Capstone Clinic works to provide for substantial increase in Alaskans seeking COVID-19 vaccinations

The Capstone Clinic location on Airport way is working with all hands on deck to provide...
The Capstone Clinic location on Airport way is working with all hands on deck to provide COVID-19 vaccinations and tests for Fairbanks residents through a massive increase of demand.(Ryan Osborne)
Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 3:43 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -At the Capstone clinic installation off Airport way, cars lined up all the way to the highway filled with Fairbanks residents looking to receive vaccinations and COVID-19 tests. Capstone Clinic’s COVID testing numbers have increased substantially over the last week across all their testing sites from Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Dillingham.

The testing centers are currently so busy that even the Capstone Clinic CEO Dennis Spencer was in a testing line working with patents. While he was unable to provide an on-camera interview on the reason for this uptick in vaccine seekers, he was able to tell us “The enormous demand for COVID testing we are seeing, about 1,200 tests per day, compared to 200 in June, [is] the highest in the history of the pandemic for our company, is multifactorial, and I wouldn’t claim to have the answer for this.”

According to Spencer the testing process has been expedient and accurate, with an average between 24 and 48 hours from collection of samples to the delivery of results across 95% of test cases. “[Capstone has] a high number of symptomatic and exposure-related tests because of a terribly contagious variant, but [they] also have increased testing of unvaccinated individuals for employers and schools added to this number.”

Spencer added, “Capstone has an all-hands-on-deck attitude to this situation and [they] are working with state and local partners to care for our communities and get through this surge in cases.”

According to Spencer, Capstone Clinic like to see more Alaskans get their vaccinations, particularly in Mat-Su and Fairbanks, emphasizing that increasing vaccination numbers is vital to moving forward as Alaskans.

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