Coronavirus

Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion                                The Orca Theater in Kalifornsky is shuttered on Wednesday. Movie theaters, gyms and other businesses closed down due to the new coronavirus will be allowed to reopen Friday.

Alaska businesses allowed to reopen Friday

Cloth face coverings are strongly encouraged when going out in public.

Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion                                The Orca Theater in Kalifornsky is shuttered on Wednesday. Movie theaters, gyms and other businesses closed down due to the new coronavirus will be allowed to reopen Friday.
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Anchor Point man is 10th Alaskan to die from COVID-19

In addition to this 10th death, the state reported one new case of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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1 new COVID-19 case announced Tuesday

The state total is 371 positive cases.

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The May 4, 2020, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy livestream press briefing homepage is seen here. (Screenshot)

Officials discuss CARES spending

State commissioners spoke Monday on how $1.5 billion in federal funding would be spent.

The May 4, 2020, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy livestream press briefing homepage is seen here. (Screenshot)
Hitting the links

Hitting the links

Golfers jump at chance to get back outside

Hitting the links
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Peninsula COVID-19 cases grow over weekend

Two more COVID-19 cases were reported Monday, bringing the total number of cases in Alaska to 370. This includes nine people who have died and… Continue reading

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Budget estimates down in face of pandemic

The borough finance department has had to adjust projections.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A sign outside of RD’s Barber Shop indicating that they are closed can be seen here in Kenai, Alaska on March 25, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

State expands unemployment benefits

Workers may be eligible for up to 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits.

A sign outside of RD’s Barber Shop indicating that they are closed can be seen here in Kenai, Alaska on March 25, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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9 new cases, 2 on peninsula

Cases in Anchor Point and Homer were reported at Friday’s press conference.

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South Peninsula Hospital health worker helps NYC during pandemic
South Peninsula Hospital health worker helps NYC during pandemic
Signs on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the main entrance to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, warn visitors not to enter until they have been met by hospital staff. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

2 new COVID-19 cases announced at South Peninsula Hospital

One case is from community transmission, the other still under investigation

Signs on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the main entrance to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, warn visitors not to enter until they have been met by hospital staff. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Staff with the Seldovia Village Tribe Health and Wellness Center and the Seldovia Village Tribal Administration conduct free COVID-19 testing in Seldovia, Alaska on April 29, 2020. (Photo courtesy Laurel Hilts/Seldovia Village Tribe)

Seldovia tests half of its community in 1 day

Free COVID-19 testing was available to all of the residents in their community.

Staff with the Seldovia Village Tribe Health and Wellness Center and the Seldovia Village Tribal Administration conduct free COVID-19 testing in Seldovia, Alaska on April 29, 2020. (Photo courtesy Laurel Hilts/Seldovia Village Tribe)
Dine-in option proves a mixed bag for area restaurants

Dine-in option proves a mixed bag for area restaurants

Area restaurants struggle to overcome challenges as state mandates are lifted.

Dine-in option proves a mixed bag for area restaurants
Dunleavy: Virus isn’t going anywhere

Dunleavy: Virus isn’t going anywhere

“The more we learn about this virus, it appears it’s going to be with us for some time.”

Dunleavy: Virus isn’t going anywhere
Victoria Petersen / Peninsula Clarion file                                 Emerald Miller receives her high school diploma from her parents at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Connections home-school program graduation ceremony May 23, 2019, in Soldotna.

Schools look for “meaningful alternatives” to graduations

Schools will observe state health mandates and guidelines in celebrating the class of 2020.

Victoria Petersen / Peninsula Clarion file                                 Emerald Miller receives her high school diploma from her parents at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Connections home-school program graduation ceremony May 23, 2019, in Soldotna.
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State confirms 6 new COVID-19 cases

The case total for Alaska is 351 people, with 228 residents reported as recovered.

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Storybooks, radio connect children isolated in Homer

Storybooks, radio connect children isolated in Homer

The public library in Homer is partnering with a radio station to bring a story hour to preschoolers

Storybooks, radio connect children isolated in Homer

Alaska sees no new COVID-19 cases on Saturday

Total number of cases rests at 339, while 217 have recovered

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Tracing a disease to its origins

It’s an inexact science that is part clinical, part investigative work.

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Ashley Story gives a haircut to client Michael Halstead on Friday at her salon Short Cuts on Lake Street in Homer, Alaska. Story’s is one of several Homer businesses to reopen their doors Friday according to relaxed state restrictions, while several others have opted to wait. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

State allows some gatherings; businesses begin reopening

Indoor gatherings will be limited to 20 people, or 25% capacity of the site, whichever is smaller.

Ashley Story gives a haircut to client Michael Halstead on Friday at her salon Short Cuts on Lake Street in Homer, Alaska. Story’s is one of several Homer businesses to reopen their doors Friday according to relaxed state restrictions, while several others have opted to wait. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)