Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Tegan Hanlon is the deputy digital editor at Alaska Public Media. Reach her at thanlon@alaskapublic.org.

Alaska reports another 7 deaths from COVID-19

Six of the people who died are from Alaska, and one is a nonresident.

All Anchorage ICU beds fill as hospitalizations continue to climb

Alaska ranked second in the nation on Monday for the largest increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations over the prior two weeks, behind just North Dakota, according to The New York Times. 
An emergency sign outside a hospital.

Alaska reports 2 new COVID deaths as hospitalizations continue to break records

Alaska on Friday reported two new COVID-19 deaths as the number of patients hospitalized with the virus in the state hit a new record high.

Bronson asks Anchorage Assembly to suspend plastic bag ban again

The city’s ban on single-use plastic bags just resumed on Wednesday. Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson is now asking the Assembly to put the suspension back in place until May 2022.

Anchorage’s plastic bag ban is back

The city had temporarily suspended its single-use plastic bag ban last year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. That suspension expired on Tuesday.
The Seawolf logo outside of the University of Alaska Anchorage Student Union.

UAA hockey will return to the ice in 2022 after raising $3M

UAA Chancellor Sean Parnell announced Tuesday that the hockey team is reinstated and will return for the 2022-23 season.

Troopers say Anchor Point man fired at officer during arrest attempt

Alaska State Troopers say an officer first encountered Bret Herrick at a business in Anchor Point on Monday. Herrick opened fire and then fled.
a shipping container and a sign that reads "COVID-19 TESTING SITE"

Alaska children make up growing percent of state’s coronavirus cases

Children age 11 and under accounted for 15% of Alaska’s COVID cases last month, up from 7% a year ago.
Providence Medical Center

Providence Alaska says its staff must get COVID-19 vaccine or follow additional rules

“Our caregivers have a chance to lead by example when it comes to the health and safety of our communities,” said Dr. Michael Bernstein, Providence Alaska chief medical officer.
A four-story building with several trees in front of it and a sign that says West Hall.

University of Alaska Anchorage students living in dorms must be fully vaccinated

The University of Alaska Southeast has a similar policy, while the University of Alaska Fairbanks is still deciding its vaccination rules.
A grey building on a dirt road

COVID-19 outbreak puts Western Alaska village of Stebbins in lockdown

The Stebbins Community Association has imposed a 10-person limit at the store, a five-person limit at the laundromat and a 10 p.m. curfew.
Two signs on a glass door ask customers to wear a face mask.

COVID-19 patients at Alaska’s hospitals are mostly younger, sicker and unvaccinated

Alaska has reached yet another inflection point in the coronavirus pandemic. But it looks different this time.
A hand-drawn sign at a downtown that says 'masks required'

Should you be wearing a mask indoors in your region of Alaska? Here’s what the CDC says.

The answer is probably yes, according to the new federal guidance that says fully vaccinated people should wear a face mask in indoor public settings if they’re in a place with “substantial” or “high” virus transmission.
A woman in a white suit holds a blue surgical mask.

Leaders of Alaska’s largest hospitals issue stark warning as COVID-19 surge continues

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.

Wave of coronavirus infections in Cordova shuts down seafood processor

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.
a nurse administers a vaccine to a patient

Alaska leads nation with steepest climb in coronavirus hospitalizations

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.
a small vial sits on a table

Alaska returns to high alert as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations climb

“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.
a server brings water to a large table of diners on the top floor deck of a busy restaurant

Big Anchorage restaurants say business is booming, but hiring struggle lingers

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.

Alaska’s child care sector, essential to economic recovery, is struggling to find workers

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.

Black bear enters camper near Seward, scratches sleeping man’s leg

The bear had entered the man’s camper through an open door, said Alaska State Troopers.