In Anchorage, emergency room visits were down 30-50 percent in Alaska’s largest hospitals in March and April, according to hospital managers.

That might sound like a good thing, but emergency room doctors say that the statistic is evidence of a dangerous problem: patients not seeking medical care they need because they are afraid of catching the coronavirus.

What Alaskans learned from ‘the mother of all pandemics’

May 18, 2020

It’s October 1918 in Juneau, and the future of Alaska depends on which comes first — winter or the so-called Spanish flu.

At that time the flu had already been ravaging the outside world, infecting one-third of the global population. It added to the tragic loss of human life in World War I, which was about to end. When it was all over, records show at least 50 million total deaths from the flu worldwide.

New mobile prototype kills virus with heat to extend the life of critical gear

Apr 29, 2020

As Will Frasier opens the white metal door to a mobile trailer sitting in the corner of a parking lot, he offers some cautionary advice.

“It’s about 170 degrees in there, so you will sweat. Don’t touch anything metal, because 170 degree metal will burn you,” he said, his face covered with a mask.

A federal judge has blocked  Native regional and village corporations in Alaska from receiving part of $8 billion  (dollars) in Tribal allocation in the CARES Act.

The judge issued the Monday, April 27, temporary injunction against Alaska Native corporations in a lawsuit over coronavirus relief funding.

The lawsuit names the Secretary of Treasury as the defendant. The Treasury is the agency responsible for allocating the funds after consultation with Tribes and the Department of Interior.

States across the country are working to reduce crowding in jails and prisons in response to COVID-19. Solutions run the gamut from keeping low-level offenders out to releasing some prisoners early.

In Alaska, the court system issued two court orders last month aimed at reducing the number of people in state custody.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has closed public schools through the rest of the school year.

For the 9,606 high school seniors across the state who make up the class of 2020 that means final sport seasons have been cut short and proms and graduation ceremonies have been postponed at best or canceled at worst.

But despite such an abrupt end to a highly anticipated school year, some seniors are taking these transitions in stride.

Amid food supply chain concerns, Tribal governments request emergency hunts

Apr 22, 2020

As uncertainty about the COVID-19 virus continues to mount, Tribal governments and remote communities across the state are concerned about disruptions in the food supply chain.

That’s led to numerous requests for emergency hunts, which are now piling up for federal and state agencies.

As the fishing season ramps up, mid-sized coastal towns are finding they have little say over who shows up to work in the industry.

An updated clarifies that only the smallest, most isolated towns and villages can restrict travel or require a mandatory quarantine period for workers in industries the state deems critical.

Akiak Native Community joined five other Tribal governments and filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over funding in the CARES Act.

The federal lawsuit seeks to prevent Alaska Native corporations from taking part in the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund – specifically allocated for Tribes.

Meet the team of Alaskans trying to trace and contain every case of COVID-19

Apr 17, 2020

One of Alaska’s first positive cases of COVID-19 was a person who’d been to a grocery store while they were infectious.

Normally, this wouldn’t be cause for concern, given the need for prolonged exposure to significantly increase a person’s risk of getting sick. But in this case, a long wait at the checkout kept the infectious person in line for more than a half-hour — potentially exposing the people behind and ahead of them to a deadly disease.