LISTEN: COVID-19 cases are surging in Alaska. What’s the outlook for winter?

Alaska’s COVID-19 case numbers are accelerating at an alarming rate. Daily
counts have been in the triple digits for weeks. Why are cases increasing
so quickly now and what might it mean for winter transmission rates as
Alaskans spend more time indoors and distancing becomes more difficult?

We check in with healthcare professionals about plans to stop the
spread, hospital capacity and contact tracing, on Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer
  • Dr. Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff, Yukon-Kuskokwin Health Corporation
  • Dr. Joe McLaughlin, State Epidemiologist


Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast.

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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Oct 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
LIVE Web stream: Click here to stream.

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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.