Elder care visitation suspended at state-run facilities

    Juneau, Alaska (AP) - Visitation at Alaska's state-supported elder-care facilities is being suspended amid concerns with the new coronavirus.

    The restriction also applies to family members. Direct care supervisor Heidi Hamilton says plans will be made for residents to maintain contact with loved ones through other means.

    Hamilton says it's not clear how long the measure will remain in place and called the decision heartbreaking but necessary.

    Meanwhile, RavnAir Group says it will begin “verbal risk screening” of passengers and employees and implement new cleaning protocols for its aircraft.

    The company provides air service to many rural Alaska communities.

    Three people have tested positive in Alaska.

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