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March 31, 2020 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska about the coronavirus.
Trish Siza was the first health care provider to greet people in Anchorage seeking COVID-19 testing earlier this month at a drive-thru testing location. With a health care provider's referral, Alaskans can visit curbside testing sites in Anchorage, Fairbanks and a handful of Southeast Alaska communities, including Juneau. (Photo by Casey Grove/Alaska Public Media)

But first… social distancing. But how distant?


Do you guys remember playing a game called "lava" when you were kids? The way I played it, I'd pretend that certain surfaces — especially the ground — were made of imaginary lava, and if I touched it, I got imaginary melted. I can't help but think about lava on the select occasions I go outside lately: People? Lava. People with dogs? Still lava. My face? Very lava. It was more fun when I was a kid.

But having to play the "game" of social distancing constantly makes me wonder if I've got the rules right. If you're feeling the same way, I found this "New Yorker" interview with a public health researcher really informative. The interviewer asks some practical questions about things like exercise, showering, playgrounds and trips to the grocery store. It's a quick, reassuring read, and I strongly recommend it.

The latest on COVID-19 and Alaska 

Here is all the most up-to-date coronavirus coverage from public media in Alaska. For daily updates and new information, visit KTOO's live blog.

Top headlines Economic impacts State government Information and resources (CDCWHOAlaska DHSS)
The emergency homeless shelter inside the Juneau Arts and Culture Center has cots spaced out in accordance with social distancing guidelines. People experiencing homelessness are exempt under city and state shelter-in-place orders. For many of them, the threat of a pandemic is not as high of a priority as staying warm or getting their next meal. (Photo and story by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)

Just one more thing…

Signaliens! KTOO's daily afternoon bonanza Juneau Afternoon wants your voice on the radio! In a new segment called "Community Connection," listeners are encouraged to submit their songs, poems, stories and reflections on how we're living our lives in these strange times.

Instructions for how to make your submission are right here. For examples, check out this song from Andy Miller, this poem from Lily Jo Ramsey, this story from Pat McLear, and all the rest.

More news around Alaska

For more local coverage during the global pandemic, check in regularly with your community stations. Here's an admittedly incomplete list: KBBI in Homer; KCAW in Sitka; KDLG in Dillingham; KDLL in Kenai; KFSK in Petersburg; KHNS in Haines; KMXT in Kodiak; KNOM in Nome; KOTZ in Kotzebue; KRBD in Ketchikan; KSKA and KNBA in Anchorage; KSTK in Wrangell; KTNA in Talkeetna; KUAC in Fairbanks; KUCB in Unalaska; KYUK in Bethel.

The Signal is written by KTOO digital media editor Ryan Cunningham
and edited by KTOO managing editor Jennifer Pemberton.

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