Ketchikan’s pandemic risk level remains “very high,” and that’s not likely to change any time soon.
Alaska is now the 25th-ranked state for fully-vaccinated people.
City officials will also discuss COVID case numbers, testing guidance for travelers flying into Juneau and vaccination options.
“Especially during the pandemic, when it’s just so crazy, it’s nice to have something happy,” one nurse said.
Anchorage has recently been trending purple, or even blue: In 2015 and 2018 mayoral elections, Democrat Ethan Berkowitz trounced two different conservative candidates.
The state estimates there’s roughly 40,000 young Alaskans in the newly eligible age group.
Behavioral health staff say social restrictions are causing spikes in anxiety, depression, substance use, and self-harm — for students, parents and just about everyone experiencing the disruption of the pandemic.
The new guidelines mirror the CDC’s guidelines that also relax social distancing measures for fully vaccinated people.
The program will end in Alaska on June 12, but an extension of regular unemployment benefits will continue until September when the federal program expires.
Some Ketchikan businesses have shut their doors, and community events have been canceled after emergency officials raised the community’s pandemic risk level to its highest level.