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KBBI

The availability of appointments for the first round of vaccinations for the general public were announced -- which quickly filled up, and students returned to in-person learning.
    On Thursday morning’s Covid Brief, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff said school principals she’s spoken to were thrilled with the return to classes. Middle and high school students are attending in-person classes half-time, taking turns on Monday and Tuesdays, and again on Thursdays and Fridays, with all students attending remotely on Wednesdays.

KBBI

    South Peninsula Hospital has announced it is expecting 600 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to be available by Friday for public distribution to those 65-years-of-age or older.

 

   Appointments are required and limited in number, and they can be made online at SPHOSP.org starting at noon Monday.

    SPH spokesperson Derotha Ferraro addressed the vaccines on Thursday’s Covid Brief.

CDC

On this morning's COVID-19 Brief, panelists:

Nurse Aaron Walbrecher from the Homer Public Health Center, Derotha Ferraro, Spokesperson for South Peninsula Hospital and Jenny Carroll. Information Officer for the City of Homer, share the latest on CARES Act mortgage and rent relief funding and answer questions from the listeners about healthcare workers and first responders refusing the vaccine, and about who will be next to receive the vaccine. 
 

NPR

On Monday afternoon, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Vaccine Allocation Advisory Committee heard public comment on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Homer Medical Center

Most people who catch COVID-19 will not end up in the hospital, we'll go through it at home, alone or with family. But everyone needs a plan for quarantine, treatment and convalescence. Dr Christina Tuomi, from Homer Medical Center, recently made the time to speak to KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson to offer some tips for treatment when COVID comes to your home.

If you have COVID, reach out to your primary caregiver or call the South Peninsula Hospital COVIDline at (907) 235-0235 to ask about borrowing an oximeter and to keep in contact with local healthcare providers.

CDC

  

On this morning's COVID-19 Brief, panelists,

Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Center and AK State DHSS, and Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital, answer questions, live, from the listeners.
Also, host Kathleen Gustafson airs recorded conversation with Dr. Christy Tuomi from Homer Medical Center, with tips for going through COVID at home, and Keren Kelly Executive Director of Homer Senior Citizens Inc. gives a prerecorded update from the senior center.
 

  

It only took a few days for South Peninsula Hospital to distribute its share of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. According to hospital spokesperson Derotha Ferraro. All the residents at SPH long term care and most of the healthcare workers in the hospital have been vaccinated with dose one of the two dose regimen. The hospital was scheduled to receive 215 vials of dose one. The State only delivered 180 vials to SPH, but with extra vaccine left in the vials, the hospital was able to vaccinate everyone on their list.

AK DHSS

On this morning's COVID-19 Brief, panelists:

Pegge Erkeneff, 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 the first round of vaccinations at SPH, the full distribution of City CARES Act funding, and how to show your support for local healthcare workers.

Pat Race

On this morning's COVID-19 Brief, panelists:

Pegge Erkeneff, 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 KPBSD classes resuming next month, hospital preparations for the vaccine and how to help keep case numbers down during the holidays.
 

KBBI

The first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine are expected in Homer within the next two weeks. Derotha Ferraro, spokesperson for South Peninsula Hospital says, vaccines and the protective equipment for administering them are on the way from the State of Alaska.

"When the vaccine arrives for the healthcare employees as well as residents of long-term care, the shipment contains all the PPE for safe dispensing of the vaccine. So, we will not have to use any of our gloves or masks or anything," said Ferraro.

CDC

On this morning's COVID-19 Brief, panelists,

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, take questions from the listeners about preparations for a vaccine, hospitalization rates at SPH, and when to wear a mask outside.

CDC

As of Monday afternoon, there were 101 new COVID-19 cases identified in the last 7 days on the Southern Kenai Peninsula. Many of those through testing at South Peninsula Hospital.

Hospital tests marked an over 8% positivity rate for the week. The total number of cases
identified through SPH, to date, is 370.

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On this morning's COVID-19 Brief, panelists:

APRN

COVID-19 cases on the southern Kenai Peninsula are escalating. The State of Alaska is reporting over 1,600 cases on the  Peninsula right now, but that number lags days behind the current local totals. Positive cases are growing so rapidly that the State can't keep up. Derotha Ferraro, spokesperson for South Peninsula Hospital says the hospital recently saw its first hospitalized COVID patients  since June.

APRN

On this morning's COVID-19 Brief, panelists:

Pegge Erkeneff, 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 address COVID issues in a public forum.
 

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