One bill would expand the use of telehealth care, while another would allow Alaska to join a compact with other states to make it easier for nurses to be licensed in Alaska. Hospital leaders told lawmakers that it’s most important that the state act quickly, no matter the method.
Vials have been airlifted to villages chartered planes. Others were driven through choppy seas on a water taxi. And some of the clinicians giving shots in rural Alaska were even shuttled around villages on sleds, pulled behind snowmachines.
In a village of just over a thousand residents, almost 20% of the population has now been infected with the coronavirus.
The rising cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta could not only overwhelm regional health care, they could overwhelm the health care system statewide. It has happened before.