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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 25: Two people wearing masks avoid social distancing in Central Park as temperatures rose amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 25, 2020 in New York City, United States. COVID-19 has spread to most countries around the world, claiming over 200,000 lives with over 2.8 million cases. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

CDC: If you’re vaccinated, you don’t need to mask outdoors (unless you’re in a crowd)

Still, the CDC is urging all people — vaccinated or not — to continue avoiding medium or large gatherings, since it's still learning how well the vaccines work to curb the spread of the virus.
An Alaska native teen with a black mask getting vaccinated

Alaska health officials: Kids 12 to 15 are on cusp of vaccine eligibility

Health experts shared the information with school officials and administrators as they prepare for the end of the school year.

As summer approaches, Alaska’s tourism industry prepares to welcome independent travelers

State and federal leaders have been trying to find ways to bring large ships back to the state this year. But summer is right around the corner.
Two people stand in front of a pizza oven, smiling.

In Anchorage’s COVID-19 economy, social media skills are essential for small business — but not everyone has them

Familia opened in May 2020. Their food has gained a strong following despite the pandemic.
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What’s next for the J&J vaccine? U.S. health authorities discuss resuming shots

Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine advisory committee is meeting again to discuss whether use of the vaccine should resume — and whether any warnings should accompany the shot.

With fewer Alaskans eager for COVID-19 vaccines, more doses are going to waste

Since December, Alaska has recorded just 3,000 wasted doses out of a total of 500,000 administered, for a loss rate of less than 1%. But those data also show a sharp increase in waste this month, with two-thirds of all the lost doses — 1,985 — coming since April 1.

For Kenai Peninsula pharmacist, COVID-19 vaccine fight tests friendships

Justin Ruffridge grew up in Soldotna and, as a conservative and a Christian, he's part of the same demographic as some of the COVID-19 vaccine’s biggest skeptics. He’s also a medical professional lends him a measure of credibility that elected officials and other government employees can lack.
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Alaska to offer vaccines to visitors as part of plan to boost tourism

State officials acknowledged that the U.S.’s relatively high vaccination rate compared with other countries could make Alaska’s offer attractive internationally.
Capital City Fire/Rescue career staff assemble for a pop-up clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations at the downtown fire station in Juneau on Dec. 17, 2020.

Juneau doctors’ group offers chance at cash prize with vaccination

Certain vaccine recipients getting their first dose will be entered into a drawing to win either $500 or $250.

Alaska officials detect case of COVID-19 strain first found in South Africa that’s less affected by vaccines

A single case of the variant, known as B.1.351, was detected last month in the Anchorage-Mat-Su area. Officials haven't said how the infected person acquired the virus, or whether others may have been exposed.

‘The most difficult year’: How the coronavirus pandemic changed one Anchorage city block

The Anchorage block has restaurants, a retail shop, office space and vacant storefronts. Together, they provide a view of how businesses have struggled, especially in the city's downtown core, as a multi-year recession glided into a pandemic.

We asked all 60 Alaska legislators if they’re getting vaccinated. Here’s what they said.

A survey of Alaska lawmakers underscores the depth of the state's partisan vaccine divide in Alaska. All but one Democrat said they're getting the shot, while 20 of the 34 Republican lawmakers either refused to answer or did not respond.
a person administers a vaccine to another person

COVID-19 vaccines may soon come to Alaska’s busiest airports

The state’s top doctor says she wants to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated, and offering single-dose shots at airports could be a key piece of the puzzle.
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Patients, hospitals want Dunleavy and lawmakers to work out differences on disaster declaration

One of the consequences of not having an active disaster declaration is that out-of-state doctors can't practice telemedicine on Alaska patients.
A student wearing a face mask, a baseball hat and a backpack stands in front of a school building.

A year in: Alaskans recount the moment they knew the coronavirus would change everything

Over the last year, it seems everyone had a moment when the pandemic hit home — when we realized the coronavirus was not going away quickly, and would change everything. We recently asked Alaskans to share their moment. Here’s what 11 people said.

Anchorage wants to let Alaskans turn smartphones into COVID-trackers. State officials aren’t sold yet.

Anchorage officials say they’re pushing closer to the launch of a smartphone app that could alert people they’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, though the initiative is still waiting for Alaska GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration to approve it.

LISTEN: Economic Impact Payments are beginning to hit bank accounts. Here’s what you need to know.

The American Rescue Plan, which includes another round of federal relief money for Americans impacted by the pandemic.
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As Mat-Su vaccine appointments go unfilled, fears grow about misinformation and hesitancy

When Mat-Su public health officials organized a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic Tuesday at the Alaska State Fair grounds, one-third of the 1,000 appointments went unfilled — even after some providers launched a last-minute blitz to promote the event.
A for sale sign in front of a white house.

Alaska’s pandemic housing boom driven by interest rates, tight inventory and shifting attitudes

The housing market’s upswing doesn’t account for thousands of Alaskans who are struggling to make ends meet.

Over a dozen people cite Palmer banquet attended by governor, lawmakers as possible source of COVID-19 infection

The Alaska Outdoor Council banquet on Feb. 20 in Palmer was attended by Gov. Mike Dunleavy and state Rep. Mike Cronk, R-Tok. Both tested positive for COVID-19 days later, on Feb. 24, though it’s not clear whether either of them became infected at the event.