LISTEN: COVID-19 cases are surging in Alaska. What’s the outlook for winter?

Alaska’s COVID-19 case numbers are accelerating at an alarming rate. Daily
counts have been in the triple digits for weeks. Why are cases increasing
so quickly now and what might it mean for winter transmission rates as
Alaskans spend more time indoors and distancing becomes more difficult?

We check in with healthcare professionals about plans to stop the
spread, hospital capacity and contact tracing, on Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer
  • Dr. Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff, Yukon-Kuskokwin Health Corporation
  • Dr. Joe McLaughlin, State Epidemiologist


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Oct 6, 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 news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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