As COVID-19 case counts rise across the state, several regions are now on high alert after seeing drastic increases in community spread. Yet, State of Alaska officials seemed to have differing opinions about the need for concern regarding recent outbreaks of the disease.
How much longer will the skies remain clear? Through Thursday night, Anchorage and areas to the north should see high pressure ensure cold, dry weather. High winds and rain associated with a pair of storms are affecting the Aleutians. Clouds from these storms move into southcentral by Friday.
As temperatures drop, more people are seeking shelter, leading to what Anchorage’s homeless coordinator Nancy Burke called a “challenging position” for the city. On some nights, there wasn’t enough space at the emergency shelter inside the Sullivan Arena, which is the only shelter currently open for referrals. People had to be added to a waitlist or turned away.
Quickly cooling temperatures cause Alaska Native Medical Center to move COVID-19 testing inside for now. A winterized drive-thru solution is in the works for early November according to hospital officials.