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Should you attend that party or community event?

We’ve been hunkered down for months, and people are wanting to get together. Do you go ahead with that birthday party, neighborhood potluck, concert or fun run? And if you do, what can you do to reduce the chances of getting sick or spreading...

 

Two local organizations team up to support cancer patients

The YMCA of Alaska and Alaska Cancer Partnership have partnered to help care for current or past cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES program will offer services like grocery shopping, prescription pick-up, lawn work, and package...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    COVID-19    June 1, 2020

Alaska ferries increase COVID-19 protocols

In an effort to protect the health and safety of passengers and crew, the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) has announced a revised procedure for coronavirus mitigation, effective immediately. These protocols will be visible in all AMHS facilities...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    COVID-19    June 1, 2020

COVID-19 grief and loss assistance available through Red Cross

The American Red Cross recently launched a Virtual Family Assistance Center (VFAC) at https://www.redcross.org/virtual-family-assistance-center.html to support families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “This...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    COVID-19    June 1, 2020

Rent, mortgage assistance available to Anchorage residents

Applications are now open for the Municipality of Anchorage’s $1 million COVID-19 Rent and Mortgage Assistance Pilot Program, offering rent and mortgage support for individuals economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Municipality is par...

 

Shopping during a pandemic has history

I am going to talk about safe grocery shopping during our very own pandemic, but first, a most interesting digression. Recently I was reading "A Journal of the Plague Year" by Daniel Defoe, a...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    COVID-19    May 1, 2020

Four tips for COVID-19 shopping

Alaskans may be good at maintaining distance from each other, but if you’re a caregiver (and even if you’re not), eventually you’ll have to leave the house to get groceries, replenish medications, or gather other supplies. If you usually stock...

 
 By Jim Miller    COVID-19    May 1, 2020

Do pneumonia vaccines protect seniors from coronavirus?

Dear Savvy Senior: Do currently offered vaccines against pneumonia provide seniors any protection against the coronavirus disease? I’ve always been bad about getting vaccinated, but this coronavirus pandemic is causing me to change my thinking. - P...

 

Is your loved one in a nursing home? Questions you need to ask.

If you have a spouse, sibling, parent, or other loved one in a nursing home, you may be worried about their safety and well-being because of the coronavirus pandemic. AARP has consulted with leading nursing home experts to provide you with some key...

 
 By John Schieszer    COVID-19    May 1, 2020

Caregiver guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic

Older adults are at elevated risk for complications from COVID-19 and are dying at higher rates than younger patients. In light of these concerns, researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    COVID-19    May 1, 2020

Web series focuses on diabetes and COVID-19 care

The Stanford Center for Continuing Medical Education is offering a new national ECHO program series to address the urgent needs of primary care providers caring for patients with complex diabetes during the time of COVID-19. Part of an 18-month pilot...

 

COVID-19 digest, April 2, 2020

Alaska’s current case count As of April 1 at 3 p.m., Alaska had 10 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of affected citizens statewide to 143. There are nine individuals hospitalized, no new deaths, with 5,000-plus coronavirus tests...

 

AlaskaCare expands benefits during pandemic emergency

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a “pandemic” – the worldwide spread of a new disease. That same day Governor Mike Dunleavy issued a declaration of public health disaster emergency in response...

 
 By Nila Morgan    COVID-19    April 1, 2020

Medicare's response to the coronavirus threat

The number of diagnosed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has topped 125,000 globally as I write this article. Countries are closing their borders, travel restriction bans into the U.S. are going in...

 

COVID-19 digest, April 3, 2020

Current COVID-19 statistics from State of Alaska At the time of Thursday’s press briefing, the novel coronavirus had affected 157 Alaskans, with 11 new cases, 15 total hospitalizations, and no new deaths related to the disease. Governor Mike...

 

COVID-19 digest, April 6, 2020

Weekend brings additional COVID-19 cases to Alaska The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) announced on Sunday, April 5, one new death and 14 new cases of COVID-19 in four Alaska communities – Anchorage (4), Fairbanks (7),...

 

Alaska COVID-19 digest, April 7, 2020

State of Alaska coronavirus case count As of April 6, 2020, there are 191 Alaskans who have tested positive for COVID-19. Six new cases were identified during the evening press briefing, with two cases in Anchorage, one in Eagle River, one in Petersb...

 

Alaska COVID-19 digest, April 8, 2020

State of Alaska releases data hub for coronavirus tracking Governor Mike Dunleavy and the State Department of Health and Social Services released a comprehensive tool to help the public track cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). https://coronav...

 

COVID-19 digest, April 13, 2020

Alaska sport fish season still open The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced on Monday that sport and personal use fishing will remain open for the 2020 season, as long as individuals stay in compliance with State of Alaska public health...

 

New web portal available for COVID-19 economic impact payment information

Earlier this week, the Treasury Department launched a new web tool to allow registration for individuals seeking payment through the recently-passed CARES Act who do not normally file a federal income tax return. Qualified individuals who typically...

 

Municipality of Anchorage releases plan for relaxation of mandates

At a community briefing held late afternoon Monday, April 20, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz gave the first indication Anchorage is on the verge of reopening some businesses. Citing a plan called “Safe Anchorage: A Roadmap To Reopening the Municipality of A...

 

What should you do if you fall ill?

Here are do's and don'ts if you fall ill during this coronavirus crisis, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Do not leave home. Stay home. You may leave to see the doctor, but do not...

 

Safe and successful shopping during COVID-19

Alaskans may be good at maintaining distance from each other, but if you’re a caregiver (and even if you’re not), eventually you’ll have to leave the house to get groceries, replenish medications, or gather other supplies. If you usually stock...

 

COVID-19 Digest update, March 30

The Denali Center, a 75-bed rehabilitation and senior center in Fairbanks, recently began testing its residents and staff after one confirmed case of COVID-19 was established on Saturday, March 28. The facility, run by Foundation Health Partners,...

 

COVID-19 digest update: March 31, 2020

Current COVID-19 cases continue to increase across Alaska At the nightly press briefing on Tuesday, March 31, Dr. Anne Zink, of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 14 new cases of COVID-19 in five Alaska...

 

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