Interim University of Alaska President Pat Pitney has denied a request from the University of Alaska Fairbanks chancellor to make COVID-19 vaccines a requirement for all in-person students and staff at that campus.
State data released recently shows that about 1% of Alaskans who have had COVID-19 got it again by July and August. Available data show those who were vaccinated afterward were less likely to catch COVID-19 again.
Members of the Anchorage Assembly passed an emergency ordinance at their Tuesday night meeting that will allow the use of $2.65 million to bring COVID-19 testing in the municipality back up to previous levels, after the city reduced testing hours and locations.
The Anchorage Assembly will once again take public testimony on a proposed mask ordinance on Wednesday, after the last meeting was canceled when two city administration members tested positive for COVID-19.
Alaska data from the month of August shows how vaccine breakthrough infections have increased as the delta variant has taken over the pandemic in Alaska, and how vaccination can still keep many Alaskans from being hospitalized with the coronavirus.
Today's Anchorage Assembly meeting has been canceled after assembly members came in close contact with the municipal manager and municipal attorney on Thursday, who have since tested positive for COVID-19.
Thursday's continued public hearing on a proposed mask ordinance was once again riddled with boisterous testimony, outbursts from an unruly crowd and clashes between the assembly and city administration.
Mat-Su Regional Medical Center has increased its ICU capacity to treat additional COVID-19 patients. The hospital says that out of 94 patients being treated there, 41 have COIVD-19 and 85% of those patients are not vaccinated.
Alaska reported three new deaths and more than 800 additional COVID-19 infections Tuesday as the Anchorage mayor's office announced a new partnership to provide COVID-19 testing, vaccination and treatment.
As Alaska’s current surge of COVID-19 continues and resources start to run short in hospitals, the state has activated a crisis standards of care document to help guide decision making for 20 hospitals and health care facilities.
Providence Alaska Medical Center supports a mask mandate in Anchorage. This week of the CEO of the hospital sent a letter to the Anchorage Assembly outlining the growing concerns the hospital is having as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drag on.
Natural immunity has been lauded by some as a non-vaccine way out of the pandemic. Wednesday, state and private practice doctors talked about the benefits and limitations of natural immunity as Alaska leads the nation in COVID-19 transmission rates, and is in the bottom third in vaccination rate.