Hospital full as Alaska's rate of COVID leads the country

Sep 21, 2021

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Over half of all beds at Central Peninsula Hospital are now occupied by COVID-19 patients and the hospital is almost a third overcapacity, said hospital spokesperson Bruce Richards.

Richards said Tuesday the strain pushed the hospital to cancel all in-patient elective surgeries for at least two days. CPH is holding some patients in the emergency room overnight for lack of space.

As of Tuesday morning, the hospital admitted six new COVID-19 patients in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital to 25. Five COVID-19 patients were in the intensive care unit.

Meanwhile, Alaska now has the highest rate of COVID per capita of any state in the country, according to a case tracker from the New York Times. The state’s averaging 114 cases per 100,000 people.

Providence Alaska Medical Center, the state’s largest hospital, announced last week it’s rationing health care amid high rates of COVID-19 cases.