Skilak Lake can be seen from Hideout Trail in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on July 5, 2020, in Alaska. (Photograph by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Skilak Lake can be seen from Hideout Trail in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on July 5, 2020, in Alaska. (Photograph by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Refuge cancels ‘Fall Fun Day’ due to state of COVID

Peninsula Clarion

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge canceled its weekend “Fall Fun Day” on Saturday because of the continual surge of COVID-19 in Alaska.

“Recently Alaskans have been asked to avoid activities that may increase the risk of needing emergency services or hospital care,” the refuge wrote in a statement. “In light of this request, the overburden on our local health care system and the high rate of COVID-19 cases in Alaska, the Refuge’s Fall Fun Day event has been cancelled.”

Thursday, the state reported 1,330 new COVID cases, 40 new COVID hospitalizations and seven recent COVID deaths. The statewide alert level is high.

Saturday’s event included a guided hike for the refuge’s new trail connecting the Burney and Hideout routes. According to the refuge’s statement, the new grand opening of the trail will be planned for the spring.

“We look forward to celebrating the grand opening of the new trail extension with you in spring, and bringing archery fun to your family then as well!” the statement said.

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