Tag: coronavirus

As case counts rise, Anchorage mayor calls for renewed ‘personal responsibility’ to keep city safe

The virus is spreading within the community, with one cluster of 12 cases centered on a single household.

Friday update: 13 new COVID-19 cases in Alaska, including two non-residents; more Providence cases

Eleven of the new cases are in Alaska residents, and two are in nonresident workers in Anchorage -- one from the seafood industry and the other from the tourism industry. Eight are in Anchorage and five are on the Kenai Peninsula.

LISTEN: COVID-19 almost killed this marathon runner. Now he wants Alaskans to take the threat seriously.

Fairbanks resident Greg Finstad was one of the first people in Alaska diagnosed with COVID-19. He says the disease almost killed him and he’s still recovering.
The Wells Fargo building in the Spenard neighborhood of Anchorage in July 2006. (Creative Commons photo by Dana)

Alaska banks have solid 2020 start but face uncertain year

Despite challenging economic times, banks in Alaska saw their portfolios grow.

Kotzebue sees third case of COVID-19 in Northwest Arctic Borough

The person arrived in the community on Monday but their test didn't come back as positive until Thursday.

11 workers at Whittier seafood plant test positive for COVID

The infected individuals were taken to Anchorage, where they are under a monitored quarantine.

State revises travel mandate, offering testing as alternative to quarantine starting Saturday

The state says that even for travelers who receive a test at the airport, they should take a second test a week to 14 days later.

After trawler outbreak, American Seafoods tests crews for COVID-19 as ‘precautionary measure’

After 85 people on an American Seafoods vessel tested positive, the company said it would test crew on its other vessels.

Seafood industry workers test positive for COVID-19, marking first confirmed cases in Unalaska

The City of Unalaska has confirmed its first local cases of COVID-19. Two seafood industry workers tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

LISTEN: To require masks or not? Food service workers criticized from both sides.

In following Alaska's health guidelines for preventing the spread of coronavirus, service industry workers are sometimes caught between customers who think a business's rules around things like wearing masks are too strict, and those who think the rules are not strict enough.

18 more Alaskans, another nonresident seafood worker test positive for coronavirus, state says

The coronavirus cases include an outbreak at a transitional care center in Anchorage and a cluster of cases at the Nikiski Fire Service Area.

After pandemic, advocates say Anchorage’s approach to homelessness won’t ever be the same

Simple changes like having service providers outside the shelters and allowing people to leave their belongings over night have made a huge difference in housing rates and in the humanity of treating homelessness.

Iditarod champ’s long-awaited journey home included old cargo plane, engine trouble and a collision with a deer

Waerner won the race March 18th. But he couldn't get back to Norway because of coronavirus-related, international travel restrictions related to flying his dogs. So he ended up staying with friends near Fairbanks in Ester.

Samaritan’s Purse delivers 30-bed field hospital to Bristol Bay Borough

An evangelical Christian organization delivered a field hospital to the Bristol Bay Borough Monday. It’s a measure the state requested in case of an outbreak of COVID-19 in the community ahead of the fishing season.

Your questions about the travel quarantine and testing for travelers, answered

The state health mandate that requires a 14-day quarantine for people who arrive from out-of-state is set to expire Friday. After that, visitors and Alaskans returning to the state will be asked to take a test within 72 hours of boarding an Alaska-bound flight.

Wrangell considers paying $60,000 for cannery worker testing

The assembly will review a proposal to pay for testing for about 50 seafood plant workers.

As test demand increases, Northwest Alaska officials say their supply can’t keep up

Maniilaq says that with increased testing in Kotzebue and in smaller villages, the regional health corporation says that demand for testing has gone up.

Alaska’s fishing communities have plans to contain COVID-19. Now they’ll be put to the test.

Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of fish are still available for harvest, and thousands of workers are set to arrive in coastal Alaska communities from Outside, where infection rates are much higher. But seafood companies, fishermen and local leaders say they’ve set up systems to limit the risk that the visitors could spread infection.

Providence announces 6 more cases at Anchorage transitional care center; state tally grows by 21

The Providence Transitional Care Center in Anchorage is the site of the largest reported cluster of coronavirus cases at a single facility in Alaska since the virus started to spread.

Juneau Assembly weighs pros and cons of local quarantine

Even though the state of Alaska no longer requires a 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers, the city could still implement requirements.