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An Alaska Airlines plane at Juneau International Airport on March 3, 2003.
Creative Commons photo by Gillfoto

On March 19, the state’s emergency room directors published a plea in Alaska’s largest newspaper: Close down airports to non-essential air travel from outside.

CDC

People without running water face unique challenges in their efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus at the center of the COVID-19 outbreak. One of the main recommendations to reduce spreading the virus is to wash your hands often. That’s a lot harder to do if you haul your own water.


Kwethluk Clamps Down On Travel

Mar 20, 2020
Katie Basile

The village of Kwethluk has put in place several measures to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The measures were put into effect on March 19.

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (in yellow), the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (in blue/pink) cultured in a lab.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Rocky Mountain Laboratories

Ketchikan now has its third confirmed case of coronavirus: a person who was a close contact of the Southeast city’s first case.

Grayling Suspends All Travel For Community Members

Mar 20, 2020
Grayling IRA Tribal Council

The lower Yukon community of Grayling has adopted what might be the strictest measures in Alaska for protecting residents from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.

Acting City Manager Bill Howell says that Bethel could request emergency drivers with commercial driver's licenses from the state in an extreme scenario.
Greg Kim / KYUK

All municipal buildings in Bethel are now closed to the public. City hall, the finance office, the fire department, the police station, and the public works building all locked their doors on March 19. Acting City Manager Bill Howell says that this action was taken in order to keep city services operating, at least telephonically.

Greg Kim / KYUK

A new Alaska mandate has banned elective health procedures for three months to increase health care capacity and preserve personal protective equipment, such as face masks. Already, some hospitals nationwide are rationing face masks for their nurses and doctors.  

This transmission electron microscope image shows the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The virus was isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Rocky Mountain Laboratories

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and state health officials announced Thursday that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska has grown to 12.

YKHC tightens visitor restrictions at its Bethel hospital beginning March 19, 2020 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Katie Basile / KYUK

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect vulnerable populations, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is limiting visitors to its Bethel facilities, beginning March 19.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is suspending elective dental and eye appointments for three weeks to protect the health of its employees from the coronavirus.

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