Tag: Rural Health Focus

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The head of Juneau’s hospital has resigned

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City staff says the CEO was having an “inappropriate relationship” with a hospital employee which violates the city’s conflict of interest code.

How Alaska’s largest hospital reached its tipping point

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Providence Alaska Medical Center’s Chief of Staff Dr. Kristen Solana Walkinshaw said it was Saturday, Sept. 11, when she realized the hospital could no longer meet its normal standards of care. The overload of COVID-19 patients was too much.
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Nearly half of Bethel police are unvaccinated and could lose their jobs

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The six unvaccinated police officers don't live in Bethel full-time. Instead, they fly in and out — working two weeks on, two weeks off.
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Oxygen, intubation, regret: Alaska ICU doctor provides a glimpse behind the walls

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Dr. Leslie Gonsette says she feels like she's living in two worlds.
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Alaska has one of the worst rates of COVID in the country

Alaska's 93 COVID cases per 100,000 residents is the fourth highest in the country, tied with South Carolina and behind West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky, according to the New York Times.
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2020 Census: How has Alaska’s population changed in the last decade?

The results of the 2020 U.S. Census paint a picture of shifting demographics throughout the nation and in Alaska. Alaska Public Media’s Adelyn Baxter breaks down the data.

Massive algae bloom in the Gulf of Alaska could be good for marine life, researchers say

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Each spring and summer, a large concentration of phytoplankton blooms in the gulf. This year, researchers recorded the biggest bloom they’ve ever seen.

As Providence moves to crisis care, other Alaska hospitals grow strained

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One Alaska hospital nearly ran out of supplemental oxygen, says hospital association CEO.
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Bethel doctor advises residents to avoid physical risks as hospital beds grow scarce

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Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges says if Alaskans get hurt, they might not be able to receive adequate health care as surging COVID-19 cases destabilize the state's health care system.
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Alaska reports 1,095 COVID cases, a new daily high

It's Alaska's highest-ever daily tally of new cases, and it comes a day after doctors at Providence Alaska Medical Center announced the hospital was rationing care due to staffing shortages and an overload of patients infected with the coronavirus.
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Adak — the nation’s westernmost city — made it 18 months with only one COVID case, until now

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City Manager Layton Lockett said the city has nine new cases of the virus — all of them visitors to the remote island. It's the first time the virus has reached the community of roughly 100 people since they recorded their first case last December.

Gov. Dunleavy urges Alaskans to get vaccinated, his most forceful message yet

“I strongly urge folks to get a vaccine — strongly urge them to do that,” said Gov. Dunleavy.

Two more cases of Alaskapox reported in Fairbanks area

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It's the third and fourth known Alaskapox infections.

With low stocks and closures looming, Bering Sea crab fleet braces for another blow

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In 55 years, there have been just two other closures: once in the 1980s and again in the 1990s.

Alaska reports another 7 deaths from COVID-19

Six of the people who died are from Alaska, and one is a nonresident.
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Alaska’s largest hospital now rationing care due to COVID surge

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Doctors at Providence Alaska Medical Center said Tuesday that they’ve begun to ration care as Alaska endures one of the worst surges of COVID-19 in the country.
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Mu variant is fizzling in Alaska

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Mu was detected in Alaska in May but lost ground to the delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19.

All Anchorage ICU beds fill as hospitalizations continue to climb

Alaska ranked second in the nation on Monday for the largest increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations over the prior two weeks, behind just North Dakota, according to The New York Times. 

Storms, high winds projected to be more frequent in Western Alaska

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A University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist said that the reason why Western Alaska is getting windier is that it will soon inherit the Aleutian Islands’ storms. In today’s climate, the Aleutian islands are the windiest area in Alaska.

Chignik residents fear for their communities’ future if abysmal salmon runs persist

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Chignik residents are questioning how long their community can survive if low salmon runs persist. "How can the state let this happen?" said 80-year-old Elder Vivian Brandal. "I have grandchildren that thought this was their legacy."