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Governor says rising coronavirus case counts don’t warrant ‘hammer’ of mandates

Governor says rising coronavirus case counts don’t warrant ‘hammer’ of mandates

Gov. Mike Dunleavy promised no state mandates would follow Alaska’s spiking confirmed coronavirus infections in his first appearance since Alaska hit a new record Sunday with more than 100 daily cases.A combination of younger people getting the virus and limited outbreaks in care centers and prisons have so far kept hospitalizations and deaths relatively low here, officials said during a 90-minute briefing Monday. Other states also had COVID-19 outbreaks in meatpacking facilities but Alaska has so far avoided clusters in similar industries here such as seafood processing plants.The state...

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July 13, 2020
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Alaska reports the highest rate of tuberculosis infection in the nation, at a time when public health resources are limited

Alaska reports the highest rate of tuberculosis infection in the nation, at a time when public health resources are limited

COVID-19 has further complicated the the mission of eradicating tuberculosis in Alaska, according to state and local health officials.A federal released in March reported that in 2019, Alaska had the highest rate of tuberculosis infections in the country, with 58 documented cases. According to data collected by the state, 2020 is on track to reach a similar high: There have been 38 cases in the state so far this year.“At the same time that we have challenges with the COVID crisis, we’re also seeing a rise in tuberculosis cases,” said Natasha Pineda, director of the Anchorage Department of...

July 11, 2020
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Vaccine hesitancy threatens Alaska pandemic recovery even as supplies ramp up, health officials say

Vaccine hesitancy threatens Alaska pandemic recovery even as supplies ramp up, health officials say

We're making this important information available without a subscription as a public service. But we depend on reader support to do this work. Please consider supporting independent journalism in Alaska, at just $3.69 a week for an online subscription.Alaska will soon have enough COVID-19 vaccine available in the state for every eligible resident, the state’s top doctor said Wednesday.“By the end of May, we will have enough vaccine for every Alaskan to get vaccinated who’s 16 and above,” Dr. Anne Zink, the state’s chief medical officer said during a public information call.But vaccination...

April 21, 2021
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What can you do after getting the COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s how Alaska’s top public health experts are adjusting.

What can you do after getting the COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s how Alaska’s top public health experts are adjusting.

A year after the first coronavirus case was identified in the state, more and more Alaskans have received the COVID-19 vaccine, signaling a hopeful turning point in the pandemic.Alaska this month became the first state in the country to who lives or works in the state. Alaska behind New Mexico for most vaccinations relative to population size.By Friday, 206,877 people — about 36% of Alaskans eligible for a shot — had received at least their first dose, according to the state’s. At least 144,644 people — about 25% of Alaskans 16 and older — were considered fully vaccinated.Now some newly...

March 20, 2021
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With thousands of vaccine appointments still open statewide, health officials say they’re concerned some Alaskans haven’t realized they’re eligible for a shot

With thousands of vaccine appointments still open statewide, health officials say they’re concerned some Alaskans haven’t realized they’re eligible for a shot

We're making this important information available without a subscription as a public service. But we depend on reader support to do this work. Please consider supporting independent journalism in Alaska, at just $3.69 a week for an online subscription.Less than a week after its COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include a huge chunk of the state’s population, appointment uptake has slowed: remained open statewide by Monday afternoon.State health officials say they are concerned that part of the reason for the excess of unfilled appointments was that many newly eligible Alaskans had not...

March 9, 2021
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Alaska rises to No. 1 among states for per-capita coronavirus vaccinations

Alaska rises to No. 1 among states for per-capita coronavirus vaccinations

Alaska last week was administering more COVID-19 shots per capita than any other state in the nation, a striking statistic given the challenge of getting vaccine across rugged roadless terrain to far-flung communities in the nation’s only Arctic state.Nearly 11% of the state’s population was at least partially Still, Alaska’s rollout has hit rough spots, especially for seniors. And Alaska’s ranking isn’t nearly as high when it comes to shots administered out of the total received, where the state falls closer to the middle of the national picture, according to .West Virginia, which relied...

January 25, 2021
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Amid COVID-19 vaccine confusion, health officials clarify that most Alaska seniors can’t get shots yet

Amid COVID-19 vaccine confusion, health officials clarify that most Alaska seniors can’t get shots yet

We're making this important information available without a subscription as a public service. But we depend on reader support to do this work. Please consider supporting independent journalism in Alaska, at just $1.99 for the first month of your subscription.Confusion surrounding Alaska’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has led to some Alaskans trying to book vaccination appointments before they’re eligible to receive the vaccine, state health officials said Saturday.Tessa Walker Linderman, who helps lead the state’s vaccination effort, and Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, said in an...

January 3, 2021
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Alaska’s second wave of COVID-19 is bringing surging daily case counts, more hospitalizations and a new foe: fatalism.

Alaska’s second wave of COVID-19 is bringing surging daily case counts, more hospitalizations and a new foe: fatalism.

Alaska is in the midst of a second wave of coronavirus that’s setting new records and shows no sign of slowing.Case numbers in Anchorage and Fairbanks but also in isolated, medically underserved rural communities including the Yukon River delta village of where nearly 18% of the population tested positive in the space of just a few days.Statewide, there are so many people testing positive that public health workers can’t keep up with the contact tracing that’s a central part of Alaska’s strategy to contain coronavirus.Alaska statewide case-count records were shattered on Saturday, with ,...

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October 26, 2020
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Virus surge continues with 551 new cases and record hospitalizations reported Wednesday

Virus surge continues with 551 new cases and record hospitalizations reported Wednesday

We're making this important information about the pandemic available without a subscription as a public service. But we depend on reader support to do this work. Please consider joining others in supporting independent journalism in Alaska for just $3.23 a week.The pandemic in Alaska is continuing to grow, with the state reporting 551 new COVID-19 cases and record hospitalizations, according to data from the .“We’re in an acceleration phase (in Alaska),” said Louisa Castrodale, an epidemiologist with the state, during a call Wednesday. “I don’t think we have a hint yet that things are...

November 18, 2020
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Coronavirus outbreak at Alaska’s largest prison grows to 204

Coronavirus outbreak at Alaska’s largest prison grows to 204

A coronavirus outbreak at Goose Creek Correctional Center in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has grown this week, with 204 inmates testing positive as of Wednesday — nearly double the cases that had been identified there a week earlier.The outbreak was Nov. 2, when the Alaska Department of Corrections announced that 22 inmates and five staff members had tested positive. By last week, that number .Goose Creek, Alaska’s largest prison, typically houses more than 1,000 pretrial and sentenced inmates. The outbreak in one housing unit and has spread to a second unit; both are now in...

November 18, 2020
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