State activates emergency order allowing hospitals to ration care


October 7, 2021

The state has activated emergency crisis protocols that allow 20 hospitals to ration care if needed as Alaska reports among the nation’s worst COVID-19 infection rates of recent weeks, straining the state’s limited health care system.

The declaration last Saturday covers three facilities that had already announced emergency protocols, including the largest hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, and facilities across the state, including hospitals in Wrangell and Petersburg.

Though Wrangell Medical Center is covered under the order, “We don’t anticipate we will see any changes...

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