Health

Health officials worry Alaskans have ‘coronavirus fatigue’ as active cases reach new high

Data from the state health department shows the total number of coronavirus cases among Alaska residents by date reported (Graphic by David Purdy/KTOO) By Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage This is not the time to let your guard down, public health officials say. The number of active COVID-19 cases in Alaska reached a new high this week since the state recorded …

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Second COVID-19 case in Kodiak

In an announcement Wednesday morning, Kodiak City Manager Mike Tvenge disclosed that a positive case of COVID-19 has been identified in Kodiak. This brings Kodiak’s total cases up to two. The first case, identified in April, has since recovered, and Kodiak has had no active cases for several weeks until now. In the announcement, Tvenge noted that this new case …

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Your questions about the travel quarantine and testing for travelers, answered

By Eric Stone, KRBD – Ketchikan There’s a lot to keep track of when it comes to COVID-19 and Alaska’s response to the pandemic. Reporters all over the state are talking to experts and local Alaskans every day about the impact the virus is having on our lives. And still, there are questions. Lots and lots of unanswered questions. We’re trying …

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Alaska reports 6 new coronavirus cases following prior day’s spike

by Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Screenshot from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services COVID-19 dashboard, showing this week’s cases, taken on May 29, 2020. (Data from https://coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com/) There are six new coronavirus cases in Alaska from Thursday, following a spike in positive tests the day before, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services. The latest …

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Returning to roots: Indian Health Service seeks traditional healers

By SYDNEY AKRIDGE (KAISER HEALTH NEWS) Students in Cheryl Morales’ ethnobotany class at Aaniiih Nakoda College add moisture to the soil to achieve ideal conditions for transplanting. (Photo courtesy Skylar Rispen/Native News) Cheryl Morales started the medicinal garden at the Aaniiih Nakoda College demonstration farm with only four plants: yarrow, echinacea, plantain and licorice root. After 10 years, the campus garden …

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As the state reopens, health care and labor leaders express concern about worker safety

By Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO – Juneau Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky, D-Bethel, speaks during a House floor session in the Capitol in Juneau on March 16. Zulkosky said on Wednesday that she’s seen Alaskans have a false sense of security as the state eases health mandates. She spoke during a joint meeting of the House State Affairs and …

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6 tips from Alaska medical experts about minimizing your risk as the state reopens

Anchorage businesses are reopening after coronavirus-related restrictions shut them down for weeks. Polar Bear Gifts in downtown Anchorage welcomed customers on Friday, May, 22, 2020.(Tegan Hanlon/Alaska Public Media)   By Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Alaska is reopening. Gov. Mike Dunleavy has removed state restrictions for businesses, and is allowing for larger groups. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is also lifting local capacity …

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Nome hospital shuts down after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Nome’s Norton Sound Regional Hospital. (Laura Kraegel/KNOM) by Davis Hovey–KNOM, Nome A Norton Sound Health Corporation employee in Nome tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The corporation made that announcement Thursday night, confirming the Bering Strait region’s second case thus far. According to NSHC, the positive COVID-19 result was found through routine employee testing at the regional hospital …

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What Alaskans learned from ‘the mother of all pandemics’

The so-called Spanish flu in 1918-1919 killed more than half of adults and Elders in villages across Alaska. Here, two orphans who survived the pandemic are near Bristol Bay. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska State Archives via Kathryn Ringsmuth and the Alaska Packers Association) By PABLO ARAUZ PEÑA (KTOO-JUNEAU) It’s October 1918 in Juneau, and the future of Alaska depends on …

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Coast Guard, Auxiliary announce National Safe Boating Week in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In recognition of National Safe Boating Week 2020, May 16-22, the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary across Alaska are encouraging and promoting safe boating practices to protect lives on the water. The National Safe Boating Week campaign is a public outreach effort held annually during the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend and is designed …

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