Health officials say hospitals will begin portioning patient care in some of its locations, due to the high number of coronavirus cases overwhelming the system. They are calling it a “crisis standards of care.” 

The move came as the state’s confirmed coronavirus cases skyrocketed in recent weeks. Idaho has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S.  

The state health agency cited “a severe shortage of staffing and available beds in the northern area of the state caused by a massive increase in patients with COVID-19 who require hospitalization.”

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