APRIL SNOW SHOWERS – Pam Young shovels snow from in front of Harry Race Pharmacy this morning. The city measured 1.5 inches of snow this morning at 10 a.m. More snow and low overnight temperatures of 28 degrees are forecast for both tonight and Saturday night. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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Spring Soccer Hits Record Attendance
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08 Apr 2021 16:13

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08 Apr 2021 16:12

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August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 4-9-21)

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 11:20 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 241

Total statewide – 62,161

Total (cumulative) deaths – 309

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,388

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 – 8

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 348 (309 resident; 39 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 340

Deceased (cumulative) – 1

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

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The City of Sitka posted the following update on vaccinations in Sitka as of Friday.

Partially vaccinated – 4,564 (65.85%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,070 (58.72%)

Total population (16+) –6,931

Sitka has vaccinated 1,215 (89.5%) of its senior population (1,358 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data are for the City and Borough of Sitka. The data are updated weekly on Sitka’s COVID-19 Dashboard at: bit.ly/SitkaDashboard. 




April 2001

Photo caption: Karl Johnson, Gege Dimond, Dolly Garza, Sheryl Parsons, Joy Light and Teri Rofkar cast off in a traditional Tlingit canoe at Sealing Cove Sunday. They were practicing paddling techniques for the traditional carved canoe race to be held this weekend as part of the communitywide celebration “One Nation Working Together.”

April 1971

Meeting notices: The Sitka Roadters car club will meet Sunday at Don’s Crescent Service. ... Southeast Alaska Trollers Assoc. will hold their monthly meeting Sunday  at Blatchley Junior High. ... The Sitka Historical Society will meet Sunday at the Centennial Building. After a short meeting further work will be done on the society’s museum that’s being installed in the west wing of the building.