Local government news from the KUCB Newsroom.

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The City Council ratified Mayor Vince Tutiakoff Sr.'s declaration of a local emergency for Unalaska at a special council meeting Wednesday night.

City Manager Erin Reinders said the resolution declaring a public health emergency will allow her to take necessary actions to reduce the impact and spread of the coronavirus throughout the City of Unalaska.

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It feels a little bit like the world has stopped turning these days due to the spread of coronavirus. But Sharon Svarny-Livingston is here to tell Unalaskans, that's not true.

"The [Recall Dunleavy] effort is still going on, although we're not having large public events," said Svarny-Livingston.


There are still many unknowns about the coronavirus. According to officials, it seems to spread a lot like the flu.


A U.S. government-led study showed that the virus can remain on surfaces for up to three days. It's also possible that it can linger in the air.  


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KUCB hosted a live call-in show on Friday to discuss coronavirus and Unalaska's preparedness efforts.

Guests included Iliuliuk Family and Health Services Clinic Director Melanee Tiura, Dr. Murray Buttner, Dr. Megan Sarnecki, and Acting Fire Chief Mike Hanson.

To listen to the full show, click below. 

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On Sunday, Mayor Vince Tutiakoff Sr. declared a state of emergency for the City of Unalaska. 

"The City Manager is authorized to take necessary actions to prepare and position our resources in order to reduce the impact and spread of the coronavirus throughout the City of Unalaska," the declaration read