COVID-19 Videos & Podcasts

KVAK Compilation of audio and video updates from CDC, State of Alaska, City of Valdez, & Valdez Unified Community Response Group

Video – FIRST POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19 IN VALDEZ
Update from Mayor O’Neil, Members of VUC, Dr. Zink, Peter Pan Seafoods and Local Medical Officials

Podcasts

Interview with Dr. Kathleen Todd 9-16-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dr. Kathy Todd of Valdez Medical Clinic and Providence Valdez Medical Center. Topics covered include: discussion of City Council Mask Mandate extension to October 21st; testing around the State; testing options in Valdez;

Interview with Dave Stieren 9-15-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dave Stieren, Communications & Outreach Director for the State of Alaska, about COVID-19 case counts; CARES Act; Airport Testing; and Statewide focus on COVID-19 and transitioning back to other issues.

Interview with Dr. Kathleen Todd 9-9-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax talked with Dr. Kathleen Todd of Valdez Medical Center and Providence Valdez Medical Center. Topics covered include: Current Valdez Case Count (zero active resident cases at time of interview); testing in Valdez; Valdez City

Interview with Dave Stieren with State of Alaska

KVAK’s Laurie Prax talked with Director of Outreach & Communication for Governor Dunleavy on Monday 9-8-20. Topics covered include: Case count numbers; COVID impact across the State; State Travel requirements; homeless populations and statewide group settings and

Interview with Dr. Kathy Todd 9-2-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dr. Kathy Todd. Topics covered include: testing options and availability in Valdez; Valdez City Schools alert level and how it is determined; testing and procedure for students to return to school after an

Interview with Dave Stieren 9-1-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed, Communications & Outreach Director for Governor Dunleavy, Dave Stieren. Topics covered include: COVID update; testing; CDC numbers; Homeless status statewide with Anchorage plans to build shelters; and process for oil and gas leases

Interview with Shawn Arnold – Valdez City Schools Superintendent 8-31-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Valdez City Schools Superintendent Shawn Arnold. Topics covered include: First week of school in-person at HHES, GMS and VHS; procedure for students when they don’t feel well; quicker test options in the community

Interview with Dr. Kathy Todd 8-26-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax talked with Dr. Kathy Todd of Valdez Medical Clinic. Topics covered include: Opening of Valdez City Schools; precautions being taken; process if a child is sick; community cases; contact tracing and new medical advancements.

Interview with Dave Stieren, Communications & Outreach Director for Governor Dunleavy 8-25-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dave Stieren, Communications & Outreach Director for Governor Dunleavy. Topics covered include: COVID mitigation at the Statewide level, Use of Cares Act funding in Anchorage and the State’s interest in working with Municipalities

Interview with Valdez City Schools Superintendent Shawn Arnold 8-24-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Valdez City Schools Superintendent Shawn Arnold. Topics covered include: Start of school Tuesday; student counts; funding from State and Federal Government and how homeschooling could affect the Valdez School District budget; major changes

Interview with Dr. Kathy Todd 8-19-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dr. Kathleen Todd of the Valdez Medical Clinic and Providence Valdez Medical Center. Topics covered include: School smart start re-entry program; good news about people in Valdez working together; testing in Valdez, when

Interview with Dave Stieren – Communications & Outreach Director for Governor Dunleavy 8-18-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dave Stieren, Communications & Outreach Director for the State of Alaska. Topics covered include: Coronavirus case count update; role of government; Municipality of Anchorage use of Federal CARES Act funding; other City’s use

Interview with Valdez City Schools Superintendent Shawn Arnold 8-17-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax talked with Valdez City Schools Superintendent Shawn Arnold about plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Topics covered include: Teacher and staff preparations; parent communications; different smart start levels and committee that will determine the

Interview with Dr. Kathleen Todd 8-12-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax talked with Dr. Kathy Todd of Valdez Medical Clinic. Topics covered include: Delay of Valdez City Schools start date; recap of pros and cons of starting school later and what plans are being worked

Interview with Valdez City Schools Superintendent 8-10-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Superintendent Shawn Arnold on the smart start school plan; Agenda item to move school start date from August 18th to August 25th; Administrator and teacher innovation and challenges for upcoming school year.

Interview with Dr. Kathy Todd 8-5-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dr. Kathleen Todd of Valdez Medical Clinic and Providence Valdez Medical Center. Topics covered include: COVID contact tracing; quarantine for those whose test positive and those who are close contacts; best practices for

Interview with Dave Stieren 8-4-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dave Stieren, Communications & Outreach Director for Governor Dunleavy. Topics covered include: Discussion on Anchorage restaurant closures; State testing; Cares funding for business; Business recovery; COVID impacts to education and Government buildings and

Interview with VCS Superintendent Shawn Arnold 8-3-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Valdez City Schools Superintendent regarding plans for 2020-2021 school year. Topics include: student options; registration; back to school plans and where to find information.

Interview with Dr. Kathleen Todd 7-29-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dr. Kathy Todd. Topics covered include: Valdez cases; contact tracing; recent updates to Isolation Criteria; symptoms; testing and what people can do to stay healthy.

INTERVIEW WITH DAVE STIEREN, STATE OF ALASKA DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dave Stieren, Communications and Outreach Director for the State of Alaska. Topics covered include: COVID numbers; testing; economy and more.

Interview with Valdez City Schools Superintendent Shawn Arnold 7-27-20

 KVAK’s Laurie Prax talked with Valdez City Schools Superintendent Shawn Arnold regarding the Smart Start Reentry plan for school, school surveys and registration. Valdez School Board has a meeting Monday, July 27th at 6:30pm. The meeting will

Interview with Dr. Kathleen Todd

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dr. Kathleen Todd. Topics covered include: Current case counts in Valdez; seafood industry COVID mitigation plan; testing in Valdez; plexi-glass and masks; Valdez City Schools back to school plans and how community medical

Interview with School Superintendent Shawn Arnold about heading back to school

7-20-20 – KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Valdez City Schools Superintendent Shawn Arnold. Topics covered include: Plan for going back to school; School Start Date; Options for Learning while staying at home; surveys sent to parents and teachers

INTERVIEW WITH VALDEZ CITY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT 7-13-20

7-13-20 – KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Valdez City Schools Superintendent regarding plans to re-start school this Fall. Topics included: School reentry Phases and Gating and plans for Town Hall meeting Tuesday 5pm at Hermon Hutchens Elementary.

Interview with Dave Stieren with State of Alaska 7-6-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dave Stieren, Communications & Outreach Director with the State of Alaska. Topics covered include: Anchorage Health Department’s release of bar and restaurant list where one or more COVID cases had been; contract tracing;

CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION RE: MASK MANDATE 7-2-20 (Audio is 2+ Hours)

Recording of City Council work session on Face Mask Requirement. This recording is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes long. KVAK got permission from Jeremy O’Neil to broadcast the meeting live about 5 minutes after the meeting

Interview with Dr. Kathy Todd 7-1-20

7-1-20 – KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dr. Kathy Todd of Valdez Medical Clinic. Todd is also a Doctor for Providence Valdez Medical Center. Topics covered include: COVID-19 curve and how wearing a mask can affect the numbers;

Interview with Dave Stieren – June 29, 2020

June 29, 2020 – Interview with Dave Stieren, Communications & Outreach Director for Governor Dunleavy. Topics Covered Include: What constitutes a spike in cases; what numbers should the public be looking at; Anchorage mask order; Enforcement of

Interview with Kathy Todd 6-24-20

  KVAK’s Laurie Prax talks to Dr. Kathy Todd of Valdez Medical Clinic and Providence Valdez Hospital. Topics covered include: Testing; Alaskans with COVID-19; recovering from COVID; mental health and what communities can expect moving ahead with

INTERVIEW WITH DR. KATHY TODD 6-17-20

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dr. Kathy Todd about COVID-19. Topics included: Planning for the start of the school year; testing in Valdez and how Inter-State testing is being handled; Changing CDC Information; and current protocol for medical

6-16-20 Interview with Dave Stieren – Communications & Outreach Director for Governor Dunleavy

6-16-20 – KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviews Dave Stieren, the Communications & Outreach Director for Governor Dunleavy, about the Inter-state travel mandate; State plans for Alaska Schools; testing at the airports and response times; and plans for communications

INTERVIEW WITH KATHY TODD 6-10-2020

6-10-20 – KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dr. Kathy Todd regarding Inter-State Testing mandate; Recent updates to Inter-State Testing mandate; and voluntary testing in Valdez

INTERVIEW WITH COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH DIRECTOR – DAVE STIEREN

June 8, 2020 – KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviews Gov. Dunleavy’s Communications & Outreach Director Dave Stieren. Topics covered include: Increase in positive cases; Opening the State of Alaska; Inter-State Travel and Plans for Town Hall Meetings and

INTERVIEW WITH DR. KATHLEEN TODD 6-3-2020

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviews Dr. Kathleen Todd about the latest medical COVID-19 news for Valdez. Topics include: Recap of COVID-19 information presented at Tuesday Night’s Valdez City Council Meeting; process for testing in Valdez; procedure for testing

Interview with Dave Stieren, State of Alaska Communications & Outreach Director

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dave Stieren. Stieren is the Communications and Outreach Director for the Governor Dunleavy. Discussion Items include: Interstate travel; high case counts; Cares Act funding.

Interview with Dr. Kathleen Todd 5-27-2020

KVAK’s Laurie Prax talked to Dr. Kathleen Todd about details of the first case of COVID-19 in Valdez; probability of others at Peter Pan testing positive; seafood processing plans; medical advances; and best practices for physical distancing.

INTERVIEW WITH DAVE STIEREN – GOV. DUNLEAVY’S COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dave Stieren from the State of Alaska. Stieren is Governor Dunleavy’s Communications & Outreach Director. Topics covered include: Thoughts on Interstate Travel Mandate; communication regarding Opening the State of Alaska; CARES act funding

FIRST POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19 IN VALDEZ

5-23-2020 – Audio Podcast of Video produced by Valdez Unified Command (VUC). Video was produced Friday night and released to media Saturday morning. Mayor Jeremy O’Neill, Valdez Unified Command Members and State and Local Medical Representatives talk

Interview with Dr. Kathy Todd

KVAK Radio’s Laurie Prax talks with Dr. Kathy Todd about COVID-19 situation in Valdez. Topics covered include: Status of medical care and procedures to follow at local clinics and hospital; situations and examples of how to social

Interview with Dave Stieren – State of Alaska Communications Director

5-18-2020 KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dave Stieren, Communications & Outreach Director for Governor Dunleavy. Topics covered include: Phase 3 of Re-Open Alaska; Commercial Fishing plans and positive cases; Cares Act Funding and process in Juneau to approve;

Interview with Shawn Arnold about End of School Year & Plans for Next School Year

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Valdez City School Superintendent Shawn Arnold about the end of the school year and the three different scenarios the school is preparing for a start to the next school year.

Interview with Jennifer Kelly & Shannon Major – VHS Graduation Parade & Ceremony

KVAK’s Laurie Prax talked with Shannon Major and Jennifer Kelly about plans for the 2020 Senior Graduation Celebration and Parade. Details on the parade route and how the community can participate are shared along with information about

SHARON SCHEIDT & BRIAN CARLSON SHARE INFO ON VALDEZ ECONOMIC RELIEF PROGRAM

KVAK interviewed City Council member Sharon Scheidt and City Finance Director Brian Carlson about the City of Valdez Economic Relief Program established by City Council. This program will provide a one-time economic relief payment estimated to be

Interview with Dr. Kathleen Todd 5-13-2020

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviews Dr. Kathleen Todd. Topics covered include: status of medical preparations in Valdez; what happens when and if first COVID-19 case hits Valdez; how re-opening of the State could affect the probabilities of Coronavirus

Interview with Dave Stieren – State of Alaska

5-11-20 – KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dave Stieren, Communications and Outreach Director for Governor Dunleavy, Monday morning to talk about the State’s plans for CARES act money from the Federal Government; process for approving state funding; Re-open

Interview with Kathleen Todd, MD 5-4-20

INTERVIEW WITH DAVE STIEREN OF STATE OF ALASKA 5-4-2020

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviews Dave Stieren, Communications & Outreach Director for Governor Dunleavy. Topics covered include: Re-Opening Alaska; Cares Act and Governor Dunleavy’s Allocation of Monies; and What’s happening in other communities regarding discrepancies between State and

Interview with Dr. Kathleen Todd

  KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dr. Kathleen Todd. Topics covered include: Testing in Valdez; medical preparations for COVID-19; High School additional bed capabilities; masks and impact of COVID-19 on the Alaska medical community

Interview with Dave Stieren – Communications & Outreach Director for Governor Dunleavy

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Dave Stieren, Communications & Outreach Director for Governor Dunleavy on Monday 4-27-2020. Topics covered include: Governor’s Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan and Timeline; Discrepancy between State and Local Mandates; and what the State’s plans

Interview with Laura Saxe of Eagle’s Rest RV Park

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Laura Saxe Friday morning (4/24/20). Laura Saxe is the owner of Eagle’s Rest RV Park & Cabins and Chairperson for the Alaska Campground Owners Association. Topics covered include: Preparations for Summer Travelers; Her

Interview with Dr. John Cullen

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviews Dr. John Cullen M.D. Topics covered include: Preparations being made at Valdez Medical Clinic and Providence Valdez Medical Center; Testing in Valdez; Precautions that can be taken in the Valdez Community to prevent

INTERVIEW WITH VALDEZ CITY MANAGER MARK DETTER

KVAK Radio’s Laurie Prax interviews Valdez City Manager about Valdez Unified Command and City of Valdez. Discussion items include: City Mandate regarding Face Coverings; Sport and Personal Fishing Agreement; Role and Authority of City Manager and Valdez

Interview with State of Alaska’s David Stieren

KVAK Radio’s Laurie Prax interviews David Stieren, Gov. Dunleavy’s Communications & Outreach Director. Topics include: Sportfishing information; commercial fishing plans; how local governments are making decisions around the state and economic recovery.

Interview with Dr. Kathy Todd – 4-15-2020

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Kathy Todd Wednesday, April 15th. Topics covered include: Hospital Readiness; Testing in Valdez; patient Intake at Hospital; Clinic Patient Procedure; Effects the Influx of Essential Workers from Outside of Valdez will have on

INTERVIEW WITH MICHELLE EGAN OF ALYESKA PIPELINE SERVICE COMPANY

4-14-2020 – KVAK’s Laurie Prax talks with Michelle Egan of Alyeska Pipeline about the Sunday’s Oil Spill at the Valdez Marine Terminal (VMT), response efforts currently underway, the VMT’s COVID-19 plans and precautions and the role of

Interview with Governor Dunleavy’s Communications & Outreach Director Dave Stieren 4-13-2020

4-13-2020 – KVAK’s Laurie Prax met up with Dave Stieren, Communications & Outreach Director for Governor Dunleavy, to ask questions Monday morning. Topics covered include: Status of Essential Workforce Plans; Seafood Processor Plans; Role of local communities

Matthew Wadsworth – Providence Counseling Center

Matthew Wadsworth, Providence Counseling Center Director, discusses important mental health issues during the COVID-19 isolation, including coping versus adapting,  finding the “new normal,” local resources, and what we can learn from “The Lord of the Rings.”  You

Valdez Medical Update – Audio Clip from Valdez City Council Meeting 4-7-2020 – Click PLAY button below to listen

Medical Update provided by Public Health Nurse and local Doctors at the Valdez City Council Meeting Tuesday night. Public Health Nurse Terry Lynch provides an update. Dr. John Cullen and Kathy Todd provided information on COVID-19 situation

Seafood Processor Plan – Audio Clip from City Council Meeting 4-7-2020 – Click PLAY button below to listen

Audio Clip from Valdez City Council Meeting Tuesday April 7, 2020. Valdez City Manager Mark Detter, Valdez Ports & Harbor Director Jeremy Talbot explain what the City has been doing to review the plans submitted by Alaska

Interview with Colleen Murphy of AVV & Laura Scott – Child Advocacy Center

Open discussion with Colleen Murphy of Advocates for Victims Violence in Valdez and Laura Scott of the Child Advocacy Center in the Copper Basin. Topics covered include: Child Abuse Prevention Month; Services provided by AVV & CAC;

Gianna Giusti, Part 2 – Reaching Out

Hermon Hutchens’ Elementary School Counselor, Gianna Giusti, discusses ways to ask for help during uncertain times.

Gianna Giusti, Part 1 – Self Care During Quarantine

Hermon Hutchens’ Elementary School Counselor, Gianna Giusti, offers up tips for kids and adults for self-care during quarantine.

KVAK’s Laurie Prax Interviews Dave Stieren – Communications & Community Outreach Director for Governor Mike Dunleavy

KVAK’s Laurie Prax talked with Dave Stieren, Communications & Community Outreach Director for Governor Dunleavy Monday morning 4-6-2020. In this edition, Stieren answers questions about: Ravn Air Service; Seafood Processors plans to bring workers into Valdez; Distance

VFD Chief Tracy Raynor – EMS Response to COVID-19

KVAK’s Heidi Frank discuss the changes in emergency response procedures (including medical, fire and HAZMAT) due to COVID-19 with Tracy Raynor, Valdez Fire Chief.

Interview with Dave Stieren – State of AK Communications & Community Outreach Officer for Governor Dunleavy

KVAK’s Laurie Prax interviewed Governor Dunleavy’s Community Outreach Director Dave Stieren Tuesday morning. Stieren answered questions about: State Mandates; Enforcement; Information; Long-term challenges; State Budget and Appropriations; Local Preparedness and what happens when there is a case

Interview with Mayor ProTem Sharon Scheidt & City Manager Mark Detter

Laurie Prax had a chance to talk with Sharon Scheidt and Mark Detter in a phone interview Monday morning to talk about the meeting City Council had on Saturday night and to discuss plans for the City

 

Video

Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Scheidt – Community Address
March 23, 2020

 

City Council Special Meeting (03.21.2020)

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Fireside Chat: PVMC Administrator Jeremy O’Neil  and Dr. John Cullen

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