Alaska’s COVID-19 case rate is again the highest in the nation as hospitalizations tick up

Alaska’s COVID-19 case rate is again the highest in the nation as hospitalizations tick up: Today, the state reported nearly 5,900 new cases over the past two days.

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1/29/2022 2:06:00 AM

Alaska ’s COVID-19 case rate is again the highest in the nation as hospitalizations tick up: Today, the state reported nearly 5,900 new cases over the past two days.

The number of Alaska ns hospitalized with the virus rose to levels not seen in months but is still well below all-time highs. Nearly 5,900 cases over two days were reported Friday.

, but still well below the more than 230 hospitalizations reported during a peak last fall. About 15% of all hospitalizations in the state involved people with COVID-19.At Providence Alaska Medical Center, the state’s largest hospital, there were somewhere between 80 and 100 staff members who had called out on Friday due to illness or possible exposure, according to Mikal Canfield, hospital spokesman. Just one ICU bed remained available by Friday at noon.

One hopeful sign, Canfield said, was that it appeared as though staff callouts at the hospital had somewhat plateaued by the end of week — they were neither decreasing or increasing.At Alaska Native Medical Center, “our COVID inpatient numbers have gradually increased, but we do have beds available,” said Fiona Brosnan, a hospital spokeswoman. She said that staffing continued to be challenging with high numbers of callouts.

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139 reported Monday , but still well below the more than 230 hospitalizations reported during a peak last fall. About 15% of all hospitalizations in the state involved people with COVID-19. At Providence Alaska Medical Center, the state’s largest hospital, there were somewhere between 80 and 100 staff members who had called out on Friday due to illness or possible exposure, according to Mikal Canfield, hospital spokesman. Just one ICU bed remained available by Friday at noon. One hopeful sign, Canfield said, was that it appeared as though staff callouts at the hospital had somewhat plateaued by the end of week — they were neither decreasing or increasing. At Alaska Native Medical Center, “our COVID inpatient numbers have gradually increased, but we do have beds available,” said Fiona Brosnan, a hospital spokeswoman. She said that staffing continued to be challenging with high numbers of callouts. Despite the surge in cases and hospitalizations, Zink said she thinks that in some ways, Alaska’s pandemic response feels smoother this time around. “Unfortunately, we had a bad delta surge here in this state, and what happened was the team got really good at being able to record a lot of cases quickly. The health care sector started to meet on a regular basis,” she explained. “We figured out how to get additional nurses.” [ At-home COVID-19 tests that freeze in transit are likely still usable — just make sure they’re thawed out ] Other states hit less hard by delta are now “very underwater trying to figure out how to respond” during omicron, she said. “So I think we just have to use a lot of caution when we look directly at state-to-state comparisons, to have a full sense of what’s happening.” Alaska on Friday also reported four more deaths from the virus. It wasn’t immediately clear how recently the newly reported deaths had occurred. Since March 2020, there have been 1,052 COVID-19 deaths among Alaska residents and 33 nonresident deaths. • • •