Cost of Covid: Hospital stays longer, more costly for difficult treatment

Registered nurse Dajanay Ash tends to a patient in intensive care in Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario. (Malheur Enterprise/LILIANA FRANKEL)

Getting hospitalized with Covid in an intensive care unit can result in a weeks-long ordeal, near-death experiences – and costs that range to six figures, according to health authorities and government officials.

No government agency has yet to report on what the total cost for intensive care treatment related to Covid has been in Oregon. A summer surge strained the state’s hospitals and at times more than 300 people were in intensive care, with more than 1,100 people otherwise ill enough with Covid to require hospitalization.

In the Boise region that includes Malheur County, over 95% of Covid patients in ICUs are unvaccinated, according to hospital representatives at

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