Idaho hospital halts admissions amid COVID-19 surge

” The healthcare facility is toeing the line every day in between whether we can deal with more patients admitted to the health center– or go on divert– which indicates the hospital isnt able to accept transfers from other health centers or in some cases, clients that present at our medical facility are unable to be admitted as an inpatient and must be transferred to another facility outside the community that has capability,” she told Beckers via e-mail.

Overall, St. Lukes Magic Valley reported it has been averaging more than 50 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the last couple of weeks, compared to balancing in the low teens all through September.

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Monday, November 9th, 2020

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Michelle Bartlome, public relations supervisor for St. Lukes Magic Valley, associated the move to high client volume and staffing challenges.

Ms. Bartlome stated the medical facilitys staffing and capability is being strained daily, and it is executing its rise plan to handle the boosts in clients.


St. Lukes Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho, stated it temporarily stopped taking clients the last 2 weekends for about 12 hours as COVID-19 hospitalizations increased.

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Ms. Bartlome said St. Lukes Magic Valley also stopped briefly elective surgical and cardiac procedures that result in hospital admissions and started transferring pediatric admissions to other facilities to address staffing and capacity problems. She said health center staff has worked longer hours more frequently, and the health center is hiring more momentary workers