Providence Medical Center today told its employees in a newsletter today that it has stopped operating under “crisis standards of care.”
Providence instituted “crisis standards of care” on Sept. 15 after grandstanding their doctors and medical professionals at Anchorage Assembly meetings in support of a universal mask mandate ordinance, which the Assembly soon passed, against the wishes of many in the community.
“We no longer need to place patients in nonstandard locations, and our hospital census has returned to a more manageable level. The surge in patients that forced us to implement Crisis Standards of Care is behind us. This is good news. It means we are no longer faced with making difficult decisions about allocation of treatments and resources and patient transfers to higher levels of care,” the newsletter says.
The Anchorage Assembly’s emergency ordinance, which was vetoed by the mayor but then put in place by a veto override from the Assembly requires nearly everyone to wear masks expires on Dec. 31, or if hospitals in the area end their crisis standards of care and if the number of Covid-positive tests drop below a certain threshold.