In a new story from The Daily Yonder, the current COVID-19 wave, plus staffing shortages, have made all the hospitals in Idaho implement crisis care standards, a new expansion where previously only the northern part of the state was doing it.

From the story: “In Idaho, officials said, the situation facing hospitals in the state is dire enough to activate the crisis standards.

“Crisis standards of care is a last resort. It means we have exhausted our resources to the point that our healthcare systems are unable to provide the treatment and care we expect,” DHW Director Dave Jeppesen said in a statement. “This is a decision I was fervently hoping to avoid. The best tools we have to turn this around is for more people to get vaccinated and to wear masks indoors and in outdoor crowded public places.”

To read the rest of the story from the Yonder, click here.