Mask Up to Keep Economy Open - Matherly

Jun 30, 2020
City of Fairbanks

City of Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly wants people to wear masks when out in public to slow the spread of COVID-19.


Jun 26, 2020

06-25-20 12:30 PM newscast

New Drive-up Testing Starts Next Week

Jun 26, 2020
Fairbanks North Star Borough

The Public Health Nurses in Fairbanks are partnering with the regional Fred Meyer pharmacist and the Fairbanks North Star Borough … to set up a new parking-lot COVID-19 testing facility in Fairbanks. Elizabeth Burton, the Regional Public Health Nurse says the drive-through testing will start next week, for people who are referred from the Fairbanks Health Center.

“We are planning to operate two days a week in the parking lot of the Carlson Center. Folks would need to call the Public Health Center at 452-1776 to register. The event is by appointment only.”

People getting a nasal swab test won’t even have to get out of their cars. This spring, Fairbanks medical providers have been getting limited coronavirus tests kits from the state.

Burton says this expanded COVID-19 testing came out of a relationship she developed with Mark Bohrer (BOR-er), the District Pharmacy Practice Coordinator for Fred Meyer in Alaska. He acquired some testing kits from Kroger, the parent company of the Fred Meyer stores, and arranged to ship them to Fairbanks.

“I’d heard about him through a state connection, then partly just educationg him about the need in Alaska, I don’t think he was really aware – kinda surprised – but then he took on a new interest in something he hasn’t done before.”

Bohrer is driving up to Fairbanks this weekend and will be ready to assist with the drive through testing next week. Burton says Volunteers in Policing will help people move through the facility safely. At the end of each day of testing, the kits will be taken to the State Virology Lab on the UAF campus for analysis.

She says the expanded testing should continue two days a week through the summer or until the extra supplies run out.

Foundation Health Partners

Alaska's resident COVID-19 case count has topped 755. There are also two new non-resident cases, bringing that total to 106. Recovered cases are now 475.

Local cases of COVID-19 are also on the rise, including two cases of employees at Tanana Valley Clinic, announced Thursday and a worker at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital announced Friday. The TVC employees were believed to become infected outside of their workplace. Nevertheless, 44 patients of the clinic might have been exposed and were contacted Thursday night and Friday.

The hospital employee was asymptomatic, and reported for testing when she learned she might be in close contact with someone who has the coronavirus disease.

Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race

Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race organizers plan to hold two races in 2021, one in Alaska, and one in the Yukon Territory. A release from Quest organizers in Alaska and the Yukon Territory, says the plan has come together


Like most institutions across the country the University of Alaska Fairbanks is uncertain about how much on campus activity there will be when the fall semester starts. A letter to the university community from UAF provost and executive vice chancellor Anupma Prakash says some classes will be conducted in person and campus housing will be available, both with precautions to limit potential transmission of COVID-19.

First COVID-19 Death In A Month

Jun 10, 2020
Foundation Health Partners
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

The 2020 Iditarod champ is finally home, thanks to an old cargo plane that had been sitting in Fairbanks for decades.

Thomas Warner won the race March 18th. He was stuck in the US and had been staying with friends in Fairbanks because of coronavirus-related, international travel restrictions of flying with dogs.

But he flew this week on a Fairbanks cargo plane with quite a history.


Jun 2, 2020

06-02-20 8:30 AM newscast

With an expected pandemic-caused shortage of tourists at Denali National Park this summer, the Park Service is increasing private vehicle access along the Park Road. The Road will be closed at Savage River, Mile 15 as of June 1, but Denali National Park spokesperson G.W. Hitchcock says people can register online