Juneau city officials reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Anchorage hospitals have roughly half of Alaska’s 120 intensive care unit beds, making the city the nerve center of the state’s health care infrastructure. Right now, that infrastructure is stretched nearly to its limit.
After the deadly landslides in 2015 killed three people, the assembly commissioned landslide mapping to assess risk throughout Sitka and adopted a new section of city code that restricted development in areas with “moderate” or “high” landslide risk.
Bronson faces a separate fine of $52,650 for other apparent violations and “utterly confusing” campaign reporting.
Juneau’s Planning Commission will consider updated landslide and avalanche maps at a Tuesday night meeting. The city’s current maps were created in the 1970s.
Assembly members asked Morgan about social media posts and other online comments he’d made suggesting COVID-19 is a hoax and denying the efficacy of masks.
The Sitka Assembly previously considered a mask mandate back in July of 2020. Though it was a resolution with no enforcement arm, it still didn’t pass. This time around, things were different.
It wasn’t discussed much during the meeting, but a defined end point and the idea of letting personal choices prevail are in the latest version of the city’s framework.
The main change that goes with that is a requirement for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks in indoor public settings, and outdoors when people can’t keep 6 feet apart.
Both Gov. Dunleavy and Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson are declining to use the types of mandates, restrictions and testing requirements the city and state used to try to minimize the spread of the virus the last time case counts were this high.