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March 24, 2020 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska about the coronavirus.
Tim Lopez skates with his daughter Samantha Lopez as a way to pass the time with her on March 17 in Juneau. Typically the 2-year-old would be at a child care facility in the middle of the day, but most in Juneau have closed. (Photo and story by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)

But first… your source for news and takeout food


Hello again, dearest Signaliens. I hope everyone's holding up well enough in this strange moment in time. If you're lucky, you're reading this email in your place of residence while a dozen people chatter away in a Zoom meeting on your laptop. Maybe your kids are in the kitchen eating all your emergency Easter chocolate while you keep pressing "print" on a Microsoft Word document, wondering why the dang thing won't print, until you eventually remember you don't have a printer at home. If you're lucky. For everyone else out there, stay safe and hang tight. We're all apart, but we're all together, too.

If you live in Juneau and need to treat yourself, KTOO has a new takeout and delivery dining guide (ktoo.org/foodguide) with options from all your favorite Juneau restaurants. It's a great way to support local businesses — and it's pretty safe, too.

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)
Entering Dean Graber’s Juneau wood shop, you’d think he’s moving in or moving out. There are boxes everywhere. An unplugged point of sale system shares a table with handmade sushi boards and wooden clocks. This summer, he was considering a year-round lease in a downtown building, but he had to forego those plans after the COVID-19 pandemic. His business — now one of many — is making the tough decision to scale back their dream. (Photo and story by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)

Just one more thing…

Alaska's health care workers will be more important than ever, as they prepare for an influx of coronavirus patients. The latest story from CoastAlaska's Jacob Resneck highlights the workers' commitment — many of whom might not see their families for a while.

As Jacob explains, one doctor — Dr. Steven Greer — splits time between Oregon and Alaska, but he'll be on the job in Juneau for the long haul: "“I told my wife goodbye and said, ‘I’ll see you down the road when all this is over.’”

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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