Alaska reports first case of novel coronavirus

A man has tested positive for the new coronavirus in Alaska, the first such known case in the state, officials said.

School district suspends district-sponsored travel for students and staff

Cordova School District has suspended district-sponsored travel for both students and staff, according to a Friday, March 13 release by Superintendent Alex Russin. This excludes travel already underway, though this may also be curtailed as new information emerges.

State issues new COVID-19 traveler advisory

State health officials are now advising all travelers returning within 14 days from any area with widespread ongoing spread of the coronavirus to stay home and avoid contact with other household members.

Limits placed on access to Capitol

Legislators trying to balance the need for public access with the critical issue of passing a budget are now limiting access to the state capitol while the public participates via written and telephonic testimony.

Long list of closures just keeps growing

A growing list of governmental, non-profit and private business facilities have announced temporary closures of various lengths in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, which through mid-March was confirmed to have infected only one foreign commercial pilot.

Cordova declares disaster emergency

Cordova Mayor Clay Koplin has declared a state of disaster emergency effective until midnight March 23, so steps can to be taken to reduce the threat of the coronavirus already spreading globally to Cordova.

Library, museum, other facilities closed

Cordova Public Library, Cordova Historical Museum, the Bidarki Recreation Center and Bob Korn Memorial Pool will be closed until at least March 30.

Alaska restaurants and bars to halt dine-in service

Alaska food and drink establishments must halt public dine-in service, by order of a mandate announced Tuesday, March 17 by the governor’s office.

To cancel or not to cancel?

Social distancing has, overnight, become a universally recognized norm. But just how much distance is enough?

Cordova readies for arrival of virus

Schools, businesses and city departments have drawn up plans to respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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