Kathleen Gustafson

Senior Producer

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

She is responsible for all aspects of local program and content creation, on-air and on-line, for KBBI.

When not working at the station, Kathleen teaches theater, storytelling and public speaking through Pier One Youth Theater and produces and directs local theater.

Ways to Connect

CDC

The Coffee Table is in two parts this week. First, Dr. Rob Downey and Public Health Nurse Lorne Carroll answer listener questions on the virus, health and wellness.
In the second half, Pastor Aaron Weisser from Church on the Rock Homer and Mike Miller, Executive Director of the Homer Foundation, talk about their respective funds for local individuals and organizations.
To donate to or apply for individual relief funds, go to ilovehomer.org/
To donate to The Homer Foundations's COVID-19 Response Fund, go to

Homer Electric Association's annual meeting is still up in the air, but their board of directors election is underway. The ballots are going out to co-op members this week.

District 3  -  Kasilof south to Kachemak Bay area -  has three candidates for one seat: Troy A. Jones of Homer, Pete Kinneen of Anchor Point and incumbent Eugene Alan “Jim” Levine of Homer.

CDC

Local city, state and hospital officials called-in to KBBI on Monday night for a COVID-19 update.
Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital says The Homer Medical Clinic on Bartlett Street is now serving as the hospital’s urgent care center and staying open until 8 p.m.
And, as of this week, more people will be eligible for a test and SPH will be adding an additional location for testing.

Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the AK Department of Public Health, Chief Mark Kirko of Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Jenny Carroll from the City of Homer join KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson for the Thursday COVID-19 Brief.

If you do not have a health care provider and are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call the Homer Public Health offices at (907) 235-8857.

Mike Ilg, Director of Homer Community Schools, is the city's new coordinator for local relief and response to COVID-19. He talks about access to services and checks-in with Homer Church on the Rock, The Homer Foundation, Homer Chamber of Commerce, and Green Dot Homer, The Homer Community Food Pantry and The Salvation Army.

For a master list of phone numbers of resources for food, food deliveries, rental and utility assistance, go to https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/covid19

Guardian Flight Alaska

You’ll see and hear increased helicopter traffic around South Peninsula Hospital this week, according to SPH spokesperson Derotha Ferraro.

 Guardian Flight Services is stationing medivac helicopters on the peninsula, one will be based on the helipad at the hospital. Expect touch-and-go exercises for a few days.

PBS

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.
    

South Peninsula Hospital

Updates and information from:
Nurse Lorne Carroll from AK Department of Public Health, Chief Mark Kirko from Homer Volunteer Fire Department, Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital, Pegge Erkeneff from Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Jenny Carroll from the City Of Homer.
You can access updated information anytime at the City of Homer website.  http://cityofhomer-ak.gov/

City of Homer

When it comes to coronavirus, we need to flatten the curve.  We want to avoid huge spikes in infections in a short period of time. Let’s not overwhelm our healthcare system.  Flattening the curve means taking actions now that keep the virus from spreading quickly.  Don’t shake hands.  Make sure to cover your sneezes and coughs.  Wash your hands more frequently.  Call your health provider first before going in.  Telemedicine options are also highly encouraged.  Learn more at coronavirus.alaska.gov
 

City of Homer

To prevent the spread of coronavirus, it is important that all Alaskans take social distancing seriously. It is also really important that you stay home if you are sick, even with a mild respiratory illness. We recommend preparing your home to self-quarantine for two weeks. That means having enough food and essential supplies on hand for fourteen days, not for four months. Learn more about how to prepare and prevent the spread of COVID-19 at coronavirus.alaska.gov.

City of Homer

The City of Homer is facilitating live, weekly, local updates of information on COVID-19. Thursday, March 19, Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Kirko presented updated information and took calls from KBBI listeners.

This is KBBI Homer with a weekly live call in COVID-19 update, this week with Chief Mark Kirko from the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital. Derotha starts off the conversation talking about the hospital's procedures for keeping safe.
SPH: 

Homer Medical Clinic

This is Dr. Bell from the Homer Medical Center. I would like you to join me in flattening the curve.

What does that mean?
It means taking actions now that keep the virus from spreading exponentially, avoiding the sudden dizzying increases seen in Italy and other countries. Many people who spread COVID 19 are highly contagious before they even know they are sick.

KBBI

Remember if you are an older adult or have a severe chronic medical condition, make sure to put distance between yourself and others to help reduce the risk of being exposed to coronavirus.
Stay home as much as possible. Watch some movies and catch up on those books you always wanted to read.
If you do not have enough household items and groceries on hand, find a friend to run those errands for you. Take care of yourself and if you need to seek medical attention, please call first.
Learn more at coronavirus.alaska.gov

KBBI

About 50 peninsula residents gathered at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds multi- purpose building for a public hearing on Monday, March 9 to hear testimony on the necessity for a borough fire and emergency medical service area. 

KBBI

This week’s commentary is from Nurse Bonita Banks, Health and Wellness Educator at South Peninsula Hospital. Nurse Banks has some tips on steering clear of viruses.

For complete information on coronavirus in Alaska, go to coronavirus.alaska.gov. The website is updated every day at noon.

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