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Knowing how many people in Homer have COVID-19 is crucial to safely opening up business on the peninsula. With narrow parameters for who can be tested and an initial scramble for test kits and protective equipment, local health care providers have only been able to determine so much.  KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson has the story on the city of Homer's efforts to detect COVID-19 in wastewater.

Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski

KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson sat down with Senator Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday afternoon to talk about federal response to COVID-19.
Click on the arrow to hear the entire interview.


Kathleen Gustafson, KBBI:
What I have done is contact the City of Homer and asked them if there were questions that they would like addressed or issues they would like to hear about and also I contacted our sister station up in Kenai, KDLL to see what they might like so I can share this interview with them as well.


As of Monday, April 20 at 5 p.m. South Peninsula Hospital has submitted 178 COVID-19 tests, 158 returned negative, 19 are still pending. Since testing began, one test has come back positive. That was three  weeks ago. That person has since been determined  to have recovered.

KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson met, virtually, with Jenny Carroll from the City of Homer, Public Health Nurse, Lorne Carroll and Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital for a COVID-19 Update. Ferraro begins by explaining why more people are now eligible for tests.


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

Homer Community Food Pantry is updating their services to meet the challenges of dealing with COVID-19.  Their time of service has expanded to Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you need home delivery of an emergency food box or a senior box, call 235-1968. To support the food pantry financially, go to and click on the donate button on the homepage.

Clink on the audio to hear Dennis Weidler go over the changes, additions and opportunities to donate.

Kathy Carssow

Kathy Carssow is a volunteer for the Recall Dunleavy effort in Homer.

The views expressed in this commentary do not reflect those of KBBI’s staff board or volunteers.


Hello, this is Kathy Carssow. I volunteer on the Homer Recall Dunleavy campaign.  In just 3 weeks, over 11 hundred voters on the Southern Kenai Peninsula signed the petition to put the recall question before Alaska voters.  Now Recall Dunleavy has launched “Sign At Home,” a safe and remote way for you to join us in putting Alaska back on track.

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.

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

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.