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Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. AKDT

Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. AKDT
Published: Jul. 6, 2020 at 1:43 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Department of Health has released a list of businesses where people who later tested positive for COVID-19 spent extended periods of time. The health department named 19 locations in the Municipality of Anchorage, Palmer and Seward to which the coronavirus patients were traced on specific dates in mid- to late-June. Several of the most popular bars in downtown Anchorage were on the list the city released Friday. Matanuska Brewing’s Eagle River restaurant owner Matt Tomter says the city is unfairly singling out bars and restaurants as officials have not named other types of businesses visited by infected people.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A wildlife official says a bird symbolizing America’s freedom had to be liberated on Independence Day after becoming stuck in a tree in Alaska. The Juneau Empire reported an adult, female bald eagle was hurt but conscious after being untangled from a spruce tree in Juneau. Kathy Benner of the Juneau Raptor Center says the bird was stuck in the tree in Ernest Gruening State Historical Park after a wire tethered its wing to a tree branch. The bird was taken to the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, which was expected to determine whether the eagle suffered a broken bone.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Financial regulators have fined a shareholder of an urban Alaska Native company $1,000 over comments made on social media about inaction by the state agency responsible for financial oversight. Goldbelt Inc. shareholder Ray Austin complained to the Alaska Division of Banking & Securities in 2018 that board members were violating regulations by not filing financial disclosures, but he said the agency did nothing. CoastAlaska reported that his post revealed information not known to other shareholders. Austin was fined for not filing disclosures before publicly seeking election campaign support and for getting a date wrong in his post, which regulators classified as “material misrepresentation.”

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health officials say a rise in COVID-19 cases is taxing Anchorage’s ability to investigate cases. The Anchorage Daily News reports the city and state are working to expand contact tracing abilities as local cases increase with people interacting more. Tracking contacts of people who have tested positive is an important tool in efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Anchorage Health Department Director Natasha Pineda says cases are emerging with more contacts. Earlier in the pandemic, people may have interacted with three to five people. But she says some now report dozens of contacts.