Alaska reports record high of over 3,600 COVID-19 cases over 2 days

1/8/2022 3:47:00 AM

Alaska reported more than 3,500 additional COVID-19 infections over the last two days, breaking the single-day case record previously set during the delta variant surge.

While COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alaska remain lower than they were during the delta variant surge, the rapid spread of omicron is resulting in many health care staff being out of work due to being sick or exposure to COVID-19. Read more:

Alaska reported more than 3,500 additional COVID-19 infections over the last two days, breaking the single-day case record previously set during the delta variant surge.

seven omicron variant cases have been identified thus far in Alaska, omicron became the dominant variant in the U.CDC director stands by new guidance, despite criticism Link Share to Twitter Email this article Dr.8:47 PM on Mar 15, 2020 CDT — Updated at 2:30 PM on Jan 6, 2022 CST Update: Updated on Jan.has recently reopened to relieve some of the burden.

S.late last year.S.State Epidemiologist Dr.Now, with the arrival of the omicron variant, the city’s active cases have increased more than 600% in the past month.Joe McLaughlin has said that the public health lab is screening positive COVID-19 tests for an “S gene target failure” and all indications are that omicron is the dominant variant in Alaska." The CDC updated its guidelines on Dec.“What we’ve found over the past five days or so is anything from 80 to 95% of the samples that are tested are coming back positive for that target failure,” McLaughlin said Thursday.Just under 3,200 people have tested positive for the virus and 41 have been hospitalized.

“Indicating that the vast, vast majority of cases are omicron.In a scathing statement released Wednesday night, the American Medical Association (AMA) said the new recommendations"are risking further spread of the virus.The arrival of the new coronavirus variant might spell more future active case increases in the city.” The number of people being hospitalized in Alaska with COVID-19 rose to 70 on Friday, up from 56 on Wednesday.Six of those people are on ventilators.Instead, the new recommendations on quarantine and isolation are not only confusing, but are risking further spread of the virus," the AMA's president, Dr.While this is still much lower than the record high of 243 hospitalizations during the delta variant surge this fall, hospitals are facing a different problem, according to Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association President and CEO Jared Kosin.The omicron variant, first detected in South Africa, appears to have more than 30 mutations in the coronavirus’ spike protein,.“We’ve watching this move across the country,” he said Friday.Harmon, said in the statement.Several other Alaska prisons had the same huts, but 24 years later and Juneau’s is the only one left.

“This potential surge feels different.” While hospitalizations have remained lower than the previous surge, the omicron variant is forcing more health care workers to stay home, either sick or because of a COVID-19 exposure." But Walensky defended the new guidance, telling ABC News' Cecelia Vega in an interview Friday on"Good Morning America" that the CDC"make[s] these recommendations in the context of science, in the context of ongoing epidemiology and in the context of what is feasible in collaboration with our public health and local and state public health partners.health officials are urging unvaccinated Americans to get their shots and eligible adults to get booster shots.That directly affects the ability of state hospitals to respond to COVID-19 hospitalizations, whether that’s a large number or a smaller one.“The hospitalizations were such a key metric that we kind of all had our heads wrapped around before,” Kosin said." ABC News Dr.“It’s a different equation than before.“I feel like in the middle of a pandemic, where one of the most important strategies is washing your hands, people should have the ability to wash your hands,” Burkhart said.

” Without the staff to provide services in the hospitals, the capacity of those hospitals isn’t as helpful, Kosin explained.7, 2022.Large hospitals with lots of beds for patients are “useless unless you have people to actually work them,” he said.That’s something that could potentially manifest in this situation with omicron, Kosin said."So by five days after your symptoms, the vast majority of your contagiousness is really behind you," she said.“We have physical occupancy, but now we’re starting to see that staff element decline,” he said.Kosin said hospitals will continue to watch the spread of the variant, though it’s too early to know exactly what it will do.And that means not going out to restaurants, not going out to gyms, not going out and visiting grandma, but really conscientiously wearing your mask for those last five days.One complainant raised concerns that they spent 27 days in quarantine and didn’t have their temperature screened for seven consecutive days.

He said Alaska’s hospitals are preparing for the possibility that service could become limited by the staffing challenges.He said that’s likely something businesses outside of the health care sector are going to experience, too.But it's not required.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alaska’s average rate of new COVID-19 cases per capita over the last week is 586.2.But if that test is negative you should go out and continue to wear your mask," she said.The case rate for the nation as a whole is 1,236.“The issue is that correctional officers are very busy, moving non-stop all day,” Cordle argued.

Alaska’s current case rate ranks the state 45th in the nation." Florida allowed up to 1 million COVID-19 tests to expire, official says Link Share to Twitter Email this article Florida allowed up to a million COVID-19 rapid test kits to expire last month, according to Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie.The state also reported one additional COVID-19-related death on Friday, of an Alaska resident.The person who died was a man in his 70s from the Hoonah-Angoon plus Yakutat area."We had between 800,000 and 1 million test kits -- Abbott rapid test kits -- in our warehouse that did expire," Guthrie told reporters.Since the pandemic began, the state has recorded a total of 948 resident deaths and 32 nonresident deaths that have been related to the virus.The rate of Alaskans who have received doses of vaccination remains largely unchanged since the state last reported those figures on Wednesday." Marco Bello/Reuters A sign informing customers that COVID-19 tests are out of stock is seen at the entrance of a CVS pharmacy in Miami, Florida, on Jan.That outbreak posed big challenges for the prison, including on staffing.

Over 68% of Alaskan residents and military members stationed in Alaska have had at least one dose of vaccine, while nearly 61% have been fully vaccinated.Over 22% of Alaskans and military have received booster doses, according to state data.The tests expired between Dec.The state’s average rate of positive COVID-19 test results has.

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