The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has implemented crisis standards of care, which means care is now being rationed using a complicated system of choices intended to save the greatest number of lives instead of providing the highest level of care to all patients. The rationing is necessary because of the high numbers of unvaccinated hospitalized COVID patients, but all patients are part of the rationing plan regardless of diagnosis. This is one way your personal decision to pass on vaccination is no longer personal.
Idaho has the lowest state rate of fully vaccinated (41%) residents in the entire nation, which is even lower than the global rate of 43.9%.
Jim Souza, chief physician executive of the St. Luke's hospital system in Idaho, described the crisis standards as "an unprecedented even in modern medicine." Buzzfeed:
As the Delta variant of the coronavirus tears through Idaho and the rest of the US, Souza said he and his St. Luke’s colleagues have noticed several important differences from the December 2020 surge. Patients are younger (averaging 58 years old, down from 72), they are sicker and require more mechanical ventilation, they are staying in the ICU longer, and they are dying more frequently (the ICU mortality rate has jumped from 28% to 43%). Some 80 people have died from COVID in St. Luke’s hospitals in just the past three weeks.
“In a really morbid exercise, just in the month of September, if you look at the ages of the people we have lost and you apply to them average lifespans, we have lost more than 1,100 life years,” Souza said. “Can you imagine that? And for the people who say, ‘We all die sometime.’ Yes, we do. But these people didn’t need to die now. They didn’t need to die like this.