Expired: Sitka Hunker Down Order In Effect

** This order expired May 12, 2020 ** The City and Borough of Sitka Assembly adopted the Hunker Down Order on March 24, and on April 14, extended the order through May 12.

According to the resolutions, all people in the City and Borough of Sitka shall stay at home as much as possible, except to work in critical jobs; to buy, sell, or deliver groceries or other important goods such as those sold by critical businesses; to receive or provide health care; and to get fresh air without contacting others.

All non-critical businesses and entities must close their premises to the public; however, businesses and entities are encouraged to use telecommuting or work from home procedures.

Restaurants, bars, breweries and other facilities that prepare and serve food and beverages may remain open, but only for delivery or carry out.

Those with questions may contact the Public Information Officer at 747-1899 or pio@cityofsitka.org

** Amendment to State of Alaska Health Mandate 16 **

April 24 – A new amendment for social, religious & other gatherings was issued for State of Alaska Health Mandate 016 tonight. It provides guidance for gatherings of individuals & social organizations not otherwise covered in the other amendments, including funerals & weddings.

Read the full mandate and all the amendments on the Reopen Alaska Responsibly web page at https://covid19.alaska.gov/reopen/

Two new cases of COVID-19 announced in two Alaska communities

April 24, 2020 — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced two new cases of COVID-19 in two communities: Anchorage (1) and Chugiak (1). This brings the total case count in Alaska to 339.

These new cases were reported from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on April 23 and reflect data posted at noon today on coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com.

Of the new cases, both are female. One is aged 10-19 and one is aged 20-29. There have been a total of 36 hospitalizations and nine deaths with no new hospitalizations or deaths reported yesterday.

The total number of recovered cases is now 208 which reflects a decrease of one case from yesterday. This is the result of data verification efforts that identified the inadvertent inclusion of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 but did not have any symptoms on the day of the test. This case is not considered “recovered” until the person meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s criteria to be released from home isolation and are no longer considered to be infectious.

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State Health Mandate 17 and Amendments to State Health Mandate 16

April 23 – Tonight Governor Mike Dunleavy and Commissioner Crum announced Health Mandate 017 which standardizes the protective measures all independent commercial fishing vessels operating within Alaska waters and ports must follow to ensure a safe, productive fishing season while protecting communities from the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, five new amendments were issued for Health Mandate 016 – (Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan – Phase I-A) that provide specific guidance for: child care and day camps, fishing charters, gyms and fitness centers, lodging and overnight camping, intrastate travel & outdoor day activity.

Read all mandates and their associated guidance documents at covid19.alaska.gov/health-mandates/

Two new cases of COVID-19 announced in one Alaska community

CORRECTION TO PREVIOUS PRESS RELEASE: Of the new cases, one is under the age of 10 and one is aged 60-69. 

April 23, 2020 — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced two new cases of COVID-19 in Anchorage. This brings the total case count in Alaska to 337.
These new cases were reported from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on April 22 and reflect data posted at noon today on coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com.

Of the new cases, both are male and under the age of 10. There have been a total of 36 hospitalizations and nine deaths with no new hospitalizations or deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 209, including 13 new recovered cases recorded yesterday.

As Alaska begins the process of gradually reopening, increasing the number of people being tested for COVID-19 is as important as ever. Testing capacity has recently increased and sites are now available in most communities across the state.

“We are encouraging anyone who is experiencing even mild symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves immediately and call a local health care provider for a referral to get tested,” said Alaska’s State Epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin. “The initial symptoms are often mild, and can include any combination of the following: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, diminished sense of taste or smell, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle/joint aches, nausea, rash, runny nose, or sore throat.”

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Sitka Unified Command Recommends Cloth Face Coverings

The Command recommends all Sitkans use cloth face coverings, specifically in public settings. Masking may reduce the release of respiratory droplets into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including people who have COVID-19 but have no symptoms. Please ensure the face covering covers both the nose and mouth, and avoid touching the front of the face covering (because it may be contaminated). Do not remove the face covering until returning home, and when removing, best practice is to grasp the ear loops, ties, or bands and immediately discard or place in a designated container for laundering. Wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Volunteers have been busy sewing masks, and there are stocks available in Sitka. For information on how to obtain a mask from local mask makers, contact the Sitka EOC Volunteer Coordinator at 747-1826.

State of Alaska Health Mandate 016 – Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan – Phase I-A

Issued: April 22, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

The State of Alaska is issuing its sixteenth health mandate, based on its authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020. This Mandate will go into effect April 24, 2020. The State of Alaska reserves the right to amend the Mandate at any time.

To date, the State of Alaska has issued 15 mandates to protect the public health of all Alaskans. These mandates, which have been aimed at flattening the curve, have been beneficial in slowing the spread of the disease.

This Mandate seeks to balance the ongoing need to maintain diligent efforts to slow and disrupt the rate of infection with the corresponding critical need to resume economic activity in a reasonable and safe manner.

This Mandate is the first of a series that are intended to reopen Alaska responsibly. By issuing this Mandate, the Governor is establishing consistent mandates across the State in order to mitigate both the public health and the economic impacts of COVID-19 across Alaska.

This Mandate addresses and modifies a number of prior Mandates and Health Care Advisories, as appropriate, to implement Phase I of the “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan.” If there is any discrepancy between this Mandate, including its attachments, and any other statements, mandates, advisories, or documents regarding the “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan”, this Mandate and its attachments will govern. FAQs may be issued to bring additional clarity to this Mandate based on questions that may arise.

Health Mandate 016 – Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan – Phase I-A

Health Mandate 016 goes into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020.

Reopening Alaska’s businesses is vital to the state’s economic well-being, and to the ability of Alaskans to provide for their families. At the same time, everyone shares in the obligation to keep Alaska safe and continue to combat the spread of COVID-19. As a result, businesses and employees must, to the extent reasonably feasible, continue to take reasonable care to protect their staff and operations during this pandemic. Meanwhile, all Alaskans have an obligation to help promote public health and fight this pandemic by continuing to follow public health guidance regarding sanitizing, handwashing, and use of face masks. Those that are at high risk of infection are encouraged to continue to self-quarantine, to the extent possible, and strictly follow social distancing mandates and advisories.

Unless explicitly modified by this Mandate as set forth below and in Attachments D through H, prior Mandates remain in effect unless and until they are amended, rescinded, or suspended by further order of the Governor. The Governor and the State of Alaska reserve the right to amend this Mandate at any time in order to protect the public health, welfare, and safety of the public and assure the state’s safe resumption of economic activity.

The activities and businesses listed below that were previously governed by the referenced Mandates may resume under the conditions and guidance provided in the following attachments.

Attachment D – Non-Essential Public Facing Businesses Generally – modifies Mandate 011

Attachment E – Retail Businesses – modifies Mandate 011

Attachment F – Restaurants Dine-In Services – modifies Mandate 03.1

Attachment G – Personal Care Services – modifies Mandate 09

Attachment H – Non-Essential Non-Public-Facing Businesses – modifies Mandate 011

PREEMPTION OF LOCAL MANDATES

The policies contained in this Health Mandate are most effective when implemented uniformly across the State. Conflicting local provisions will frustrate this Mandate’s health and economic objectives and, therefore, are irreconcilable with this Mandate’s purposes. Therefore, unless specifically authorized by this, or any another Mandate issued by the Governor, this Mandate, Attachment A (Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order), Attachment B (Alaska Small Community Emergency Travel Order), and Attachments D through G expressly and intentionally supersede and preempt any existing or future conflicting local, municipal, or tribal mandate, directive, resolution, ordinance, regulation, or other order.

Business operations and other activities permitted to operate under this mandate may not be prohibited by local, municipal, or tribal mandate, directive, resolution, ordinance, regulation, or other order.

Notwithstanding the above, businesses subject to this mandate that are located within the Municipality of Anchorage, must continue to operate under prior state and municipal mandates through 8 a.m. Monday April 27, 2020, at which time, this Mandate will control.


ENFORCEMENT

A violation of a State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate may subject a business or organization to an order to cease operations and/or a civil fine of up to $1,000 per violation. In addition to the potential civil fines noted, a person or organization that fails to follow State COVID-19 Mandates designed to protect the public health from this dangerous virus and its impact may, under certain circumstances, also be criminally prosecuted for Reckless Endangerment pursuant to Alaska Statute 11.41.250. Reckless endangerment is defined as follows:

(a) A person commits the crime of reckless endangerment if the person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person.

(b) Reckless endangerment is a class A misdemeanor.

Pursuant to Alaska Statute 12.55.135, a defendant convicted of a class A misdemeanor may be sentenced to a definite term of imprisonment of not more than one year.

Additionally, under Alaska Statute 12.55.035, a person may be fined up to $25,000 for a class A misdemeanor, and a business organization may be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding the greatest of $2,500,000 for a misdemeanor offense that results in death, or $500,000 for a class A misdemeanor offense that does not result in death.

***This Mandate is in effect until rescinded or modified.***

Six new cases of COVID-19 announced in three Alaska communities

April 22, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced six new cases of COVID-19 in three Alaska communities – Anchorage (4), Wasilla (1) and Juneau (1). This brings the total case count in Alaska to 335.

These new cases were reported from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on April 21 and reflect data posted at noon today on coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com.

Of the new cases, two are male and four are female. Three are under the age of 10; one is aged 10-19; and two are aged 20-29. There have been a total of 36 hospitalizations and nine deaths with no new hospitalizations or deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 196, including 28 new recovered cases recorded yesterday.

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Eight new cases of COVID-19 announced in four Alaska communities

April 21, 2020 — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced eight new cases of COVID-19 in four Alaska communities – Anchorage (4), Juneau (2), Eagle River (1), and Ketchikan (1). This brings the total case count in Alaska to 329.

These new cases were reported from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on April 20 and reflect data posted at noon today on coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com.

Of the new cases, six are male and two are female. One is aged 10-19; four are aged 20-29; two are aged 50-59; and one is aged 60-69. There have been a total of 36 hospitalizations and nine deaths with no new hospitalizations or deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 168, including seven new recovered cases recorded yesterday.

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