Tag: coronavirus

A man in a gray tshirt sits in front of a fire truck and is getting his arm poked

1,100 appointments for Juneau’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic got booked in 25 minutes

All 1,100 appointments for this weekend’s mass COVID-19 vaccination event in Juneau are booked.
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New report says emergency orders helped slow the spread of coronavirus in Anchorage

A new report shows COVID-19 pandemic restrictions helped slow the spread of the virus in Anchorage. That’s according to the state Section of Epidemiology.

In a Fairbanks lab, Alaska scientists search for the new, more contagious coronavirus strain

Alaska officials say they wish they could be analyzing more than the 96 samples they're processing every five days. But the state is being strategic about which specimens are targeted for sequencing, said Jayme Parker, a top scientist at the Fairbanks lab.
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Here’s where the Anchorage School District will make COVID testing available as students look to return to classrooms

Anchorage families are encouraged to get a COVID test before returning to in-person learning next week.
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LISTEN: Alaska jobs expected to slowly return in 2021

Alaska is expected to add jobs in 2021, but at a slow pace.

In rural Alaska, COVID-19 vaccines hitch a ride on planes, sleds and water taxi

Tribal health care providers have mobilized a massive effort that’s delivering thousands of doses to remote parts of the state, evoking the Serum Run that delivered lifesaving diphtheria treatment to Nome a century ago.

As COVID-19 canceled live events, Anchorage residents went analog

"They want comics to read or graphic novels or they want to play a role playing game just to get away from the real world for a few hours."
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Lisa Murkowski’s been vaccinated, and Sullivan and Young will be, too

Members of Congress are eligible for early access to vaccine doses to help ensure continued functioning of government, and a small number of staffers were also offered shots starting early this week.
Gwennie’s Old Alaska Restaurant is empty on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The normally busy dining room was shut down on Monday to comply with the city's new order.

Anchorage acting mayor to ease COVID-19 restrictions beginning Friday

Bars and restaurants will be able to reopen to indoor service at 25% capacity starting New Year’s Day.
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Help us tell the story of the toll the coronavirus has taken on Alaska.

Number of unsentenced Alaskans behind bars climbs under COVID-19 court, prison constraints

Jury trials remain suspended, and many people have no idea when they will get their day in court. Plus, defense attorneys say their inability to meet with clients put a damper on resolving cases through plea deals.

Without tourists or in-person markets, 2020 has been hard on Alaska artists

Artists in the state are trying to adapt by moving business online. But some artists say they’re making a fraction of normal sales.
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Open ICU beds in Anchorage dwindle to four as state reports record deaths

Alaska set a record for the number of COVID-19-related deaths reported in a single day on Saturday when health officials announced that 18 Alaskans had died of the disease.

For Anchorage businesses, going online pays off during COVID-19

"The number of web orders we’re receiving right now is at least ten times the volume we have received typically in the past," Janet Gregory, who owns Over the Rainbow Toys, said about their new online platform.

LISTEN: Alaska’s small businesses face financial winter as pandemic drags on

Jon Bittner, with the Alaska Small Business Development Center, says without a second round of relief money, businesses will continue to suffer.
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LISTEN: As Alaska’s COVID-19 count spikes, contact tracers bear the strain

The job wasn’t an easy one to begin with, and the surge of infections is increasing the pressure on Alaska’s contact tracers, leading to burnout and turnover.
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Alaska will get special first shipment of 35,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine as soon as next week

State officials say that the federal government is treating Alaska as a "territory" and sending its initial batch of COVID-19 vaccines all at once, instead of once a week. The vaccine will be prioritized for front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care centers like nursing homes.
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8 COVID-19 deaths as Alaska sets daily record 760 new cases

8 Alaskans died and 15 residents were hospitalized with COVID-19, the state health department reported Thursday.
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19 more Alaskans hospitalized with COVID-19

The state reported 689 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.