Tag: Rural Health Focus

A big white container.

Fairbanks hospital readies mobile morgue

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Fairbanks Memorial Hospital has set up a mobile morgue in the parking lot to prepare for any mass casualty event. The refrigerator container is not running yet, but can be ready in two hours.

Alaska’s COVID hospitalizations have hit a new high

The state on Thursday reported 242 patients with COVID-19 in Alaska hospitals, the most ever since the pandemic began.
A doctor gives a young girl a shot in her arm as she sits next to her mom.

Alaska expecting COVID-19 vaccines for wider group of kids in coming weeks

The state of Alaska is working on a plan to make sure kids can get vaccinated as soon as possible. State of Alaska Immunization Program Manager Matthew Bobo joined Alaska Public Media's Casey Grove to talk about those plans.
A square, beige heater.

Toyostoves are scarce this year. That’s bad news for keeping homes in rural Alaska warm.

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Step into any home in rural Alaska and there’s a good chance that a Toyostove is what’s keeping it warm. Toyostoves are heaters that run efficiently on stove oil. But the supply of Toyostoves in Alaska is running low, and it’s yet another symptom of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Matt Hirschfeld poses in front of the Alaska Native Medical Center

As the season of respiratory illness begins, anxiety builds about Alaska’s pediatric hospital capacity

Respiratory viruses stressed the state’s limited pediatric hospital capacity in normal years. And now, there’s the added layer of COVID-19, which generally hits adults harder but in rare cases can send small children to the hospital, too.

Native nonprofit publishes language glossary in English, Inupiaq, Yup’ik

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Bering Strait regional nonprofit Kawerak has published a language glossary that provides research, science, policy and resource management terms in English, Inupiaq, St. Lawrence Island Yupik and Yup’ik. The creators hope it will help researchers better collaborate with Indigenous knowledge and culture.

Rural Alaska at risk as COVID surge swamps faraway hospitals

The battle against the coronavirus isn’t over. The highly contagious delta variant is spreading across Alaska, driving one of the nation’s sharpest upticks in infections and posing risks for remote outposts like Tanacross where the closest hospital is hours away.

Alaska’s COVID hospitalizations, patients on ventilators climb over the weekend

Alaska reported its second-highest total of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Monday.

Alaska activates emergency crisis protocols in 20 health care facilities

Alaska on Saturday activated emergency crisis protocols that allow 20 health care facilities to ration care if needed as the state recorded the nation’s worst COVID-19 diagnosis rates in the U.S. in recent days, straining its limited health care system.

Healing together: Alaskans share experiences overcoming trauma

Here's how these Alaskans are confronting intergenerational traumas with different ways of healing.
A sign that says Alaska Native Medical Center

Alaska Native Medical Center third hospital to move to crisis standards for care

ANMC is the third hospital in the state to announce crisis standards in response to a surge of COVID-19 patients. It says it isn't rationing care at this point, but that could be a concern if COVID hospitalizations keep rising.
People holding orange banner that says "every child matters"

As US and Canada uncover Indigenous school history, survivors, their children and allies mark Orange Shirt day in Juneau

Sept. 30 is a National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools. The day was born in Canada — when a residential school survivor told the story of wearing an orange shirt that her grandmother bought for her, and then having it stripped off of her when she arrived at a boarding school.
A sign encouraging COVID-19 precautions

Petersburg’s COVID response team seeks mask mandate amid surge in local cases

A Petersburg leadership team responding to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases is imploring the public for help. Cases were up to about 30 as of Wednesday. The team is asking residents to get vaccinated if they can, mask when indoors, get tested, stay home if they’re sick and limit gatherings.
weather system from satellite view headed for Alaska

Officials warn of landslide danger as fall storm heads for Southeast Alaska

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Officials in the Prince of Wales Island community of Craig are warning of potential landslides, flooding and high winds this weekend as a powerful fall storm bears down on Southeast Alaska.

As critics question CDC’s booster decision, Alaska providers welcome added protection amid nation’s worst COVID surge

While the CDC's decision to allow boosters for at-risk workers set off criticism from some, Alaska providers said it fit with the demands and risks they’re taking on in the middle of the nation’s most intense, delta variant-driven surge.

Alaskans discuss trauma and intergenerational healing | Alaska Insight – Oct 1

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Individuals and communities in Alaska have come to recognize that trauma-informed practices can help strengthen relationships and work toward overcoming the negative impacts of structural racism and colonization.
A white biulding with an american flag waving next to a stairway and ramp

All but 6 Bethel city employees got vaccinated before deadline

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The city of Bethel’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate took effect on Sept. 27, and five city employees are set to be fired for refusing to get vaccinated. One unvaccinated police officer received a religious exemption.
a shipping container and a sign that reads "COVID-19 TESTING SITE"

Alaska reports 10 more resident COVID deaths

The ten deaths have occured since August.

Tribal and environmental advocates celebrate the first water flow down the Eklutna River in decades

For more than 60 years, the Eklutna River north of Anchorage had been dammed up, stifling the salmon runs that fed generations of Dena'ina people in the area. The lower dam on the river was removed in 2018, and earlier this month, tribal and environmental advocates witnessed the first water to flow down the river in decades.
An arch in the snow made from giant whale ribs

Alaska’s North Slope grapples with soaring COVID-19 infection rate, low vaccinations

While the North Slope Borough's rate of vaccination for COVID-19 is on par with Anchorage, it's far behind that of other comparable, rural areas off the road system.