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COVID: A titanic crisis

| September 12, 2021 1:00 AM

Kootenai Health and other North Idaho hospitals are in crisis. The rest of the story — send a reporter to walk around Coeur d’Alene, Hayden, any town in North Idaho. Shop in Walmart. Walk into area restaurants and local businesses. My estimate is that 90% of the population remain maskless. Children returned to schools without a mask mandate.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports 97% of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 at Kootenai Health are unvaccinated. Most of the people who are dying from COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Only about 40% of Idaho residents are fully vaccinated.

I feel like we’re all on the Titanic and the band keeps playing. Our health care workers are manning the lifeboats and people refuse to board.

LESLIE WILDE

Hayden