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Coronavirus update, March 5: Eight negative tests, one pending; school districts weigh travel restrictions

The Anchorage School District announced Wednesday it has cancelled all school sponsored out-of-state travel through April

Anchorage School District outlines plan for coronavirus preparedness

At this time, the district is taking a number of actions including suspending handshaking routines and attendance awards and increasing sanitation of schools and buses. It is not, however, allowing students to wear masks in school unless coordinated with the school nurse.

The state has tested 4 people for coronavirus, 2 tests are pending, testing approach is “phased,” medical officer says

The state has so far tested four people for COVID-19. None tested positive. Testing for two others is in progress.

The risk of coronavirus remains low in Alaska, but empty Anchorage store shelves reveal rising anxiety

Listen to this story: Although she lives in Wasilla, Ann Williams was on a city-wide tour of Anchorage stores Wednesday, looking for one very specific...

Sitka herring roe fishery closed over small fish, weak markets and coronavirus uncertainty

Weak markets and smaller-than-average fish — two factors in the premature closure of last year’s fishery — are being blamed for the move, along with new uncertainty over the spread of coronavirus in China.
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The Westerdam, turned away from Asia ports over coronavirus fears, will dock in Juneau

One passenger from the Westerdam initially tested positive for the virus but has since been cleared. All passengers have now left the ship, and the crew has tested negative.

3 Alaskans tested so far for coronavirus; state officials urge precautions

Alaska has begun testing for coronavirus within the state. And there have been no reported cases so far.

A Washington state resident has died of coronavirus, NPR reports

NPR is reporting that a person in Washington state infected with coronavirus has died. This is according to the Seattle and King County Department of Health.

Coronavirus hasn’t hit Alaskans, but economists here are bracing for impact

Alaska has no known cases of the coronavirus, but the outbreak has set off economic shockwaves that are already jolting Alaskans. But foreseeable outcomes are not universally terrible.

Change of plans due to coronavirus? Alaska Airlines is temporarily suspending cancellation and change fees.

Alaska Airlines will allow passengers to change or cancel bookings without penalty for the next two weeks in response to travel concerns from coronavirus.

Several cruise ships cancel Kodiak visits as companies shuffle ships because of coronavirus in Asia

The spread of the coronavirus in Southeast Asia is causing a trickle-down effect in many areas of the world, including Kodiak. Several cruise ships scheduled to visit this summer will not be coming after all due in part to the outbreak.

Coronavirus shutters Southeast Alaska geoduck clam fishery

The coronavirus that emerged in late 2019 has infected more than 60,000 people, mostly in China. Though there haven’t been any confirmed cases in Alaska, geoduck clam fishermen are feeling ripple effects.

Crew of cargo ship from China to remain onboard in Unalaska due to coronavirus quarantine

The U.S. Coast Guard is taking precautionary measures with the 711-foot boat in light of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China

Novel Coronavirus 101: What you need to know

First detected in December in Wuhan, China, the novel coronavirus has infected thousands of people in China and has spread to other...

Preparing for and preventing the spread of the novel Coronavirus | Alaska Insight

The novel coronavirus is a global public health emergency according to the World Health Organization and many countries, including the U.S.,...

Here’s what experts in Alaska want you to know about the new coronavirus

Speaking on Talk of Alaska this week, officials with the CDC and state weighed in on how Alaskans can be prepared for the novel coronavirus.

LISTEN: How serious is the novel coronavirus?

There are confirmed cases in the U.S. and a chartered flight evacuated Americans from China through the Anchorage airport before arriving in California. But how big should this concern be compared to annual influenza infections? Should countries shut down international travel?

There will be more flights from Wuhan, but Alaska has no plans to receive more virus evacuees, officials say

Citizens who stopped briefly in Anchorage are now in a two-week quarantine at a military base in California.

Cargo flights into Anchorage from Wuhan suspended, no additional Chinese medical flights planned, officials say

Officials in Alaska say everything went as planned with a flight stopping briefly in Anchorage overnight returning 201 Americans from Wuhan, China, amid the spread of the coronavirus. At this point, there are no similar efforts planned for the Ted Stevens International Airport, although cargo flights from Wuhan have been suspended.

All passengers in plane from Wuhan passed coronavirus screening in Anchorage

A plane evacuating 201 Americans from the Chinese city at the center of the virus outbreak is on its way to Southern California after everyone aboard passed a health screening test at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska.