Idaho’s medical crisis is ‘becoming our problem’ in Washington

Nurse Nick Brideau (L), from the ICU COVID unit, and Nurse Karen Hayes administer care to a patient who has just been transferred to the acute care COVID unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

As Washington state’s mask mandate expands to include large outdoor gatherings, neighboring Idaho still has no mask requirement and a low vaccination rate.

That’s now causing concern for Washington.

Washington State Hospital Association CEO Cassie Sauer told the New York Times that Idaho’s refusal to issue a mask mandate despite its hospital system “melting down” is “ridiculous.”

“Their medical crisis is becoming

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