Travelers Have Options

If you’re a visitor traveling to Alaska or a resident returning home and want to know how you can adhere to the State of Alaska Health Mandate 10 on Interstate and International Travel, check out this flow chart outlining the different options travelers can choose from.

Traveling during a pandemic comes with inherent risks and may not be simple. Travelers to Alaska should be aware that testing is available at airports, but it’s not guaranteed. It’s preferred, if at all possible, for visitors to Alaska to test in their home state, before they travel.

Due to high demand, the turnaround for test results in Alaska and at some commercial labs is currently taking longer than usual. Depending on the location and available resources, some test results may return relatively quickly or within a few days while others may take up to five days or longer.

For more information visit covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/
or dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/travel.aspx for more detailed guidance, including testing information.

For FAQs on travel and more: covid19.alaska.gov/faq/

June 19 Positive COVID-19 Cases In Sitka

Sitka Unified Command received information from Public Health Officials on two positive test results for COVID-19 in Sitka on Friday, June 19.

Sitka’s positive test count is now at 14,12 resident cases and 2 nonresident cases. The State of Alaska is reporting 722 cumulative cases statewide.

The first confirmed case is a male resident, age 40-49, who was symptomatic and received COVID-19 testing on June 16.

The second confirmed case is a female resident, age 40-49, who was symptomatic and received COVID-19 testing on June 16.

Public Health Officials have initiated contact investigations and will notify and isolate additional persons that may have been in contact with these individuals as appropriate.  

If you are sick with COVID-19, a Public Health Official will call you to check on your health, discuss who you’ve been in contact with and ask you to stay at home to self-isolate for 14 days. This information is collected for health purposes only and will not be shared with any other agencies, like law enforcement or immigration. Your name will not be revealed to those you came in contact with, unless you give permission. If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, a Public Health Official will call you to inform you that you’ve been exposed and ask you to stay at home and self-quarantine. Staying at home helps keep you, your family, and your community safe. Do your part to keep your family and your community safe from COVID-19: answer the call to slow the spread.

Sitka Unified Command urges citizens to adhere to all state mandates and to remain diligent and practice the health measures we’ve all learned in recent weeks and months: wash your hands often, avoid close contact with others and keep your social circle small, stay home if you feel ill, wear a face covering when around others, and clean and disinfect objects and surfaces on a regular basis.

COVID-19 symptoms are similar to the flu – fever, aching, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, and sometimes decreased sense of taste and smell. If you are concerned you might have contracted the coronavirus contact the COVID hotline at 966.8799 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Outside of normal clinic hours, patients can contact the SEARHC 24/7 Nurse Advice Line at 1.800.613.0560 to be triaged by a registered nurse. 

Additional information on COVID-19 is available through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) at  https://covid19.alaska.gov/ and SEARHC at www.covid19.searhc.org.

If you are not sick, please continue to take precautionary measures to stay healthy:

  • Get your flu shot. The flu shot will not prevent COVID-19 but will help prevent you from getting sick and reduce the workload on the healthcare system.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after your blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home, do not gather in groups and minimize your actions with others, stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings, and keep your social circle small.
  • Stay home if you feel ill, and always cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily (e.g. phones, tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).
  • Wear a face covering, in particular in public settings. For more information on cloth face coverings visit http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/coveryourface.aspx

Residents are encouraged to prepare for any local emergency by ensuring each family member has a 14- day emergency supply kit, including any necessary medications.

Twenty-six new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska; 14 resident, 12 nonresident

June 19, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 26 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska. Fourteen are residents of nine communities: Anchorage (6), Bethel Census Area (1), Big Lake (1), Fairbanks (1), Haines (1), Homer (1), North Pole (1), North Slope Borough (1) and Palmer (1). This brings the total number of Alaska resident cases to 722.

Twelve new nonresident cases were also identified in:

  • Combined Bristol Bay and Lake & Peninsula boroughs (7): seven in the seafood industry
  • Municipality of Anchorage (2): one each in the seafood industry and a visitor
  • Valdez-Cordova Census Area (1): one in the seafood industry
  • Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area (1): one in the seafood industry
  • Location still under investigation (1): one in the seafood industry

This brings the total number of nonresident cases to 101. Since April 10, 69 total nonresident cases have been identified as associated with the seafood industry. The largest number of cases have been in the Municipality of Anchorage (24), Valdez-Cordova Census Area (14) and the combined Bristol Bay and Lake & Peninsula boroughs (12). However, cases have been reported in regions across the state.

Most of the seafood industry cases have been found through testing that was required as a part of their employer’s protection plan and the individuals were in quarantine at the time they were identified. A list of the nonresident cases can be found through the “COVID Cases Out of State” table on the data dashboard.

Last week, after an employee at the Fairbanks Pioneer Home tested positive for COVID-19, testing of all residents and staff was conducted at the home. Those tests have all been completed and all results came back negative. Testing of residents and staff members at the other Pioneer Homes is also underway. In addition to the standard practice of testing any staff member or resident who has any symptoms, the feasibility of testing staff every two weeks is being evaluated.

Of the new Alaska resident cases, nine are male and five are female. Three are aged 20-29; three are aged 30-39; four are aged 40-49; three are aged 60-69 and one is 80 or older. There have been a total of 60 hospitalizations with four new hospitalizations recorded yesterday. Two of these hospitalizations were entered into the system yesterday upon receipt of information from Providence Transitional Care Center but didn’t occur in the past 24 hours. No new deaths were reported yesterday so the total number of deaths remains at 12. Recovered cases now total 457, with eight new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 83,361 tests have been conducted. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 0.78%.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on June 18 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Please note that upon further investigation and interviews, data points for cases – such as the date and residence – may on occasion change on the data dashboard after they are announced.

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Symptoms of COVID-19

Have symptoms? If you’re feeling even mildly ill with new symptoms like fatigue, cough, fever, or a decreased sense of taste or smell, please contact your local health care provider. Increased testing will help keep the lid on COVID-19 by making sure any new cases are detected quickly and help to prevent the disease from spreading.

For health questions or COVID concerns, please call the SEARHC COVID hotline at 966.8799 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Outside of normal clinic hours, patients can contact the SEARHC 24/7 Nurse Advice Line at 1.800.613.0560 to be triaged by a registered nurse.

Additional funding available for child care providers through Alaska’s CARES funding

June 18, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Child Care Program Office (CCPO) has received an additional $10.5 million to be distributed to Alaska’s child care providers to offset revenue lost during April and May for the care of children who are not eligible for child care assistance. This funding is for April and May combined.  

“I’m glad to be guiding more funding to our child care providers, as we recognize their important role in continuing to reopen Alaska responsibly,” said Commissioner Adam Crum. “We found that the funding available to this sector was not coming fast enough, so under direction from Governor Mike Dunleavy, we were able to use State of Alaska CARES dollars to provide additional money for those businesses that care for our children.”

This new funding is in addition to previous funding provided through the CCPO. In April, the CCPO received approximately $6.4 million from the CARES Act through the U.S. Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for child care assistance, along with $2.6 million in State of Alaska CARES Act funds. Those funds have already been disbursed to providers to cover March 2020 expenses.

To distribute this new funding as equitably as possible for children who are not eligible for child care assistance, the CCPO will pay providers according to the following plan:

  • CCPO will pay providers for the revenue lost from private payment sources as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, using a provider’s license capacity multiplied by a flat rate.
  • If a provider was open at any time during the month of April and/or May, the flat rate per child will be $400. If a provider was closed for the entire month of April and/or May, the flat rate per child will be $200, regardless of attendance.
  • The child care assistance funds that providers are currently eligible for will continue to be paid going forward.
  • All licensed providers will receive a payment based on their licensed capacity for April and May. There is no need for any additional documentation to be submitted to the CCPO office.

This is one-time funding using State of Alaska CARES dollars. The CCPO has issued 100% of the federal capacity grants from ACF and does not anticipate any additional payments to assist in capacity building. The CCPO recognizes that many businesses are starting to re-open or operate back at their full license capacity. In addition to these additional capacity-based dollars, providers are encouraged to apply for relief funds through their local municipalities, nonprofit relief through the Alaska Community Foundation, and through the AK CARES grant program. Providers who have questions can email CCPO at ccpo@alaska.gov.

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Nineteen new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska; 12 resident, seven nonresident

June 18, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 19 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska. Twelve are residents of eight communities: Fairbanks (3), Anchorage (2), Palmer (2), Juneau (1), Ketchikan (1), North Pole (1), Soldotna (1) and Wasilla (1). This brings the total number of Alaska resident cases to 708.

Seven new nonresident cases were also identified in:

  • Fairbanks North Star Borough (2): two in other industries
  • Municipality of Anchorage (2): one each in the seafood industry and a visitor
  • Combined Bristol Bay and Lake & Peninsula boroughs (1): one in the seafood industry
  • Sitka City and Borough (1): in a visitor (Note: this person was identified June 11 but is being reported for the first time today.)
  • Location still under investigation (1): one in the seafood industry

This brings the total number of nonresident cases to 89.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough resident case was an individual who was tested in Homer and was a close contact of another person who previously tested positive for COVID-19.

Of the new Alaska resident cases, eight are male and four are female. Two are aged 10-19; three are aged 20-29; one is 30-39; one is aged 40-49; three are aged 50-59; one is aged 60-69 and one is aged 70-79. There have been a total of 56 hospitalizations and 12 deaths with one new hospitalization and no new deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 449, with 11 new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 81,185 tests have been conducted. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 0.66%.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on June 17 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Please note that upon further investigation and interviews, data points for cases – such as the date and residence – may on occasion change on the data dashboard after they are announced.

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Twenty new cases of COVID-19 reported in 13 Alaska communities; five new nonresident cases

June 17, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 20 new cases of COVID-19 in residents of 13 communities: Fairbanks (6), Anchorage (2), Palmer (2), Chugiak (1), Eagle River (1), Homer (1), Juneau (1), Ketchikan (1), Kodiak (1), North Slope Borough (1), Sitka (1), Soldotna (1) and Wrangell (1). This brings the total number of Alaska cases to 696.

Five new nonresident cases were also identified yesterday in:

  • Southeast Fairbanks Census Area (3) in mining
  • Ketchikan Gateway Borough (1) in seafood industry
  • Nome Census Area (1) in other industry

This brings the total number of nonresident cases to 82.

The Fairbanks cases are the first cases of COVID-19 reported for Fort Wainwright. Leadership at the army base provided a video update to their community yesterday informing them of the cases, the actions being taken by their public health team, and encouraging community members to remain vigilant in maintaining social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, wearing a mask, and washing hands.

The Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center issued an updated press release today about their Alaska resident case letting the community know that the individual did not quarantine while waiting for their results from the airport testing and attended several social gatherings before being notified of the positive result. An extensive contact investigation is underway and individuals who may have been in close contact will be contacted by public health officials. This is an important reminder about how one individual’s actions can have a broad impact on an entire community.

Of the new Alaska cases, ten are male and ten are female. Three are under the age of 10; four are aged 10-19; four are aged 20-29; one is 30-39; five are aged 40-49 and three are aged 50-59. There have been a total of 55 hospitalizations and 12 deaths with one new hospitalization and no new deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 438, with nine new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 77,709 tests have been conducted. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 0.48%.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on June 16 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Please note that upon further investigation and interviews, data points for cases – such as the date and residence – may on occasion change on the data dashboard after they are announced.

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News Release: June 16 Positive COVID-19 Case In Sitka

Sitka Unified Command received information from Public Health Officials on one positive test result for COVID-19 in Sitka on Tuesday, June 16.

Sitka’s positive test count is now at 12,10 resident cases and 2 nonresident cases. The State of Alaska is reporting 676 cumulative cases statewide.

One new confirmed case is a male resident, age 40-49, who was symptomatic and received COVID-19 testing on June 12.

Public Health Officials have initiated contact investigations and will notify and isolate additional persons that may have been in contact with these individuals as appropriate.  

If you are sick with COVID-19, a Public Health Official will call you to check on your health, discuss who you’ve been in contact with and ask you to stay at home to self-isolate for 14 days. This information is collected for health purposes only and will not be shared with any other agencies, like law enforcement or immigration. Your name will not be revealed to those you came in contact with, unless you give permission. If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, a Public Health Official will call you to inform you that you’ve been exposed and ask you to stay at home and self-quarantine. Staying at home helps keep you, your family, and your community safe. Do your part to keep your family and your community safe from COVID-19: answer the call to slow the spread.

Sitka Unified Command urges citizens to adhere to all state mandates and to remain diligent and practice the health measures we’ve all learned in recent weeks and months: wash your hands often, avoid close contact with others and keep your social circle small, stay home if you feel ill, wear a face covering when around others, and clean and disinfect objects and surfaces on a regular basis.

COVID-19 symptoms are similar to the flu – fever, aching, cough, shortness of breath, and sometimes decreased sense of taste and smell. If you are concerned you might have contracted the coronavirus contact the COVID hotline at 966.8799 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Outside of normal clinic hours, patients can contact the SEARHC 24/7 Nurse Advice Line at 1.800.613.0560 to be triaged by a registered nurse. 

Additional information on COVID-19 is available through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) at  https://covid19.alaska.gov/ and SEARHC at www.covid19.searhc.org.

If you are not sick, please continue to take precautionary measures to stay healthy:

  • Get your flu shot. The flu shot will not prevent COVID-19 but will help prevent you from getting sick and reduce the workload on the healthcare system.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after your blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home, do not gather in groups and minimize your actions with others, stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings, and keep your social circle small.
  • Stay home if you feel ill, and always cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily (e.g. phones, tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).
  • Wear a face covering, in particular in public settings. For more information on cloth face coverings visit http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/coveryourface.aspx

Residents are encouraged to prepare for any local emergency by ensuring each family member has a 14- day emergency supply kit, including any necessary medications.

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Twelve new cases of COVID-19 reported in nine Alaska communities; one new nonresident case

June 16, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 12 new cases of COVID-19 in residents of nine communities: Anchorage (4), Bethel Census Area (1), City of Kenai (1), Eagle River (1), Girdwood (1), Homer (1), Soldotna (1), South Kenai Peninsula Borough (1) and Wasilla (1). This brings the total number of Alaska cases to 676.

One new nonresident case was also identified yesterday in a seafood industry worker in the Municipality of Anchorage. This brings the total number of nonresident cases to 77.

Of the new Alaska cases, four are male and eight are female. One is aged 10-19; four are aged 20-29; two are aged 40-49; four are aged 50-59; and one is aged 60-69. There have been a total of 54 hospitalizations and 12 deaths with one new hospitalization and no new deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 429, with 12 new recovered cases recorded yesterday. A total of 76,215 tests have been conducted. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 0.51%.

This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on June 15 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Please note that upon further investigation and interviews, data points for cases – such as the date and residence – may on occasion change on the data dashboard after they are announced.

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