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Addressing Alaskans: Faith and fighting COVID-19

This week’s episode of Addressing Alaskans features speakers from the 2021 Bettye Davis African American Summit on COVID-19. Christian religious leaders speak about the intersection of personal faith and the importance of making the choice to help push back against the pandemic. SPEAKERS:. Pastor Leon D. May I, River...
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Community groups meet Covid vaccine hesitancy with trusted voices and accurate information

January 2020 marks the world’s third year working to overcome the Coronavirus pandemic. For many different and valid reasons, people hesitate to get vaccinated. Yet broad and successful vaccination rates are necessary to avoid giving the virus time to mutate and create another variant, as it has done with Omicron.
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Anchorage Daily News

Letter: Flying and COVID-19

I’m not a public health scientist, nor am I affiliated with any airline. But I am a traveler, and I gobble up all COVID-19 information I can find. I’d like to try to answer Eric Olenick’s question, “Is it safe to fly or not?”. The messaging...
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Alaska shatters single-day COVID record with more than 6,000 cases over the last 2 days

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska has once again shattered its previous record for the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported in a single day, with the state health department reporting more than 6,500 additional infections over the last two days. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 6,532...
Anchorage Daily News

Letter: A word of caution about rapid tests

I purchased the rapid COVID-19 test and had it delivered. Unfortunately the postal carrier left them in my outside mail box. The cold ruins them. Leave your carrier a note not to do this when you order your free tests from the government. — Diana Bauman. Anchorage. Have something on...
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Letter: Mental health care

I read the letter by Marty Margeson, “APH VS. API,” published in the ADN on Jan. 17. I agree that individuals with a dual diagnosis of dementia and mental illness with violent tendencies should not be housed with other dementia patients. It is my belief that the Department...
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Letter: Rapid test issue

Like many Alaskans, I just received an email from Congressman Don Young’s office, letting me know about new options to acquire antigen test kits for at-home COVID-19 testing. I’ve left a message with Rep. Young and our senators about this, but want to alert other Alaskans to the fact that the National Institute of Health has found a high rate of false negatives when these rapid tests are used after being exposed to temperatures below 2 degrees C, or about 35º F. That will be likely for many kits mailed to home addresses in most of Alaska in January. Below-freezing exposure of the tests could not only render the results meaningless, but dangerous, because a false negative will lead many people to assume they are not infected when in fact they are.
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Geneva Woods clean up

Alaska shatters single-day COVID record with more than 6,000 cases over the last 2 days. Alaska has once again shattered its previous record for the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported in a single day, with the state health department reporting more than 6,500 additional infections over the last two days.

This is the City in Alaska With the Most COVID-19 Cases

The U.S. has reported more than 63.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases as of January 18. More than 840,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 — the highest death toll of any country. Nationwide, there were an average of 221.4 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans in the week ending January 18. Cumulatively, the U.S. has […]
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Some Anchorage bus trips canceled over pandemic-related driver shortage

Some Anchorage People Mover bus trips were canceled Friday due to staff shortages related to COVID-19, the Anchorage Public Transportation Department announced. Of around 850 trips planned, 24 are canceled, according to Bart Rudolph, city transit planner and Public Transportation communications manager. The canceled trips were expected between noon and midnight on Friday.
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Talk to Your Neighbor

Encourages Anchorage citizens to get vaccinated against Covid-19 by sharing stories from our community and resources from experts in the medical community. Watch and listen to your neighbors on Hometown, Alaska, Line One: Your Health Connection and Alaska Insight. Join the conversation during the live broadcasts. You’re also invited to...
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Alaskans tell us how COVID-19 has affected them

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes across the Cook Inlet from the Kenai Peninsula. A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck about 30 miles from Ninilchik on Thursday evening, across the Cook Inlet from the Kenai Peninsula. Effort to recall Anchorage Assembly member Jamie Allard fails to gather needed signatures. Updated: 4 hours ago.
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The number of Alaskan COVID deaths now tops 1,000

The number of Alaskans who have died from COVID-19 now tops 1,000. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on Wednesday reported an additional 63 resident COVID deaths. Two of them are from the new year, and the rest happened earlier in the pandemic, according to state data. The deaths include Alaskans from Anchorage to Bethel to Utqiaġvik, with the youngest in his 30s and the oldest in her 90s.
Anchorage Daily News

We must invest in our human infrastructure

Late last year, articles began popping up, linking the COVID-19 pandemic to the mass exodus of women from the labor force. Of course, correlation does not equal causation. Decades of underfunding in professions predominately performed by women, continued gender discrimination, and allowing pay inequity to thrive in the workplace are more likely the contributing factors than a once-in-a-generation pandemic. COVID-19 simply exacerbated existing issues. In my own personal sphere of Alaska-born and raised women, all but two of us have left our jobs, ending our upward career trajectories, to care for dependents.
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Iditarod Covid prevention plan emphasizes vaccination, testing

With a little over a month left until race day, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race released its comprehensive 2022 Covid-19 prevention plan this week. The Iditarod announced last summer it would require all mushers, volunteers and race personnel to be vaccinated against the virus, but waited to release its full plan until closer to the start of the race. However, race personnel caution that the plan is subject to change depending on the status of the pandemic.
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Don't ignore your health

The surgery I’ve mentioned in the columns over the past month or so, and which I needed, has finally happened. I might not have mentioned what the surgery was for, so we’ll go into some history and details here. Over the past eight to ten years, my doctor...