Alaska partially lifts hospital restrictions amid pandemic

A year into the coronavirus pandemic, many Alaska hospitals have now at least partially loosened COVID-19 visitor restrictions. While policies have varied by facility and region, most now permit at least one visitor per patient — a shift from most of last year, when family visitations were largely barred to prevent coronavirus spread. Families of patients in Alaska this past year have described how difficult and uncertain it could feel to be separated from their hospitalized loved ones, relying on calls from hospital staff for updates, and in some cases, not being able to be present when their family member died.