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Angry, hurt and scared: Ketchikan leaders try to defuse outrage against infected traveler who broke quarantine

Angry, hurt and scared: Ketchikan leaders try to defuse outrage against infected traveler who broke quarantine

We're making coronavirus coverage available without a subscription as a public service. But we depend on reader support to do this work. Please consider joining others in supporting local journalism in Alaska for just $3.23 a week.A traveler took a COVID-19 test Saturday at Ketchikan’s airport. Then, officials say, he or she ignored quarantine orders and attended social gatherings over the weekend.Now that person’s name is circulating in the community, and authorities are urging a combination of coronavirus safety and kindness to the infected traveler as Ketchikan waits to find out whether...

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June 18, 2020
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Providence care center hit by COVID-19 as Alaska sees largest daily case increase

Providence care center hit by COVID-19 as Alaska sees largest daily case increase

We're making coronavirus coverage available without a subscription as a public service. But we depend on reader support to do this work. Please consider joining others in supporting local journalism in Alaska for just $3.23 a week.Twenty-seven confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported Sunday by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services — the state’s highest daily increase since the pandemic began. Officials announced 12 confirmed cases at a transitional care facility in East Anchorage.The sharp rise comes just over a week after the. The previous largest uptick was April 6, when 22...

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May 31, 2020
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Alaska reports 13 new cases of COVID-19, the biggest daily number in weeks

Alaska reports 13 new cases of COVID-19, the biggest daily number in weeks

We're making coronavirus coverage available without a subscription as a public service. But we depend on reader support to do this work. Please consider joining others in supporting local journalism in Alaska for just $3.23 a week.Alaska saw a big jump in new daily COVID-19 cases Thursday, according to , after a month in which state officials had gradually loosened pandemic-related restrictions on businesses in an effort to boost Alaska’s economy.The 13 new cases reported Thursday reflect the largest single-day increase since 15 .The cases emerged among residents in regions across the...

May 28, 2020
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56 workers at Anchorage seafood plant test positive for COVID-19

56 workers at Anchorage seafood plant test positive for COVID-19

We're making coronavirus coverage available without a subscription as a public service. But we depend on reader support to do this work. Please consider joining others in supporting local journalism in Alaska for just $3.23 a week.Fifty-six workers at the Copper River Seafoods processing plant in Anchorage have tested positive for COVID-19, marking the latest outbreak within Alaska’s seafood industry.Nearly all the employees at the plant, which employs 134 workers, are residents of the Municipality of Anchorage, the Anchoage Health Department said in a Friday night. Another 30 test results...

July 25, 2020
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Alaska COVID-19 surge continues, with 75 new cases and no new hospitalizations

Alaska COVID-19 surge continues, with 75 new cases and no new hospitalizations

We're making coronavirus coverage available without a subscription as a public service. But we depend on reader support to do this work. Please consider joining others in supporting local journalism in Alaska for just $3.23 a week.Alaska’s COVID-19 case tally continued to climb Thursday as the state reported 75 new cases of the illness — 65 residents and 10 non-Alaskans — on its .In total, there were 1,235 active cases of the virus involving residents and nonresidents statewide by Thursday, according to data from the state’s health department. A total of 780 people have recovered from the...

July 16, 2020
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Fisheries worker in Dillingham tests positive for COVID-19

Fisheries worker in Dillingham tests positive for COVID-19

A seasonal worker in the Southwest Alaska city of Dillingham has tested positive for COVID-19, state officials said Saturday.The Trident Seafoods worker was tested for the virus at the end of a two-week-long quarantine according to an from the state’s COVID-19 Unified Command Joint Information Center.The worker will isolate in Anchorage and was set to leave Dillingham on a flight chartered by the company on Saturday evening, said Shannon Carroll, an associate director of public policy at Trident Seafoods.“There was a request from the community that they would feel more comfortable if that...

May 16, 2020
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You’re an Alaskan and you’ve been vaccinated. Now, what do you do with that card?

You’re an Alaskan and you’ve been vaccinated. Now, what do you do with that card?

Congratulations: you stride out of your COVID-19 vaccine appointment with nothing but a sore arm and a small, white notecard that doesn’t exactly fit easily into a wallet. And so, you might wonder, what should you do with that card?We talked with an immunization expert and reviewed federal guidelines to find out just that.Stow it safelyThe card, which documents that you’ve received all necessary doses of the vaccine as well as when and where you got them, should be kept in a safe place. You should also take a picture of the card so you can have a digital copy of the card in case you lose...

April 7, 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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All Alaskans age 16 and older now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

All Alaskans age 16 and older now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Alaska on Tuesday broadened an already long list of people eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine to include anyone 16 and older who lives or works in the state.The change makes Alaska the first U.S. state to remove eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 vaccine, state officials said Tuesday.Officials announced the milestone almost a year after Alaska marked its first case of the virus that was tied to the deaths of more than 300 Alaskans, left others with lasting health complications and wreaked havoc on the economy statewide.“Soon, this virus will be a preventable disease if people choose...

March 10, 2021
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Whittier grapples with how to limit spread of virus after 11 cases emerge among seafood processor workers

Whittier grapples with how to limit spread of virus after 11 cases emerge among seafood processor workers

We're making coronavirus coverage available without a subscription as a public service. But we depend on reader support to do this work. Please consider joining others in supporting local journalism in Alaska for just $3.23 a week.After 11 seafood processor workers tested positive for COVID-19 in the Prince William Sound community of Whittier, city and Alaska state officials expressed concern Thursday over the potential for more spread in a place where the majority of residents live in the same building.The first case among Whittier Seafood workers was identified Monday, city manager Jim...

June 4, 2020
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