Alaska still has the highest COVID-19 case rate of any state in the country.
Hospital representatives say there’s no evidence to support the mayor’s contention.
Meanwhile, the percent of COVID-19 tests coming back positive in Alaska keeps rising, too.
At a state-sponsored briefing for parents, an emergency room doctor described watching unvaccinated COVID-19 patients die in his emergency department in the Mat-Su — a region where just 42% of eligible residents have gotten at least one shot.
“With more nurses and doctors, and everyone down to our housekeepers, out sick, that just puts additional strain on the system,” she said. “And not just in my hospital, but kind of all over the state.”