Home test kit results aren’t necessarily captured in state pandemic data, which impacts other public health systems officials have been using to manage the pandemic.
Juneau Deputy City Manager Robert Barr said Juneau was seeing case numbers twice as high as during the peak of last November’s wave.
The state’s authority to prioritize vaccines for at-risk groups would also end if the declaration ends, and communities that do not have health powers will be left behind, according to the Division of Public Health.
Public health experts across the country are examining excess deaths as they study whether significantly more people are dying from COVID-19 than what’s being recorded.
Other pharmaceutical companies may get approval in 2021, and Alaska will get vaccine doses from them as they become available.
The auto center closed to the public earlier this week after an employee tested positive and the state says the risk to people who visited the store is low.
Hiring decisions will be made partially based on health-care experience, but the state wants people from rural and remote communities too.
The Legislative Legal Services director says the Alaska Legislature may need to reconvene to resolve the issue.
The Alaska Department of Corrections says it’s following federal and state health guidelines to test staff and inmates who may have had contact with the infected individuals at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.
Legislators have voted to extend the Alaska Vaccine Assessment Program, which helps provide easier access to vaccines around the state.