Raw Story: A man in cowboy boots and a cowboy hat checked in at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
BREAKING: Washington Governor Jay Inslee calls out neighboring Republican Idaho Governor Brad Little for "clogging up" Washington’s hospitals with unvaccinated Idaho patients who caught COVID after not wearing masks, saying that it’s “maddening.” RT IF YOU STAND WITH INSLEE!
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) September 22, 2021
It was the morning of Sept. 16, and Idaho had just hit “crisis standards,” a point of last resort for health care. Hospitals had so many patients with COVID-19, the state gave them permission to downgrade medical care for everyone. That could mean discharging patients faster than usual, or it could mean the unthinkable: choosing who gets an intensive care bed or oxygen.
Thanks to unvaccinated Americans, rationing medical care has become a reality in Alaska, Idaho and Montana hospitals overwhelmed by Covid-19. https://t.co/OlhhOGruRF
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) September 21, 2021
But the hospital was calm, and so was the man in the cowboy hat. He placed his worn Bible on the front desk and leaned in for a temperature check. He wasn’t at Saint Al’s because he was sick, he told the woman screening him for a visitor pass. He was there to minister to a patient being taken off a ventilator. He picked up his Bible and headed for the elevator.
🚨 Alaska joins Idaho as the second state to establish "crisis standards of care" statewide, due to the crush of COVID patients overwhelming the state's health system.
This is just terrible news. Crisis standards of care is a catastrophic last resort:https://t.co/2YUQHzu7ZF
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) September 22, 2021
A few hours later, a few floors up in the ICU, another patient called his family over Zoom. He said what might be his last goodbye, as doctors, nurses and a respiratory therapist got him ready for intubation.
Since the fourth surge began, the Idaho Capital Sun has interviewed dozens of Idaho health care workers about what they’ve seen on the front lines of the war with COVID-19.
The Sun confirmed their employment but allowed some of them to speak anonymously — so they could speak freely and because the events now happening in Idaho hospitals are so similar as to be virtually interchangeable.
No health care worker revealed any patient’s identity or private medical information. Read more…