Health officials are asking Alaskans to get their COVID-19 vaccine boosters and redouble other precautions as they brace for the arrival of the new omicron variant.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy has taken to Twitter to needle the federal government for not trying harder to open the Canadian border so Americans can drive to Alaska.
While Juneau Democratic Sen. Jesse Kiehl said the declaration wouldn’t withstand a legal challenge, Acting Attorney General Ed Sniffen said Gov. Dunleavy does have the power to issue a new declaration, though he said it would be in a “gray area” if challenged.
Results have been taking four to five days on average to get back from the state lab. Results from the new lab are expected to take two to four days.
Quinhagak, Kipnuk and Kasigluk entered lockdown after residents tested positive for COVID-19.
Residents can still get the free airport test or opt to quarantine for two weeks.
The Assembly debated the measure for several hours on Sunday, trying to balance protecting public health, minimizing economic hardship, and how far to infringe civil liberties.
The governor said the restrictions formalize what many state agencies and departments are already doing to cut costs.