Alaska unemployment claims jump amid coronavirus concerns

Claims for unemployment benefits have risen sharply in Alaska as concerns over the coronavirus ripple through the state, officials said.

143 Alaskans have tested positive for COVID-19

Ten new people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Alaska, boosting the statewide total to 143 cases, with no additional hospitalizations or deaths, state health officials say.

Mental health services expanded

State legislators have approved granting advanced practice registered nurses and physician’s assistants authority to prescribe psychotropic medication without consent to patients in court-ordered inpatient care during a crisis situation.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alaska reach 133

Numbers of people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Alaska keep on slowly rising as state officials employ new mandates to slow the spread while building up health care resources to treat more anticipated patients. On Tuesday, March 31, the addition of 14 more people testing positive for COVID-19 pushed the statewide total to 133 people out of more than 4,600 who have been tested in Alaska.

Legislature approves Pioneer Home rate increases

Legislators have approved a bill boosting the cost of Pioneer Home rates that cannot exceed the annual Social Security cost of living adjustment, while raising the amount of income residents may keep for incidental and personal expenses.

Alaska confirmed cases of COVID-19 reaches 119

State health officials reported five new cases of the novel coronavirus in Alaska on Monday, March 30, two each in Anchorage and Fairbanks and one in Palmer, boosting the statewide total to 119 people.

Alaska confirmed cases of COVID-19 reaches 114

Twelve new cases of novel coronavirus in Alaska were confirmed on Sunday, March 29, all in communities with existing patients, boosting the statewide total to 114.

SBA economic injury disaster loans offered

Small businesses in Alaska suffering substantial economic loss as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic are now eligible to apply for U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital.

Alaska confirmed cases of COVID-19 reaches 102

Alaska had 102 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus as of Saturday, March 28, a boost of 17 over a day earlier.
An orange sky peeks through two layers of clouds out the window of Flight 66 bound for Cordova on Nov. 13. Photo by Annette Potter/The Cordova Times

New mandates on travel, distancing as COVID-19 cases hit 85 in Alaska

State officials hoping to slow the spread of novel coronavirus-19 have levied new mandates for social distancing and intrastate travel, as the number of confirmed cases of the virus causing a global pandemic grew to 85 in Alaska.

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