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July 21, 2020 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

Southeast Alaska is having an unprecedented summer with no cruise ships in port due to COVID-19. Many businesses that cater to tourists aren’t able to resume normal operations. And performers who entertain people on and off the ship are feeling that squeeze too. But Bobby Reynolds, who usually plays the piano at the Red Dog Saloon, is bringing playful vacation vibes to anyone grocery shopping at Juneau's Foodland IGA. 

Photo and story by Elizabeth Jenkins / KTOO

But first… 

Will Dr. Anne Zink go dipnetting this summer? Who cuts Dr. Joe McLaughlin's hair? Does Dr. Tom Hennessy, UAA infectious disease professor, disinfect his mail?

If you’ve been following the COVID-19 news, you probably know that health officials have warned about going to parties and bars. But how risky is hiking or dipnetting? How about ordering takeout? Should you send your kids to daycare?

Inspired by The Washington Post, reporters Tegan Hanlon and Nat Herz recruited a panel of six local health experts to answer those questions, and to explain how they manage COVID-19 risks in their everyday lives.

How Dr. Anne Zink and 5 other Alaska health experts manage COVID-19 risks in their daily lives

It's one of the most practical pieces of reporting I've seen in a long time. Bookmark it and return to it anytime you're wondering What Would Anne Zink Do?

-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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In this video from BBC One, 27 elite ballet dancers from renowned dance companies across the globe perform a modern-day Swan Lake from their home bathtubs. And it's being watched by people in pajamas all across the globe. 

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