LISTEN: How is rural Alaska preparing for COVID-19?

Dr. Elizabeth Bates runs through protocol with a YKHC employee at the COVID-19 drive-thru test site on March 25, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska. (Katie Basile/KYUK)

Rural health care providers are working to ensure they have the equipment, supplies and testing capabilities to keep COVID-19 from spreading in remote communities. With limited clinic and hospital capacity, how are they preparing to assist residents who become ill? What will the CARES Act provide to help them contain the outbreak and treat patients?

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Dr. Ellen Hodges, Medical Chief of Staff, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
  • Dr. Elliot Bruhl, Chief Medical Officer, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
  • Tim Struna, Chief, Public Health Nursing, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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