No Mandate

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, the U.S. and Britain have agreed to a new defense pact with Australia to provide the latter with nuclear-powered submarines to counter China's growing fleet.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration is planning to implement a new program to provide more assistance to immigrants families separated by Trump's separation policy if relocating them is not currently an option because they lack a passport or employment.

Finally, Idaho's hospitals are now so full of COVID patients they're sending critical patients to other states and rationing care.

The situation has grown so bad that the Idaho Department of Health and Wellness announced Thursday that the entire state is in a hospital resource crisis, permitting medical facilities to ration health care and triage patients.

Kootenai Health, a hospital in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has already converted a conference room into an overflow Covid unit, started paying traveling nurses $250 an hour and brought in a military medical unit. The hospital received permission from the state to begin rationing care last week. That's all in response to the Covid surge that in recent weeks has taken over much of Idaho — a state with one of the nation's lowest vaccination rates.

All they had to do was get a free shot.