Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
For Greer Gehler, an emergency room nurse in Anchorage, it started last Friday with a tickle in her throat.
The state on Tuesday reported 13 deaths tied to the coronavirus. It’s the most deaths reported in a single day by the state health department since the pandemic began.
Organizers announced this week that it’s too risky to hold the sprint races through the city during the coronavirus pandemic. They cited concerns about race requirements and large crowds of spectators.
Five of the deaths were confirmed to be recent.
Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop said she was pushing back the return to in-person learning because of increasing community spread of the coronavirus and rising demand on the city’s medical capacity.
Anchorage School District administrators and the teachers union provide starkly different views of how prepared classrooms are to welcome back students in less than two weeks.
Across the Anchorage School District, elementary school teachers and staff are preparing for younger students to return to classrooms on Nov. 16.
Sunday’s update comes as the number of known coronavirus cases continues to skyrocket in the city, and as the district faces criticism from some for its decision to bring kids back to classrooms given the state of the pandemic.
The decision is a reversal from Friday, when the health department said that the state-run psychiatric hospital would not admit new patients for two weeks after four of patients tested positive for the virus.
The news of her departure comes about two years after Sandeen became the leader of Alaska’s largest public university.
“If we continue on this path, our local hospitals could soon exceed their capacity,” said Anchorage Health Department director Heather Harris.
Either Alaskans get the spread of the virus under control again, some health experts say, or infections will continue to multiply and could overwhelm the state’s health care system.
About 45% of the cases are tied to Anchorage.
There are 36 active coronavirus cases within the Anchorage School District, and 127 people in quarantine because of a close contact with someone who’s infected.
It’s an impossible balancing act made all the more difficult because English is her second language.
Dozens of people on Tuesday decried the school district’s plan to bring thousands of kids back into buildings in November as the number of coronavirus infections surges in the city.
The Anchorage School Board voted unanimously late last night to rename the school — one of the nation’s most diverse— the Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School.
‘People have gotten a little bit lax’: Coronavirus cases projected to double in Anchorage every 25 days
Coronavirus cases are again on the rise in Alaska, and many of the infections are centered in Anchorage, which recently set a new record-high daily case count.
Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop acknowledged the high number of coronavirus cases, but said keeping kids out of classrooms is having too grave an impact on mental health.
The Alaska School Activities Association announced the decision to cancel events on Tuesday citing a rising number of coronavirus infections in Anchorage and other parts of the state.