Scientists who study Arctic climate say their research will suffer if the Trump administration goes ahead with big budget cuts reportedly under consideration for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And they say the proposed cuts also would hinder meteorologists’ ability to forecast weather in Alaska and worldwide.
Health professionals in Fairbanks are repeating their plea to the public to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as cases in the Interior increase.
A resident of Denali Center in Fairbanks has tested positive for COVID-19. The long-term residential health facility is part of the community non-profit Foundation Health Partners, FHP, that also runs Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Tanana Valley Clinic. There are also five FHP staff members who have tested positive for the disease, and more announcements are expected today.
Two of the Fairbanks area’s recent COVID-19 cases are health care workers. Speaking during a daily incident management team video conference yesterday (Wednesday, March 25), Shelly Ebenal, Executive Director of Foundation Health Partners (operator of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Tanana Valley Clinic and Denali Center) said the first individual isolated at home after experiencing symptoms March 20th, then got a positive test result Monday.