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A caregiver dons personal protective equipment prior to entering the room of a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa on Sept. 16.

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Crisis Standards of Care is being deactivated in most of Idaho.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on Monday announced that, although the number of COVID-19 patients remains high and continues to stress health care systems, the surge is no longer exceeding the health care resources available.

Crisis Standards will remain in effect in the Panhandle Health District in North Idaho. That district encompasses Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone counties.

Health care systems in the rest of the state are generally using “contingency operations,” meaning they remain stressed with an unusually high number of patients, according to an Idaho Department of Health and Welfare news release.

Health officials are holding a media briefing at 1 p.m. Monday. Members of the public can attend the briefing at this link. The briefing will be recorded and available for later viewing here.

Crisis Standards or Care were activated in North Idaho in early September and statewide shortly after.