unalaska

Jeanette Leon

Since mid-March, Unalaskans have been hunkering down and socially isolating due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time—and even now as the State of Alaska reopens—many people have been avoiding crowds and public spaces such as bars, restaurants, and supermarkets—and spending more time in their own kitchens.

Over the past couple months, I have been putting together an Unalaska quarantine kitchen cookbook—sitting down with a few locals to hear about what kind of experiments, recipes, and memories they've been cooking up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Sharon Svarny-Livingston

Since mid-March, Unalaskans have been hunkering down and socially isolating due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time—and even now as the State of Alaska reopens—many people have been avoiding crowds and public spaces such as bars, restaurants, and supermarkets, and spending more time in their own kitchens.

Over the past couple months, I spoke with a few locals to see what kind of experiments, recipes, and memories they’ve been cooking up during the pandemic.

 

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

COVID-19 has created a serious cash-flow problem for the health care system, particularly in rural areas. Unalaska's only clinic has faced financial issues for a long time, but the coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated the problem.

Unalaska is the largest community in Alaska without a critical access hospital. The nearest emergency room is almost a thousand miles away. 

Berett Wilber/KUCB

RavnAir customers received a surprising email in their inbox late last week. Titled "Help Save RavnAir Alaska," the email was a plea from CEO David Pflieger to tweet at President Donald Trump to reconsider Ravn for federal funding. 

The struggling airline filed for bankruptcy in early April, and was denied loans through the federal CARES Act last week. 

Berett Wilber/KUCB

The company that supplies Unalaska with a weekly vessel service wants to reassure Unalaska residents that there will be no interruption in its supply chains. 

Matson has not missed a shipment since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The shipping company has a unique view of the effect of COVID-19 on the global economy. According to Bal Dreyfus, Matson's senior vice president, Alaska, there's been a not-so-surprising increase in certain orders.  

 

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