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COVID presents lesson in health care jobs


December 2, 2021

Sometimes, connecting the dots is the best way to learn.

The first set of dots cost $87 million in federal pandemic aid money. That’s the price of the contract the state signed with an Atlanta-based for-profit health care staffing firm to provide up to 470 medical professionals to help out at 15 Alaska hospitals and medical clinics, schools too, for 90 days. The travelers helped relieve the strain during the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak this fall, when Alaska was in record territory for new cases and hospitalizations.

The Wrangell Medical Center was on the list for traveling staff, alo...

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