BOISE, Idaho — Governor Brad Little issued a proclamation today naming December Health Care Worker Appreciation Month in Idaho.
“I ask all Idahoans to share their gratitude for health care heroes in Idaho,” Governor Little said. “We can show our gratitude by minimizing transmissible moments this holiday season. Wear a mask, avoid gatherings with people outside your household, continue to keep safe physical distance, and wash your hands regularly. As individuals, we must choose to do all we can to combat COVID-19 in order to relieve pressure on Idaho’s health care workers.”
Health care workers have been called heroes since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Workers at Idaho's hospital and long-term care facilities put patients and residents ahead of their own health.
Staff are trying to meet the social and emotional needs of patients since many families are not able to visit their loved ones. Idahoans are encouraged to reach out to local health care facilities and ask how they can help.
The COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Idaho earlier this week and health care workers are first in line to receive it. St. Luke's received 975 doses of the vaccine on Tuesday. According to the Idaho Coronavirus website, 119 doses of the vaccine have been administered so far.