Fairbanks Memorial Hospital

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The Fairbanks Regional Public Health Center and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital are getting a lot of calls from medical providers who want to be vaccinated for COVID-19. There is not much of the medicine available yet, so the state is distributing COVID-19 vaccines in Phases. And each Phase has been divided into smaller chunks called Tiers.

Today we are still in Phase 1A, and are steadily getting through Tier 1 and Tier 2.

But as of noon today, the medical providers who are in Phase 1A Tier 3 can sign up for a January appointment.

City of Fairbanks

A 71-year-old Fairbanks man died early Tuesday morning, apparently from injuries he sustained during a fire that heavily damaged his home.

Foundation Health Partners

Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Tanana Chiefs Conference both received their first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine yesterday (Wednesday.) The hospital plans to start vaccinating employees today. And TCC plans to begin shots for village health workers and vulnerable elders as soon as logistics can be worked out.

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Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association

Foundation Health Partners

Alaska's resident COVID-19 case count has topped 755. There are also two new non-resident cases, bringing that total to 106. Recovered cases are now 475.

Local cases of COVID-19 are also on the rise, including two cases of employees at Tanana Valley Clinic, announced Thursday and a worker at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital announced Friday. The TVC employees were believed to become infected outside of their workplace. Nevertheless, 44 patients of the clinic might have been exposed and were contacted Thursday night and Friday.

The hospital employee was asymptomatic, and reported for testing when she learned she might be in close contact with someone who has the coronavirus disease.

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Representatives from the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Foundation appealed for CARES money from the Borough Assembly at its meeting last night. And the Assembly changed an ordinance to add more money to reimburse health providers for pandemic expenses.

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Last Friday, the first units of donated “convalescent plasma” went to a COVID-19 patient at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. The plasma is a possible treatment for the disease, and the hospital, along with the Blood Bank of Alaska, is part of a nationwide study to see how well it works.

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The non-profit group that runs the hospital and large medical clinic in Fairbanks is reporting huge financial losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only is revenue down, there have been big costs in preparing for a surge of sick people. 

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