Covid Brief

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, 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.
 


AMHS

Anticipation was high when the State Ferry Tustumena turned around in Dutch Harbor on Saturday and made a beeline back for Kodiak after a crew member was diagnosed with COVID-19, but when it pulled into Homer shortly after 7 p.m. on Monday, healthcare professionals were already prepared to test the remaining crew and the six passengers onboard.
    During Thursday’s Covid Brief on KBBI, Alaska Public Health Nurse Lorne Carroll and South Peninsula Hospital’s Derotha Ferraro discussed what happened after the Tusty arrived.

State of Alaska

The Homer COVID-19 Incident Command Team welcomes epidemiologist, Dr. Michelle Rothoff and Chief Medical Officer for the State of Alaska, Dr. Anne Zink to the panel to take questions from the listeners.

Also, Jenny Carroll, Comminucations Officer for the City of Homer goes over the updated State quarantine and testing mandates for travelers.

And, DHSS Public Health Nurse Lorne Carroll and Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital respond to the listeners and provide local updates and perspectives.

Transcription

CDC

Jenny Carroll, Information Officer for the City of Homer, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Clinic, and Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital discuss the latest from the Homer Unified Command and answer listener questions about the 5 new cases of COVID-19  detected through tests conducted at SPH.

For updated, local, state and national information about COVID-19, go to:cityofhomer-ak.gov/covid19

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Thursday CBrief 200528

PBS

On the day after the first death at South Peninsula Hospital from Covid-19 was announced, discussion on KBBI’s Covid Brief (with Kathleen Gustafson) began with how Homer’s Unified Command elements have prepared for the second round of mandate relaxations that start Friday.
    Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital said the lead time the Kenai Peninsula has had while the pandemic swept the world has benefited its emergency preparation.

Covid-19 Brief with Kathleen Gustafson

Apr 30, 2020
City of Homer

Each Thursday since the Covid-19 pandemic emergency was declared in Alaska, KBBI has gathered members of the Homer Unified Command to update the community on the latest. This week, more conversation about the value of social distancing and why "herd immunity" will not save us. Host Kathleen Gustafson's guest today were Lorne Carroll, Mark Kirko, Jenny Carroll and Derotha Ferraro.