More than 3,000 Fairbanks-area residents signed petitions Thursday calling for a recall election against Governor Mike Dunleavy. Fairbanks members of an organization that’s running the recall effort say they gathered those signatures over three hours in an event at Pioneer Park on the first day of a statewide petition drive launched in response to Dunleavy’s severe budget cuts and other actions.
Fort Greely officials say a civilian Army employee who works at the post has tested positive for COVID-19, the sickness brought on by the novel coronavirus.
A Fort Greely news release issued at 8 p.m. Thursday says the civilian recently had traveled out of state and is now undergoing evaluation and treatment. It says a clinic in nearby Delta Junction Interior Alaska Medical Clinic confirmed the positive test result. And Army and state health officials are now investigating whether other people may have been exposed to the virus.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported five new cases of COVID-19 Monday: 2 in Fairbanks, 2 in Anchorage and 1 in Palmer, bringing the statewide total to 119. Public Health officials are calling Fairbanks a “hot spot” for COVID-19 spread, because of a "cluster" of cases at the community long-term care facility and connected to a local medical building.
Last week, 2 residents and 4 staff members at Denali Center in Fairbanks tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak prompted the testing of all of the long-term care facility’s residents and staff, and results turned up one additional positive in a resident. Denali Center administrator Liz Woodyard shared the news during a Fairbanks Unified Incident Command press briefing Wednesday.