Both families lost custody of their infants after what they say were flawed diagnoses of abuse by the state’s embattled former top child abuse physician.
Vaccination rates for Alaska children lag far behind the rates for older kids and adults, according to data from the state health department.
Gillham encourages anyone with a history of heart issues in their family to get checked out by their doctor.
Providence Alaska Medical Center moved its visitation policy to its strictest level last week.
Wisconsin Watch found a dozen instances in which Knox’s suspicions of abuse were rejected by officials in the criminal justice system, by child welfare workers and medical specialists. Other defendants, proclaiming innocence, remain in prison and have appealed their cases.
Local health care employers in Anchorage say more than 96% of their staffers are vaccinated.
Under the order, businesses must deny entry to people who aren’t wearing masks and must ensure that employees have access to masks.
Alaska pediatricians say they expect to manage any surge in respiratory viruses that could hit this winter, but the COVID-19 pandemic is adding a measure of uncertainty because of its potential to sicken more kids and to divert scarce staff.
The Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage said Friday it has begun operating under crisis standards of care.
Right now it’s harder to transfer patients from rural Alaska communities, which is a crucial part of the state’s medical system.