Break the COVID-19 Chain

If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate yourself so that you do not expose others. Also, let your close contacts know as soon as possible so they can be part of breaking the chain of infection. Anyone can catch COVID-19. The virus is highly contagious. But, we don’t have to let it keep spreading. Together, we can break the COVID-19 chain. This flyer explains what to do when you test positive and how to reach out to your close contacts. http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/SiteAssets/Pages/HumanCoV/Whattodoafteryourtest.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1kIzWEo1jQB6DT-d1_E_0co4ZD3GfYKihvazmtvrehf_ohk4_2HndbIs8

Stay Up-to-Date with the CBS COVID-19 Dashboard

Why do we see different numbers reflected from the State of Alaska versus the City and Borough of Sitka (CBS) COVID-19 Dashboard?

The CBS COVID-19 Dashboard is the MOST CURRENT as these numbers are directly entered into the Dashboard by our local Public Health Officials. The State data, in contrast, can lag behind as they receive information from multiple sources.

The Dashboard is typically updated by 5pm each day. https://cityofsitka.org/

Strict Social Distancing Required for 5 days After Travel

COVID-19 is spread primarily from person to person when people breathe, speak, sneeze or cough – so keeping your distance is one of the best ways to stay safe. That’s why you must maintain strict social distancing for 5 days after you arrive in Alaska, regardless of test results.

While social distancing, avoid enclosed spaces and crowds, limit interactions to 5 minutes, and stay 6 feet from others. Social distancing is a great reason to explore some of Alaska’s wide-open spaces!

What is strict social distancing?

  • Strict social distancing is allowed after you have one negative test result from a test taken within 72 hours of departure or on arrival into Alaska.
  • You may be in an outdoor public place, but you must remain six feet away from anyone not in your immediate household, and you must wear a face covering. You may arrange curbside shopping or have food delivery.
  • You cannot enter restaurants, bars, gyms, community centers, sporting facilities i.e., ice rinks, gymnasiums, and sports domes), office buildings, and school or daycare facilities. Do not participate in any group activities, including sporting events and practices, weddings, funerals, or other gatherings.
  • This 14-day window can be shortened by receiving a negative result from an optional second molecular-based test for SARS-Co V2 taken between five and 14 days after arrival into Alaska.

For more information, visit: https://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/?fbclid=IwAR0Refvoefwsi7XtbyApk8SDjw2yauwE5OYQopPSUB3O4Yf_RL332KepAlo

Governor Dunleavy Issues New Health Orders

A new, 30-day disaster declaration took effect at 12:01 a.m. this morning (Monday, Nov. 16). Along with the new declaration, Governor Mike Dunleavy has issued eight new COVID-19 outbreak health orders. Most orders are similar to the previous mandates or cover provisions of Senate Bill 241, which expired Sunday along with the governor’s previous disaster declaration. One of the new orders, Outbreak Health Order 8, governs travel between communities on and off the road system to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Part A of that order takes effect with the other orders today; Part A states that local communities are permitted to enact travel restrictions to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Part B of the order takes effect Nov. 21, and will require that travelers within Alaska who travel off of the road system maintain social distancing until they produce a negative result from a recent COVID-19 test. The order is aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 between communities.

Read the governor’s press release: http://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2020/11/15/governor-issues-covid-19-outbreak-health-orders/?fbclid=IwAR2rys7s31qtCyvAMOtaL0rGjopTpJvjUyf9p96j48sWHH3tDJ2lBo_pC_o

Read the orders:
https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-order/?fbclid=IwAR18afxBHdMEsx2V6G3M7kcrgdt8fS5mjSCHpOPRMn_pdRKDfhtHhFZrQT8

For more COVID-19 health guidance including the orders, health alerts and CDC guidance:
http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/guidance.aspx?fbclid=IwAR18afxBHdMEsx2V6G3M7kcrgdt8fS5mjSCHpOPRMn_pdRKDfhtHhFZrQT8

City Buildings Open

CBS is here to serve you. While our buildings are open, we strongly encourage you to contact us by phone or email as we can provide most services remotely. 

Call 747-1818 and select the department you wish to speak with. Or, download the Department contact list below. For some Departments appointments are required.  We also request that customers wear a mask and follow posted social distancing guidelines.  

Connect and Seek Support

This has been a difficult time for all of us. Acknowledging, recognizing and acting on feelings of anxiety, grief, loss and worry in these uncertain times is key to lessening the impact.

Connect with friends and loved ones virtually without being in the same indoor space. Build in time to unwind and disconnect from the news or social media: read, cook, play a game, listen to music, take baths.

Find more resources at http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/coping.aspx

Isolate to Save Lives

This won’t last forever and we know it’s difficult, but it will take all of us changing our behaviors this November to slow the rapid escalation in COVID-19 cases.

As Governor Dunleavy said this week, “We must act together now while we still have choices.” Municipal Administrator echoed this same sentiment in his message to Sitkans on November 12.

Your actions can help save lives and protect our hospital capacity. Please follow state and local community health guidance. On November 10, the City and Borough of Sitka Assembly passed legislation strongly encouraging Sitkans to continue COVID-19 prevention efforts. https://cityofsitka.org/covid-19-cbs-legislation/

Cases are high in EVERY region of Alaska, INCLUDING Sitka. Please avoid gatherings, work from home whenever possible, limit community exposure, wear a mask in public, remain physically distant from anyone who does not reside in your household, wash/disinfect your hands frequently, consider travel carefully, and order supplies or food online and use takeout and curbside pickup whenever possible. Stay safe and be well. Thank you, Sitkans, for doing all you can to stop the spread. Thanks to Caring is Easy for the wonderful graphic!

Avoid the 3 C’s

Winter is here. That means we’ll all be spending more time indoors. To prevent COVID-19, it’s important to avoid the 3 Cs (closed spaces, crowded places and close contacts). Brainstorm now with your family, friends and coworkers about how you can make adjustments to make sure you keep your COVID-19 risk as low as possible.

Learn more:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/going-out.html?fbclid=IwAR31-fWvwGmbPEtSk6kLtJv–1EjwXbeZsyx7_5XbRtm14E-Mv-3F3w6s8k