Alaska Native Medical Center exceeds coronavirus capacity

    BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Native Medical Center, which specializes in health care for Alaska Native and American Indian people in the state, says it is now over capacity with COVID-19 patients.

    The center said it had to open an alternate care site to handle overflow.

    The hospital’s Acting Administrator Dr. Robert Onders said during a virtual town hall on Monday that the critical care unit is so flooded that it cannot hold all the hospital’s most seriously ill patients.

    The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region had the highest  case rate in the state as of Tuesday with about 273 cases per 100,000 people.

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