Coronavirus

The Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 shortly after it arrived at the South Peninsula Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

State opens next vaccination tier

More than 23% of peninsula residents have gotten first vaccine dose

 

Alaska state Sen. Lora Reinbold, an Eagle River Republican, holds a copy of the Alaska Constitution during a committee hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Juneau, Alaska. Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, sent Reinbold a letter on Feb. 18, 2021, saying she has used her position to “misrepresent” the state’s COVID-19 response. Reinbold said the letter was “full of baseless accusations and complaints.” (AP Photo / Becky Bohrer)

Dunleavy says Reinbold misrepresents virus response

Dunleavy said his administration will no longer participate in hearings led by Sen. Lora Reinbold

 

The Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 shortly after it arrived at the South Peninsula Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Appointments for next local vaccine clinic go live next week

Where to get a vaccine locally, and how to sign up

 

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

State: 179 new COVID-19 cases

Peninsula remains at intermediate alert level

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who spoke to the Empire via phone Wednesday, speaks at an Anchorage news conference on Dec. 11, 2020. (Courtesy photo/Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Alaska governor tests positive for virus; has mild symptoms

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms, his office announced Wednesday. Dunleavy, a 59-year-old Republican, is… Continue reading

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who spoke to the Empire via phone Wednesday, speaks at an Anchorage news conference on Dec. 11, 2020. (Courtesy photo/Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
PHOTO BY Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion 
Sanitization equipment is seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai.

1st KPBSD vaccine clinic to be held next week

The clinics are specifically for district staff

PHOTO BY Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion 
Sanitization equipment is seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai.
The Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 shortly after it arrived at the South Peninsula Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

State leads nation in COVID-19 vaccination

Where to get a vaccine locally, and how to sign up

The Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 shortly after it arrived at the South Peninsula Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

State: 37 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

Southern peninsula moves down into low risk

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Courtesy photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at an Anchorage news conference on Dec. 11. In a Sunday news conference, Dunleavy discussed the end of Alaska’s longtime COVID-19 disaster declaration and what it means for the state’s response to the virus.
Courtesy photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at an Anchorage news conference on Dec. 11. In a Sunday news conference, Dunleavy discussed the end of Alaska’s longtime COVID-19 disaster declaration and what it means for the state’s response to the virus.
Bonita Banks, nurse manager for the Medication for Addiction Treatment program at Homer Medical Center, prepares to remove a dose of the Moderna vaccine from a vial Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 during a vaccination clinic for seniors put on by the hospital and the City of Homer at Christian Community Church in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

State offers vaccines to next eligible group

Vaccine extended to teachers, those 50 and older with health risks or essential jobs, and more

Bonita Banks, nurse manager for the Medication for Addiction Treatment program at Homer Medical Center, prepares to remove a dose of the Moderna vaccine from a vial Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 during a vaccination clinic for seniors put on by the hospital and the City of Homer at Christian Community Church in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Health & Wellness Educator Bonita Banks, a nurse at South Peninsula Hospital, prepares to remove a dose of the Moderna vaccine from a vial Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 during a vaccination clinic for seniors put on by the hospital and the City of Homer at Christian Community Church in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Additional vaccines being offered this weekend

Definition of health care worker has been expanded

Health & Wellness Educator Bonita Banks, a nurse at South Peninsula Hospital, prepares to remove a dose of the Moderna vaccine from a vial Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 during a vaccination clinic for seniors put on by the hospital and the City of Homer at Christian Community Church in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A Kenai Peninsula Resident walks in to the Soldotna Prep School for her vaccine appointment during a clinic hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough and Soldotna Professional Pharmacy in Soldotna, Alaska on Jan. 23, 2021. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

State urges vaccine sign-ups

Hundreds of appointments remain open across the state

A Kenai Peninsula Resident walks in to the Soldotna Prep School for her vaccine appointment during a clinic hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough and Soldotna Professional Pharmacy in Soldotna, Alaska on Jan. 23, 2021. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)

Middle, high schoolers return to in-person learning full time

Elementary school students were already attending 5 days a week

Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Sanitization equipment is seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Sanitization equipment is seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
A man enters the Homer Post Office on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. On Jan. 20, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order directing that federal employees and people in federal buildings should all wear masks. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Federal agencies on peninsula are reviewing Biden’s executive order on masks

The order requiring mask wearing will mainly affect local federal buildings

A man enters the Homer Post Office on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. On Jan. 20, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order directing that federal employees and people in federal buildings should all wear masks. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Sarah Palmer holds up a swab before administering a COVID-19 test in late December. The state announced on Tuesday that a variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 had been detected in Alaska for the first time. (Photo by Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)

Virus variant detected in Alaska for the first time

There is no evidence of a difference in clinical outcomes associated with the variant.

Sarah Palmer holds up a swab before administering a COVID-19 test in late December. The state announced on Tuesday that a variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 had been detected in Alaska for the first time. (Photo by Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

500 additional vaccine doses will come to Homer

State reports 180 new cases, 1 new death on Wednesday

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)

Homer High has 1st COVID-19 case since reopening

Close contacts have been quarantined; school schedule not interrupted

Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)
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