With emergency declaration set to end, Bethel leaders fear airport testing program could be shut down
In a private conversation Bethel Mayor Michelle DeWitt urged Gov. Mike Dunleavy to extend the disaster declaration so that the city could keep testing arriving passengers, as a surge in COVID-19 cases rocks the region.
The village of Nunapitchuk went into strict lockdown after it discovered positive cases, but also used traditional medicine.
The state of Alaska doesn't release the names of villages with a population under 1000, but regional health authorities hope that naming the villages will help encourage people to take more precautions.
Residents of Kotzebue made up a large majority of the cases, with 96 residents testing positive. The villages of Buckland and Noatak also saw spikes.
The Southeast Alaska town’s only road out runs through British Columbia and since March, its residents hadn't been allowed to cross the border.
Workers are wearing the same gloves for up to six patients and sanitizing the gloves with alcohol-based hand sanitizer between patients.
With hand washing stations made from buckets and locally-made bleach, communities are doing the best they can to cope with coronavirus cases.
The report comes after two weeks without a case in the Norton Sound community.
The community has about 700 people.
Two of the six cases were reported in children.
A VPSO is patrolling the community to limit contact between residents.
But the number of passengers getting tested at the airport hasn’t changed.
All of the cases are currently isolating in Buckland, according to local health officials.
Runners on Petersburg High School’a cross country team gather under a rainbow at Sandy Beach at the end of a practice run. (Photo courtesy...
The move follows discussions about the city's legal authority to enforce such mandates.
In Ketchikan archives, a glimpse into the 1918 flu and lessons for preserving the history of COVID-19
Scenes from newspapers at the time of the 1918 Pandemic describe a hospitality sector that was devastated by the flu and scenes eerily similar to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new cases take Angoon’s total to eight, prompting Mayor Joshua Bowen to issue an emergency order requiring all travelers to the community to self-isolate for two weeks on arrival.
The two dead whales that were recently reported included a relatively rare fin whale.
But hunting guides say the risk of COVID-19 exposure is low and the fears are overblown.
The Admiralty Island village of around 450 people has asked residents to “hunker down and avoid contact with anyone outside of their household until further notice.”