Staffing issues due to omicron variant add to woes for most hospitals around Alaska

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As the omicron variant continues to spread, COVID-19 hospitalizations are climbing at the same time that scores of health care workers are calling out due to being sick or exposed. The result is that ICU bed capacity is becoming limited once more.

Mary Meachem of Eagle River headed into surgery Tuesday as she seeks a cure to what’s causing her severe headaches.Doctors will replace a faulty shunt. The operation will take place at Alaska Regional Hospital, but that’s not where Meachem planned to have it performed.

He said that Providence has been averaging 80-100 staff members out each day over the last two weeks. At Alaska Native Medical Center, spokesperson Shirley Young said via email that there are close to 300 employees currently on the hospital’s COVID-19 tracking grid who are at varying levels of recovery. Young said about 100 staff members are not yet cleared to return to work.

She said that as of Tuesday morning, Alaska Native Medical Center has a few ICU beds left open, “but as you know, that changes many times throughout the day.” Young said so far, postponement of patient procedures has been limited to those who test positive for COVID-19.

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Pay close attention as this headline is boarder line deceptive. They have shortages of icu beds because they are low on the manpower for all the available icu beds…..not b/c Covid patients are using them all.

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