Kootenai Health, at 99 percent capacity, can transfer patients to hospitals in Seattle and Portland


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COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – The influx of hospitals belonging to COVID means that regional hospitals are at full capacity.

A release from Kootenai Health shows that as of 8 am Wednesday, the hospital was caring for 31 COVID-19 inpatients, of which 11 patients required critical care.

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“As we are working to accommodate patients, many regional hospitals have either refused to accept transfers due to their own competence / staffing, or have been highly selective about which patients they accommodate. Can do, ”the release said.

Health experts at Kootenai Health said they want to transfer patients to hospitals in Seattle and Portland.

Providence Health Care in Spokane said its patient census is high, but the hospital remains open and available for care. The latest report by the Spokane Regional Health District says 63 percent of beds are being used among the county’s hospital system, with 3.7 percent filled by COVID patients.

In addition to being less in patient rooms, Kootenai also faces a shortage of health staff.

“Because all communities are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and are facing our challenges, it is more difficult to find and recruit nurses, including nurses from other communities.” Kootenai Health said.

Cases are increasing in northern Idaho and the Spokane area. Kootenai County is seeing the highest rate of positivity since the onset of the epidemic.

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The majority of Idaho remains in Phase 4 of the Idaho rebound plan, meaning most facilities are open. Some cities require masked mandates, but this is largely unenforceable. Due to increasing cases and increasing hospitalization rates, health experts are trying to beg the community to help ease the curve.

People should wear masks, wash their hands frequently, stay home when they feel sick, avoid public areas and avoid traveling.

“When we enter the eighth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, fatigue ‘pandemic fatigue’ has a very big meaning, which has exhausted all of us. As we enter the cold and flu season, we forecast a general increase in illnesses and hospitalizations, which will affect the already dispersed resources, ”said health experts. “On behalf of your community hospital, health district, emergency services and nearby critical access hospitals, please be vigilant.”

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