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Jessie Duke, of Soldotna, browses books with 7-month-old Danny Dommek on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at River City Books in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Perks of shopping local

Program encouraging local spending goes live

Jessie Duke, of Soldotna, browses books with 7-month-old Danny Dommek on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at River City Books in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Central Peninsula Hospital as seen March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna approves new round of CARES grants

Money will go to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Central Peninsula Hospital and Freedom House

Central Peninsula Hospital as seen March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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Risk levels: Nov. 16

All students at 34 peninsula schools are operating 100% remotely through at least Nov. 25.

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The sign outside Soldotna City Hall is seen here on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Citing virus, Soldotna adjusts operations

The changes are effective as of 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13

The sign outside Soldotna City Hall is seen here on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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KPBSD says all students will learn remotely at 34 schools

Pre-K, Kindergarten and special education intensive needs students were allowed to attend school in-person on Friday but will start remote learning on Monday.

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Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai announces closures, limited operations due to COVID-19

The city is closingseveral facilities in response to growing COVID-19 case counts.

Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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This graphic shows the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District risk levels associated with different numbers of new COVID-19 cases. (Image courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)

Remote learning extended for 34 KPBSD schools

34 schools will continue 100% remote learning through at least Nov. 25.

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This graphic shows the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District risk levels associated with different numbers of new COVID-19 cases. (Image courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)
In this Aug. 26, 2020, photo, U.S. Rep. Don Young, an Alaska Republican, speaks during a ceremony in Anchorage, Alaska, celebrating the opening of a Lady Justice Task Force cold case office which will specialize in cases involving missing or murdered Indigenous women. Young announced Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, on Twitter that he has tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Young tests positive for COVID-19

The diagnosis came after Young initially downplayed the seriousness of the virus at the onset.

In this Aug. 26, 2020, photo, U.S. Rep. Don Young, an Alaska Republican, speaks during a ceremony in Anchorage, Alaska, celebrating the opening of a Lady Justice Task Force cold case office which will specialize in cases involving missing or murdered Indigenous women. Young announced Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, on Twitter that he has tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Emergency room technician Angie Sulley, left, and nurse Marcie Duncan put on the personal protective equipment necessary for interacting with patients suspected of having COVID-19 in the ambulance bay outside of the emergency department at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska on April 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Central Peninsula Hospital near bed capacity

As of Thursday morning, there were 36 medical/surgical beds in use and seven ICU beds in use.

Emergency room technician Angie Sulley, left, and nurse Marcie Duncan put on the personal protective equipment necessary for interacting with patients suspected of having COVID-19 in the ambulance bay outside of the emergency department at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska on April 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy addresses the state remotely in response to growing COVID-19 case numbers on Thursday, Nov. 12 from Alaska. (Screenshot)

Dunleavy: the next few weeks are ‘critical’

Dunleavy addresses the state; Young tests positive

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy addresses the state remotely in response to growing COVID-19 case numbers on Thursday, Nov. 12 from Alaska. (Screenshot)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building in Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Assembly: Get the COVID vaccine, if you want to

The Assembly supports borough residents getting a COVID-19 vaccine “on a prioritized and optional basis”

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building in Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

66 new peninsula cases, 4 new deaths statewide

Affected communities include Soldotna, Kenai, Nikiski, “other North,” “other South,” Sterling and Seward

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KPBSD superintendent ‘concerned’ over growing COVID-19 case numbers

Superintendent John O’Brien walked the assembly through the district’s pandemic response plan

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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 during Progress Days in Soldotna Creek Park on July 22, 2020. (Photo courtesy Shanon Davis)

Soldotna shop local program to go live Nov. 16

Applications are now being accepted from businesses interested in participating

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 during Progress Days in Soldotna Creek Park on July 22, 2020. (Photo courtesy Shanon Davis)
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Case counts keep central peninsula schools’ risk level high

The central peninsula has to lose 392 cases from its 14-day case count to drop back into medium risk

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COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

DHSS: 531 new cases, 8 new deaths

Affected communities include Kenai, Soldotna, Other North, Sterling, Nikiski, Other South, Homer and Seward

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New COVID-19 cases confirmed at Heritage Place Skilled Nursing facility

Central Peninsula Hospital said three residents and one staff member tested positive

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State passes 20,000 COVID-19 cases

DHSS reported 465 new COVID-19 cases in Alaska on Monday.

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Friday, March 27, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Dunleavy to issue new emergency declaration

Governor encourages Legislature to call session

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Friday, March 27, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
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School board fields criticism of remote learning

Students, parents and teachers are struggling and dissatisfied with remote learning.

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