LISTEN: How is rural Alaska preparing for COVID-19?

Dr. Elizabeth Bates runs through protocol with a YKHC employee at the COVID-19 drive-thru test site on March 25, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska. (Katie Basile/KYUK)

Rural health care providers are working to ensure they have the equipment, supplies and testing capabilities to keep COVID-19 from spreading in remote communities. With limited clinic and hospital capacity, how are they preparing to assist residents who become ill? What will the CARES Act provide to help them contain the outbreak and treat patients?

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Dr. Ellen Hodges, Medical Chief of Staff, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
  • Dr. Elliot Bruhl, Chief Medical Officer, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
  • Tim Struna, Chief, Public Health Nursing, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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