Health

Governor Dunleavy declares public health disaster for COVID-19

KMXT received this press release from the governor’s office. We post it here with slight edits.     Governor Issues Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 State resources activated in response to COVID-19 preparedness   March 11, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy today issued a declaration of public health disaster emergency in response to the COVID-19 …

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Local community services director urges residents to be informed on coronavirus

Following is a press release from the Kodiak Area Emergency Services Organization which KMXT received Wednesday. We are posting it as received, with minor edits.   Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – No. 3   Emergency Services Director Urges Residents to Be Informed about Coronavirus (COVID-19) As of March 11, 2020, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of  COVID-19 in the …

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State issues new health guidelines in anticipation of COVID-19 cases reaching Alaska

KMXT just received this press release from the governor’s office issuing new health guidance for the state. We are posting it as we received it. The new guidelines are reachable at the link below “State of Alaska Health Alert.” We have copied and pasted the content to the end of the governor’s press release in case you have trouble opening …

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Medical union calls a strike after Providence cancels negotiations due to coronavirus concerns

The medical union representing Kodiak nurses, physical therapists and other health care workers is going on strike to preserve earned sick leave and vacation benefits. On Tuesday, Alaska Medical Employee Association negotiators sent a 10-day notice to strike to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. “It’s bad for hospital morale. It’s bad for having a positive working environment. And I think …

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Borough Manager shares details on local preparations for coronovirus

  Last week the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly got a brief education on the coronavirus, COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and what is being done locally to protect residents. Click arrow below to hear full segment from Borough Manager Michael Powers on local coronavirus preparations.       KMXT’s Maggie Wall has this report. Click arrow to listen, …

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Several cruise ships cancel Kodiak visits as companies shuffle ships because of coronavirus in Asia

The spread of the coronavirus in Southeast Asia is causing a trickledown effect in many areas of the world, including Kodiak. Locally, the effects are being felt in the form of fewer cruise ship visits this summer. KMXT’s Maggie Wall explains. Click arrow to listen, or continue below to read story.     Several cruise ships scheduled to visit Kodiak …

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Dr. Bob Johnson was ‘true champion of the arts’ in Kodiak (Dec. 25, 1925 – Jan. 31, 2020)

Dr. Bob Johnson passed away on Friday, Jan. 31. He leaves behind his wife of nearly 70 years, four sons, and eight grandchildren. But he also leaves behind his ‘Kodiak family’—the many hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people who feel a strong connection to Johnson because he played some role in their lives. From delivering babies to saving lives as …

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Nearly one year without a firm contract, local medical workers union votes to authorize a strike

A medical employees union in Kodiak has been working without a signed contract for nearly a year. Negotiations over earned sick leave and vacation time came to a stalemate in October, but talks are set to resume this week. Union members unanimously authorized a strike this weekend, but they’re hoping they won’t have to use that option. Union organizer Genevieve …

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School district reviews its pandemic flu response, ‘Planning is a good thing,’ said superintendent LeDoux

  Part of his job is to prepare for things we all hope never happens. So said Kodiak Island Borough School District Superintendent Larry LeDoux, who last night presented an overview of the district’s plan for dealing with infectious diseases in the schools. Though the odds of the coronavirus hitting Kodiak are remote, LeDoux, like many people and organizations who …

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KWRCC highlights Domestic Violence Awareness Month during Talk of the Rock

Kodiak is recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, starting with a proclamation from the borough at a meeting a few weeks ago. Ellamy Tiller and Amber Frederick, outreach advocates from the Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center came by for Talk of the Rock this week to discuss the prevalance of domestic violence and what resources are available to …

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