Alaska News

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Anchorage: Experts don’t know how bad will this flu season be

During the pandemic, it seems like the flu was put on the back burner as COVID-19 took center stage. However, the flu was still circulating. Alaska Immunization Program Manager Matthew Bobo said last year’s flu season in Alaska saw less cases than normal. “Each flu season is different and it’s hard to predict even one flu season,” Bobo said. He said the decrease in flu cases could have been for many reasons. He said a contributing factor could be the pandemic precautions people were taking. “As people were staying inside more and not going out-and-about, there was less influenza circling,” Bobo said. According to Bobo, it is important to prevent getting sick since influenza can lead to hospitalization. He said the flu season starts in late August and goes through March or April, but Alaska sees the flu all year long, adding that it is mainly because of tourists visiting in the summer.
KTUU-TV NBC 2 Anchorage

Monday, September 20, 2021

Wasilla woman sets house on fire before being arrested, troopers say

A woman in Wasilla is facing multiple charges, including arson, after troopers said she set a house on fire before being arrested Thursday night. Alaska State Troopers were assisting Palmer pre-trial enforcement officers with a warrant arrest just after 11 p.m. when the woman said she had a “bomb” and was going to set the house she was in on fire, according to a dispatch posted Friday morning. Before the woman stepped out of the house, troopers said she set it on fire. The house was “ultimately a loss,” according to the dispatch. The woman was arrested on her original warrant, as well multiple domestic violence-designated charges.
KTUU-TV NBC 2 Anchorage

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