We are providing our weekly update on test samples collected, average positivity rates over 7- and 14-day periods and positive inpatient hospital admissions, including the vaccination status of patients admitted to the hospital who tested positive for COVID-19 since June 1.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) on Thursday, Sept. 16, activated Crisis Standards of Care statewide. Gritman Medical Center is currently operating at contingent standards of care and will change our status as the situation requires. Our hospital and clinics are open and safe for care–please do not defer the care you need. Learn more about the statewide Crisis Standards of Care declaration at gritman.org/coronavirus.
Updates this week include:
- COVID-19 Unit: While Gritman Medical Center, including our hospital and clinics, remains open and safe for care, we continue to face significant strain on staffing, resources and patient transfers. Our COVID-19 unit continues to be at or near capacity and has been for several weeks.
- Demand for Care: Our QuickCARE location, COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Site and Emergency Department continue to see unusually high demand. Please be patient with our staff and know that some non-emergency issues may result in longer than normal wait times.
- Mobile Respiratory Unit: We will be re-establishing our Emergency Department Mobile Respiratory Unit (MRU) in the next few days. The MRU will be placed just outside the hospital’s Emergency Department entrance and will help alleviate pressure on the Emergency Department and aid in keeping both patients and staff safe. Patient visits to the MRU are billed as an Emergency Department visit.
Vaccines work and are our best way to save lives. We strongly encourage all eligible individuals who have not been vaccinated to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are proven to help keep people out of the hospital and greatly reduce the risk of serious illness and death. In addition to vaccines, wearing facemasks, frequent hand washing, keeping social distance, and limiting indoor gatherings with individuals from outside your immediate household remain the best steps available to protect lives and preserve capacity in the health care system.
COVID-19 Weekly Reporting (Data reported as 11:59 p.m. 09/15/21)
|7-day positivity rate(1):||17.08% (103 positives/603 total tests)|
|14-day positivity rate(1):||18.19% (205 positives/1,127 total tests)|
|New patients admitted to the hospital for inpatient care in the past week who tested positive for COVID-19 (2):||11|
|Total cumulative count of patients admitted to the hospital for inpatient care who tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic(3):||109|
Total COVID-19 Positive Inpatient Admissions Since June 1, 2021(4)
(The date of June 1, 2021, was selected because vaccinations were widely distributed and available by that time.)
(1) This number reflects the positivity rate for COVID-19 test samples (polymerase chain reaction – PCR) resulted by Gritman Medical Center for the time period listed.
(2) Inpatient admissions data is calculated since issue of the previous week’s report. Due to patient privacy considerations, we are not releasing daily hospital admission and discharge information at this time. As a small hospital in a rural area, publicly reporting daily admission and discharge information for a specific condition presents privacy challenges.
(3) This number reflects the total cumulative count of all patients admitted to the hospital for inpatient care who tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Hospitalizations are reported in a manner consistent with how they are reported to the regional and national public health authorities.
(4) The date of June 1, 2021, was selected because vaccinations were widely distributed and available by that time.