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Idaho rations healthcare amid COVID-19 surge

A nurse takes care of a COVID-19 patient at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Associated Press/Photo by Kyle Green

Idaho rations healthcare amid COVID-19 surge

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare declared northern and north-central Idaho at crisis level and distributed legal and ethical templates for healthcare providers to ration services. The template considers multiple factors before giving patients a priority score indicating their likelihood of surviving a health crisis. Those with a high enough score will be placed on a list for depleting resources such as oxygen tanks and ICU beds. Rural hospitals have not had to ration care, but they have nowhere to send critical patients.

Who is getting sick? Children accounted for about a quarter of new coronavirus infections in the United States last week, according to new data from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The most vulnerable age group for deaths is now 50 to 64. The Biden administration set Sept. 20 as the target date to make vaccine boosters widely available despite the World Health Organization asking wealthy countries to halt booster shots until every country reaches a 40 percent vaccination rate. About 5.5 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, 80 percent of which were in upper- and middle-income countries.

Dig deeper: Read Joshua Raimundo’s report in World Tour about China using COVID-19 vaccines to expand its influence in Latin America.

Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.



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The biggest concern here is whether we as Christians can be accountable for our actions. Our tendency is to blame others, whether those who belong to other political views, government, immigrants, whatever scapegoat we can find. However, Jesus said love your God and love others and carry out the Great Commission. Anything that gets in the way of this is separating ourselves from God. I pray that we recognize that the mission field is everyone, and you have to love our enemies. If you want to show that you love them, do whatever you need to as living sacrifices, including helping stop this infection from spreading, so that we do not make others sick nor deprive them of needed medical care, covid-related or not. If we do not show our love towards our enemies, our gospel message is hollow. Do not look at the speck of sawdust in the other's eye, get the plank out of your own eye. God have mercy on all of us if we continue to be distracted from our most important duties.


Many were sick who came over the border, children included.
Then DC spread the virus by busing immigrants as far out as they could.
Now they are blaming Americans for the COVID spread. They are pathetic!
Why can't DC just vaccinate people at the border? Would that be too invasive?
Americans MUST get vaxed OR ELSE, immigrants don't have to.
Next you will have to show proof of vax on your income tax form.