Ramping up resting technology for COVID-19

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (green) heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (orange), isolated from a patient sample. Image at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland.

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Valor Health in Emmett, like many of health care facilities in Idaho and much of the nation, are finding growing challenges in dealing with the current resurgence of coronavirus cases. Hospitals in several locations in Idaho have reported being at or near their capacity to serve. The following is a release provided by Valor Health concerning their current conditions:

“The current COVID-19 surge continues to put pressure on our courageous Valor Health staff and limited resources. We are responding to significant needs for COVID testing and care for symptomatic patients in our urgent care, as well as treating COVID and other patients in our emergency department and in our hospital. With this increased demand on our already-stressed staff, we have been forced to defer primary care services and reassign resources to cover demand, which limits walk-in and wellness appointment availability. Due to this, we are seeing extended wait times which can be frustrating for our patients.

“We are again facing this challenge head on and working hard to provide the immediate care needed and handle the increased demand of our community.

As a rural, critical access healthcare system, we work closely with our regional partners to provide the right care for our patients when and where they need it. Within our hospital, we continue to care for general medicine and COVID patients who do not need ICU services. We are seeing limited hospital resources and availability across our region and state on a daily basis. Our partners who usually accept our emergency patient transfers are full or are filling up quickly.

We are having difficulty finding hospitals that can accept our patients whose acute needs require higher levels of care. We have not stopped doing surgeries and procedures, as some healthcare systems have done, but may do so if we are forced to redirect more staff and resources to address surge-related patient care needs.

Your dedicated Valor team is committed to your health and well-being. We are working tirelessly to care for the people of Gem County. We encourage our community members to continue to be diligent in fighting COVID-19. There are things you can do to help us and prevent the spread of this virus!

Get vaccinated. Schedule your appointment at Valor by calling (208) 365-6004

Monitor your health daily

Wear a mask

Wash your hands

Cover coughs and sneezes

Stay 6 feet away and avoid crowds

Clean and disinfect

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