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Dunleavy: Hospitalizations for COVID patients are getting shorter in Alaska

Alaskans who end up in the hospital for treatment of COVID-19 are spending a lot less time in the hospital than they were at the beginning of the pandemic, which reached Alaska in March.

Avg length of hospital stay in March was 11.8 days. By June, that average stay dropped to 8.8 days. And in September, it was 6.7 days.

Dunleavy said that the medical community in Alaska is getting a better handle on how to deal with the virus, and that although the rates of infection are higher, due to loosening up of restrictions, the treatments are keeping people out of the hospital.

“Hospitalization is holding steady here in Alaska,” he said.

Alaska has fared better with COVID-19 than peer states, he said, citing a report by Evergreen Economics.

“Our health care capacity is holding,” he said.

Today’s COVID-19-positive count was 204, and Dunleavy said he expects the number of cases will continue to rise.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Alaska has benefited because medicine has gotten better at treating the Kung Flu. Practice makes perfect.

  • That is good to know. For most of us this is just another annoying, even mild, virus but for some it can be pretty serious. Thankful that our governor has kept a fairly level head.

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