that question is that Idaho will deactivate crisis standards of care when the surge of COVID-19 patients ends and the number of patients no longer exceeds the healthcare resources available.
Below are a few examples that will let us know we can leave crisis standards of care:
- Non-clinical or non-traditional spaces or rooms are no longer being used to care for patients in hospital and healthcare systems settings
- Patients who should be admitted to the hospital are admitted to traditional hospital rooms, and are no longer being kept for long periods in emergency rooms
- Instead of large hospitals transferring patients to small hospitals, we can return to normal where small hospitals can transfer critical care patients to large hospitals as needed
- At least some postponed, less critical surgeries can continue (we are starting to see this happen in some hospitals in Idaho)
- Staff-to-patient ratios can return to normal
- The trend of new cases and hospitalizations continues to decline
When the situation changes in Idaho, crisis standards of care will be deactivated, and the public will be informed immediately.
Safe, effective, and recommended: Pregnant women should choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine
It is safe for pregnant women to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Getting the vaccine causes the body to create protective antibodies for both the mom and baby. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a panel of experts have concluded that the vaccine is safe for pregnant women and their babies. As a reminder:
- Pregnant and recently pregnant women are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with women who are not or who have not recently been pregnant.
- Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. These data suggest the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.
- There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.
- There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta.
- Women who are pregnant or who have been recently pregnant are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and should strongly consider vaccination.
Listen to the recording of the media briefing focused on pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine, with our special guest, Dr. Guillermo Guzman, an OB/GYN with Saint Alphonsus Health System: https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/covid-19-vaccine/
More information is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html
I want to thank and recognize the Idaho men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, along with their families. Thank you for your service, and I hope you know how much I and your fellow Idahoans appreciate you.
I hope you all have a safe and healthy weekend.