Coronavirus

Washington healthcare facilities brace for shortages as vaccination deadline looms

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Hospital leaders across Washington fear that some regions will face severe staffing shortages at medical facilities as the state approaches its cut-off for healthcare workers to get vaccinated. During a Monday morning briefing from the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA), CEO Cassie Sauer confirmed that 88% of the state’s healthcare workers are fully vaccinated ahead of the…

Kootenai Health says crush of COVID patients getting worse

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — The North Idaho hospital that was the first in the state to institute health care rationing due to surging COVID-19 cases says the situation is growing worse. Kootenai Health reported a record 150 coronavirus inpatients…