The Associated Press

Idaho’s top health official has deactivated crisis standards of care except for northern Idaho.

Idaho’s top health official has deactivated crisis guidelines for rationing care at most of the state’s hospitals.

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen issued the decision Monday after health officials said the number of COVID-19 patients remains high but no longer exceeds health care resources in most areas. Crisis standards remain in effect for northern Idaho.

Jeppesen and other health care officials during a news conference warned of possible future outbreaks.

“We are not sharing a ‘mission accomplished’ message,” said James Souza, chief medical officer for St. Luke’s Health System. “We don’t believe this will be our last surge of COVID. We hope it’s the worst one.”

Crisis standards of care give legal and ethical guidelines to health care providers when they have too many patients and not enough resources to care for them all. They spell out exactly how health care should be rationed to save the most lives possible during a disaster.

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