The Legislature passed Senate Bill 241 on Sunday, March 29th. SB 241 provides that Alaskans who are suffering economically due to COVID-19 may avoid eviction for non-payment of rent, utility service cutoff or vehicle repossession under certain circumstances. Talk to your landlord, utility or bank for details. Unpaid rent and debts must eventually be repaid in full.
- Alaska Legislature extends and expands unemployment insurance benefits
- Apply for unemployment insurance benefits
- IRS: There is no need to apply for federal economic mitigation payments
Also see: Staying Safe
COVID-19 Response Resources
Here are resources available to help understand how the coronavirus battle is being waged at the federal, state and local levels:
- A high level summary of Federal actions (NPR)
- Frequently Asked Questions (NYT) covers most common queries
- Federal Assistance details. See page 2 for direct payments to individuals and unemployment insurance benefit upgrades
A few details
- $1.25 billion to the State of Alaska. The governor has the authority to spend this as needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and offset economic losses.
- Cash payments to many tax payers, targeted at lower and middle income brackets. Payments are phased out at higher incomes.
- Expanded unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks and increases benefits.
- Loans to small businesses to encourage employers to keep employees hired as long as possible.
- Financial assistance to fishermen nationwide. Fishing businesses may also be eligible.
- Billion of dollars in assistance to hospitals and other healthcare providers to assist in fighting the virus.
- $8 billion for tribes, including those in Alaska.
State of Alaska COVID 19 Response
The Governor and Legislature moved swiftly to address the coronavirus challenge facing Alaska:
- Governor Declares an Emergency
- Governor issued health mandates
- Legislature Extends Emergency Declaration, Provides Economic Relief
- Legislature Approves Budgets, COVID-19 Emergency Funding
- Statement from Senate President Giessel on Recess of 31st Legislature
- Senate Passes State Operating Budget with COVID-19 Response Funding
- Legislative Leaders to Alaskans: Help is on the way
- Legislature Provides Relief Funding for Coronavirus Impacts
- Legislature announces actions to limit spread of COVID-19
- Statement from Sen. Giessel on First COVID-19 Case in Alaska
- The Alaska Department of Health COVID-19 website
- Health Mandates, including Travel Restrictions
- Alaska Community Case Counts
- Latest COVID videos and news releases
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19
- World Health Organization has a concise FAQ page - answers the most common questions.
How long does COVID-19 survive outside the body?
- Concise: National Institute of Health
- Technical: Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1
What are the most effective ways to sanitize surfaces?
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