A delayed shipment of tens of thousands of rapid at-home COVID tests has arrived in Anchorage, and city officials say they’re racing to distribute them to sites around town before New Year’s.
A Fish and Game scoping document addresses Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposal to provide hunting opportunities by transplanting deer to the Palmer and Wasilla area.
The state health department says 25% of Alaska’s July COVID hospitalizations were patients under 40.
Scientists say the vaccines appear to be only slightly less effective against the delta strain and still provide strong protection from severe disease and death. And research suggests the shots may also make it less likely for vaccinated people to spread the virus even if they test positive.
Vaccination rates vary widely across different regions and communities within Alaska, so the virus represents different risk levels in each place.
Providers say they’re increasingly worried about vaccine hesitancy in more politically conservative, road-system communities like the Mat-Su
Officials say Cordova’s outbreak is a painful reminder of how quickly a single person’s actions during a pandemic can affect an entire community.
One-hundred-sixty-four Alaskans are hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. Statewide, that leaves 32 available ICU beds. The Mat-Su Borough reported that all of its ICU beds are full.
Frustration and impatience with Congress is building among out-of-work Alaskans and local leaders, who say the lack of a social safety net has made it far more painful to maintain the health mandates aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.
The race centers on incumbent David Eastman, who is so polarizing that some lawmakers say he played a big role in blocking his own party from forming a majority in his chamber last year.