Institute of Social and Economic Research

A long look at how Alaska’s economy will change and recover was presented recently to the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. In an online session, UAA economist Mouhcine Geuttabi stepped through employment and spending in Alaska before and after the pandemic.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District

The Pentagon agency that runs the nation’s missile-defense system halted work earlier this year on a $375 million radar facility near Clear, largely because of COVID-19 concerns. A congressional report says the decision will likely delay the Missile Defense Agency’s fielding of the advanced radar facility by about a year.

Dayne Broderson / Center ICE

A business and innovation office on the University of Alaska campus has pivoted this spring and summer to finding solutions for the coronavirus pandemic. The Center for Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship is offering startup money and support to Alaskans with ideas to do things differently.

6th Fairbanks-Area COVID-19 Death Recorded

Aug 13, 2020

Fairbanks recorded its sixth COVID-19-related death on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Alaska's Department of Health and Social Services announced on Wednesday, August 12. The person who died was a woman who lived in Fairbanks in her 70s with underlying health conditions.

Robyne / KUAC

The number of recorede positive COVID-19 cases in Fairbanks has declined.

The free COVID-19 testing center is open again today in the parking lot of the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. The drive-up testing tent is a collaboration between Alaska Public Health Nurses and the regional pharmacists from Fred Meyer. Alaska is processing about 10-thousand virus tests each week, but still cannot do enough.

Fairbanks North Star Borough schools will start with fully-remote learning on August 20th. At a six hour school board meeting last night, directors voted to re-assess school readiness and safety every two weeks. Whether to eventually move into classrooms hinges on COVID-19 numbers.

Rent and Mortgage Relief Comes to Interior

Jul 23, 2020
Ellen Grover / Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

About 8,000 households have applied for rent or mortgage relief from pandemic-related economic trouble. The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation took applications through the month of June and has started paying out grants to keep people in their homes.

A Fairbanks woman has died from COVID-19. The state Department of Health and Social Services reports that the woman was in her 80s and had pre-existing medical conditions. She is the 3rd Fairbanks North Star Borough resident, and 19th Alaskan to die from the virus.

The DHSS announced 94 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, 92 of which were Alaska residents in 15 communities.

The state reported 116 new cases of COVID-19 recorded on Saturday. It’s the largest single-day increase and the first time the state has seen over 100 cases in one day. Three of those were Fairbanks North Star Borough employees.

City of Delta Junction

Delta Junction city officials have temporarily closed the town’s library because one of the workers was in proximity to a person who later tested positive for COVID-19.