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.

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*UPDATE* Second coach tests positive.

No students have tested positive as of yet for Covid-19 among Homer High School football players, after they were ordered into quarantine following a positive test result that showed up in a coach or other adult associated with the program on Tuesday afternoon. School officials wouldn’t say exactly who the infected person was, but it is clear it wasn’t a student.  

Pat Race

The City of Homer is processing applications for HERG grants, the City's household funding for COVID relief. So far, the City has recieved 56 applications and distributed about $84,000 through the program. HERG has $1.5 million dollars in the fund and the deadline for applications is Friday, October 16.


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. 

City of Homer

The COVID-19 Incident Comand Team delivered their regular report to Homer City Council at Monday night's meeting. Fire and EMT Chief Mark Kirko told council he's been meeting with the city manager to to set up a plan for the City to reopen council chambers to the public. 

"I do want to say that you can expect something coming soon. If it's not prepared for you tonight then you will see it in the near future. Probably at the next meeting we'll have metrics of some sort of what that might look like as you move forward," said Chief Kirko


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.


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.

New assistance programs launched by city

Sep 11, 2020

Three new Covid-19 relief programs that have been in the works for the past several weeks are now taking applications. The programs cover non-profits, day-care, and social service organizations.
    The City of Homer’s Jenny Carrol was on Thursday morning’s Covid Brief with Kathleen Gustafson to discuss the programs.

Two years of disasters test Peninsula tourism

Sep 2, 2020

The end of summer is upon us.
    Before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down most recreational travel, this summer was predicted to be a potentially record-breaking year for tourism, and a welcome one after the wildfires of 2019 isolated much of the Kenai Peninsula and kept tourists abay.

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.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

    While schools on the Southern Kenai Peninsula will open for classes on Monday, parents have the option of keeping their kids at home from day one for either remote learning or home-schooling.
    District spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff talked about the options available in an online video.

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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

Mask use up as infection rate slows

Aug 13, 2020
City of Homer

Homer Mayor Ken Castner commented during Monday night’s city council meeting how pleased he was that he was seeing more people around the city wearing face masks. It coincides with a slowing of infection rate locally and around the state.
     “I really want to give my appreciation to the community for the increased use of masks. It's been really noticeable. And I appreciate the tolerance that people are exhibiting, because it's become a lot less edgy and a lot more acceptable,” Castner said. “And I hope that that trend continues.”

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.

Covid cases continue to rise

Aug 6, 2020
State of Alaska Dept. Health and Social Services

    On the Kenai Peninsula in the past week there have been 33 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed. Homer led the borough with 11 new cases, followed by Kenai and Soldotna with nine each, while Seward had four, not counting non-resident seafood worker cases.

    According to figures provided by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Anchorage had the vast majority of the state’s 755 new cases with 505. Infections rose 30 percent this week.