Chamber, city announced vaccination incentive program

The Cordova Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the city of Cordova, has launched a Cordova VaxCash Raffle using the same Cordova Cash Card platform through which Cordova residents received their local stimulus payment in 2020.

City ends mask mandate

At a Wednesday, May 19 meeting, Cordova City Council voted unanimously to repeal most local COVID-19 rules, including a rule requiring the wearing of face coverings.

City prepared to reduce mask rules by June 9

“We’re moving forward toward that day when we’re going to say, ‘No more masks,’” City Manager Helen Howarth said.

Exhibit features portraits of workers who braved pandemic

"It’s a great example of how art can connect people,” curator Denis Keogh said. “It’s a matter of showing appreciation to all those people that have been potentially at risk, who have been in public contact a lot because of their jobs."

City may reduce virus mandates in June

Cordova’s Unified Command may recommend a reduction in coronavirus-related restrictions in June. However, the city hopes to attain a 70% COVID-19 vaccination rate for eligible recipients before reducing mandates.

Cordova makes cautious return to in-person events

Mayor Clay Koplin praised community health care providers and the city’s medical response team for their efforts to get the public vaccinated."When you couple that with the work by the community to reduce our active cases back to zero again from our last mini-outbreak, and I think we can feel confident that it is time to relax protocols and get back to normal," Koplin said.

It’s been a year: After 12 months, Cordovans reflect on life under COVID

March 2021 marked the one-year anniversary of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Since then, Cordova has closed, reopened and readjusted too many times to count.

Surveys of highway damage resume after COVID delays

A project to identify infrastructure problems on the Copper River Highway is back on track after the coronavirus pandemic delayed surveying work during 2020.

Police chief returns from administrative leave

Police Chief Nate Taylor returned to work Monday, March 8. Taylor will spend the next four months under the mentorship of a retired Alaska police chief arriving from outside Cordova.

Police chief who failed to quarantine linked to virus outbreak

"It was a serious lapse in judgment," City Manager Helen Howarth said. "Our daycares are closed. We have public facilities down. We’re back in a place we never wanted to be… I apologize on behalf of the city for the actions of one of our employees. I’m horrified and dismayed, and every other sad word that I can think of."

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