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Alaska seeing one of sharpest Covid-19 surges in US – World News

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JUNEAU: Alaska’s state epidemiologist says Alaska is experiencing “one of the sharpest surges” in Covid-19 in the country. Dr. Joe McLaughlin added that it’s not clear when the situation might stabilize. He says a lot will depend on vaccination rates and measures such as masking and distancing.
Health officials say hospitals are stressed, with staffing and capacity issues. The state health department reports 20% of patients hospitalized in Alaska to have Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau announced Thursday that as a condition of employment, staff must be vaccinated against Covid-19 by December 15.





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