LISTEN: COVID-19 cases are on the rise as Alaska reopens. How do we slow the spread and maintain our economy?

(Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Alaska has sharply increased in this month as the economy reopens. What are the factors contributing to the rapid rise and how should state and local government leaders respond to help slow the spread of the virus? Health officials say wearing a mask in public is effective, but should it be required? We’ll discuss the ongoing pandemic on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Dr. Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff, Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
  • Robert Clark, President & CEO, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
  • Natasha Pineda, MPH, Director, Anchorage Health Department
  • Cortney McLellan, RN, Public Health Nurse for Clinical Services


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
LIVE Web stream: Click here to stream.

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-350-2058.

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