Second hospital in Alaska begins rationing care amid coronavirus spike

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A second hospital in Alaska is beginning to ration health care as the state deals with a spike in coronavirus cases.

Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp. in Bethel announced the move Wednesday as it reported it is operating at capacity.

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Rationing of care had already been imposed by Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, which is the state’s largest hospital.

Coronavirus infections in Alaska have risen 42% in the last week.

FILE – In this Sept. 27, 2021, file photo, Edward Williams, 62, a resident at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, receives a COVID-19 booster shot in New York. The number of COVID-19 vaccinations is falling in the U.S. And some experts worry that the decis (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The president of the Bethel region hospital says it did everything possible to delay rationing but had to take the step.

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Hospital CEO Dan Winkelman is urging "every resident of the Yukon-Kuskokwim region to get vaccinated, wear a mask in indoor public areas, and social distance." He warns that "this is our last stand against this virus."

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