With the shelter typically open overnight from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and other public buildings closed, many homeless community members have nowhere else to go.
A dozen dental assistants formed a factory line and began assembling the masks.
Fairbanks recorded the most new cases at five, bringing the total to 27 in the Interior Alaska city. Another four of the newly-diagnosed Alaskans are from Juneau, two are from Anchorage, two are from Eagle River and one is from Kenai, according to the state’s health department.
Oil and gas company BP confirmed Tuesday that a worker at Prudhoe Bay has tested positive for COVID-19.
Local officials in Ketchikan are weighing whether to allow idled cruise ships to tie up at the city-owned downtown docks.
Faith institutions in Alaska are dealing with a ban on public gatherings at a time when many people are looking for guidance from religious leaders. Many churches have adapted to the new online world quickly.
At the March 13 event in Palmer, Rep. Don Young encouraged people to remain calm in the face of the “beer virus.” He blamed the media for stoking an overreaction and cautioned against spending money the country doesn’t have.
Anchorage officials are again asking people, businesses and medical providers to donate protective equipment “immediately,” including homemade masks, because of a shortage amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As Alaska reported five new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 119, the state’s congressional delegation highlighted some of the features of a $2.2 trillion relief package Congress passed last week.
A new University of Alaska Anchorage study of the coronavirus’s likely impacts on the state is clear: To prevent thousands of deaths, strict interventions will be necessary for months.