News Updates April 8, 2020 - P.O.W. Report

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

News Updates April 8, 2020

Because news is happening so quick it's easier to make one mega-post than many smaller ones. 

TeleTown Hall with Murkowski and Sullivan

Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are going to have another teletown hall this Thursday April 9, at 9:15pm ET (5:15pm Alaska time) regarding COVID-19.

How can people participate in the teletown hall?

· Register online by going to this link. Once they sign up, they’ll receive a phone call with the number they register with at the time of the event on Thursday.

· For people who don’t register --- they can tune in via that link where it’ll be livestreamed, BUT that means they don’t get to ask a question over the phone if they don’t register.

Governor Issues Update to COVID-19 Health Mandate 005

April 7, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy, with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today issued an update to the State of Alaska’s COVID-19 Health Mandate 005 on Elective Medical Procedures in order to preserve staff personal protective equipment (PPE) and patient care supplies; ensure staff and patient safety; and expand available hospital capacity.

COVID-19 Health Mandate 005 states “all patients, providers, hospitals, and surgical centers are required to postpone or cancel all non-urgent or elective procedures until June 15, 2020 to decrease the overall impact on the Alaska health care structure and preserve personal protective equipment.”

The corresponding Attachment C clarifies non-urgent or elective procedures that are to be postponed or canceled under COVID-19 Health Mandate 005.

The Governor’s COVID-19 Health Mandates can be found here.
For the latest information on Alaska’s response to COVID-19, please visit

Craig/Ketchikan Herring Fishery Update #11

Ketchikan Update

SEALASKA Pledges $1 Million to COVID-19 Relief and Recovery

Sealaska’s board of directors has approved a $1 million COVID-19 relief and recovery package to help Alaska Native communities respond to the impact from the coronavirus. This pledge provides emergency response funding for several nonprofit organizations delivering urgent recovery services. The donation will also bolster the efforts of tribes throughout Southeast Alaska and other support agencies across the state that are working to meet emergency needs.

Several of the organizations being funded specifically support Alaska Native Elders and youth at a time when they are most vulnerable. Although special relief initiatives are rolling out from federal and local governments, Sealaska is looking to provide immediate support for shareholders who are disproportionately affected by the economic consequences of the crisis.

“The board felt strongly that we needed to move — and move quickly — to help our shareholder families and neighbors. None of us know what the greatest needs will be in the future. So, in order to be strategic and nimble we are moving resources to local organizations that know how to prevent the most vulnerable people from falling through the gaps,” said Morgan Howard, Sealaska finance committee chair.

Approximately $500,000 will be disbursed immediately to a number of organizations serving people across Alaska and the Seattle area, including all 19 of the federally-recognized tribes in Southeast Alaska, the Blood Bank of Alaska, and Capital City Fire/Rescue. This funding will address emergency needs to help stabilize families, ensure delivery of essential services like food distribution, and help parts of our population like the homeless and others struggling during this crisis. The full list of organizations can be found on our COVID-19 response page on our website.

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