Dunleavy Administration Releases COVID-19 Transition Plan

On February 14, 2021, Governor Mike Dunleavy released a new COVID-19 recovery and transition plan to begin the process of moving Alaska to the path to normalcy while still effectively managing the virus.

The State of Alaska has issued four health advisories that address general safety, travel and critical infrastructure, with appendices focusing on the seafood industry. The advisories are based on the latest epidemiological data and expertise within the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and outline best practices to continue mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

Governor Dunleavy will continue to follow what happens throughout Alaska and our healthcare system, and reserves the right to declare a future emergency if the data indicates stricter measures are needed to protect the health and wellbeing of Alaskans.

New State of Alaska Health Advisories:

Health Advisory 1 – Recommendations to Keep Alaskans Safe – Addresses the safety measures Alaskans can take to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/02.14.21-Health-Advisory-1-Recommendations.pdf

Health Advisory 2 – International and Interstate Travel – While Alaska resident and non-resident travelers will no longer be required to have pre-travel negative tests upon arrival, it is still considered one of the best mechanisms to track the virus and prevent community spread. The existing airport testing infrastructure will remain in place to protect Alaskans and visitors alike. https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/02.14.21-Health-Advisory-2-International-and-Interstate-Travel.pdf

As a reminder, anyone positive for COVID-19 is not allowed to travel.

Health Advisory 3 – Intrastate Travel – Outlines expectations of communities for allowing travel Critical Infrastructure personnel, as well as for community members and Critical Personal needs. The advisory recommends COVID testing three days prior to travel to locations on the road system and the Alaska Marine Highway System. For locations off the road system and the Alaska Marine Highway System, a test is recommended for trips lasting longer than 72 hours before returning to a rural community. Without a test, strict social distancing should be followed. https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/02.14.21-Health-Advisory-3-Intrastate-Travel.pdf

Health Advisory 4 – Critical Infrastructure – The advisory provides clear guidance for Critical Infrastructure businesses operating in Alaska to protect both communities and industries. https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/02.14.21-Health-Advisory-4-Critical-Infrastructure.pdf

Read Governor Dunleavy’s February 14 press release at: https://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2021/02/14/dunleavy-administration-releases-covid-19-transition-plan/?fbclid=IwAR3q0WJcajTprrgb1MF5atWSzBkZDNyOwWEeVda_Lp7xzyrxp_6SmpGOMkc

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