JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's state epidemiologist says Alaska is experiencing "one of the sharpest surges” in COVID-19 in the country.
Dr. Joe McLaughlin added that it's not clear when the situation might stabilize.
He says a lot will depend on vaccination rates and measures such as masking and distancing.
Health officials says hospitals are stressed, with staffing and capacity issues.
The state health department reports about 20% of patients hospitalized in Alaska have COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau announced Thursday that as a condition of employment, staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 15.