Reminder: Test When Traveling

Sitka Unified Command Strongly Recommends Testing When Traveling.

Testing remains a critical tool to help control the spread of COVID-19, and to help detect variants of the virus. As of March 25, about 64% of Sitka’s population had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. That’s great progress however we still have a ways to go before more Sitkans are protected against the virus.

The CDC recommends against travel at this time because it increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. However, we recognize travel is important to Sitkans. If you do travel, please test 72 hours prior to your return flight or use the free testing at the airport upon arrival. A second test 5-14 days after travel is available, free of charge, at the airport from 5:30pm to 6:30pm daily.

Learn more about the State of Alaska’s guidance for travelers at www.AlaskaSafeTravels.com.

For the CDC travel guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html?fbclid=IwAR3Qf2MqJhZPQaXEbs-dmqlaJ9dJyFft1ktUeG366ftHyy-LYJAzFMo3uRU

Reminder: Vaccine Registration

Sleeves up, Sitka!💪

Receiving your vaccine means we can get back to business. COVID-19 vaccine appointments for Sitkans ages 16 and older are available through SEARHC and Harry Race Pharmacy.🩹

SEARHC: Register at https://covid19.searhc.org. Individuals will receive an email from SEARHC to schedule an appointment.

Harry Race Pharmacy: To schedule an appointment, visit https://www.sitkapharmacies.com/covid-19. Those with questions may call 907.966.2102.

Please assist your Elders and family members with online vaccine registration.

Stay Safe. Keep Your Circles Small.

More Alaskans are choosing immunization against COVID-19 every day, which is great news for individuals and for Alaska’s communities too. Your best protection against the virus will be a combination of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and washing your hands often. No one tool alone is going to stop the pandemic. We encourage Alaskans to remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19.

Learn about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fvaccines%2Fabout-vaccines%2Fvaccine-benefits.html

If you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose) please follow the CDC’s guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html?fbclid=IwAR21lzBVeRdzieL8Nd268Kb442raF8WzIxmDrFZgrHkUCA5gdUF–8eyM90

Sitka Unified Command Encourages Sitkans to Vaccinate

When you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final shot):
▪️It is very unlikely that you will suffer severe illness, hospitalization, or death from the virus.
▪️You can gather indoors with others who have been fully vaccinated without wearing a mask.
▪️You can safely visit restaurants, theaters and the gym.
▪️You can safely travel outside Alaska for vacation and business.
▪️You no longer need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19.
▪️You are more likely to be protected against currently circulating variants of the virus.

The more Alaskans are vaccinated, the fewer Alaskans will contract COVID-19, and the sooner businesses can ease restrictions. Vaccination is the fastest way to reopen Alaska’s economy and communities.

Unified Command recommends you research the COVID-19 vaccine to determine if it is right for you. Before scheduling your appointment, contact your healthcare provider to discuss the vaccine and available options.

Review the following resources for more information:
▪️Types of vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson):https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html?fbclid=IwAR3Qm8bg17dA6D5biCFDZDq57ZEUd1smXm3A3lILGoCTvK8Y8h5d5wLXooA

▪️Vaccine safety and efficacy: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/VaccineInfo.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2sV72p8VcY0Y9HeEOpxB8MwMUV-JtZioy9gD14-_dy0el8BYQW6jnuGNY

▪️How to report a reaction following a vaccination: https://vaers.hhs.gov/?fbclid=IwAR2RkVXYaFFt3EWfmnBfzKRarzVcKyUnACGSrO4q746oyT-B5-

✅To schedule a vaccine appointment visit: https://www.sitkapharmacies.com/ or https://covid19.searhc.org/

Stay Diligent, Sitka!

We’re getting to the finish line of this pandemic, thanks to the hard work of Alaskans, but now is not the time to let down our guard, Sitka.

While COVID-19 vaccines add another layer of protection, masking up in public, keeping 6 feet from others and avoiding gatherings remain critical tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – at least for now.

At this time, there is still considerable community transmission occurring in many Alaska communities. Some communities are seeing a decrease in cases while others are experiencing increases, such as the case in Sitka. Yesterday, our COVID-19 alert level increased from Low to Moderate.

Wash your hands frequently, wear a mask, keep at least 6 feet apart, keep your circles small—and vaccinate.

For current Sitka data, visit the CBS Dashboard at https://cityofsitka.org/

March 26: Sitka’s COVID-19 alert level INCREASES to MODERATE

Sitka’s COVID-19 alert level INCREASES to MODERATE.

The following mitigation guidance is recommended:

•Masks/face coverings encouraged when: indoor public spaces and 6 feet of distance can’t be maintained from others
•Masks/face coverings encouraged when: outdoors and 6 feet of distance can’t be maintained from others
•Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet
•Outdoor events are encouraged; gatherings of more than 100 people indoors is not recommended
•Restaurants: indoor capacity reduced to maintain 6 feet of distance, delivery or carryout preferred, employees encouraged to mask
•Bars: indoor capacity reduced to 50%, encourage outdoor serving, employees encouraged to mask

For the most current Sitka data, visit the CBS COVID-19 Dashboard at https://cityofsitka.org/.

Stay Safe. Test If You Travel.

A reminder from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Testing remains a critical tool to help control the spread of COVID-19, and to help detect variants of the virus. As of March 24, about 30% of Alaska’s total population had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. That’s great progress but we still have a ways to go before more Alaskans are protected against the virus.

The CDC recommends against travel at this time because it increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. However, we recognize travel is important to Alaskans. If you do, please test 72 hours prior to your return flight or use the free testing at the airport upon arrival. To help us keep schools and businesses open, please do not return to work or school or be around others until you have a negative test result following your travels.

Learn more about the State of Alaska’s guidance for travelers at www.AlaskaSafeTravels.com. For the CDC travel guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html?fbclid=IwAR0WA9CuQb5u48LyXn9XFCzO1m4kmnxlhLamccy8IK0swPDA86bMfrMAb8s

DHSS COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update for March 14-20, 2021

Decreasing Statewide transmission
Rt 0.98
HIGH Statewide alert status
17.3
Adequate Hospital capacityModerate Test positivity
2.36%
40.55%
of Alaskan adults vaccinated
Red- quickly increasing, Rt>1.2

Orange- increasing, Rt 1-1.2

Yellow-decreasing, Rt<1
Red- 14-day average case rate per 100,000 people >10

Orange- 5-10

Yellow- <5
Red- <3 weeks until beyond capacity

Orange- 3-6 weeks Yellow- >6 weeks
Red->5% Orange- 2-5% Yellow- <2%At least one shot. Estimated AK population 16 and older of 569,699 from census.gov (American Community Survey 2019)

Brief Status Report

  • Virus transmission remained stable across Alaska with slightly lower daily case rates and test positivity. Many regions saw slight decreases in average daily case rates for the first time in four weeks, however the Interior Region except Fairbanks and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region have had significantly increasing case rates over the past two weeks.
  • Anyone 16 years or older who lives or works in Alaska is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Alaska is the first state to offer vaccines to everyone over a certain age without prerequisites.
  • More vaccinations lead to fewer COVID-19 illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths. Vaccinations are the key to ending this pandemic.
  • Alaska is currently the second most vaccinated state per capita. 76.1% of the State/IHS vaccine allocation so far has been administered.
  • DHSS encourages all Alaskans who are currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination to make appointments as soon as possible by visiting covidvax.alaska.gov or by calling 1-907-646-3322. The call line is staffed Monday-Friday from 9AM-6:30PM and 9AM-4:30PM on weekends. The call line can also be used to answer general questions about vaccine safety and to request appointments to receive a specific type of vaccine. Alaskans receiving health services through a Tribal Health Organization or the Department of Defense should contact those organizations directly to determine their eligibility.
  • No new COVID variants of concern were detected in Alaska during the past week.
  • The available SARS CoV-2 Monoclonal antibody products have been found to have varying effectiveness to current variants of concern. This week, Eli Lilly has stopped the distribution bamlanivimab alone, however etesevimab is available to pair with existing bamlanivimab doses as well the bamlanivimab/etesevimab combined packaging. Modeling predicts Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody product (casirivimab/indevimab) is maintaining is original activity against variants of concern.  

What Alaskans Can Do

  • Every Alaskan who chooses to wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, avoid indoor gatherings, and get vaccinated helps protect themselves and the health of all Alaskans. These are our best tools to decrease the chance of a new variant entering Alaska and spreading.
  • Fully vaccinated people can visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or socially distancing. They can also visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 without wearing masks or socially distancing. Vaccinated people can also refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 so long as the vaccinated person is asymptomatic. We expect that CDC guidelines for people who have been vaccinated will continue to be updated as new evidence becomes available
  • To stop COVID-19, including new strains of virus, from coming into Alaska and spreading, testing within 72 hours before returning to Alaska or on arrival and then strict social distancing until the test result is available is recommended. A second test 5-14 days after arrival is also recommended if the traveler is not fully vaccinated. As of Jan 26, 2021, the CDC requires international travelers to show proof of a negative test from within the last 72 hours on arrival back in the US.
  • CDC guidelines recommend regular asymptomatic testing for critical infrastructure workers and other groups at higher risk for COVID-19.
  • Alaskans should get tested immediately at the first sign of any symptoms. Tests work best when obtained promptly after symptoms start. Testing early helps people know if they are positive quickly and helps prompt them to take immediate precautions to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus to others.
  • Most Alaskans get COVID-19 from a friend, family member, or coworker. Many Alaskans who are diagnosed with COVID-19 report that they went to social gatherings, community events, church services, and other social venues while they were contagious but before they knew they had the virus.
  • Alaskans should avoid indoor gatherings with non-household members, avoid crowds, wear masks when around non-household members, and stay 6 feet from anyone not in their household.
COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Update

Case Trends and Predictions

  • 837 cases were reported in Alaskans last week. This is a 9.9% decrease from the week before and still reflects continued high-level community transmission throughout much of Alaska.
  • 14-day average daily case rates were similar or improving in most regions of Alaska compared with last week. The Anchorage case rate increased slightly to 16.6 from 16.5 with a low of 12.6 three weeks prior. The Interior Region except Fairbanks increased to 47.1 from 30.0 last week. Four weeks ago the rate was 12.0. The Northern Southeast Region case rate decreased from 17.2 to 6.0. The Juneau City and Borough rate is 4.3, which is the lowest level in more than five weeks.
  • Rates also decreased in Fairbanks North Star, Kenai Peninsula, and Southern Southeast.  
  • Persistently high case rates continue in Matanuska-Susitna Region though are slightly improved 36.7 from 38.5.
  • Both Interior Region except Fairbanks and Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region saw sharp increases in their daily case rates. The Interior Region rate is 47.1, up from 30.0 last week. The YK Delta rate is 34.1, up from 29.7 last week.
  • The estimated statewide daily growth rate as of March 21, 2021 is -0.26% and new cases are expected to halve every 271.17 days based on current modeling.
COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Update

Regional Case Trends

Behavioral Health RegionCase rates
Feb 7– Feb 13
Case rates
Feb 14– Feb 20
Case rates Feb 21–Feb 27Case rates Feb 28–Mar 6Case rates Mar 7– Mar 13Case rates Mar 14-Mar 20
Anchorage Municipality14.713.912.615.016.516.6
Fairbanks North Star Borough12.312.715.015.113.711.7
Interior Region except Fairbanks22.412.015.013.030.047.1
Juneau City and Borough7.07.28.55.86.34.3
Kenai Peninsula Borough6.15.55.76.87.66.2
Matanuska-Susitna Region36.234.935.936.538.536.7
Northern Southeast Region4.27.727.032.617.26.0
Northwest Region6.65.54.24.04.75.3
Southern Southeast Region11.214.818.49.06.14.0
Southwest Region27.018.74.84.54.35.3
Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region61.938.821.516.229.734.1
Statewide18.116.316.016.817.817.3

Vaccines Status Update

COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Update
 Reported vaccinations as of March 22, 2020.

  • The State of Alaska is working with federal, local, Tribal, and military partners to ensure that the distribution of vaccine goes as quickly and smoothly as possible.
  • Anyone 16 years or older who lives or works in Alaska is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. All registration for vaccines should go through the registration system on covidvax.alaska.gov . Appointments can also be made by calling 1-907-646-3322. The call line is staffed Monday-Friday from 9AM-6:30PM and 9AM-4:30PM on weekends. The call line can also be used to answer general questions about vaccine safety and to request appointments to receive a specific type of vaccine.
  • On March 22, the New York Times vaccination tracker had Alaska as the third highest state by percent of the population that has received at least one shot, at 32%, and two shots, at 20%. The Alaska vaccine tracker is available online as is a vaccine dashboard for more up-to-date data.
  • There is a several day lag in reporting some vaccinations so the dashboard does not yet reflect all vaccinations that have been given.
  • Three vaccines are currently available in Alaska: Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are mRNA vaccines. The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine is an adenovirus-vectored technology.  
  • There are no plans to mandate a vaccine at the state level.
  • The national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is responsible for providing national recommendations for vaccine administration and allocation.
  • More vaccinations lead to fewer COVID-19 illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths.
  • Healthcare providers play a key role in building public confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to their roles as health advisers, protectors, and advocates, healthcare personnel were the first group offered COVID-19 vaccinations. Health workers are a trusted voice that can have a powerful influence on their families and communities when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Here are the CDC’s Six Ways to Help Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence:
  • Encourage leaders in your family, community, or organizations to be vaccine champions.
  • Have discussions about COVID-19 vaccines where people can openly discuss their views and ask questions.
  • Share key messages through multiple channels that people trust and that promote action.
  • Help educate people about COVID-19 vaccines, how they are developed and monitored for safety, and how individuals can talk to others about the vaccines.
  • Learn more about finding credible vaccine information. When you come across COVID-19 information, cross-check with CDC.gov and learn how to respond to misinformation you encounter.
  • When vaccine is offered to you, make visible your decision to get vaccinated and celebrate it!

New Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths

  • During the week of March 14 through March 20, 2021, 837 new Alaska cases were reported, a 9.9% decrease from last week, for a total of 58,993 cumulative cases reported in Alaskans.
  • Cumulative hospitalizations increased to 1,318 with 8 reported as occurring this week. Hospitalization reports often lag and only 1,279 hospitalizations were reported at this time last week, so there are 39 hospitalizations newly reported this week including ones that began during previous weeks.
  • Deaths among Alaska residents increased by 4 (306 total). One of these deaths occurred during this past week. It is common to take more than a week for a death to be reported, and more deaths that occurred during Mar 14–Mar 20 may be reported in future as death certificates are reviewed.
  • 27 new nonresident cases were identified this week, for a total of 2,521 cases.
COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Update

Variant Tracking

  • No new COVID variant cases were detected during the week of March 14-20
  • Cumulative list of variants of concern identified in Alaska:
Test dateCityACQUISITIONVARIANTWeek identified
12/20/2020AnchorageTravelUK/ B1.1.71/24-1/30
1/13/2021AnchorageTravelUK/ B1.1.72/14-2/20
2/8/2021AnchorageCommunity acquiredBrazil/ P.12/21-2/27
2/8/2021AnchorageSecondaryBrazil/ P.12/28-3/6
2/15/2021AnchorageCommunity acquiredBrazil/ P.12/28-3/6
2/15/2021Eagle RiverSecondaryBrazil/ P.12/28-3/6
2/15/2021Eagle RiverCommunity acquiredBrazil/ P.12/28-3/6
  • This week the CDC added B.1.427 and B.1.429 to the list of variants of concern. Subsequent to the CDC’s changes, Alaska is adjusting surveillance practices and public outputs. B.1.427 and B.1.429 cases are not currently included in this summary.
  • Five cases of P.1, a variant of concern have been identified so far in Alaska. All five were in the Anchorage/Eagle River area. Three of the cases are linked; investigation is ongoing. Alaska’s Public Health Laboratories continue to monitor for variants of concern as well as for other variants of interest.
  • Two cases of B.1.1.7, a variant of concern have been identified so far in Alaska. Both were in the Anchorage/Mat-Su area. Both were associated with travel.
  • Alaska’s Public Health Laboratories continue to monitor variants of interest.
  • The available SARS CoV-2 Monoclonal antibody products have been found to have varying effectiveness to current variants of concern.  Bamlinivimab alone is unlikely effective against B.1.351 (S Africa), P.1 (Brazil), B.1.427/B.1.429 (CA), and B.1.526 (NY).  Given this resistance Eli Lilly has stopped the distribution bamlanivimab alone, etesevimab is available to pair with existing bamlanivimab doses as well the bamlanivimab/etesevimab combined packaging. Modeling predicts Regeneron (casirivimab/indevimab) is maintaining is original activity against B.1.1.7, B.1.351, P.1, B.1.427/B.1.429, and B.1.526. The manufacturers have updated their package insert with the addition of a section on viral susceptibility. 

Health Care Capacity

  • On March 22, 40 Alaskans with confirmed COVID-19 were hospitalized and 2 were reported to require a mechanical ventilator.
  • Hospital staffing can change quickly, particularly if a community has many health workers impacted by COVID-19.

Total Confirmed COVID-19 Beds Occupied

COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Update

Cases by Week Reported and Age Group

COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Update

Cases by Week Reported and Race

COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Update

Cases by Week Reported and Region

COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Update

Additional informational resources:

Updated CDC Guidance: Organizing Large Events and Gatherings

On March 8, 2021, the CDC updated its guidance for organizing large events and gatherings.

Key Points
–> Avoid large events and gatherings, when possible.
–> Consider the level of risk when deciding to host an event.
–> Promote healthy behaviors and maintain healthy environments to reduce risk when large events and gatherings are held.
–> Be prepared if someone gets sick during or after the event.

To learn more, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/considerations-for-events-gatherings.html

News Release: March 17 Unified Command Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND DISCUSSES RECOVERY STEPS

SITKA, March 17, 2021  – Incident Commander, Craig Warren announced today Unified Command would be reviewing the five objectives laid out at the beginning of the pandemic: mitigate spread, care for sick, test and vaccinate, economic impact, & inform the public. Warren stated he would start the discussion of adding a new risk level to Sitka’s local mitigation guidance. He reminded Harry Race and White’s Pharmacy along with SEARHC Home Health were offering in-home vaccinations to make sure anyone who wished to receive a vaccine but were unable to make it to a vaccine clinic, could still be vaccinated. He said Unified Command’s next meeting would be April 7.

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for anyone living or working in Alaska who is age 16 or older.

The CDC and Sitka Unified Command recommend continued mitigation guidance along with getting vaccinated. To stay informed visit the CBS COVID-19 Dashboard at https://cityofsitka.org/.

Public Health Nurse, Denise Ewing shared that Sitka has had five break through cases however didn’t consider that number to be high compared to the number of Sitkans who have been vaccinated. Ewing defined a breakthrough case as an infection that was a case of illness in which a vaccinated individual becomes sick from the same illness that the vaccine was to prevent. She said the State was watching those numbers and gathering data to provide more information about this virus.

Ewing reported vaccination statistics. Public Health has administered 220 vaccine doses. All four seafood processors, Sitka Salmon Shares, Silver Bay, Sitka Sound Seafood and SPC were in the process of being vaccinated. Due to inclement weather Ewing had not been able to travel to Point Baker and Point Protection. In Sitka, a total of 6,928 doses had been given by SEARHC with 3,760 1st doses and 3,168 2nd doses. Harry Race and White’s Pharmacies have given 1,176 doses. For the month of April, State allocations for Sitka are 1,100 Moderna and 100 Johnson & Johnson doses.

Public Information Officers, Jessica Ieremia and Sara Peterson, have had an uptick in questions related to travel to Sitka and they continue to post on vaccination eligibility and in-home vaccinations that are now available to Sitkans who cannot make it to a vaccination clinic.

Dr. Bruhl, SEARHC Incident Commander relayed SEARHC was using various forms of media to get the word out that everyone was eligible to be vaccinated who was 16+ and not just the high-risk groups. Bruhl was thrilled to see a high level of participation by commercial fishermen and seafood processors. He said vaccination progress represented an economic opportunity for our community to stand out as a safe place to visit. SEARHC had been vaccinating people visiting Sitka and would continue to do so.  He concluded by saying if Sitkans had friends or family in the lower 48 who needed to get vaccinated, they could receive their vaccinations in Sitka as long as the supply was strong.

Bruhl shared that people were experiencing a lightening of their mood and had more optimism because groups of vaccinated, unmasked individuals could gather safely in their homes. The breakthrough issues that the Public Health Nurse, Denise Ewing mentioned were not surprising. He reminded no vaccine was 100% effective. Fortunately to date, data published in the American Journal of Medicine showed the variants detected from Brazil, South Africa and Europe thus far had all been shown to be responsive to the vaccines.

Janelle Vanasse, Superintendent of Mt. Edgecumbe High School shared that a little over 90 students today, March 17 received second vaccination.

Trish White, Harry Race Pharmacist said that they were holding a vaccine clinic today, March 17 of both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines at the Sitka Firehall. There had been a noticeable interest in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine particularly with fisherman who could just show up one time and for folks who were redescent to receive an mRNA vaccine. Citizens may register for a vaccination clinic at Harry Race Pharmacy at Sitka Fire Hall.

Superintendent of the Sitka School District, John Holst, announced the School Board had put into place new travel guidelines for staff and students. With staff being vaccinated at 85%, there should not be any delays in instruction starting back up next week after Spring Break travel. Currently the District was testing all athletes Monday and Tuesday to make sure community transmission was not occurring. Holst thanked SEARHC for providing the test kits and gave appreciation to SEARHC, Harry Race and White’s Pharmacies for their vaccination efforts.

Thor Christianson, Logistics mentioned it was still difficult to get some PPE.

Amy Ainslie, Unit Resource Leader congratulated the Sheldon Jackson Museum and Raven Radio who recently joined the Sitka COVID Conscious Business Program. She encouraged businesses interested in applying to visit cityofsitka.org and click on the Sitka COVID Conscious Business Program link at the top of the page. For questions email covidconscious@cityofsitka.org.

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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