Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
One Anchorage hospital has postponed non-emergency surgeries, and health care executives around the state pleaded with Alaskans to get vaccinated during an unusual news conference Tuesday.
The COVID spike in Cordova comes as much of Alaska experiences a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. Health officials say the latest wave of infections is mostly driven by the highly-contagious delta variant infecting unvaccinated people.
According to The New York Times on Thursday evening, Alaska had the country’s fourth-highest increase in coronavirus cases over the past two weeks, and it was also the state with the steepest rise in coronavirus-related hospitalizations.
“This pandemic is clearly not over, and it is being driven primarily by people who are unvaccinated,” said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, Alaska’s state epidemiologist.
Anchorage restaurant owners say the crowds are a welcomed change after a slow start to the year and an even slower 2020. But a stubborn staffing shortage is making it difficult to keep up.
Workforce shortages are plaguing industries across Alaska. And, some say, one of the reasons is a lack of child care. But those child care centers are struggling to hire too.
The bear had entered the man’s camper through an open door, said Alaska State Troopers.
Carey Harris Stickford is telling the story of her daughter’s death to highlight what she sees as major lapses in the military’s response. And she wants changes to how the military handles sexual assault investigations, mental health and harassment of LGBTQ troops.
It’s the first time a bear has made physical contact with one of the park’s visitors since 2018.
So far, many of the people opting to get a shot at one of the airports are Alaskans.
Alaska's economy is crawling out of the coronavirus pandemic. And it looks a lot different now than it did 16 months ago. There are thousands of vacant jobs. Home prices are surging. And, there are some serious supply shortages.
UAA's assistant athletics director ended up hopping on his bike and leading marathon runners around the black bear sow.
But holding summer camp this year isn’t without challenges: Many programs spent months writing and rewriting protocols to keep up with the evolving pandemic. And some, like Camp Fire Alaska, the state’s largest child care provider, are struggling with staffing.
But the work isn’t over. The gymnastics team will have to raise another $444,000 by next June to be reinstated for good.
Climbers at the 17,200-foot high camp on Denali’s West Buttress route witnessed the “un-roped mountaineer take an almost 1,000-foot tumbling fall” from Denali Pass around 6 p.m. Monday.
A growing number of Alaskans are raising their own backyard flocks. It’s a trend that gained big momentum over the past year as people spent more time at home during the pandemic.
The federal Food and Drug Administration on Monday authorized use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for the age group. Now, the state is waiting for approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before it starts vaccinating children ages 12 to 15.
Some said they don’t think COVID-19 is that serious, while others had concerns about vaccine safety and side effects.
A surveillance camera captured Eddie Thomas Jr. carrying a body to his car in Eagle River days before his ex-girlfriend was found dead at the base of a cliff near Eklutna Lake Road, according to a newly-filed charging document.
State health officials reported that one-tenth of 1% of vaccinated Alaskans tested positive for COVID-19 in February and March, and most did not have symptoms.