February 3 News Release: Unified Command’s Weekly Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND DISCUSSES VACCINES

SITKA, February 3, 2021  – Incident Commander, John Leach reported Sitka was at a Moderate Alert Level. The new Executive Order for masking in public transportation hubs into and within the United States has been shared on the CBS Facebook page. To learn more about the new requirement for face masks on public transportation visit City and Borough of Sitka Facebook. To stay informed visit our COVID-19 Dashboard at https://cityofsitka.org/.

Maegan Bosak, SEARHC Liaison shared that as of February 3, in Sitka, 46, 958 COVID tests had been completed, resulting in 298 positive patients. To date there had been 2,405 first doses and 1,070 second doses completed in Sitka.  SEARHC continued to have first and second dose clinics happening throughout the month of February. Currently, SEARHC was scheduling those age 50 and older, all medically vulnerable individuals aged 16-64, and all essential workers. If interested in receiving the vaccine register at https://covid19.searhc.org and be sure to leave a valid email address.

Amy Ainslie, Unit Resource Leader shared she continues to monitor the Sitka COVID Conscious Business Program. There continues to be more interest. If a business is interested in applying for the program go to cityofsitka.org and click on the Sitka COVID Conscious Business Program link at the top of the page. For questions email covidconscious@cityofsitka.org.

Harry Race & White’s Pharmacist, Trish White relayed they have upcoming clinics on February 10 & 12 and the following week on February 17 & 19 at the Sitka Firehall. Both clinics are for first and second doses. To register for February vaccination clinics go to Harry Race Pharmacy at Sitka Fire Hall. Scroll down the page until you reach Option B and choose Harry Race Pharmacy at Sitka Fire Hall clinic to register for your vaccination.

Janelle Vanasse, Superintendent of Mt. Edgecumbe High School stated the school was doing well with kids in classes and they were able to participate in sports. The kids were thrilled when Sitka was in Low Alert Level and they could have town leave. Vanasse added, when campus was on Low and the City was in Moderate, the school would be making adjustments to allow for supervised small groups of kids to visit town and go to COVID Conscious Businesses for some interaction in town.

Unified Command recommends citizens to enroll for a vaccination online with Harry Race Pharmacy at Harry Race Pharmacy at Sitka Fire Hall and with SEARHC at https://covid19.searhc.org/.

We urge citizens to remain diligent and practice proper hygiene measures, such as washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with others and keeping your social circle small. In addition, 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. 

The Emergency Operations Center encourages residents to prepare for any local emergency by ensuring each family member has a 14- day emergency supply kit, including any necessary medications.

For information on the local pandemic response, visit https://cityofsitka.org or https://covid19.searhc.org.

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