It’s not the first time PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center has been scrutinized by federal labor officials for allegedly retaliating against its workforce. The hospital was accused of violating federal labor laws on retaliation four times in 2015.
All but two of Ketchikan’s recorded COVID-19 deaths have come since the start of August.
Tyler Henderson is listed in critical condition at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.
The departure comes weeks after a former nurse filed complaints alleging she’d been retaliated against and fired for blowing the whistle on workplace safety and patient care.
The nurse says she was fired four days after filing an internal ethics complaint on the hospital’s anonymous tip line.
A total of eight people have died from COVID-19 in Ketchikan as of Wednesday, according to the community’s pandemic dashboard.
Some Ketchikan businesses have shut their doors, and community events have been canceled after emergency officials raised the community’s pandemic risk level to its highest level.
A state health department committee tasked with setting priorities for vaccination, the Alaska Vaccine Advisory Committee, decided the first wave should go to hospital employees regardless of their position.
Alaska state officials said they’re expecting about 35,100 doses of a vaccine from drugmaker Pfizer and BioNTech. It would receive about half that many of a separate vaccine from drug company Moderna.
Last Thursday, Alaska’s state epidemiologist said in a release that state health officials had “convincing evidence of community transmission” in Ketchikan, Anchorage and Fairbanks. But officials in Ketchikan disagreed.