Interior Department postpones Haaland's Alaska trip

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Interior Department has postponed Secretary Deb Haaland’s planned visit to Alaska until later this year, a department spokesperson said.

Melissa Schwartz, in a statement Wednesday, said the decision was made out of “an abundance of caution given rising COVID rates and in consultation with Alaska Native, local and federal leaders.” 

The Alaska health department shows most of the state is under high alert status, which is based on reported COVID-19 cases in the past seven days.

Schwartz previously said Haaland had planned to travel to Alaska, including the community of King Cove, in mid-September to meet with local officials, Alaska Native leaders and others. 

King Cove is

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