Dr. Anne Zink recommends over-the-counter COVID tests if someone in your holiday gathering is immunocompromised, or if there will be a large group of people in attendance.
Dr. Anne Zink recently wrote an editorial in The Washington Post reflecting on many issues around the pandemic. In part of the piece, Zink writes about treating an unvaccinated patient struggling with COVID-19 who had spent hundreds of dollars on unproven, online remedies that didn’t help.
Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said many retail pharmacists have stopped asking customers if they’d like the vaccine because of the fury it triggers.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy painted a stark picture of the state’s COVID-19 woes as a surge in cases of the Delta variant put hospitals in crisis mode.
One model found that mass testing of students could cut cases by more than half in schools where masks are required and vaccination and prior infection rates are low.
Alaska’s state epidemiologist says vaccines have proved better than 90% effective against hospitalization and “in the mid-to-high 90 percentage range” against death.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced on Thursday a series of steps intended to help hospitals deal with a surge of COVID-19 cases. They include speeding up the process for allowing licensed health care providers to work in hospitals. The state is also looking to use federally contracted workers to temporarily staff hospitals.
Alaska’s vaccine data shows a roughly 80% jump in the number of first doses administered in the first week-and-a-half of August compared to the first week-and-a-half of July: 6,514, compared to 3,619.
Alaska health officials on Wednesday announced 647 new coronavirus infections and four deaths from the virus.
The state health department says 25% of Alaska’s July COVID hospitalizations were patients under 40.