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The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation is restructuring its operations to prepare the region for coronavirus.

Health providers based at Kanakanak Hospital in Dillingham normally travel regularly to villages around the region to provide care to residents. But in an effort to prevent any spread of the virus to communities, BBAHC has postponed village travel for its staff indefinitely.

Demand for products like hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies and toilet paper has spiked across Alaska, spurred by concerns over the coronavirus. That strain has been tough for some rural communities. The Alaska Commercial Company operates 33 stores around the state, several of which are in Bristol Bay.

Doyon Limited’s annual shareholder meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday (March 20) will be virtual.

The announcement made on the Alaska Native corporation’s Facebook page is part of a continued effort to reduce the risk of spreading illness.

Doyon Limited previously scaled back its agenda to only include the election of directors and the president’s report.

In response to the health emergency surrounding COVID-19, People Mover bus service and paratransit service AnchorRides is providing rides for free. But it’s also limiting each bus to nine riders at a time.

According to a news release on its website, the services are also encouraging riders to only take essential trips.

People Mover – an Anchorage-based public transportation agency – operates buses within Anchorage city limits and also provides service to Eagle River.

Updated 1:56 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020:

Doyon Limited goes virtual for its annual shareholder meeting

Doyon Limited’s annual shareholder meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday (March 20) will be virtual.

The announcement made on the Alaska Native corporation’s Facebook page is part of a continued effort to reduce the risk of spreading illness.

Alaska Native and Tribal health organizations take the wellness of their communities pretty seriously. Many of them are taking a precautionary approach to coronavirus – but their biggest piece of advice is – don’t panic.

About 130 miles northeast of Fairbanks, in the city of Fort Yukon -- health providers at the Yukon Flats Health Center diligently wash their hands, use hand sanitizer -- and continue to pass along healthy hygiene recommendations to patients.

Debra McCarty has been the clinic director at the health center for about 10 years.