COVID-19 Brief

Thursday Mornings 10am

The COVID-19 Brief is a weekly live, call-in show with in with the Homer Unified Command-The City of Homer, South Peninsula Hospital, AK Dept of Public Health and Kenai Peninsula Borough School District- to update the community on the local Covid-19 situation.

Jenny Carroll, Information Officer for the City of Homer, Pegge Erkeneff from Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital discuss the latest from the Homer Unified Command. They answer listener questions about the City's COVID relief funds for mortgage and fisheries, about the Southern Peninsula's, now 100%, remote learning system and Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital traces the path from swab to test results.

CDC

The COVID Incident Command Team made their regular report to Homer City Council Monday night amid rising case counts across the state and the switch to remote learning at McNeil Canyon Elementary School. Schools in Seward and Moose Pass are already all  100% remote learning  and Central Peninsula schools are preparing to switch to remote learning if case counts rise. Derotha Ferraro, spokesperson for South Peninsula Hospital says that their testing has identified ten positive cases in Homer in the last ten days, one of them, an employee of the hospital. 

 

APRN

This week, Pegge Erkeneff, spokesperson for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital, answer listener questions about testing, privacy and the quarantine period for Homer High School's football team.

At the time of the show, only one of the HHS Football coaches had been confirmed positive for COVID-19. Since the show on Thursday morning, a second member of the coaching staff was confirmed positive.
 

CDC

The City of Homer's COVID-19 Incident Command Team checks in for their regular, live, Thursday briefing. 
Jenny Carroll, Public Information Officer for the City of Homer, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Derotha Ferraro, spokesperson for South Peninsula Hospital take questions from the listeners. 

KBBI

On this morning's COVID-19 Brief, panelists:
Pegge Erkenef, Spokesperson for Kenai Peninsula Borough School District,
Jenny Carroll from the City of Homer,
Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Center and AK State DHSS, and Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital, answer questions from the listeners and talk about COVID immunity, CARES Act funding and safety protocols in the school system.
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KBBI

Homer's COVID -19 Incident Command addressed Homer City Council during Monday's meeting.

Nurse Lorne Carroll told the Council that of the three public health nurses on the Southern Peninsula, oneis completely dedicated to contact tracing and his own time is over 90 percent occupied by contact tracing.

The Covid-19 Brief

Sep 4, 2020
KBBI

Students in schools all across the borough will be attending classes in person starting Tuesday, except maybe in Nanwalek, where issues other than Covid-19 have kept students at home.
    During Thursday morning’s Covid Brief with Kathleen Gustafson, school district spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff said cases in the Central Peninsula had gotten low enough that students could start attending classes in person, but added that water issues may still affect students in the South Kachemak Bay community.

City of Homer

During the COVID-19 Incident Command Report at last night's Homer City Council meeting , Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital updated the council with the latest numbers.

CDC

On this week's edition of the Covid Brief, fill-in host Josh Krohn welcomes Kenai Peninsula Borough School District spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff and Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District Executive Director Tim Dillon to discuss back-to-school issues and the emergency financial aid process.

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Jenny Carroll, from the City of Homer and Derotha Ferraro, spokesperson for South Peninsula Hospital answer questions from the listeners and talk about City CARES Act funding, update the local data on COVID-19 and navigate the Kenai Peninsula School District's webpage.
You can access the school district's data set for determining whether classes will meet, day to day, at 
kpbsd.k12.ak.us/communications.
 

State of Alaska

Teachers and administrators are already back to work. They're preparing for students to return to classrooms on August 24. How will schools be able to keep students and workers safe?On this weeks COVID-19 Brief,  Principal Kari Dendurent from Homer Middle School, Pegge Erkeneff, spokesperson for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and Doug Waclawski, principal at Homer High School take questions from the listeners.

The Covid Brief -- More testing, more masks

Jul 23, 2020
CDC

The incidence of Coronavirus infection around Homer has been lower so far in July than in June, when the Lower Kenai Peninsula was regularly leading the state -- outside of Anchorage -- in positive tests.
    On Thursday's Covid Brief, South Peninsula Hospital’s Derotha Ferraro spoke to the decline in positive test results.
    “It is true that we've slowed down a bit with our positive cases in the month of July, as compared to June,” Ferraro said. “June, we were really doing a lot of testing and seeing a higher positivity rate.”

CDC

Jenny Carroll, Information Officer for the City of Homer, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Clinic, Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital, and Jody Mastey, administrator for the SBERG loan program are the guests this week. Every Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson and representatives from the Homer Unified Command answer listener questions live on the air. If you have questions for the panel, email them to kathleen@kbbi.org.

CDC

Jenny Carroll, Information Officer for the City of Homer, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Clinic, Pegge Erkeneff from Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital discuss the latest from the Homer Unified Command and answer listener questions about COVID relief funds, the fall semester and who qualifies for a COVID test.
Go to the City of Homer's COVID-19 page for links and information.

CDC

Homer's COVID-19  Incident Command Team takes listener questions.  Jenny Carroll from the City of Homer and  DHSS Nurse Lorne Carroll talk about what causes a  false positive and if differences in level of  exposure to  COVID-19  affect the severity of patients' response to the virus.

South Peninsula Hospital Spokesperson Derotha Ferraro talks about the six cases of COVID-19 among workers at SPH that were confirmed by The Homer News this week.
 


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