COVID-19

On Tuesday Governor Mike Dunleavy opened coronavirus vaccinations to anyone over the age of 16 currently living or working in Alaska. Though 16 and 17-year-olds are technically eligible, the vaccines available locally are only available for those 18 and older.

Public Health and Family Medical Center will be offering either the two-shot Moderna vaccine or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot, depending upon availability of the vaccine. There is no charge to patients seeking either vaccine. Supplies of both vaccines are limited, and patients’ vaccine preferences cannot be guaranteed. Appointments may be made by calling Public Health at 895-4292 or Family Medical Center at 895-5100.

Public Health is offering a vaccination clinic on Saturday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Delta Junction High School Gym. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment please go to covidvax.alaska.gov and click on “more appointments open regularly” and scroll to the bottom of the page to find Saturday’s clinic in Delta Junction, or call (907) 646-3322 for assistance. The vaccine administrated on Saturday will require a follow-up visit on April 10 for a second shot.

Positive test results for Delta Junction residents have seen a noticeable increase since the beginning of March with local providers reporting 11 positive tests for residents this week. Last week there were nine positive tests with four positives the last week of February.

February had a total of five positive tests results for tests administered by local providers to Delta Junction residents. January had only two. November and December had the highest numbers since the pandemic began with just over 100 positives in November and 39 in December.

The total for March is now at 20, putting March on track to be the third highest month since the pandemic began.

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Delta Wind and covers general news topics. He can be reached at news@deltawindonline.com.