POCATELLO – The Southeastern Idaho Public Well being Board of Well being held its first assembly concerning the present danger ranges of COVID-19 since earlier than Christmas on Thursday, and made just one change.
Energy County was deescalated to Average Danger following the presentation from SIPH and medical enter from Dr. Ken Newhouse of Bingham Memorial Hospital and Dr. Dan Snell of Portneuf Regional Medical Heart.
Dr. Newhouse addressed the board following SIPH Director Maggie Mann’s replace on the present ranges of the coronavirus throughout the state and the way SIPH measures up towards it. He began by explaining that the problem of staffing stays a serious drawback earlier than shifting into discussing the vaccine.
Dr. Newhouse mentioned the vaccine has added new stressors on the system with requiring workers to do different duties above and past what they’ve been battling for practically 12 months now and it is going to be one other 4 to 6 months earlier than they plan to see any reprieve.
He additionally defined the scenario with the steadiness of the vaccine, explaining that when it has been warmed up from the intense chilly ranges that it have to be saved at, they solely have hours to make use of it or it should not present a viable inoculation. Dr. Newhouse defined that they’re having folks are available for his or her appointments in flights so not one of the vaccine is wasted.
Dr. Snell thanked Mann and her workers for his or her efforts on Christmas Eve, getting the vaccine obtained, prepped, and prepared inside one hour of receiving the cargo. PRMC had 500 sufferers deliberate to be vaccinated that day and there was no assure that it will arrive on time.
After the thanks, Dr. Snell defined that PRMC peaked at 30 beds crammed with COVID sufferers they usually had one-third of these on ventilators within the Intensive Care Unit. They’ve since seen the numbers taper in Pocatello, and he feels individuals are taking extra precautions and people actions have lowered the variety of flu circumstances as properly. He feels individuals are taking COVID and the flu season significantly.
Commissioner Ernie Moser of Bannock County requested Dr. Snell in regards to the results of the vaccine. He defined that they count on to see 70% vaccinated and Dr. Newhouse affirmed the identical percentages as properly. They each acknowledged they haven’t seen main unwanted side effects and essentially the most antagonistic aspect impact they’ve seen was much like a traditional response to the Shingles vaccine. Dr. Newhouse defined that his response has been much like flu photographs, leaving him with a sore shoulder the place it was administered.
Dr. Newhouse defined that the entire workers and sufferers within the long-term care facility in Blackfoot have obtained their vaccines as properly.
The assembly modified to deal with the present danger ranges in every of the counties. One after the other, every of the county commissioners representing their respective counties would make motions pertaining to their counties.