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Bronson administration says the hand off of Anchorage’s largest shelter was ‘not well done’

Private company 99 Plus 1 took over operations of the 400-bed shelter from Bean’s Cafe on Thursday. A city spokesman said the showers were shut off, porta-potties locked and the Sullivan Arena was "fairly trashed."
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Oxygen, intubation, regret: Alaska ICU doctor provides a glimpse behind the walls

Dr. Leslie Gonsette says she feels like she's living in two worlds.
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Here are the first 2 winners of the state’s $49K COVID vaccine sweepstakes

Carin Kircher of Valdez won $49,000 in cash while Kodiak student Ethan Benton received a $49,000 scholarship.
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Hackers had access to Alaskans’ private health information, state says

When the state health department's website was breached earlier this year, hackers had access to the private health information of Alaskans, the state announced on Thursday.

Alaska has one of the worst rates of COVID in the country

Alaska's 93 COVID cases per 100,000 residents is the fourth highest in the country, tied with South Carolina and behind West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky, according to the New York Times.

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COVID-19 surge forces health care rationing in parts of West

In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization.
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Most states have cut back public health powers amid pandemic

Republican legislators in more than half of U.S. states, spurred on by voters angry about lockdowns and mask mandates, are taking away the powers that state and local officials use to protect the public against infectious diseases.
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What we know about breakthrough infections and long COVID

As the delta variant causes more vaccinated people to get "breakthrough infections," concerns are rising that even the vaccinated could develop long COVID symptoms in rare cases.


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I Lived in Whittier, Alaska: A Town Under One Roof | INDIE ALASKA

Erika Fitzgerald jumped at the opportunity to teach in Alaska after graduate school. She didn't expect she'd be living and working in Whittier, a town where nearly all residents live in the same building, and the only way in and out is through a tunnel that closes each night.
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Housing insecurity continues to grow as another pandemic winter approaches | Alaska Insight

Homelessness and a lack of affordable housing are perennial issues in communities throughout Alaska. But the pandemic has made an already difficult situation worse.
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His Daughter Was Diagnosed with a Fatal Disease. Now He’s Taking Disabled Kids on Epic Adventures | INDIE ALASKA

When Ava was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs, taking her outside became more challenging. It inspired her dad to start a nonprofit called Adventure for Ava, where he takes Alaska families with disabled children on adventures.
Above: The results of the 2020 U.S. Census paint a picture of shifting demographics throughout the nation and in Alaska. Alaska Public Media’s Adelyn Baxter breaks down the data.

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