Next week’s primary election will pare the list of 10 candidates to four, and it’s unlikely that Kurka and Pierce can both survive.
Communities with the highest reported case rates include Juneau, Ketchikan, Haines and Skagway.
Alaska still has the highest COVID-19 case rate of any state in the country.
They’re the first COVID-19 deaths of any Alaskan under the age of 20 since the pandemic began, according to health officials.
Wasilla GOP Rep. Christopher Kurka, who’s running for governor as a conservative alternative to Dunleavy, this week launched a “Fire Anne Zink” petition, saying he’s committed to removing her “on Day 1 of my administration.”
Omicron is now the dominant COVID variant in Alaska — and it is changing the way the health department looks at the pandemic.
State Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said there has been a significant increase in cases over the past 24 hours.
The state Department of Health and Social Services is considering transitioning away from daily COVID-19 case counts, and toward reporting weekly trends.
The World Health Organization has warned that omicron spreads faster than any other variant of the coronavirus.
Alaska’s virus hunters are looking for signs of the coronavirus’s omicron variant in batches of tests from around the state.