Health

With more supplies, Kodiak doctors encourage more liberal COVID-19 testing

Kodiak’s hospital and medical clinics have ramped up testing for COVID-19 in the last week, after the first rapid-testing machines arrived on island last Wednesday. About 100 test kits came along with the first set of machines, and since then they’ve scaled up, according to Dr. Curtis Mortenson at Kodiak Community Health Center. “A week ago, we had no ability …

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HEALTH MANDATE: Non-Congregate Sheltering Order

A new state health mandate announces the use of hotel rooms, dormitories and other buildings to house specific populations who need to quarantine or isolate. KMXT posts the following press release from the Governor’s office as received, with minor edits. Issued: April 13, 2020 By: Governor Mike Dunleavy, Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Dr. Anne Zink, …

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Alaska Legal Services warns about uptick in domestic violence during pandemic

Domestic violence is a major issue in Alaska, and the confined living situations introduced by the pandemic — while necessary for slowing the spread of COVID-19 — are likely to make the issue worse. Kelsey Eggert, a lawyer for Alaska Legal Services works in Juneau, but previously practiced in Kodiak. “We’ve now seen an uptick in Juneau,” Eggert said. “After …

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Rapid test kits to ramp up COVID-19 testing in Kodiak and the villages

Kodiak received its first shipment of COVID-19 rapid test kits on Wednesday evening. The kits, which can be processed on island, are expected to accelerate the turnaround time on results from days to minutes. Previously, tests had to be shipped to a lab on the mainland for evaluation. Elise Pletnikoff is a physician at Kodiak Area Native Association. “We have …

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Kodiak’s mental health treatment community offers advice for residents stuck at home

Health services across the country are moving to virtual, rather than in-person visits, as social distancing becomes even more crucial in slowing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Kodiak, mental health services have also moved to virtual methods, like telephone and video conferencing. Phil Jordinelli, an addiction and substance abuse counselor at Kodiak Area Native Association, said that 90 …

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The Lowdown — Thursday, April 9, 2020

On today’s edition of The Lowdown, we do our weekly check-in with Kodiak’s mental health treatment community. We get updates on the resources available to people looking for counseling, addiction treatment and more. Our guests, Stephen Flora with Providence Counseling Center, Heidi McNerney with Kodiak Community Health Center and Phil Jordinelli with Kodiak Area Native Association, also share their best …

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Kodiak physicians hoping to get rapid COVID-19 testing kits as early as next week

Alaska’s coronavirus count is at 226 as of Wednesday. The first case spread into rural Alaska, in Bethel, earlier this week. Kodiak has still not yet seen it’s first confirmed case, but the community’s doctors are spending this time to prepare to test and treat Kodiak residents if it does come. “Every day allows us to be one step further …

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HEALTH MANDATE: State issues update on postponing or cancelling non-urgent medical procedures until June 15

KMXT is posting this Health Mandate as received, with minor edits.   **AMENDED COVID-19 HEALTH MANDATE** Issued: April 7, 2020 By: Governor Mike Dunleavy Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska The Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020 provides for …

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Local Emergency Ops Center recommends using cloth face masks where social distancing may be difficult

Following guidelines from the CDC and a State of Alaska Health Alert issued on Sunday, the Kodiak Emergency Operations Center now recommends the use of cloth face masks when a person is out where social distancing may be difficult. KMXT’s Maggie Wall has details, including information for making or purchasing cloth face masks.   Click arrow below to listen to …

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