News Release: April 28 Unified Command Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND DISCUSSES EVENTS

SITKA, April 28, 2021  – Incident Commander, Craig Warren congratulated both Sitka High School and Mt. Edgecumbe High School for holding their prom events in a safe manner. He stated Silver Bay Seafood employees were 100% vaccinated and if Sitka was in low or limited alert levels, would allow for staff and employees to go off campus. He relayed the Sitka Historical Society started planning the Fourth of July events. Warren informed of an outdoor event with mitigations in place the first weekend in June that would request a permit to close a portion of Lincoln Street. He reminded that Sitka was in Low Alert Level. He urged Sitkan’s to take caution while traveling as active cases remain mostly travel related.

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 cases were low. She told of CDC guidelines and definition of fully vaccinated individuals. For more information on CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals go to CDC Guidelines for fully vaccinated.

Public Information Officers, Melissa Henshaw, Jessica Ieremia and Sara Peterson reported on the State of Alaska revisions to Health Advisory no. 2 and 3.

Janelle Vanasse, Superintendent of Mt. Edgecumbe High School stated next week was graduation and they had expected 300 visitors to arrive to Sitka. The ceremony would be held outdoors, weather permitting.

Trish White, Harry Race Pharmacist said that they held a vaccine clinic April 28 of both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines at the Sitka Firehall. She noted the pause had been lifted on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. She informed there would be vaccine clinics every Friday in May at the Sitka Firehall. Citizens may register for a vaccination clinic at Harry Race Pharmacy at Sitka Fire Hall.

Superintendent of the Sitka School District, John Holst stated SEARHC held a clinic on April 23 for students and an additional clinic was scheduled for the second dose on May 14. He stated by fall there would be areas reconfigured to maintain a 3-foot distance. He stated that playground protocol had changed, and the students were not required to wear masks.

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

Amy Ainslie, Unit Resource Leader noted that the Sitka COVID Conscious Business Program was still available. She encouraged businesses interested in applying 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 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. 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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