New Tiers of Eligibility for Coronavirus Vaccines

Mar 6, 2021

The State of Alaska this week expanded the groups of people eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. South Peninsula Hospital’s Derotha Ferraro detailed them on Thursday’s Covid Brief with Kathleen Gustafson.

Updates from the Homer Emergency Operations Center

Mar 30, 2020

Monday evening four members of the Homer Unified Command, the emergency operations group overseeing response to coronavirus, spoke with KBBI about the work their sectors have been doing. We've separated the briefs into individual audio files from Homer Fire Chief Mark Kirko, South Peninsula Hospital spokesperson Derotha Ferraro, Public Health Nurse Lorne Carroll, and City Public Information Officer Jenny Carroll.

City of Seldovia

    In Governor Mike Dunleavy’s mandates restricting close contact between non-family members and clamping down on unnecessary travel was the possibility that remote communities could do more to isolate themselves from the coronavirus, including closing or restricting access to the town.

    Those conversations are taking place in Seldovia, a community of 226 on the south side of Kachemak Bay, according to City Manager Cassidi Cameron.


    Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has taken the strongest measures yet in trying to stem the spread of Covid-19, the coronavirus. He is putting restrictions on public interaction, and restrictions on in-state travel.

PPE supply a concern of local emergency responders

Mar 26, 2020

The Homer Unified Command gave a report to the city council Monday night regarding its preparations to face Covid-19 when the virus arrives in Homer.
    Fire Chief Mark Kirko of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department, who will be heading the Unified Command when the city manager leaves, said local emergency responders share the concerns of those elsewhere, and that is the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as gloves, masks, gowns and face shields.

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.


A notice Wednesday from the City of Homer announced the first case of Covid-19 associated with the community -- but the designation comes with a rather large asterisk: The case was attributed to Homer because while the person was from Homer, they were returning from the Lower 48 and was diagnosed upon arriving in Anchorage.
    Borough Emergency Manager Dan Nelson explains.

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

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 reporting system in place

Mar 19, 2020

    Kachemak Emergency Services were called out in the early hours of March 17 for a death that may or may not have had respiratory complications, but which, according to a borough spokesperson, was definitely not tied to Covid-19/the coronavirus.

       “I can confirm that yes there was a death, but not related to Covid,” said Brenda Ahlberg. “I wish I could give you more but out of respect for the family and our HIPAA requirements, that's as much as I can legally give you.”

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.

Sen. Stevens: Supply chain is secure

Mar 19, 2020
Matson Lines


    Worry over shortages have caused a run on items such as hand wipes and toilet paper, even though officials have said repeatedly that the supply chain from Outside to Alaska -- mostly through the Port of Seattle -- is secure.

    District P Senator Gary Stevens of Kodiak represents the south half of the Kenai Peninsula.

    Tuesday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a statewide health mandate due to the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases, both in Alaska and nationally.

    In an attempt to stem the transmission of new cases, the governor has mandated that all bars, breweries, restaurants, food and beverage kiosks or trucks, and other establishments serving food or beverages be closed to public dine-in service.

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.

OEM Director briefs Assembly on Coronavirus

Mar 17, 2020
via Kenai Peninsula Borough webstream


    The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly was hoping for a sparse audience at last night’s regular meeting in Soldotna in hopes of encouraging social distancing, and they got it, with only four people present in the audience.