Coronavirus

Brenna McCarron, a Homer High School graduate stuck in Peru after the country closed its borders to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, stands at Machu Picchu, Peru. She is one of about 19 Alaskans stranded in the country. (Photo courtesy Brenna McCarron)

Playing the waiting game in Peru

Homer High grad one of 19 Alaskans stranded when Peru closed its borders due to coronavirus

Brenna McCarron, a Homer High School graduate stuck in Peru after the country closed its borders to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, stands at Machu Picchu, Peru. She is one of about 19 Alaskans stranded in the country. (Photo courtesy Brenna McCarron)
No cruises till July at the earliest mean these tourist-targeted shops downtown will likely remain shuttered for months longer, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Juneau asked to hunker down as second case confirmed

Juneau is steeling itself against a coming storm.

No cruises till July at the earliest mean these tourist-targeted shops downtown will likely remain shuttered for months longer, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Alaska state Rep. David Eastman sits at his desk on the House floor in Juneau, Alaska, Monday, March 23, 2020. Eastman, a Wasilla Republican, has been critical of the Legislature’s planning around the coronavirus. Rep. Sharon Jackson also wore a mask on the House floor Monday. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
Alaska state Rep. David Eastman sits at his desk on the House floor in Juneau, Alaska, Monday, March 23, 2020. Eastman, a Wasilla Republican, has been critical of the Legislature’s planning around the coronavirus. Rep. Sharon Jackson also wore a mask on the House floor Monday. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
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2 COVID-19 cases reported on central peninsula

The cases were reported in Soldotna, Sterling.

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Wildwood Correctional Center is seen in this undated photo. (Alaska Department of Corrections)

Correctional facilities brace for coronavirus

DOC announced several measures, including closing all of its facilities to visitors.

Wildwood Correctional Center is seen in this undated photo. (Alaska Department of Corrections)
Dr. Anne Zink, the chief medical officer for the state of Alaska, addresses reporters at a news conference Monday, March 9, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Zink told reporters there were nine confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state as of March 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

3 news cases of COVID-19 reported, 1 in Seward

The Seward case self-reported and self-isolated when mild symptoms appeared.

Dr. Anne Zink, the chief medical officer for the state of Alaska, addresses reporters at a news conference Monday, March 9, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Zink told reporters there were nine confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state as of March 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Dr. Anne Zink, the chief medical officer for the state of Alaska, addresses reporters at a news conference Monday, March 9, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Zink told reporters there were nine confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state as of March 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

COVID-19: The time to act is now, before widespread community transmission

With no vaccine available, we have to rely on two tools: containment and mitigation.

Dr. Anne Zink, the chief medical officer for the state of Alaska, addresses reporters at a news conference Monday, March 9, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Zink told reporters there were nine confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state as of March 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Soldotna City Council members are pictured on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai passes emergency declaration; Soldotna council to consider declaration Thursday

The ordinance would also give City Manager Stephanie Queen emergency executive authority.

Soldotna City Council members are pictured on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Everything Bagels owner Pamela Parker, right, takes an order from Jenna Evans, left, while maintaining social distancing at Everything Bagels in Soldotna, Alaska, on March 18, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

‘We don’t want to see people dying’

Bars, restaurants and entertainment venues grapple with new mandate.

Everything Bagels owner Pamela Parker, right, takes an order from Jenna Evans, left, while maintaining social distancing at Everything Bagels in Soldotna, Alaska, on March 18, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Hand sanitizer was out of stock at Kenai Safeway and at other local stores on the Kenai Peninsula on Friday, March 13, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Stores create new hours for vulnerable population

Three Bears and Carr’s Safeway stores are offering special hours for seniors.

Hand sanitizer was out of stock at Kenai Safeway and at other local stores on the Kenai Peninsula on Friday, March 13, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A sign welcomes employees and visitors at the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration building on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough extends disaster declaration

The declaration is extended to 90 days.

A sign welcomes employees and visitors at the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration building on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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Public health offers guidance on coronavirus

The state of Alaska and local communities are beginning to implement closures of public buildings and events and encouraging social distancing to prevent the spread… Continue reading

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

Soldotna, Kenai announce more closures

In an effort to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, both Kenai and Soldotna announced on Tuesday that they would be closing all city… Continue reading

Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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3 new COVID-19 cases identified in Alaska, governor issues new mandates

Alaska gained three new cases of people who tested positive for COVID-19, Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink announced in a press conference on… Continue reading

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