Alaskans are getting COVID-19 in record numbers as some treatments' scarcity prioritizes those most at risk

Alaskans are getting COVID-19 in record numbers as some treatments' scarcity prioritizes those most at risk

Alaska is so low on its supply of certain COVID-19 treatments that only the most severely at-risk people will likely have access to them — all while unprecedented numbers of Alaskans are testing positive during the current omicron surge. The state on Friday reported 5,508 new cases among residents and nonresidents over the previous two days. That breaks down to 2,598 cases Wednesday and 2,910 on Thursday, once again shattering records reported earlier this week. The number of patients hospitalized with the virus rose slightly to 87, up from 80 as of Wednesday. While that’s a fraction of the record hospitalizations reported last fall, hospital administrators this week say facilities are again feeling strained by rising patient counts and staffing shortages. [Alaska shatters COVID-19 case record as omicron adds to …
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