COVID Update


COVID-19 positivity rates continue to climb and demand for tests at South Peninsula Hospital's Vaccine and Test Site has more than tripled in the last 7 days. KBBI's Kathleen  Gustafson has this update.


COVID-19 case numbers are surging upward in the state causing the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to put Alaska back in High Alert status. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson has the story.



The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Monday data summary covering July 9 through 11 show 174 new cases of COVID-19, four new hospitalizations and two new deaths due to COVID in AK.

There are 1,643 resident hospitalizations and 374 resident deaths attributed to COVID-19 to date.

The statewide alert level for COVID in Alaska is intermediate, at  6.37 cases per 100,000 in population.


The Kenai Peninsula Borough is at the bottom of the rankings for COVID vaccinations in the state.


As the number of vaccinated people rises, COVID-19 cases decrease. That was the core message that Information Officer for the City of Homer, Jenny Carroll delivered to Homer City Council Monday night. 


As of Monday, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services data show that 53% of Alaskans ages 12 and older have their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and about 47% of eligible Alaskans are fully vaccinated. 


Homer Unified Command delivered their regular report to Homer City Council on Monday night. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson has this recap.


According to Alaska Department of Health and Social Services data, there have been almost 67,000 cases of COVID-19 in the State. That includes a gain of 50 cases on Monday. Nurse Lorne Carrol says that is a downward trend on the epi curve.


Homer"s Unified Command highlighted The State of Alaska's Sleeves Up program in their report to Homer City Council on Monday night.


Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy signed a proclamation ending the State's Emergency Declaration last week and Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum signed a Public Health Order, directing DHSS to continue taking all necessary actions to address the COVID-19 pandemic including leading Alaska’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts.


At Monday night's Homer City Council meeting, Unified Command made their report to Council amid an uptick in cases statewide and in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

For the latest vaccine and testing information, go to South Peninsula Hospital's website.

Derotha Ferraro, spokesperson for South Peninsula Hospital told council that SPH has administered 819 COVID-19 tests in the last two weeks, and 14 of them came back positive. 


Homer Unified Command changed the way it is providing vaccines this month. They have stopped planning mass vaccination clinics and shifted their focus to the COVID Care Clinic at 4201 Bartlett Street.
The Care Clinic has mostly Pfizer vaccine. Pfizer is the vaccine approved for ages 16 and older.

Homer’s COVID Unified Command made their regular report to Homer City Council Monday night.  Mary Darbonne, Public Health Nurse at the Homer Public Health Center and Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, cited current, State figures on number of vaccines distributed from Ninilchik South and across the bay.

Nurse Darbonne says the total vaccinations, administered so far is, 9,381, and the total number of people fully vaccinated is 4,442. That's 30% of the total population of the Southern Peninsula vaccinated, so far.


The COVID-19 vaccine is free and widely available right now. Here's a breakdown of where you can find which kind of vaccine, this week and next, in the Homer area.


Homer Unified Command administered 200 doses of Pfizer vaccine at a clinic at Homer High School this past Saturday. There is still plenty of vaccine in town for anyone who wants it.