Idaho is allocating an additional $ 10 million in relief to hospitals, primary and emergency care clinics, and skilled nursing facilities amid rising numbers of COVID-19 patients requiring care. Governor Brad Little made the announcement Tuesday morning.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare activated Statewide Crisis Care Standards (CSCs) last week due to increased patient numbers. Although it is activated statewide, hospitals will implement it according to their needs and according to their own policies.
Not all hospitals will move to this standard of care, if they manage under their current circumstances, they can continue to do so.
We have taken many steps to preserve access to health care during the pandemic, and this latest round of support will help ease the burden on our hospitals and our health heroes right now. # IdahoCOVID19 https://t.co/JTbwfxcSqf
– Brad Little (@GovernorLittle) September 21, 2021
“We have taken many steps to preserve access to health care during the pandemic, and this latest round of support will help ease the burden on our hospitals and our health heroes at this time,” the governor said. Little.
Little and the State of Idaho led the following resources, according to a press release:
- New funds to establish three new monoclonal antibody treatment facilities in Idaho. There are 32 Idaho hospitals offering monoclonal antibodies in Idaho.
- By mobilizing the National Guard, deploying a military medical response team to northern Idaho and contracting with the federal government, up to 370 additional people have been added to help hospitals.
- Total of $ 7 million to hospitals to help alleviate staffing shortages.
- Total of $ 4.5 million for primary care and emergency care entities that play an important role in preventing people from getting so sick that they need treatment in hospital.
- Total of $ 8.5 million to preserve hospital capacity by increasing hospital discharges to qualified nursing facilities for COVID-19 positive patients.
- Temporary license fees have again been removed for retired or inactive nurses so that they can activate their licenses and re-enter the workforce more easily.
- $ 30 million to expand COVID-19 testing in Idaho K-12 schools to minimize virus transmission.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is holding a press conference on COVID-19 in Idaho at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Click here to watch the briefing.