Doctors in Ontario, Nampa, Boise frustrated as they treat “pandemic of the unvaccinated”

Stickers are ready on Wednesday, May 26, for people entering Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario. Each person is screened for the coronavirus and then wears the sticker during their visit. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

ONTARIO – For those who become seriously ill from Covid, their first stop in Malheur County is often the emergency room at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario, where Dr. Brian Kitamura is the medical director. 

“Generally speaking, the folks that I see that have Covid have been sick with flu-like symptoms for two or three days, and they typically come in at a point that they’re too weak to eat or drink,” Kitamura said. 

In its gravest forms, the disease “either makes it so that breathing is an impracticality, or so that you’re so lethargic that you can . . .