But her scientific training to become a registered nurse apparently fell short of the disinformation about Covid-19 vaccines shared on social media, according to her brother.
Rise refused to be vaccinated, even as the virus was rampant in his town of Coeur d’Alene. And even as her mother lay in a coma in a hospital bed, fighting for life against Covid, Natalie advised her family against getting vaccinated.
“She was telling me not to get the vaccine,” Daryl Rise told CNN. “I think it was because of the misinformation, I think it was falling into social media and negative bloggers, YouTubers. “
According to the CDC, 54.7% of the US population is fully vaccinated. However, in Idaho, it is only 40.8%.
Natalie Rise, 46, died on Aug. 22, one of many unvaccinated patients who sparked a capacity crisis in Idaho hospitals flocking to Spokane, Wash., Which is about 33 miles away.
Idaho said last week that health care providers are allowed to ration care, which means providers decide who is sickest and needs immediate care, and who should wait for care.
” It’s serious ; your ability to receive care in a hospital will likely be affected, ”the Idaho Department of Health explained on its website. “It may sound a lot different from how you received care in the past. Surgeries are postponed, emergency departments are full, and there may not be beds for patients to be admitted to the hospital. “
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But there’s not much of an alternative, say Idaho vendors. Hospitals are turning classrooms and conference rooms into hospital treatment rooms, and there are patients in the hallways.
“We are in the worst condition we have ever experienced during the pandemic, this increase has been grueling for our health facilities,” said Katherine Hoyer, spokesperson for the Panhandle Health District which covers five counties in northern Idaho . “Our investigators, they cannot follow. “
She explained that hospitals are full of unvaccinated people. “It’s like a tsunami wave that continues to hit us every day,” Hoyer said.
As for the cause of vaccine hesitation in Idaho, Hoyer blamed the misinformation and misinformation. “Social networks facilitate the rapid dissemination of information that may appear to be fact, and it is not. I would like people to listen to credible sources, ”she said.
The tsunami swept through Spokane. “We’re declining about half of our patients at this point because of capacity, and we’ve done a lot of things to try and increase capacity,” said Daniel Getz, chief medical officer at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital. in Spokane.
“Historically, we’ve been able to take about 90% of transfer requests from our communities to bring in patients,” Getz said. “We have struggled over the past two weeks to accept half of these patients. “
The hospital is opening a second intensive care unit in the postoperative recovery area, he said, but it is not unthinkable that it should ration care as well.
“If we get to the point where we saturate our ability to provide care, then we will find ourselves in this incredibly difficult position,” Getz said. “And it’s a tragic decision to make. You are now trying to sort the patients. You have several sick patients. You are trying to determine which of these patients is not receiving life-saving care. “
Getz is quick to point out that there are pockets of unvaccinated people in eastern Washington contributing to the crisis. And the overwhelming majority of those overcrowded medical facilities in Washington and Idaho go unvaccinated, health officials said.
“The vast majority of patients who are currently in hospital for Covid are not vaccinated, especially patients who are in our intensive care unit on ventilators,” Getz said.
Patients who are not immediately able to get the care they need are taking it “horribly, and rightly so,” Getz said. “At the end of the day, we are delaying their care. ”
As for the Rise family, Natalie’s death devastated the family. Daryl gave up his job as a truck driver to help take care of the 10-year-old twins his sister left behind, he said.
His mother and Natalie’s, who is still recovering from Covid-19, remain on the verge of being vaccinated, he said.
But Daryl received his first injection the day after his sister died.
“It was the hardest decision of my life, you know, am I doing right by God?” Am I doing right by Natalie? ” he said. “And I got it out of fear. “