Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talks to those attending the Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council Convention at the Historic Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane on Wednesday, the same day he visited Sacred Heart Medical Center.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee called on Idaho politicians to do more to combat COVID-19 after he visited Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane on Wednesday and was told about the delay of thousands of procedures and surgeries.

Spokane hospitals are treating more patients from Idaho than they typically would, and the governor noted the neighboring state’s low vaccination rate. Idaho has no statewide mask mandate nor vaccination mandate.

Arielle Dreher’s reporting for The Spokesman-Review is funded in part by Report for America and by members of the Spokane, Washington, community.

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