Health

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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HEALTH ALERT 11: Safety Guidelines for Religious Services

KMXT received this press release on April 7, 2020. It is posted here with minor editing. Issued: April 7, 2020 By: Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska Health Alert 011 – Safety Guidelines for Religious Services COVID-19 Health Mandate 11: Social Distancing, Item I.5 prohibits private …

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The Lowdown — Thursday, April 2, 2020

Part 1: Part 2: On today’s edition of The Lowdown, we speak with Dr. Laura Platt, an infectious disease doctor based in Boston. In a conversation with Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center’s chief of staff Dr. Steve Smith and Kodiak Area Native Association’s Dr. Evan Jones, Platt breaks down how the coronavirus is transmitted and why it’s so much more …

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HEALTH UPDATE: Ten new cases of COVID-19 found in six communities

KMXT posts this press release as received, with minor editing.   Ten new cases of COVID-19 detected in six Alaska communities April 1, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 10 new cases of COVID-19 in six Alaska communities – Anchorage (2), Fairbanks (3), North Pole (2), Juneau (1), Ketchikan (1) and Wasilla …

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HEALTH MANDATE: Governor extends school, restaurant, bar, and other closures

Previous, short-term mandates, have been extended until rescinded.   KMXT posts the following press release from the Governor’s office as received, with minor edits.   Governor Extends COVID-19 Health Mandate 002, 003   April 1, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy, with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today issued an extension to the State …

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The Lowdown Wednesday, April 1, 2020

On this edition of The Lowdown, we check in with health professionals from Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center and Kodiak Area Native Association to learn how the medical community is preparing for COVID-19 cases in Kodiak. They provide updates on hospital capacity and ventilators, debunk myths about masks and remind the community about best practices for keeping everyone on the …

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Fourteen new cases of coronavirus in five Alaska communities

KMXT posted the following press release as received, with minor edits.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:   Clinton Bennett, DHSS, (907) 269-4996, clinton.bennett@alaska.gov Fourteen new cases of COVID-19 detected in five Alaska communities March 31, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 14 new cases of COVID-19 in five Alaska communities – Anchorage (2), …

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Providence bracing for potential coronavirus cases, offers social distancing advice

Kodiak is settling into a new routine of social distancing in the hopes of pushing off the possibility of a coronavirus case on the island. So far, Kodiak has not had a case of the virus, though the state of Alaska is at more than 60. Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center is changing how they approach medical care during this …

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Local ESC Proclamation of Emergency “Hunker Down” Order

The following Proclamation is from the Kodiak Emergency Services Council, and we post it as received, with minor editing.   KODIAK EMERGENCY SERVICES COUNCIL PROCLAMATION OF EMERGENCY “HUNKER DOWN” ORDER ESC COVID-19 Proclamation -No. 1 ISSUED BY THE EMERGENCY SERVICES COUNCIL (ESC) PURSUANT TO THE KODIAK AREA EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN The COVID-19 pandemic has generated a public health emergency that …

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The Lowdown — Monday, March 23, 2020

Nurse practitioner Elsa DeHart joined us today for The Lowdown to discuss resources available at the Kodiak Public Health Center. She talked about reducing strain on the health care system by making sure you’ve had your flu shot — available for anyone who needs one at the Public Health Center. We also talked about the way coronavirus is transmitted between …

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