St. Luke's hospitals treating COVID-19 patients from Blaine County hospital

Posted at 1:51 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 15:51:11-04

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — As of March 31, there are 148 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Blaine County and two people have died related to the virus in the county. St. Luke's Wood River in Blaine County is not prepared for a large amount of patients, so St. Luke's Magic Valley and St. Luke's Boise are jumping in to help.

Officials with St. Luke's say the hospitals are working as a team, transferring some patients to the two bigger hospitals for treatment.

"Just been really interesting to see everyone working in different ways, even uncomfortable ways outside of our normal," said Dr. Joshua Kern, St. Luke's VP of Medical Affairs. "Again, these transports is a good example--we've never had to transport that many patients out of Blaine County before, so everybody trying to step up and work together has been really inspiring."

Kern says not all the patients being transferred are COVID-19 patients. Some are being transferred for illnesses or injuries that St. Luke's Wood River is not set up to treat.