Coronavirus

Data from the Alaska State Department of Epidemiology on Thursday, May 6, 2021 show the media usage of respondents in a survey about COVID-19 information. The report notes that this is about general media usage, not just as it pertains to COVID-19. (Photo provided by the Alaska State Department of Epidemiology)

Survey: Friends, family most trusted among vaccine hesitant

The study analyzed the subset group of those surveyed who were not planning to get vaccinated, but who were open to learning more about the shots

 

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Five new COVID-19 deaths reported for Wasilla

Mat-Su Valley is at highest alert level for state

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A sign on Friday, April 1, 2021, points the way to COVID-19 vaccines and testing at the South Peninsula Hospital testing and vaccine site on Bartlett Street in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Anyone working or living in Alaska can get free vaccines at Spit or in town clinics

Vaccine effort is part of state’s ‘Sleeve’s Up for Summer’ campaign

A sign on Friday, April 1, 2021, points the way to COVID-19 vaccines and testing at the South Peninsula Hospital testing and vaccine site on Bartlett Street in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A sign on Friday, April 1, 2021, points the way to COVID-19 vaccines and testing at the South Peninsula Hospital testing and vaccine site on Bartlett Street in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Bartlett Street clinic offers walk-in vaccinations

South Peninsula Hospital now offers walk-in vaccinations at Bartlett Street clinic

A sign on Friday, April 1, 2021, points the way to COVID-19 vaccines and testing at the South Peninsula Hospital testing and vaccine site on Bartlett Street in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Juneau Empire file photo)

Point of View: Tourism relief is on the way

I’m proposing legislation directing $150 million of those funds toward broad, tourism-related relief.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Juneau Empire file photo)
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Alaska alert level remains higher than national average.

The COVID-19 positive test rate continues to rise on the southern Kenai Peninsula, with three new cases reported among school students or staff over the… Continue reading

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces a tourism aid initiative during a press conference on Friday, April 9, 2021, at Wings Airways Hangar in Juneau, Alaska. Dunleavy was joined by officials and business owners, including Alaska Sen. Peter Micciche (left). (Governer’s Office/Kevin Goodman)

Dunleavy announces tourism aid initiative

Dunleavy said 1.3 million tourists were expected to come to Alaska via cruise ship before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down operations.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces a tourism aid initiative during a press conference on Friday, April 9, 2021, at Wings Airways Hangar in Juneau, Alaska. Dunleavy was joined by officials and business owners, including Alaska Sen. Peter Micciche (left). (Governer’s Office/Kevin Goodman)
The South Peninsula Hospital vaccine team pose for a photo during a pop-up clinic for Homer Community Food Pantry volunteers and clients on Monday, April 12, 2021, at Homer United Methodist Church in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Rosanna Hunting, Annie Garay, RN; Anna Lewald, MPH, RN;  Dr. Christy Tuomi, Bonita Banks, BSN, RN;  Shari Daugherty and volunteer Mary Hayden. (Photo courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital)

Single-dose COVID shot on pause

Six severe blood clots were reported in relation to Johnson and Johnson/Janssen vaccine.

The South Peninsula Hospital vaccine team pose for a photo during a pop-up clinic for Homer Community Food Pantry volunteers and clients on Monday, April 12, 2021, at Homer United Methodist Church in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Rosanna Hunting, Annie Garay, RN; Anna Lewald, MPH, RN;  Dr. Christy Tuomi, Bonita Banks, BSN, RN;  Shari Daugherty and volunteer Mary Hayden. (Photo courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital)
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Alaska alert level is higher than national average.

COVID-19 cases continue rising statewide and on the southern Kenai Peninsula. Statewide, DHSS reported 156 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday for the Monday, April… Continue reading

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Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska.

‘Birthed by circumstance’: SoHi takes on COVID-19 in spring play

Soldotna High School students will share their COVID-19 experiences beginning on April 8 during a three-day in-person performance of “Pandemic: A Retrospective.” Director Sara Erfurth,… Continue reading

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Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Homer downgrades alert level to yellow

Alert level remains high statewide with 19.93 cases per 100,000.

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A sign on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, on the Sterling Highway near Soundview Avenue announces the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in Homer, Alaska, . (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

In public service announcement, governor urges Alaskans to get vaccinated

South Peninsula Hospital expects more than 2,000 doses in April

A sign on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, on the Sterling Highway near Soundview Avenue announces the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in Homer, Alaska, . (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Tracy Silta (left) administers a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to Melissa Linton during a vaccine clinic at Soldotna Prep School on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Get the vaccine’

Amid growing concern of long-term COVID symptoms, public health officials urge vigilance

Tracy Silta (left) administers a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to Melissa Linton during a vaccine clinic at Soldotna Prep School on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Students Sabriel Davidson and Kenadi Smith play on the swings on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 at Fireweed Academy in Homer, Alaska. Elementary students were able to return to onsite schooling five days a week starting Monday. (Photo courtesy Todd Hindman/Fireweed Academy)

District to relax mask requirement during outdoor activities

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is planning to relax masking requirements for staff and students when they are participating in outdoor activities, including recess.… Continue reading

Students Sabriel Davidson and Kenadi Smith play on the swings on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 at Fireweed Academy in Homer, Alaska. Elementary students were able to return to onsite schooling five days a week starting Monday. (Photo courtesy Todd Hindman/Fireweed Academy)
A sign on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, on the Sterling Highway near Soundview Avenue announces the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in Homer, Alaska, . (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A sign on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, on the Sterling Highway near Soundview Avenue announces the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in Homer, Alaska, . (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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Homer has seen no new COVID-19 cases in 14 days

Alert level remains high with 19.93 cases per 100,000.

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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)

More than a quarter of peninsula residents have gotten at least 1 vaccine dose

South Peninsula Hospital expects more than 2,000 doses in April

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)
Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer’s first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital’s medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)

Vaccine hesitancy among local health care workers mirrors national trends

CPH will continue to follow up with employees to see if they are interested in being vaccinated.

Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer’s first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital’s medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)
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