News, Updates and Stuff [April 6th] - P.O.W. Report

Sunday, April 5, 2020

News, Updates and Stuff [April 6th]

Because of how quick news moves these days, it's easier to make one mega-post than a bunch of small ones. So for your convenience here are the updates that I know of: 

Dunleavy Takes Additional Action on Alaska COVID-19 Economic Stabilization Plan

April 3, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy today announced new steps taken to advance the Alaska COVID-19 Economic Stabilization Plan. The Governor amended COVID-19 Disaster Order of Suspension No. 2 to include additional suspensions of certain state government fees and fines, and highlighted the availability of the Payment Protection Program, a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan that will help businesses maintain their workforce during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

COVID-19 Disaster Order of Suspension No. 2, amended on April 1, 2020, suspends certain fees and fines within the Department of Health and Social Services, Department of Administration, Department of Commerce, Department of Labor, Department of Revenue, Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Transportation, and the Department of Fish and Game through May 11, 2020 unless otherwise noted.

“I thank my team of Commissioners for finding ways to ease the burden on businesses and individuals as we face an economic slowdown due to COVID-19. My administration continues to find areas in which we may lift fees and fines, move tax deadlines, and wisely encourage/practice social distancing,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy.

The SBA today began accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program. Small businesses can apply through Alaska lenders for the Paycheck Protection Program, provided by the Federal CARES Act. The loan is designed as an incentive for businesses to keep employees employed throughout the COVID-19 economic slowdown. The SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Additional information can be found here.

“I encourage Alaskan businesses who have been impacted by this virus to explore the available options through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA Paycheck Protection Program is available today and can be used to cover payroll for your employees,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “My administration will continue to examine ways the State government can stabilize the economy and remove barriers to keep businesses operational. Together, with our Alaska Economic Stabilization Team, we are working to find ways to turn industry ideas into tangible and impactful policy.”

Ketchikan Services Intact

Part of the New Ward Cove Dock Came in Over the Weekend

New Chinese Coronavirus Cases

One new death and 14 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Alaska

April 5, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced one new death and 14 new cases of COVID-19 in four Alaska communities – Anchorage (4), Fairbanks (7), Juneau (2) and Seward (1). This brings the total case count in Alaska to 185.

These new cases and the new death were reported from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on April 4 and reflect data posted at noon today on This new reporting schedule for Alaska’s COVID-19 cases began on Thursday with the rollout of a new data dashboard.

The person who died is a 71-year-old Anchorage resident who acquired the infection outside of Alaska, tested positive on March 28 and had been hospitalized in state. The patient had preexisting health conditions.

Also of note today is that one of the Anchorage cases is a staff member at the McLaughlin Youth Center (MYC) within the DHSS Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Since learning of the positive test result, DJJ Director Tracy Dompeling has been in close contact with the Alaska Section of Epidemiology and the Anchorage Health Department to facilitate contact investigations. DJJ is implementing all recommended and necessary protective measures for both staff and residents.

“We express our condolences to the family and loved ones of the Anchorage resident who died and is included in our case count today. Our thoughts are with them,” said DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum. “Regarding the situation at McLaughlin, please know DJJ is working closely with state and local public health officials to ensure that MYC residents, staff and anyone who may have been in contact with this positive case is aware of this situation and knows what we plan to do.”

Because all of the DJJ facilities around Alaska are 24-hour facilities, operations cannot cease and all employees cannot be sent home to telecommute. Additional measures being taken to safely staff the facility at this time include:

Bringing in state and local public health officials to assist with testing and contact investigations.
Prioritized testing for staff and clients.
Sending home staff members from the affected unit who likely had contact with the individual who tested positive.
DHSS remains committed to protecting the health and safety of staff and residents at all DJJ facilities. Since March 27, before this positive case occurred, DJJ had already suspended in-person visitation for family members and religious volunteers, providing visitation and services through electronic means. Other measures already in place at the facility include frequent handwashing, routine disinfection of high-touch surfaces and encouraging staff members who are sick to stay home.

Of the new cases from yesterday that are reported today, five are male and nine are female. Two cases are aged 10-19, three are aged 30-39, one is aged 40-49, three are aged 50-59, three are aged 60-69 and two are aged 70-79. A total of 20 people cumulatively have ever been hospitalized in Alaska; four new hospitalizations have been added in the past 24-hour reporting period.

Wrangell Makes a Drive in Theatre

POW Marathon Canceled and Rescheduled till 2021

The 2020 Marathon Planning Committee met on this day to lay out a plan of action for our POW Marathon in light of the global pandemic.

As our sponsors and supporters are the backbone of this event, this first official statement goes to all of you.

It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to postpone the staging of this event to May 29, 2021.

We are deferring your sponsorship and support to the 2021, as we are also doing for the 71 registrants.

For our Gold and Silver sponsors, the shirts are here and they will be printed up at the Camo Shop. We have removed the date and it will just state “Memorial Day Weekend”

Sponsor plaques have been completed by Mike Cleary, awaiting the medals for attachment to Gold/Silver plaques.

We were able to remove the 2020 date from the medal design. We expect them to arrive this month.

These will be ready early then for 2021, and we can wear them for a longer period of time!!!

Our facebook page, website, and the Race Entry website will carry additional information before the day is done.

You will receive a newsletter update with details of all that you have made possible for this event that will be ready for 2021.

Some good news: Our guest speaker Andrea Peet is ready to return in May 2021. Let’s pray for her and all of our continued health.

Thank you, A Team. I look forward to sharing with you some of the great stuff that you have made possible. This event will go beyond where we have been in the past 20 stagings.

Jan Bush, on behalf of the Planning Committee gathered on ZOOM today.


Jean Jackson
Ann Williams
Trina Nation
Gretchen Klein

Ketchikan Fire Department Welcomes a New Member

Welcome to the Ketchikan Fire Department, FF/EMT Ken Furchtenicht! Acting Chief Brainard welcomed Ken at Station 2 where is he stationed on the ambulance crew.

The official badge pinning ceremony will occur later this season when it’s safe to gather for a celebration.

Please join us in welcoming our newest Firefighter/EMT.

Ken is on the left

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