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Idaho asks FEMA and other states for help, in last-ditch effort to staff hospitals

Idaho Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen addresses the media at a virtual briefing on Tuesday, Aug. 24. (Idaho Capital Sun photo)

BOISE - When August began, about 8% of the patients in Idaho hospitals had Covid.

Three weeks later, they’re now more than 20% of hospitalizations.

Almost none of the patients have been vaccinated for COVID-19, according to state data and multiple Idaho Capital Sun interviews — demonstrating both the safety of the vaccine, and how effective it is in helping the human body fight the coronavirus.

Idaho Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen said Tuesday that the state is dangerously close to hitting “crisis standards of care,” when health care providers would be forced to triage patients and may not be able to give everyone life-saving . . .