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A nurse in a white suit, mask and clothes holds a vial

Anchorage health officials plead for residents’ help in contact tracing

A 31% increase in cases in Anchorage over the last week combined with the noncooperation of some residents has significantly reduced the percentage of people contact tracers are able to reach.
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Anchorage opens pop-up COVID-19 testing sites, encourages everyone to get tested

The city is setting up pop up testing sites over the next several weeks.
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

Alaska prison outbreaks continue to grow

The Goose Creek Correctional Center now has 204 cases, all of which are active, according to a spokesperson for the Department of Corrections.
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Alaska’s elite nordic skiers face tough decisions on European World Cup

Some racers think the risks of racing at the sports highest level aren't worth the uncertainty of racing, or the risks of spreading - or catching - COVID-19.
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Hospitalizations rise, as nearly 1,400 infections reported over the weekend

It's the second-highest daily COVID-19 tally so far during the pandemic. Saturday's count was the highest.
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Utqiagvik passes unique punishment for violators of COVID rules

Rule breakers are required to produce a public service announcement about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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State reports 4 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday

It's the second straight day of multiple COVID-19 deaths.
the Anchorage pioneer home, a five-story blocky building with a red sign in front and flower beds

New outbreak reported at Anchorage Pioneer Home

A new outbreak of COVID-19 has hit the Anchorage Pioneer Home, infecting 10 of its residents and four staff members.
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JBER declares Public Health Emergency, announces new restrictions

Masks will be required in public in almost all cases and gatherings are limited to two family groups. Fines for violators could be as high as $1000 and prison time could be up to a year.
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COVID-19 outbreak at Goose Creek prison grows

The state has reported 110 cases at the facility, which is the state's largest prison.
A woman in a white suit holds a blue surgical mask.

Alaska’s COVID-19 case count sets record over the weekend

The state reported 604 cases on Saturday, a single-day record.
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

Goose Creek prison reports dozens more COVID-19 cases

The most recent round of testing revealed 40 new inmate cases.
A grey-haired samoan man with a cane stands in the middle of several pews on a blue floor

Hit hardest by COVID-19, Alaska’s Pacific Islanders face death and severe illness at an alarming rate

Community leaders say changing cultural customs to prevent further spread of the virus has been challenging, but they're making progress.
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‘It’s voting day’: In Alaska’s largest city, residents head to polls

Advocates said that despite concern elsewhere in the country, voting in Anchorage was mostly an example of democracy working as it should.
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

Goose Creek Correctional reports 27 COVID-19 cases

22 inmates and five staff members tested positive for COVID-19 at the state's largest correctional facility.
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Hospital overflow sites remain at ‘ready,’ but officials worry about staffing

The hospital overflow site at Alaska Airlines Center can be ready to use within 48 hours, according to a state health official, but it’s not preparing the facility just yet.
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State vaccine task force plans include ‘backup plans for our backup plans’

In one possible scenario, vaccines would need to be kept at -70 degrees as they are shipped around Alaska, where 80% of communities are off the road system.
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Anchorage man shares love for local take-out in viral video reviews

Justin Williams has amassed nearly 1500 followers in a few months with his upbeat, honest video restaurant reviews.
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As Anchorage heads into winter, officials worry about homeless shelter capacity

From August to September, outreach workers from the city identified 285 people living on the streets who weren’t sheltered.