Health

Tsunami warning reveals gaps in emergency kits and social distance protocols for evacuations

This week’s late night tsunami warning prompted many residents of Kodiak to load up their emergency supplies and seek higher ground. The Kodiak Emergency Operations Center keeps a list of emergency supplies recommended by FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on its website. The list includes items like prescription medications, first aid kits, sleeping bags, and even books and games …

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Disposable masks clogging Kodiak sewer system

Every Thursday at noon the city manager of Kodiak gives the community an update on COVID-19, broadcast live on local radio stations and streamed on the web. The broadcast typically gives more details about recent cases of infection. This week City Manager Mike Tvenge noted that there have been six more positive cases in Kodiak in the past week, that …

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Kodiak reports six COVID-19 cases in less than a week

The COVID-19 count in Kodiak has risen by one more case. The Alaska Department of Health & Social Services reported the 16th positive test for the region on July 15. The department says this most recent infection was travel-related. There are no other details available at this time. This is the sixth case since last Thursday. Department staffers are in …

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Two more COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

The COVID-19 count for Kodiak Island has grown by two over the past 24 hours. Late Thursday evening, the Kodiak Area Emergency Services Organization was notified by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services about one more positive test result. And Friday morning, Alaska public health officials notified Kodiak officials of an another positive case, the twelfth known case …

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Providence Kodiak CEO, Dr. Gina Bishop, resigns

Kodiak’s hospital will be looking for a new chief administrator. Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center has announced that Dr. Gina Bishop will be resigning from her position at the hospital. Bishop has served the hospital in many capacities over her eight-year tenure: as manager of Emergency Services, as chief nurse executive and as hospital administrator, overseeing the hospital, Chiniak Bay …

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BREAKING: Kodiak’s eighth and ninth positive COVID-19 cases announced Friday

In a press release Friday afternoon, the Kodiak Area Emergency Services Organization announced two new positive test results for COVID-19 in Kodiak. Both cases are believed to be community spread. At this time, the ESC has not indicated if these are resident or non-resident cases. The individuals are in self-isolation. Public health officials have made contact with the individuals and …

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BREAKING: Masks mandated in Anchorage beginning June 29

If you are planning to travel to Anchorage after this weekend, make sure you bring a mask. Friday afternoon, Anchorage mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced a mask mandate beginning Monday, June 29 in the city. This mandate applies to indoor public spaces. The only exception to the mandate is for people with underlying health conditions that make it difficult to breath …

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Latest COVID-19 victim is nonresident and close contact with person who tested positive

Following is press release from the Kodiak Area Emergency Services Organization. KMXT posts it as received, with minor editing.   KODIAK, ALASKA, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 18, 2020 We have received information from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) that there has been another positive test result for COVID-19 in the Kodiak Island Borough.  This case is …

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BREAKING: Fourth case of COVID-19 reported for Kodiak Island, more info expected on Monday

The Kodiak Area Emergency Services Organization sent KMXT the following press release on Friday afternoon, June 12 announcing a fourth case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the Kodiak Island Borough.  We post it here as received with minor editing. COVID-19 Banner   Kodiak Area Emergency Services Organization  KODIAK, ALASKA, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 12, 2020 We have received information …

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