Another Alaskan has died from COVID-19 as the official number of novel coronavirus cases reached 114 on Sunday, including a fifth case in Juneau.
The bill would draw $1.1 billion from the state’s main savings account, the Constitutional Budget Reserve — mostly because of the recent collapse in oil prices. That means the state’s savings will be near the minimum it needs to pay the bills.
The victim — a processor on the vessel — criticized the worker “for serving food without gloves,” prosecutors said in a court filing.
Fitch Ratings expressed concern that Alaska leaders would continue to pull large amounts from the state’s reserves.
One of the biggest casualties of the coronavirus pandemic is fun — there are no sports, no going out to bars or movies.
Hundreds of businesses have filed plans with the state outlining how they’ll bring out-of-state workers safely into Alaska.
Now that people are hunkered down because of COVID-19, more customers are buying groceries online — which isn’t possible for everyone.
People experiencing homelessness are exempt under Juneau’s hunker-down order. For many of them, the threat of a pandemic is just not as high of a priority as staying warm or getting their next meal.
The first person to die in Alaska after testing positive for COVID-19 passed away Friday at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Friday announced two new mandates to further limit Alaskans’ movement and travel within the state, as the number of known COVID-19 cases continues to grow, and the first Alaskan died in the state after testing positive for the disease.
Hair salons, spas, nail salons, barbershops, and tattoo and piercing parlors all over Alaska are closed under an order by the governor intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
In a letter to Gov. Mike Dunleavy, the lawmakers recognized that the order would “undoubtedly cause hardship for some Alaskans,” but that they believe Alaskans are willing to make the necessary sacrifices to keep their communities safe.
But at least two small businesses in Alaska are retooling their operations from making things like custom car or gun parts, to producing face shields for protecting healthcare providers and printing the long swabs needed to test for the virus.
It’s the latest step in a monthslong process across the University of Alaska system to close a budget gap driven by years of cuts to state funding and declining enrollment.
That would allow them to put $35 million into the a fund that could later benefit the Ambler Road Project, which they’re also scheduled to vote on.
Not everyone who has been affected by the coronavirus is covered. One glaring loophole in the state legislation is that it doesn’t cover people who are self-employed or contract work, such as hair and nail salon workers, unless they’re specially set up to pay unemployment taxes.
Alaska’s Legislature has been working to finish the state budget and pass bills in response to the coronavirus, and lawmakers could leave Juneau as soon as Friday.