Covid-19 vaccine

Fairbanks Memorial Hospital received its first doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, with the first vaccination administered the following day.

Nineteen people were being treated at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital on Tuesday for Covid-19, a new record.

“This is four more than our highest throughout the pandemic,” hospital spokeswoman Kelly Atlee said in an email.

The total number of inpatients at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital was 76, according to Atlee.

One of the Covid-19 patients was described as pediatric. The rest were in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, Atlee said. On Friday, the hospital had 11 Covid-19 patients.

Atlee referred questions about the patients’ vaccination status to the state of Alaska.

She said the hospital had two beds available in the intensive care unit as of Tuesday morning.

The hospital also is recruiting for staffing.

According to a Sept. 3 Facebook post, Foundation Health Partners is hiring for Covid Relief Patient Safety Assistants (CR-PSA) and paramedics to help deal with the surge of patients.

“These positions are temporary per-diem, with flexible scheduling, and are perfect for those looking for a second job that works around a school or work schedule. We are looking for individuals who have a heart for their community and are ready to jump in and help our patients and health care professionals now,” the social media post reads.

Tuesday’s Covid-19 data summary from the state of Alaska reported 2,148 new virus cases since Friday, two new deaths and a total of 186 hospitalizations statewide.

One of the new deaths was a Fairbanks North Star Borough resident in his 50s. The other death was a woman from the Kusilvak Census Area in her 60s.

The statewide Covid-19 alert level remains high.

Contact staff writer Amanda Bohman at 907-459-7545, at abohman@newsminer.com or follow her at twitter.com/FDNMborough.