Cordova school board votes to make masking optional

Masking in Cordova’s public schools will be optional starting in 2022, under updated guidelines unanimously approved by the school board, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread for a third year in Alaska.

$92K in ARPA grants go to Cordova library, museum

American Rescue Plan Act funds totaling $92,448 have been allocated to Cordova through the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums, for a variety of uses ranging from materials purchases and upgrading websites to developing new virtual educational programs.

School district will hear updates on COVID-19 guidelines Dec. 8

"Like many in the community the board is eager to make masking voluntary in school buildings when it is determined to be safe to do so," Barb Jewell wrote.

Processors see signs of pandemic recovery

Alaska’s seafood industry is rebounding slowly from the COVID-19 pandemic, buoyed by larger harvests in some areas, higher seafood prices and a resumed demand for seafood.

Cordova marks 3rd COVID-19 death

A Cordova woman aged 80 or older died of COVID-19, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced.

Alaska leads nation in new COVID cases

Alaska continues to be one of the hottest spots in the nation for COVID-19 cases, with 4,753 new cases reported in the state in just four days, plus 31 deaths.

Alaska leads nation in new COVID cases

Alaska set a record high of 1,735 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, Sept. 23, with five new cases of the pandemic virus in the Copper River Census Area, as the state’s largest hospital continued operating under crisis standards of care.

Zink: 69% of Cordovans vaccinated

69.2% of Cordova residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, said Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer.

Parents bridle under school mask rule

"[My daughter] was looking forward to going to school this year," parent Chris Bolin said. "And when she heard that it was required to wear a mask… she didn’t want to go to school no more. It’s just heartbreaking, as a parent, to see your kid not want to go to school when she’s doing so good."

Vax rate may be lower than reported

"People need to stop reading the voodoo stories on the internet," Councilman Tom Bailer said. "Talk to some real doctors and get the dang shot and quit putting the rest of the people in the community at risk."
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