Tag: coronavirus

Iditapod update: Worry over coronavirus cancels events. Meantime, Royer first to Yukon

This is a brief report from our morning radio coverage at Alaska Public Media. We call it a radio module, it’s only five minutes, and it'll sound a little different. But as we’re working on a full episode of the Iditapod for Friday, which will include talking to Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach about coronavirus concerns, we figured this is the fastest way to bring you some important news since we last left off.

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

Alaska Folk Festival canceled for first time in 46-year history

After an emergency meeting on Thursday the Alaska Folk Festival’s Board of Directors has cancelled the event.

Juneau school closed as student awaits virus test results

Sayéik Gastineau Community School will be closed Friday, Mar. 13. School officials were notified on Thursday that a student was tested for “multiple viruses.” They are still waiting for the results.

Alaska’s first known coronavirus patient arrived on a cargo flight and went to an ER in Anchorage, state officials say

Alaska's chief medical officer called it an isolated case that health officials believe they can contain.

Anchorage schools to remain closed for one week after spring break amid coronavirus concerns

The school district has also suspended all international, domestic and in-state travel for students and employees through April.
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Coronavirus forces University of Alaska to move classes online, extend spring break

The University of Alaska system is extending spring break, moving most classes online and canceling events amid the threat of coronavirus. It's also asking students to leave on-campus dorms for the rest of the semester.

Iditapod: Coronavirus concerns and the Last Great Race

When it comes to concern about the coronavirus, the Iditarod is no exception. In Nome, the city council is considering calling off Iditarod festivities, and we’re also hearing about a big announcement coming from the Iditarod itself, though we’ve been told by someone close to the race that they are not going to be canceling the rest of Iditarod altogether. Meantime, we have a more positive update about Jeff King's health status, a race update, a story about a volunteer passing time tinkering on an old chainsaw, a listener question about who's the best dog whisperer and another dog profile, this one about Juke, in Karin Hendrickson's team.

Already low price for Alaska crude falls further as the world responds to coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic is driving some of that recent decline. But, prices were low even before the outbreak.

Alaska Legislature quickly passes state funding for coronavirus response

On the same day that Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed an emergency disaster declaration in order to free up resources to help the state prepare for coronavirus, the Alaska Legislature voted on Wednesday to approve $4.1 million in state funding to respond to coronavirus.

Iditarod mushers will still cross the finish line in Nome, but the city has canceled its race-related festivities

The City of Nome will not be hosting any race-related festivities due to concerns about the coronavirus.
The Coral Princess Cruise ship prepares to dock in Juneau. Photo by Heather Bryant, KTOO - Juneau.

Cruise lines announce pause in voyages worldwide because of coronavirus

Princess Cruises President Jan Swartz said Thursday that the company will cancel all cruises until May.

Anchorage School District tells parents to prepare for the possibility of an extended spring break

The Anchorage School District sent an email to parents late Wednesday, saying it would inform them by Friday if "a cancellation is called either at an individual site or districtwide."

Amid coronavirus concern, Alaska state basketball tournaments postponed

The Alaska School Activities Association wrote that the ASAA/First National Bank state basketball and cheer tournaments have been postponed until further notice. The tournaments were set to start the week of March 15.

Anchorage Assembly considers legal changes to help city cope with virus

The Anchorage Assembly will meet Thursday in a special session to consider new rules for governing Alaska’s largest city during a coronavirus outbreak.

To guard against coronavirus, Alaska oil companies are screening workers before flights to the North Slope

The companies met last week and agreed to "start screening all of their workers when they check in in Anchorage," said Heidi Hedberg, Alaska's public health director.

Bethel’s Cama’i Dance Festival postponed over coronavirus concerns

The Cama’i Dance Festival in Bethel has been postponed until Fall 2020 out of concerns over the coronavirus.

City working through ‘what ifs’ as the Westerdam — and cruise ship season — makes its way toward Juneau

At a special Juneau Assembly meeting Monday night, a panel of public health experts and cruise officials tried to address as many of the outstanding questions about the Westerdam and the upcoming cruise season as possible.

Dunleavy has signed an emergency declaration due to ‘slow-moving storm’ of coronavirus spread

Anticipating that the coronavirus will spread to Alaska, the governor signed an emergency disaster declaration Wednesday to free up additional resources to help fight the virus

State of Alaska is exploring options for housing people quarantined for coronavirus

The State of Alaska put out a request Wednesday seeking "motel rooms, apartments, trailers, or other suitable dwellings" for people who may have to be quarantined for coronavirus.