FHP COVID-19 Updates
The therapeutic treatments available for the Omicron variant are extremely limited right now and will remain that way for upcoming months. If you are unvaccinated or immunocompromised or high risk for any reason, be vigilant with protecting yourself from infection. Other than vaccination, the treatments that reduce risk of serious illness or death are currently in scarce supply. Under governmental direction, treatments, due to shortages, are only available to a very small, high risk, population until quantities increase. If ill, see a health care provider.
- Designated a “variant of concern” on Nov. 26, with a “very high” global risk. It now accounts for more than 95% of COVID cases nationally, in Alaska and in the Interior.
- Highly contagious. Approximately twice as transmissible as Delta.
- Symptoms include scratchy throat, nasal congestion, dry cough, and muscle pain. Doesn’t typically cause loss of taste or smell.
- Reinfection rates are high. Previous COVID infection doesn’t appear to provide adequate protection.
This information is what we know now. As we've learned throughout the pandemic, information and recommendations can change. One thing remains consistent, vaccination lessens the risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19.
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital administers 1,000th monoclonal antibody treatment
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Information on the omnicron variant, boosters and changes to the DHSS COVID Dashboards.
OMICRON VARIANT: Confirmed cases of the omicron variant have been found in California, New York, Hawaii, Minnesota, and Colorado. See our handout for additional information about this variant, or visit the CDC website for more. Additionally, you can learn more about variants in general.
BOOSTER DOSES: On Nov. 29, the CDC strengthened its recommendations for all adults to receive booster doses of the COVID vaccine. They recommend that everyone ages 18 and older get the booster at least six…
What to know about the Children's COVID Vaccine, case rates, and the booster shot.
CHILDREN’S COVID VACCINE LIVE WEBINAR Q&A FOR PARENTS: The American Academy of Pediatrics – Alaska Chapter and the Alaska Children’s Trust are sponsoring a live Q&A session Thursday, Nov. 11, 6:30pm. Pediatricians from around Alaska will answer your questions and address any concerns. Register here.
COVID VACCINE AVAILABLE FOR 5-11 YEAR OLDS: The FDA approved Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for emergency use on Oct. 29 for children age 5-11. The vaccine is available in Fairbanks. See the…
Crisis standards of care deactivated
Foundation Health Partners deactivated crisis standards of care and returned to contingency care effective Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Crisis standards of care went into effect on Oct. 1, 2021, due to a critical shortage of resources that included staffing shortages, bed capacity, inability to transfer patients, and monoclonal antibody treatments.
Within a health system there are three levels of care standards: conventional, contingency and crisis. Conventional is standard, everyday care.…
October data from Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
If you received a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot 6 months or more after their initial series.
If you received a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot 6 months or more after their initial series:
- Age 65+, residents and staff in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ and have underlying medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, obesity
- Age 18+ and work in high-risk settings including healthcare workers, teachers, grocery store workers
For the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18…
September Data from Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
Foundation Health Partners (FHP) has activated Crisis Standards of Care, due to a critical shortage of resources that include, bed capacity, inability to transfer patients, and monoclonal antibody treatment.
FAIRBANKS, ALASKA – Foundation Health Partners (FHP) has activated Crisis Standards of Care, due to a critical shortage of resources that include, bed capacity, inability to transfer patients, and monoclonal antibody treatment. This change from Contingency Standards of Care to Crisis Standards of Care went into effect last this afternoon, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (FMH) Chief of Staff Dr. Terry Conklin, Co-Chair of the Foundation Health Partners (FHP) Ethics Committee Dr.…
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