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COVID update 10: Governor closes state libraries, museums, boarding schools

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed for $4 million in state funds for the Department of Health and Social Services, along with open-ended authority for the State to receive federal funds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the funding, the department will bring temporary workers into the department to work statewide, especially to travel to rural areas to screen for COVID-19, the coronavirus that spread from Wuhan, China.

He also ordered the closures of state-operated libraries, archives, and museums to the public from March 17, 2020 through March 31, 2020. The closures mean all previously scheduled programs and events at these facilities must be postposed. Staff will continue to serve the public by phone and on the internet.

Residential school programs must begin sending students back to their families and home communities, a process that must be completed by March 27, the order states. The closures include Mount Edgcumbe High School and Galena Interior Learning Academy.

Gov. Dunleavy signed HB 29, expanding Telehealth across the state, reducing barriers, and requiring health insurers to cover it.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • School year is over folks.

    • Man, to be a kid in today’s age. Get a summer vacation that’s 5 months long. Imagine all of the chicanery we could get into!!

  • What is the point of sending the boarding school students home? Scatter them across the state and when they return, at least one will bring back the virus!

    • In Italy where they tested many people, they learned some things you won’t learn in countries where there is not adequate testing.

      Italy has found that 20 to 29 nine year olds were infected at a high rate.
      Those infected may not show symptoms or suffer badly but they are vectors passing the virus to others.

      The problem posed by sending all the college students home is complicated because they may have already picked up the virus before being sent home.

      Widespread and broad based testing isn’t a cure, but it tells you who needs to be quarantined and what areas are becoming areas that may need stricter lockdown.

      Too bad the administration sat on their hands for 10 weeks. Too bad they eliminated the infrastructure that was designed to cope with a pandemic.

      • Sounds like you are an expert in these sorts of situations. Perhaps you should offer your services to the governor and mayor. Your passive aggressive approach will undoubtedly make you a great leader and everyone will find it most helpful.

        • Look, there’s no question about the fact that Trump spent weeks denying we faced the problem we face.
          That’s indisputable fact.

          As for what we need do going forward, probably the safest bet is to learn from someone other than those who tried to deceive, or mislead you.

          Listen to the scientist and the health care specialists, immunologists, etc.

          Be wary of politicians, unfortunately some aren’t always to be counted on to give you clear and proper advice.

          If you don’t like hearing what I have to offer, go ahead with your life as if you never heard it, You can choose your own reality if you wish.

          It’s generally not a good idea during a global pandemic, but …

          And.
          What? You don’t think the mayor and governor both read Must Read Alaska daily?

          • It’s interesting when I see people write things like: “there’s no question about the fact…” The author of several books including Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton.said it best: “Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.” I am SO tired of people claiming their opinions are absolute fact.

        • Nayem’s comments are fair criticism. The current administration did eliminate the pandemic office that the previous admin setup in response to Ebola, and they did sit around scoffing — in concert with Fox and Breitbart, I should add — at countries for overreacting to this virus that kills three percent of people that get infected. That’s moving the decimal two integers to the right compared to the flu. They really screwed up and need to be called out. Even Always Trumpers should call out their party boss for the mistake and push for greater reliance on someone other than the stable genius to formulate pandemic response. If you can’t criticize a leader, then you’re either Maoist or a national socialist ,so which are you?

    • Live in dorms. Too close together

  • Well, Gretchen, I didn’t offer an opinion, I gave you facts and you attempt to label facts opinions.

    Up isn’t down because you say it’s an opinion.

    Up is a fact.

    If I said ‘Up is Down’ – you would be correct in labeling that an opinion.

    I didn’t say up is down, I offered facts.

    Learn the difference, it could save your life.

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