Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO - Juneau
Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said that Alaskans can slow the spread of COVID-19 by minimizing contact with micro-droplets from others in the air.
That's exactly the point, say supporters.
The protections were put in place as part of the state's coronavirus response plan.
Dr Anne Zink reported that there were seven different positive tests in seven different bars over the past weekend.
It's the largest daily increase of Alaska resident cases.
Dr Anne Zink acknowledged that there is increasing evidence that masks can help curb the spread of the coronavirus, but she didn't say whether she supported a statewide order that would make wearing face-coverings in public mandatory.
The deaths occurred in early May and were among Juneau residents living out of state.
It’s the fourth time in the past month that the state has a new daily high.
The lawsuit alleges that changes that Governor Dunleavy made to a relief plan approved by the legislature are unconstitional.
State will mail absentee ballot applications to seniors. Critics say that makes ballot access unequal.
Some lawmakers and advocates have raised concerns that not sending absentee applications to all voters will make it harder for younger and minority voters to send in their ballots. Those demographics tend to vote Democratic.
“The events of the past few months and the moment our nation is currently in has shown an urgent need for history to be more thoroughly understood,” said Sen. Elvi Gray-Jackson.
Changes loosened the rules, but some businesses still won't qualify for state funding because they received federal funds.
The difference between the $992 and the $1000 that the legislature approved is due to a higher than expected amount being set aside to cover other costs paid for out of the dividend funding.
With 24 new cases reported on Thursday, Alaska has more active cases than it ever has, though hospital and ventilator capacity has also increased.
Dunleavy didn’t list specific changes he would advocate, but said he expects ideas to come from conversations between Alaskans.
State law allows parties ballot access if they get 3% of the vote in the most recent statewide general election, but the party contends ballot access should be a constitutional right.
With health care spending down 60% from May, some hospitals are struggling to survive.
The four justices sitting on the Alaska Supreme Court released a letter on Friday committing themselves to making the court an accessible and impartial forum.
The state says that even for travelers who receive a test at the airport, they should take a second test a week to 14 days later.
“I’m proud of Alaskans who may not go to the get togethers are still in support of our free speech.”