COVID-19 Case Counts (Last updated 8/2/20 at 4:00 PM)
|Resident Cases||Nonresident Cases||Recovered Cases*||Fatalities*|
*Recovered cases and fatalities are for resident cases only.
**Sitka’s recovered case count includes residents and non-residents
Beginning at 11:55 P.M. on Friday, June 5, visitors and residents arriving from outside the state no longer have to quarantine for 14 days -- provided they have proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test five days prior to travel, or arrange to be tested upon arrival. If neither of these criteria are met, then a 14-day quarantine is still required.
The new guidelines for out-of-state arrivals are below:
- Tested within 72 hours to five days prior to departure:
- May enter Alaska upon showing negative PCR test result for COVID-19
- May not enter Alaska if they tested positive
- Tested on arrival:Upon arrival in Alaska may be tested for COVID-19 and register with the testing site
- Must maintain quarantine at their own expense until test results are known
- If positive for COVID-19, must isolate for duration of illness at their own expense
- Critical infrastructure workforce:
- Must abide by their company’s community protective plan on file with the state
- None of the above (no prior test result, decline testing, and not a critical infrastructure worker)
- Must undergo 14-day quarantine at their own expense
Travelers will be asked to minimize in-person interactions for an additional 7-14 days after arrival and will be offered a follow-up test. Travelers must complete and sign the Alaska Travel Declaration form and present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival.
Travelers are strongly encouraged to wear masks, practice social distancing and good hygiene, be respectful of the health of Alaskans, and to stay home if they are sick or at risk for COVID-19.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services issued guidance on Friday, May 15, to help residents reincorporate social activities with people other than members of our immediate households. In a nutshell: Keep it limited to a very few people, keep it outside, and keep up good hygiene and social-distancing practices.
Beginning Friday, May 8, many businesses required to close by state health mandate may reopen -- with specific limits. See complete details about Phase 2 of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan. In brief, Phase 2 allows:
- 50% capacity for retail, restaurants, and other non-essential businesses outlined in Phase 1 (see Health Mandate 16 for the complete list). Walk-ins permitted.
- 50% capacity, or up to 20 patrons, for personal care services. Reservations only.
- 25% capacity for fitness centers. Walk-ins permitted.
- 50% capacity for swimming pools. Walk-ins permitted.
- 25% capacity for bars, libraries, and museums. Walk-ins permitted.
- Social, religious, and other gatherings are limited to 50 persons, with universal face coverings suggested.
Of note: Social distancing and universal face coverings are required in many businesses identified in Phase 2, as a condition of reopening.
In Sitka the Assembly met in emergency session on April 23 and did not rescind the municipal "hunker down" ordinance (see below), so it remains in effect until May 12. The question of whether a municipal ordinance could supersede a state mandate in this circumstance remains unresolved.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing. The SEARHC COVID Hotline is 907-966-8799 (8 A.M. - 5 P.M.). After hours, call the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-613-0560.
As of Thursday, March 26, SEARHC will be updating screening criteria to include testing of all patients with a fever and cough, regardless of travel or exposure history. This reflects the realization that there is community-spread occurring in our state.
Following on the heels of advice issued by the state on April 3, the Sitka Unified Command on April 17, 2020, recommended that all Sitkans wear cloth face coverings in public settings. This is because 1) COVID-19 is transmitted in respiratory droplets, and 2) You may not know if you've got it (i.e. you can be "asymptomatic"). Cloth face coverings protect others from an infection that you may not know you have. Volunteers have been sewing masks in Sitka. To get one, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 747-1899. Masks have also begun showing up on store shelves in town.
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The Sitka Sound Science Center, in conjunction with social scientists at the Rand Corporation, is surveying Southeast residents to learn where they obtain information about the coronavirus pandemic, and how they feel about the risks of the disease. It's completely anonymous. The data will be used, according to research coordinator Callie Simmons, "to design policies and support services for isolated rural communities in Southeast Alaska (and) to help minimize any impact of COVID-19 on our communities as well as their cultural knowledge and heritage." Take the survey here.
Adapted from the CDC Website
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is though to spread mainly from person to person.
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