Alaska Coronavirus (COVID-19) Newsfeed

A summary of Alaska media coronavirus coverage, updated daily.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Alaska Legislature approves $4.5 billion budget plus $1,000 Permanent Fund dividend, then departs Juneau – Anchorage Daily News

Coronavirus relief package passes through Alaska Legislature – KTUU

Alaska Legislature gives Gov. Dunleavy sweeping powers to deal with coronavirus emergency – Anchorage Daily News

Alaska Legislature passes a budget with $1,000 PFD – KTUU

Protective Travel Bans In Effect Across Bering Strait Villages – KNOM

As a different respiratory illness hits rural Alaska, RavnAir’s policy to disallow Alaskans with symptoms from flights leads to challenges – Anchorage Daily News

Interior students navigate high school without classrooms – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Wristbands, longer shifts, fever checks: How Alaska oil companies are responding to the global pandemic – KTOO

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Statewide shelter in place, travel ban ordered as Alaska sees first in-state COVID-19 death – Anchgorage Daily News

Alaska has about 200 ventilators and 160 ICU beds statewide, state says – Anchorage Daily News

Anchorage mayor extends ‘hunker down’ order to mid-April and delays property tax bills – Anchorage Daily News

As COVID-19 closes school doors, Northwest Arctic Borough students begin distance learning – KOTZ

Distance-learning lesson plans take shape as Alaska’s students settle in for coronavirus closure – Alaska Public Media

COVID-19: Alaskans have questions. We have answers. – KTUU

Friday, March 27, 2020

‘We crossed a line today’: Dunleavy orders statewide shelter-in-place, limits travel – KTOO

There are now 3 cases of COVID-19 in Juneau – KINY

Top Y-K Delta Leaders Ask Governor For Shelter-In-Place Mandate – KYUK

Travel ban, other statewide mandates implemented as coronavirus cases rise and Alaska sees first in-state death – KTUU

‘Numerous’ health care workers among Alaska’s confirmed COVID-19 cases as tally rises by 10 – Anchorage Daily News

Too Fairbanks healthcare workers test positive for COVID-19 – Alaska Public Media

As number of COVID-19 cases grows, Alaska officials warn of a limited healthcare system – Alaska Public Media

To curb coronavirus spread, North Slope Borough suspends travel into its communities – Alaska Public Media

How Y-K Delta villages will enforce travel restrictions – Alaska Public Media

Anchorage Mayor extends ‘hunker down’ order and delays tax day – Alaska Public Media

Governor signs legislation expanding unemployment, increasing internet speeds for Alaska’s schools –

Out of work in Alaska because of the coronavirus? Here’s what you can do now and the help that’s on the way – Alaska Public Media

Port of Seattle suspends cruise ship season “until the resolution of the public health emergency.” – Alaska Public Media

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Alaska set to receive $1.25 billion from federal coronavirus relief package – KTUU

DHSS announces new coronavirus cases in Alaska – KTUU

3/26 COVID-19 Press Briefing – Governor Dunleavy, Dr. Anne Zink, and public health officials give an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in Alaska.

Number of coronavirus cases in Alaska jumps to 59 – Alaska Public Media

Alaska Airlines slashes flight schedule by 70% for coming months due to coronavirus crisis – Seattle Times

How well does hunkering down work? Time will tell. – Alaska Public Media

Under Quarantine, Without Internet, BSSD Teachers Deliver Distance Education – KNOM

ASD, closed over coronavirus concerns, breaks down future of school year – KTUU

State proposes $100 million loan guarantee program as hundreds of Alaska businesses seek approval for out-of-state workers – Alaska Public Media

Union sues state, saying it has failed to protect workers from coronavirus – Anchorage Daily News

Amalga Distillery in Juneau is making hand sanitizer for organizations in need – Alaska Public Media

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

3/25 COVID-19 Press Briefing – Governor Dunleavy, public health officials, and the incident management team give an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in Alaska.

Outrage grows that many Alaska state workers can’t heed the call to stay home – Alaska Public Media

Alaska’s largest public sector union sues state to compel COVID-19 protections – KTUU

Some Alaska patients report long waits to get coronavirus test results — and testing isn’t yet available in many communities – Anchorage Daily News

Alaska courts halt evictions, many other proceedings until May because of coronavirus concerns – Anchorage Daily News

Longtime Petersburg resident, hospitalized in Washington state, has died of coronavirus – Alaska Public Media

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Juneau coronavirus patient is in critical care, the first Alaskan hospitalized with the virus – Alaska Public Media

Second case of COVID-19 confirmed in Juneau, city ordered to ‘hunker down’ – KTVA

Alaska leaders have taken drastic measures to slow the coronavirus. The ‘$1 million question’ is whether they’re enough. – Alaska Public Media

Dunleavy administration mandates two-week quarantine for people traveling into Alaska – Alaska Public Media

Governor Dunleavy issues health mandates 9 and 10, details first cases of community spread of novel coronavirus –

1 new case in Sterling as governor expands mandates. 5 total new cases Monday bring Alaska count to 37 – Homer News

Alaska House Bush Caucus urges federal government to delay REAL ID deadline – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Staff member at Chugiak High School tests positive for COVID-19 – Alaska Public Media

Mat-Su COVID-19 cases were not related to travel, borough says – Alaska Public Media

Distance-learning lesson plans take shape as Alaska’s students settle in for coronavirus closure – Alaska Public Media

‘There’s sunshine again’: Thousands of meals delivered daily to Anchorage students as coronavirus closes classrooms – Alaska Public Media

The Sitka School District is offering free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch daily during the school closure – Sitka Sentinal

Alaska Senate approves $4.6 billion budget with two $1,000 dividends – Anchorage Daily News

Alaska Legislature approves unemployment-aid bill, Gov. Dunleavy expected to sign – Anchorage Daily News

Legislature expands Alaskans’ access to mental health services – KINY

The Spanish flu devastated Alaska. This time with coronavirus, villages aren’t taking any chances. – USA Today

Monday, March 23, 2020

JBER declares emergency after seven test positive for COVID-19 – Alaska Public Media

Interior physicians send letter to Governor requesting travel ban and shelter in place order –

School closures extended to May due to COVID-19 – KDLG

Dunleavy rolls out COVID-19 economic plan – Kodiak Daily Mirror

Pressed by coronavirus and falling oil prices, Alaska is running out of available cash – Anchorage Daily News

Alaska Senate to debate $1,000 dividend – KTOO

City officials mandate many travelers to Juneau quarantine themselves for 14 days – Alaska Public Media

As jobless claims in Alaska soar, economists say tens of thousands of workers could be affected – Anchorage Daily News

Small Alaska businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis can apply for federal disaster loans – Anchorage Daily News

What it’s like to be infected with coronavirus – Anchorage Daily News

Sunday, March 22, 2020

10 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by DHSS, bringing case total to at least 32 in Alaska – KTUU

Alaska’s coronavirus response has escalated as the number of cases has grown. Here’s where things stand. – Anchorage Daily News

Alaska Legislature will help residents through this crisis. By Sens. Cathy Giessel, Bert Stedman and Natasha von Imhof – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Alaska Legislature now in ‘race to the finish’ as lawmakers hope to finish budget work before coronavirus arrives in Juneau – Anchorage Daily News

Remote Alaska Villages Isolate Themselves Further in Effort to Shield Against Coronavirus – ProPublica

Employees call for immediate health measures in Alaska state facilities – KTUU

Alaska will begin rationing Medicaid funding starting Monday – Anchorage Daily News

7 new COVID-19 cases brings Alaska total to 21 – KTVA

‘Call to action’ – Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Alaska’s coronavirus testing by the numbers – KTUU

Alaska telecom companies say they’re prepared for increased use – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Saturday, March 21, 2020

New restrictions put in place as a result of COVID-19: Schools to be closed until the beginning of May – Delta Wind

Alaskans have done good work fighting COVID-19. It’s about to get harder. – Anchorage Daily News

State strongly advises Alaskans to cease all nonessential travel over coronavirus – Anchorage Daily News

Anchorage mayor issues ‘hunker down’ order to curb spread of coronavirus – Anchorage Daily News

As coronavirus shuts down schools across Alaska, educators are figuring out what happens next – Alaska Public Media

Dunleavy proposes economic plan in response to COVID-19, including supplemental PFD and $1 billion relief fund – Anchorage Daily News

As Legislature looks to pass budget and coronavirus response, oil prices plummet – KTOO

Some Alaskans are still struggling to access coronavirus testing, even if providers think they might have it – Anchorage Daily News

Friday, March 20, 2020

State extends Alaska school closures as coronavirus count grows to 14 – Alaska Public Media

Gov. Dunleavy’s COVID-19 economic plan includes dividend payments in April, plus $1 billion in statewide relief – Alaska Public Media

Alaska House of Representatives passes immediate relief for laid-off workers affected by coronavirus –

Alaska unemployment claims skyrocket after coronavirus shuts down restaurants – Alaska Public Media

Number of COVID-19 cases in Alaska rises to 12, including first cases unrelated to travel – Alaska Public Media

Alaska sees 3 new confirmed cases of coronavirus as state clamps down on non-urgent medical procedures – Anchorage Daily News

We’re the directors of Alaska’s emergency rooms. It’s time to shut down nonessential air travel. – Anchorage Daily News

City and Borough of Juneau pushes for ban on non-essential air travel – KINY

Ketchikan mayor asks Dunleavy administration for airport restriction – KINY

At Alaska Airlines, flight reductions coming as COVID-19 causes passengers to rebook or cancel – Alaska Public Media

Coronavirus causes ConocoPhillips to temporarily cancel flights for workers to North Slope fields – Anchorage Daily News

Some Alaskans still struggling to access coronavirus testing, even if providers think they might have it – Alaska Public Media

This Yukon River village is on lockdown and has already approved its own small coronavirus stimulus – Alaska Public Media

With school closures keeping kids home, Alaska families scramble to work and care for children – KTOO

In the time of social distancing, can kids have playdates? What about grandparents? These expert answers will help – Alaska Public Media

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Rep. Don Young tells Alaska seniors ‘beer virus’ fears are overblown, skips vote on COVID-19 relief – Anchorage Daily News

Alaska’s U.S. senators vote for multi-billion dollar coronavirus bill; Rep. Don Young is absent – Alaska Public Media

Coronavirus disruptions spread in Alaska, but state government offices remain open – Anchorage Daily News

As Canada closes the border, unanswered questions from Alaskans pile up – Alaska Public Media

Anchorage families scramble to work and care for children with school closures keeping kids home – Alaska Public Media

Alaska shippers, store owners say ‘panic-buying’ isn’t necessary, but long lines and empty shelves persist – Alaska Public Media

Alaska’s cruise towns expected a record season, now tourism workers are reeling – Alaska Public Media

Trident bars workers from leaving Aleutian plant to protect neighboring village from coronavirus – Alaska Public Media

District feeding students during shutdown – Ketchikan Daily News

Fairbanks school district distributes food to students in need – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Alaska House Republicans block funding for big spending bill that includes coronavirus emergency aid – Anchorage Daily News

Alaska Senate approves supplemental budget with funds for COVID-19 relief – KTVA

State announces 3 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing Alaska total to 9 so far – Anchorage Daily News

3 more cases of coronavirus confirmed in Alaska –

State Emergency Operations Center activated to respond to COVID-19 in Alaska – KTVA

One of Alaska’s first confirmed coronavirus patients tells his story – Anchorage Daily News

Cordova readies for arrival of virus – Cordova Times

U.S. and Canada agree to close the border to nonessential travel – Alaska Public Media

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing underway in Anchorage – Alaska Public Media

Governor Dunleavy announces Alaska Economic Stabilization Team –

Former Gov. Parnell, former Sen. Begich join Dunleavy’s economic stabilization team – KTVA

Alaska coronavirus tally rises to 6 as statewide dine-in restrictions and entertainment closures are ordered – Anchorage Daily News

4th Alaska coronavirus case reported in Ketchikan; UAF says one of the Fairbanks patients is an employee – Alaska Public Media

Governor Dunleavy provides latest info on the coronavirus – KINY Juneau

DEED launches student learning website in response to COVID-19 – KINY Juneau

COVID-19 prompts House Majority to propose changes to the legislative process – KTUU

Alaska Legislature discloses contingency plans for working under coronavirus – Anchorage Daily News

Alaska House lawmakers struggle to react quickly to coronavirus response needs – Anchorage Daily News

Drive-through coronavirus testing to start in Anchorage – Alaska Public Media

Alaska maritime cargo companies not expecting virus shutdown – Alaska Public Media

Are Alaska’s hospitals equipped to handle the coronavirus? – Anchorage Daily News

Sullivan Arena will be used as shelter for Anchorage homeless as city braces for coronavirus cases – Anchorage Daily News

Monday, March 16, 2020

School districts preparing for no-contact days – KTUU

Y-K Delta School Districts Provide Breakfast And Lunch To Students During School Closures – KYUK

Kenai Peninsula schools to provide free meals for students during school closures – KTVA

ASD to provide free food to students as schools remain closed over COVID-19 concerns – Anchorage Daily News

Mat-Su Borough School District extends school closures, prepares food distribution sites – KTUU

Two positive COVID-19 cases identified in Fairbanks area – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Men who tested positive for coronavirus in Fairbanks circulated in the community while contagious – Alaska Public Media

COVID-19 testing ramping up in Alaska, concerns for healthcare infrastructure mean social distancing is vital – KTUU

Governor orders closure of Alaska’s state-operated libraries, archives and museums – Alaska Public Media

Dunleavy: No reason to panic, but there is reason for concern – Juneau Empire

Oil prices, driven lower by COVID-19 outbreak, will increase state deficit, Alaska officials say – Alaska Public Media

Legislators warn triple-hit to state’s economy from COVID-19 – Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

COVID-19 closures and postponements around Interior Alaska – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Coronavirus-related cancellations and closures sweep across Alaska – Anchorage Daily News

Alaska’s statewide school closure is beginning. No one knows quite how it will work. – Anchorage Daily News

ASAA postpones high school spring sports in Alaska –

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Updates on COVID-19: Anchorage case, congressional delegation, Legislative action – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Alaska State Basketball Tournaments officially canceled –

Friday, March 13, 2020

Alaska’s first positive coronavirus case identified as pilot on cargo flight – Anchorage Daily News

Gov. Dunleavy issues health mandate including closures, limited access in state run depts., schools –

Alaska public schools closed to students until March 30, governor says – Alaska Public Media

School closed over virus concerns as Canada closes ports – Juneau Empire

State limits access to Capitol building – Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Updates on KTOO’s operations during the COVID-19 emergency (Gavel Alaska TV Coverage) – KTOO TV

Here’s What You Need To Know About COVID-19 In The Y-K Delta – KYUK

Board extends spring break: Ketchikan students out an extra week; Gov. closes all schools – Ketchikan Daily News

School Board approves policy regarding quarantines – Petersburg Pilot

Coronavirus fears lead to postponing hoops tourneys – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

CBJ announce library, pool, other facility closures – KINY Juneau

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Alaska’s first known coronavirus patient arrived on a cargo flight and went to an ER in Anchorage, state officials say – Alaska Public Media