Coeur d’Alene to host international boat show
Hagadone Corporation’s Coeur d’Alene Resort will host the 2021 ACBS International Antique & Classic Boat Show at its floating boardwalk on Sept. 17-18. Hagadone is an anchor business for Kootenai County and the City of Coeur d’Alene, with locally and regionally based subsidiaries for hospitality, golf, marine, marketing and media, and 16 newspapers in Idaho, Montana and Washington.
Idaho receives national coverage of COVID-19 status
The subject of the activation of Idaho’s crisis standards of care for 10 hospitals in northern Idaho was featured Sept. 7 in Becker’s Hospital Review, the leading national trade publication for hospitals. The article concluded with the statement that “Idaho has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, with just 40% of the population fully vaccinated as of Sept. 7.”
Idaho’s low vaccination rate and lack of a mask mandate made the front page of the New York Time on Sept. 13. The main thrust of the article dealt with the growing ire in Washington state, as Spokane hospitals accommodate an increasing number of COVID-19 patients from Idaho. Washington is currently considering its own crisis standards of care for the eastern half of the state. The article quoted Washington’s governor, who commented on Idaho’s lack of COVID-19 countermeasures: “Their crisis is becoming our problem.”
West Nile virus on the rise
Human West Nile virus (WNV) infections, as well as positive mosquito pools and infections in horses, are on the rise in Idaho, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Detection of the virus has been reported in 13 counties, primarily in south and southwestern Idaho, but also in the Salmon area of Lemhi County and Franklin County, areas that don’t often report WNV activity.
Six human WNV infections, all of severe neurologic disease, including one death, have been reported in Idaho this year, as of Sept. 1. Only one human infection had been reported in Idaho last year by Sept. 1. WNV activity typically occurs during August through September, but it can be difficult to predict from year to year. In 2006, Idaho had more WNV illnesses than any other state, with almost 1,000 infections and 23 deaths. During more recent seasons, WNV activity has been extremely low.
WNV is usually contracted from the bite of an infected mosquito and is not spread from person to person through casual contact. Symptoms of infection often include fever, headache, body aches, nausea and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash. Infection can result in severe illness, especially in people 50 years old and older. To protect against WNV infection, people are encouraged to avoid mosquitoes, particularly between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.