November 12 Message from Municipal Administrator John Leach

Like the rest of Alaska, Sitka’s COVID-19 status is now in the red.  That means COVID-19 is rapidly spreading through our community.  Our healthcare workers, first responders, and front-line medical workers are at risk.  If too many are infected, they cannot perform their critical duties.  

I’d like to echo Governor Dunleavy’s emergency alert and request that Sitkans continue strong mitigation measures for the next 30 days.   

I’m directing all City employees to work from home whenever possible, however, City buildings will remain open with limited services.  We ask that citizens use internet or telephonic options for service as much as possible. 

We’ve all needed to make personal sacrifices this year.  Sitka has done an extraordinary job at keeping our case rate low.  However, like most of Alaska, our alert level is high. Our cases are rising dramatically.    

It’s time for Sitkans to rally together, take care of one another, and be vigilant with our prevention measures to protect our community, our first responders, and our schools. 

We know distance is the primary tool in fighting this virus.  Please stay six feet apart from all non-household members, and if you can’t do that, I’m asking you to please wear a mask.   

Please consider conducting business remotely as much as possible. 

Please use curbside pickup and delivery options whenever practicable. 

And please be creative and look for ways to celebrate the upcoming holidays differently. 

I ask every Sitkan to buckle down, change your behaviors, and do your part… for your family, friends, neighbors, and our community. 

On November 10, 2020, the City and Borough of Sitka Assembly approved Resolution 2020-30 encouraging people in the City and Borough of Sitka to continue COVID-19 prevention efforts for keeping Sitka Schools open.  To view a copy of this Resolution, visit https://cityofsitka.org/covid-19-cbs-legislation/.

To stay informed about Sitka COVID-19 data, visit the CBS COVID-19 Dashboard at https://cityofsitka.org/.

Thank you and stay safe! 

John Leach

Municipal Administrator

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