While cases are at an all-time high, hospitalizations — although up from a few weeks ago — are still lower than the record set last fall.
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Covid-19 case numbers to continue to fall in Alaska, but the state reported a high number of deaths related to a backlog on Friday and will continue to do so throughout the week.
Just as cases related to the Delta variant are declining in Alaska, concern is rising over the newly discovered Omicron variant, about which little is known.
Covid-19 cases continued to decline in Alaska over Thanksgiving week. However, a new variant detected in Africa is raising concern and prompting travel restrictions.
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital reported two deaths, one age 35 and one age 69. This comes as the borough lags behind the state in its vaccination rate.
Due to the recent surge in deaths associated with the Delta variant, Foundation Health Partners brought in a surge morgue — a refrigerated mobile unit — to accommodate overflow.
Alaska reported seven more deaths from Covid-19, five of them in the Fairbanks area. Those come as health care workers report harassment and threats from the public.
Foundation Health Partners — which includes Tanana Valley Clinic, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Denali Center — has more than 200 openings across its system. And in Anchorage, staffing is even worse.