Tag: Community Health

LISTEN: Still have questions about coronavirus? Two doctors are here to help.

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Covid-19 is just one type of Coronavirus, and perhaps has more than one mutant strain. Let’s gain an understanding on how our medical community is prepared to treat and prevent this virus.

Alaska Marine Highway to turn away passengers with flu-like symptoms

The Alaska Marine Highway System says it will begin turning away ferry passengers with coronavirus- or flu-like symptoms.

LISTEN: As coronavirus shuts down schools across Alaska, educators are figuring out what happens next

Schools across the state are closed until at least March 30th. In a state that has low or no internet in some areas, how are districts working to meet the educational, nutritional and mental health needs of students?

Second Ketchikan COVID-19 case was the spouse of the first patient

Ketchikan now has two confirmed coronavirus cases — in the same household.

This Yukon River village is on lockdown and has already approved its own small coronavirus stimulus

Tribes are scrambling to order supplies and step up local measures designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

In the time of social distancing, can kids have playdates? What about grandparents? These expert answers will help.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services shared a number of recommendations and strategies Thursday that parents can use while caring for children at home.

Trident bars workers from leaving Aleutian plant to protect neighboring village from coronavirus

Akutan, a village of some 100 people, lies 35 miles east of Unalaska. It also boasts the largest seafood processing plant in North America. The Trident-operated plant hosts 1,400 employees a half-mile walk from the rest of the town.

Alaska COVID-19 count jumps to 9 cases, with patients in Anchorage, Seward

Two of the new cases were in Anchorage and one was 75 miles south in the Kenai Peninsula town of Seward.

State officials release stricter guidelines for travelers returning to Alaska

State officials are taking additional steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 from people traveling to the state.

4th Alaska coronavirus case reported in Ketchikan; UAF says one of the Fairbanks patients is an employee

The Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center reported a positive test for COVID-19 on Tuesday. The man has a history of travel to the Lower 48, officials said.

LISTEN: How emergency officials and first responders are preparing for coronavirus

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic. What does that mean for state emergency planners?

Most Alaska villages lack road access and hospitals. Here’s how they’ll fight the coronavirus.

Since most cases of COVID-19 don’t cause serious illness, officials hope that most sick people can stay at home and monitor their symptoms. But they've also developed plans to move people to regional hubs or the Anchorage tribal hospital if necessary, and to provide alternative housing if the sick person poses risks to elders.

Alaska public schools closed to students until March 30, governor says

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K-12 public schools in Alaska will be closed to children until March 30.

In Bristol Bay, America’s largest salmon fishery, preparations begin for coronavirus prevention ahead of the season

Thousands of fishermen, processors, and cannery workers will travel to Bristol Bay in the coming months to participate in the commercial fishery. As of Thursday afternoon, no one in the region had been tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus

On high alert for coronavirus, services to Alaska elders roll on

One subset of Alaskans is particularly at risk from the coronavirus: the elderly. Alaska facilities that serve senior citizens likely have tough choices ahead.

LISTEN: Experts answer Alaskans’ questions about coronavirus

Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the globe. While Alaska has not yet had any confirmed cases, the United States has, and health and emergency preparedness officials are getting ready to combat the virus locally.

LISTEN: Teen vaping doesn’t start in high school. It starts in middle school.

Coverage of the growing problem of teenage vaping has, for the most part, been focused on high school students. But according to the American Journal of Public Health, about 29% of lifetime smokers are first introduced to nicotine products between age 12 and 14.
A picture of a large cardboard box and a pile vape pens in ziplock bags on a table.

LISTEN: To combat teen vaping in Alaska schools, educators and state officials work together

Teen vaping is a growing problem nationwide, with the CDC reporting that one in four students use vaping products. But what’s inside the liquid being vaporized? And how will it affect teenager’s health?

LISTEN: Fighting to add mental health education to Alaska’s high school curriculum

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Legislation that aims to address the emotional health of our youth is being introduced across the country. In Alaska, HB 181 intends to introduce mental health education to the Anchorage School District curriculum.