The Holland America Line cruise ship was slated to tie up at a private dock in downtown Juneau for two to three weeks before the start of the summer tourism season. Now it will go to Puerto Vallarta instead.
Officials at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital foundation say two people in Fairbanks, both older men who had been out of state, have tested positive for COVID-19. Both of the men and their families have been quarantined in their homes.
The situation looks much different than it did a week ago, and some businesses are trying to prepare for more uncertainty to come.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has announced that all state-operated libraries, archives and museums will be closed to the public for the rest of the month. In a separate briefing, Anchorage officials explained the emergency actions the municipality is taking to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Along with the coronavirus, students and staff at the University of Alaska Anchorage are also facing budget uncertainty and the possibility that their degree programs may cease to exist.
A lot of people were at the library Sunday to stock up on books. Potentially, they’ll be stuck at home, due to workplace and school closures taking effect Monday morning.
A spokesperson for the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says it’s unlikely the coronavirus outbreak will cause a disruption to the delivery of goods from out of state.
Alaska’s health department asked Monday that providers postpone non-urgent or elective procedures for the next three months “to decrease the overall impact on the Alaska health care structure,” the department said in a statement.
Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has banned dine-in service for food and drink at restaurants, bars and breweries, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The order also closes gyms, bingo halls and theaters, and it bans gatherings of more than 50 people.
Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Joel Bolger has ordered that all new jury trials be suspended, building on a directive last week that led to the suspension of trials in half of the state’s judicial districts out of concern over the spread of the novel coronavirus.