LISTEN: COVID-19 cases are on the rise as Alaska reopens. How do we slow the spread and maintain our economy?

(Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Alaska has sharply increased in this month as the economy reopens. What are the factors contributing to the rapid rise and how should state and local government leaders respond to help slow the spread of the virus? Health officials say wearing a mask in public is effective, but should it be required? We’ll discuss the ongoing pandemic on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Dr. Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff, Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
  • Robert Clark, President & CEO, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
  • Natasha Pineda, MPH, Director, Anchorage Health Department
  • Cortney McLellan, RN, Public Health Nurse for Clinical Services


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, June 30, 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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