GRAB-N-GO – Children hold balloon animals, cupcakes and books they were given at the Dolly Parton Birthday Party outside the Sitka Elks Lodge Saturday morning. The free event to encourage childhood literacy was sponsored by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Sitka Imagination Library, Sitka Elks Lodge and Sitka Emblem Club. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 1-22-21)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 10:40 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 262

Total statewide – 51,204

Total (cumulative) deaths – 252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,160

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 1

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 307 (275 resident; 32 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 302

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.




January 2001

Photo caption: Graduates of the Certified Nurses Aide program offered at the University of Alaska, Southeast, Sitka Campus, are Sabrina Barkhoefer, Roxanne Newell, Diane Cox, Ruby Lanham, Amanda Hutchins, Cynthia McCarr, Saori Handy, Darcy Jones and Jeff “Richie” Richards.

January 1971

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