Tag: Rural Health Focus

Weekend storms pummel Arctic coastal villages

Over the weekend, much of the state saw snowfall, icy roads and the first wintery conditions. Photos from Shishmaref, a small village along the Bering Sea coast, show a large swath of road that leads from the community to the sewage lagoon has been completely washed away by waves. A number of other villages were also battered by high seas and gusting winds.

LISTEN: How are educators weighing school reopening amid Covid?

Educators explain how they are assessing the risks of viral transmission against the toll taken on keeping kids out of the classroom.
A house with blue and red Tlingit designs painted on the side

Metlakatla locks down after officials announce first two local cases of COVID-19

Metlakatla avoided the coronavirus for nearly eight months. But that streak ended Thursday when an unnamed resident tested positive, prompting a 72-hour lockdown.

Experts say Alaskans’ willingness to mask up is key to rebuilding the economy

Until the virus is under control, experts say the state’s economy will continue to suffer.

LISTEN: How worried should Alaskans be about the future of food security?

Food security is on the minds of Alaskans because of supply line disruptions brought on by the pandemic. How do those concerns differ across the state, and especially for indigenous people in rural communities who depend heavily on subsistence?

Black teacher sues North Slope district for not addressing students’ racist threats in Nuiqsut

The lawsuit alleges students threatened the teacher using racist language and symbols, but were never disciplined.
Chevak, AK. (Flickr Creative Commons photo)

180 Chevak residents have been newly infected with COVID-19. What happened?

Last week, the village has announced over 180 new cases of COVID-19, about 20% of the population.
A hand with a blue glove drops a test tube in a ziploc bag held by two green hands.

Due to national shortage, health workers in Western Alaska are forced to reuse gloves

Workers are wearing the same gloves for up to six patients and sanitizing the gloves with alcohol-based hand sanitizer between patients.
A store front that has a logbehicles are parked in a with a red flag. Several

Operators of AC grocery stores fined $20K for child labor violations

Federal investigators found that in the AC stores in Alaska, there were 30 workers between the ages of 14 and 15 working outside of the legal amount of hours allowed by the government.
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COVID-19 surge in Y-K Delta continues with 92 new cases on Wednesday

The area now has the highest case rate in the state.

State reports five COVID-19 infections at Bethel Youth Facility

Four Bethel Youth Facility staff and one youth were infected with the virus as the region records record-high case counts.
Piles of crabs with workers behind them

For Alaska’s seafood processors, the COVID-19 pandemic has cost tens of millions of dollars

Economists are looking at the cost of the precautionary measures processors took to contain the spread of COVID-19.
A plain, blue pleated mask sits on a gray-white background.

LISTEN: Alaska doctors say masks work and some are better than others

Masks are effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19. But misinformation about masks has been easy to find on social media during the pandemic.
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Weekend storm brings wind, rain and even lightning to Southeast Alaska

The rare weather event brought winds of up to 68 miles per hour in Sitka.

Alaska’s COVID-19 cases rise, worries grow over hospital capacity

Alaska has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases over the last week, including five deaths last Friday. Daily case counts had been hovering in the upper double digits earlier this month, but have been above a hundred cases a day for the last six days.
A blocky school house with a circular logo.

Denali Borough COVID-19 spikes shuts down in-person school

Five cases of COVID-19 were reported last week.
Three relatively small windmills turn above small, one-story homes. Green grass in the foreground and thick fog in the background .

COVID-19 cases send Gambell into lockdown

A VPSO is patrolling the community to limit contact between residents.
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State announces four new COVID-19 deaths over weekend

10 deaths were announced by the state since Friday, though most aren't considered 'recent' and were found through data review.