‘We are here to serve’; Providence addresses claim that Spokane takes COVID patients from N. Idaho

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Spoken, Wash. Providence responded to Gov. Inslee’s claim that Spokane-area hospitals are being filled by COVID-19 patients in North Idaho.

Fielding questions during Sunday’s press conference announcing new statewide sanctions, Inslee commented that Spokane is tackling the two-front COVID problem – an increase in county cases, as well as North Idaho’s stressful health care system Has forced them to send patients across the border.

Providence issued the following statement:

Providence works with our health care partners in the area, including Idaho hospitals, to ensure that patients have access to care. Patients often cross state lines for health care, depending on the disease and what type of care is required. Now more than ever, we are working together to find a solution because there is more patient volume everywhere. We are here to serve the community, and if we have the capacity, we help neighboring hospitals.

The health care company did not dispute claims that they were taking COVID patients from Kootenai County. While Northern Idaho providers such as Kootenai Health are nearly in capacity, Spokane’s hospitals are about 60-75 percent capacity.

Related: SRHD Approves ‘Important’ Statewide COVID-19 Sanctions

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

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