Alaska reports more than 1,700 cases and dozens of deaths from backlog

The state of Alaska, contending with the nation’s highest rate of COVID-19, reported a new single-day case record Friday, plus dozens of deaths over the past few months that were linked to the coronavirus.
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Alaska emphasizes state employee telework amid virus worries

Alaska plans to emphasize telework for state employees for the next month as the COVID-19 pandemic strains Alaska’s health care system.
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The quality of care is falling in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta as cases surge statewide

Alaska is reporting the highest COVID-19 case rate per capita of any state, according to the New York Times tracker. The statewide surge in cases is straining resources and staff, causing patients to receive a lower quality of care than before the surge.

Alaska Medevac planes are flying recovering COVID patients from urban hospitals to smaller ones

To make room for critically ill patients at Anchorage's overloaded hospitals amid Alaska's largest surge in COVID-19, medevac planes are sometimes flying in reverse: moving still-hospitalized but recovering patients from Anchorage back to rural areas.

Anchorage school nurses are busier than ever as the coronavirus transforms their jobs

As the city wades through its worst coronavirus surge yet, driven by the super contagious delta variant, school nurses have become a go-to source of information for families.

Climbing COVID-19 case rates are affecting young Alaskans too | Alaska Insight

As Alaska leads the nation in Covid case rates, school districts are struggling to keep staff and students safe with in-person learning. What information do parents and guardians need to help keep their families safe?

Alaska officials euthanize 3 lynx in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three lynx kittens that were seen around Anchorage were euthanized after their mother was killed and permanent placement for the animals could not be found, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported Thursday.
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Alaska does have more men than women, but the odds aren’t that odd

There are more men than women in Alaska, but it's not as big of a difference as you might think.
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In ERs and public meetings, Alaskans rage at health care workers trying to stem COVID spread

Alaskans have been "belligerent, disrespectful, very, very aggressive" to contract tracers, says a public health nurse manager. They've followed nurses to yell at them.

Snow expected: Anchorage could tie 40-year-old record for earliest snowfall

Parts of Anchorage could see up to a foot of snow before Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. 

Judge deals blow to Eklutna’s bid for tribal gaming

Parcel Eklutna wants for gaming parlor is not "Indian land," judge rules.

Alaska reports record 1,330 new COVID cases and 7 deaths

Alaska on Thursday reported another daily record for new coronavirus cases, and it also recorded seven new deaths and a nearly 5% jump in hospitalizations as the state contends with its worst COVID-19 surge so far.

Low teenage turnout for vaccine increases COVID case rate in Alaska

We’re a month into the school year and Alaska is experiencing peak Covid-19 cases and a hospital system at max capacity. Alaska Public Media’s Jeff Chen looks at how low teenage turnout for the Covid vaccine increases case rates in Alaska.
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‘We’re being proactive’: St. Paul island has recorded just 2 COVID cases since the pandemic started

A city official says the island’s high vaccination rate and strict protocols, like mandatory testing, have kept the virus from spreading.
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Alaska Native graduate program aims to elevate Indigenous knowledge in fisheries research

It's called Tamamta, a Yup'ik and Sugpiaq word that means "all of us" or "we", and it's part of UAF's School of Fisheries.

Birds thrived where humans feared to tread during the pandemic, scientists say

A new study shows that as people mostly remained indoors during lockdowns last year, many bird species found less noisy and polluted cities more inviting.

Mining company samples historic claims near Pelican

A Canadian mining company is exploring claims near the small town of Pelican on Chichagof Island.

Boatbuilder sentenced for defrauding 22 customers, including Village of Igiugig

Michael Dismer received more than $4 million from customers but he never fully delivered on his promises, instead spending much of the money on personal expenses.

55 Lemon Creek inmates have tested positive for COVID in the last month

At the start of this week, Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau was housing 41 COVID-positive inmates. It’s not clear how many staff members have tested positive.

The FDA OKs Pfizer-BioNTech booster for people 65+ and at high risk for severe COVID

A third shot of the vaccine can be given at least six months after the two-dose regimen, according to the authorization. A booster rollout could begin this week.