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Alaska readies for flu season as COVID pandemic continues

Alaska readies for flu season as COVID pandemic continues

Get your flu vaccines and save lives, Alaska’s chief medical officer says.

Alaska readies for flu season as COVID pandemic continues
City reports new cases, state announces 46th death

City reports new cases, state announces 46th death

City and Borough of Juneau reported three new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. How the people contracted COVID-19 is still under investigation, the city said in… Continue reading

City reports new cases, state announces 46th death
Gov. Mike Dunlevy speaks at a news conference on Aug. 18, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

State says additional unemployment payments are coming soon

People will receive the extra $300 payment for each week filed if eligible to receive $100 or more.

Gov. Mike Dunlevy speaks at a news conference on Aug. 18, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
A sign seen near Twin Lakes on Sept. 17 encourages residents to wear cloth face coverings while in public. A social gathering tied to a recent cluster of cases of COVID-19 is unlikely to lead to punishment, but city officials are hopeful it may encourage people to be more cautious. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
A sign seen near Twin Lakes on Sept. 17 encourages residents to wear cloth face coverings while in public. A social gathering tied to a recent cluster of cases of COVID-19 is unlikely to lead to punishment, but city officials are hopeful it may encourage people to be more cautious. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
People sit outside the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The JACC is poised to serve as an emergency warming shelter through the first quarter of next year. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
People sit outside the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The JACC is poised to serve as an emergency warming shelter through the first quarter of next year. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
City votes to create spending plan with federal deadline looming
City votes to create spending plan with federal deadline looming
Pitney wants to bring certainty back to UA
Pitney wants to bring certainty back to UA
The Nutcracker is on the verge of defeat at the hands of the Mouse King in this December 2019 photo. This year would have been the 13th consecutive year Juneau Dance Theatre staged a full performance of the famous ballet, but it has been canceled because of the pandemic.(Courtesy Photo / Juneau Dance Theatre)
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Annual ballet performances canceled

A digital alternative is in the works.

The Nutcracker is on the verge of defeat at the hands of the Mouse King in this December 2019 photo. This year would have been the 13th consecutive year Juneau Dance Theatre staged a full performance of the famous ballet, but it has been canceled because of the pandemic.(Courtesy Photo / Juneau Dance Theatre)
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City awaits results from hundreds of COVID-19 tests
City awaits results from hundreds of COVID-19 tests
Antarctica is still free of COVID-19. Can it stay that way?

Antarctica is still free of COVID-19. Can it stay that way?

At this very moment a vast world exists that’s free of the coronavirus

Antarctica is still free of COVID-19. Can it stay that way?
Coach Merry Ellefson compliments runners on a job well done after a race. (Courtesy Photo / Debbie Lowenthall)

Long-distance running meets socially distanced competition

Team spirit carries Juneau-Douglas Yadaa.at Kalé High School’s runners on where others falter.

Coach Merry Ellefson compliments runners on a job well done after a race. (Courtesy Photo / Debbie Lowenthall)
A sign on the doors of the Alaskan Hotel and Bar in downtown Juneau letting customers know of a temporary closure. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
A sign on the doors of the Alaskan Hotel and Bar in downtown Juneau letting customers know of a temporary closure. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
A screener talks to a driver at a temporary testing site outside Centennial Hall. The City and Borough of Juneau set up additional testing centers in the parking lot of Centennial Hall in downtown Juneau on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Additional sites were needed to meet high demand for testing following a advisory earlier in the week. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Drive-thru testing now available downtown

No symptoms or appointment needed but expect a wait.

A screener talks to a driver at a temporary testing site outside Centennial Hall. The City and Borough of Juneau set up additional testing centers in the parking lot of Centennial Hall in downtown Juneau on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Additional sites were needed to meet high demand for testing following a advisory earlier in the week. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Mason John attends class with his schoolmates from Sayéik Gastineau Community School over Zoom, Sept. 3, 2020. (Courtesy photo / Marjorie John)

Parents say new school year comes with fresh challenges

For working parents, taking part in children’s education can tax limited resources.

Mason John attends class with his schoolmates from Sayéik Gastineau Community School over Zoom, Sept. 3, 2020. (Courtesy photo / Marjorie John)
CBJ clarifies testing recommendation

CBJ clarifies testing recommendation

Bar patrons should get tested.

CBJ clarifies testing recommendation
Outbreak leads some bars, breweries to close
Outbreak leads some bars, breweries to close
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

City recommends bar patrons get tested for the coronavirus

Advisory comes amid report of 19 new cases.

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)
State reports a low number of new COVID-19 cases
State reports a low number of new COVID-19 cases
First Student employees and Juneau School District food services supervisor Adrianne Schwartz, left, carry student meals off the bus they’re being distributed from near Juneau-Douglas High School:Yadaa.at Kalé, March 16, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Juneau schools announce changes to meal program

They start on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and are expected to last through December.

First Student employees and Juneau School District food services supervisor Adrianne Schwartz, left, carry student meals off the bus they’re being distributed from near Juneau-Douglas High School:Yadaa.at Kalé, March 16, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
Vaccine distribution plan? Health officials say Alaska already has one
Vaccine distribution plan? Health officials say Alaska already has one