LISTEN: How an Alaska hospital’s understanding of COVID-19 has evolved

A woman stands in front of a sign that reads "Alaska Regional Hospital" and a building
Jennifer Mayo, Infection Prevention Coordinator for Alaska Regional Hospital, stands outside the hospital on September 15, 2020. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)

The first known case of COVID-19 showed up in Alaska about six months ago, and this week we’re asking experts and policy makers what they’ve learned since then about the virus.

Among those watching the coronavirus the closest is Alaska Regional Hospital’s Infection Prevention Coordinator Jenny Mayo, who works with frontline staff and hospital administration on minimizing the impact of infections from things like viruses.

Regional actually took the very first COVID patient in Alaska, and, like a lot of people, Mayo says the hospital staff have learned a lot since then, and they’ve had to be resilient as our understanding of the disease has changed.


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Casey Grove is host of Alaska News Nightly, a general assignment reporter and an editor at Alaska Public Media. Reach him at Read more about Casey here

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