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Changes being made at SPH and KPBSD in response to Covid-19


South Peninsula Hospital has added a new “ No Visitors” restriction in response to COVID-19. Derotha Ferraro called in to the KBBI COVID-19 Brief on Thursday morning to talk about the changes, including closing all the “downhill” hospital entrances.?    

“So now there’s only one entrance to the hospital and that’s the upper entrance and anybody coming through needs to be seeking medical care or have an appointment and they are screened very thoroughly. The other thing that happened yesterday is that we activated our alternate care sites. Some folks coming to the hospital for an appointment, they’re going to a location today. Our physical therapy moved down to 4201 Bartlett Street.?

Ferraro says that the hospital has moved some in-patients into those alternate care sites. According to Ferraro, As of Thursday morning,
    SPH has performed 33 coronavirus tests, utilizing the State of Alaska Labs and Quest Commercial Lab, which goes through Anchorage, then to California.
    South Peninsula Hospital is still waiting for results for 17 of the tests.
    The rest have come back negative.
    Jenny Carroll, Public Information Officer for the City of Homer, says they are developing the city’s website to keep the community informed and in-touch.
    More information for business, FAQs about the mandates that are coming out of Juneau…. As people shelter in place and don’t get out as much, we’re trying to get groceries delivered; to have little tasks done that can be done safely.’
    Kenai Peninsula Borough School District spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff says the district is delivering at-home learning packets to schools this week, and ramping up online learning for students of all ages.
    A few days ago, I know we had identified over 500 students that needed a device and we have Chromebooks we’re going to use for that. For the students and families that don’t have the ability to have internet, there are packets that they have available. Every child will have contact with a teacher or somebody from the school, every day when school starts on the 30th, on next Monday.”
    KPBSD’s Student Nutrition Services is preparing over 3,000 meals a day, loading them on busses and making them available to pick up. To sign up for meals for students. Call (907) 714-8890.
    You can hear the full, half hour COVID-19 Brief including, Lorne Carroll from the Alaska Department of Public Health and Chief Mark Kirko from Homer Volunteer Fire Department here.


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Kathleen Gustafson came to Homer in 1999 and has been involved with KBBI since 2003.
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