Alaska’s largest hospital on Monday reported no available intensive care beds as the state’s health care system grapples with growing pressure from the ongoing COVID-19 surge linked to the highly contagious omicron variant.

State health officials on Monday also reported 21 more deaths in Alaskans with COVID-19, three of them recent.

Generally, the variant is thought to lead to less severe infections but its impact is being felt in health care worker absences compromising Alaska’s hospital capacity, as well as continued illness, long-term complications, and death.

Together, the state’s two largest hospitals — Providence Alaska Medical Center and Alaska Native Medical Center — on Monday reported limited ICU space, a situation that started several weeks ago with staff outages…

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