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BOISE — The state of Idaho expanded crisis standards of care throughout the state early Thursday.

Not all hospitals are moving to crisis standards of care immediately, said Brian Whitlock, president and CEO of the Idaho Hospital Association. But if they need to, they have a framework for doing so using limited resources.

Crises Standards of Care

Caregivers gather in and around the nurses station in the Emergency department at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. The state of Idaho announced it would expand crisis standards of care throughout the state early Thursday.

Crises Standards of Care

A caregiver tends to a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa on Sept. 16.

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