Coronavirus

Graphic by Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion
Graphic by Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion
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COVID cases continue downward trend

The peninsula reported 10 new cases Tuesday

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A vial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaskans 65 and older next in line for COVID-19 vaccine

Alaskans ages 65 and older can begin scheduling appointments for Jan. 11 on Jan. 6

A vial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Graphic by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion

KPBSD resumes remote learning for new quarter

A decision will be made Tuesday about whether schools will resume onsite learning on Jan. 11

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Renovations made to the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna are seen on Monday.

Assembly to meet in person following renovations, COVID mitigation measures

Renovations include a new configuration of the assembly dais and audience, and new camera equipment

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Renovations made to the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna are seen on Monday.
Shanon Davis, executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, shows off a stamp card used in the Chamber’s Soldotna Strong Shop Local campaign on July 22, 2020. The City of Kenai is considering launching its own shop local program. (Photo courtesy Shanon Davis)

Kenai to consider shop local program

The program would run from Feb. 1 to Mar. 1 of 2021

Shanon Davis, executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, shows off a stamp card used in the Chamber’s Soldotna Strong Shop Local campaign on July 22, 2020. The City of Kenai is considering launching its own shop local program. (Photo courtesy Shanon Davis)
The sign outside Soldotna City Hall is seen on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna to begin accepting mini grant applications Jan. 15

Applications will be accepted beginning Jan. 15 through Feb. 15, 2021

The sign outside Soldotna City Hall is seen on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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From left, Sheryl Christner, Julia Christner, Ruby Eicher and Audrey Christner shop at Kate’s Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna while Kate Mastre rings them up on Saturday.

A holiday ‘blessing’

Local businesses get lifeline with shop local program

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From left, Sheryl Christner, Julia Christner, Ruby Eicher and Audrey Christner shop at Kate’s Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna while Kate Mastre rings them up on Saturday.
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Health care workers wave from inside of Central Peninsula Hospital while awaiting the delivery of the facility’s first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on Dec. 16 in Soldotna.

Virus hits home

A look back at COVID in 2020

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Health care workers wave from inside of Central Peninsula Hospital while awaiting the delivery of the facility’s first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on Dec. 16 in Soldotna.
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent John O’Brien, bottom left, gives a presentation to members of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce during a virtual luncheon held via Zoom on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Also pictured: Kenai Chamber Executive Director Brittany Brown, top left, moderator Merrill Sikorski, top right, and KPBSD Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones, bottom right. (Screenshot)

O’Brien optimistic about kids returning to classrooms

At chamber luncheon, the school superintendent shared details on the district’s path forward.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent John O’Brien, bottom left, gives a presentation to members of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce during a virtual luncheon held via Zoom on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Also pictured: Kenai Chamber Executive Director Brittany Brown, top left, moderator Merrill Sikorski, top right, and KPBSD Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones, bottom right. (Screenshot)
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Vallerie Card-King, L.CPht, and Bjorn Miller, Pharm D, document and verify the batch numbers of the Moderna Vaccine at the Alaska VA Healthcare System.

6 peninsula locations to offer COVID vaccines to eligible individuals

Qualifications to receive the first dose are outlined by the state’s Phase 1a Tier 3 guidelines

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Vallerie Card-King, L.CPht, and Bjorn Miller, Pharm D, document and verify the batch numbers of the Moderna Vaccine at the Alaska VA Healthcare System.
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374 new cases, state and borough positivity rate drops below 5%

Affected peninsula communities include Soldotna, Kenai, Nikiski, Other South

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Extension of CARES Act deadline grants flexibility to local municipalities

The deadline for federal CARES Act dollars to be spent was extended to Dec. 31, 2021

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Photo courtesy of Bruce Richards
UV light disinfection systems are pictured at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

CPH gets disinfecting UV lights

The purchase was intended to help put additional disinfection units in places around the hospital

Photo courtesy of Bruce Richards
UV light disinfection systems are pictured at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.
Rep. Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage, gets her temperature taken as she enters the Alaska State Capitol on Monday, May 18, 2020. New policies will require all staff and legislators to wear masks in chambers. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Legislative Council sets mask policy for upcoming session

Only one representative out of twelve legislators voted against the mask policy.

Rep. Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage, gets her temperature taken as she enters the Alaska State Capitol on Monday, May 18, 2020. New policies will require all staff and legislators to wear masks in chambers. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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7 new peninsula cases, statewide hospitalizations pass 1,000

Affected comunities include Soldotna, Other North, Kenai and Seward

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Kenai extends deadline for housing relief responses

As of Dec. 24, 72 applicants had not responded when a caseworker reached out to them

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126 new cases statewide, 3 on the peninsula

Over the past week, the borough has conducted 1,237 tests and saw a positivity rate of 5.17%

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A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Vaccine rollout continues throughout state, on peninsula

12,202 total COVID-19 vaccinations had been given in Alaska as of Sunday

A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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