NEWS RELEASE: July 7 Unified Command Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND DISCUSSES HIGH ALERT LEVEL AND URGES INDIVIDUALS TO GET VACCINATED

FACE MASKS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED FOR UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS

SITKA, July 7, 2021  – Public Health Nurse, Denise Ewing stated of the last 20 positive COVID-19 cases, 19 were unvaccinated. Of those cases one was non-resident. The vaccinated individual was asymptomatic and was identified through routine workplace testing.

Incident Commander, Craig Warren stated that the vaccination status at the time of positive would be placed on the City and Borough of Sitka’s (CBS) COVID-19 Dashboard https://cityofsitka.org/.

Due to rapid increase to a High Alert Level in Sitka, Sitka Unified Command recommends continued mitigation: face masks are strongly encouraged for unvaccinated individuals, maintaining physical distance of 6 feet along with following CDC guidelines CDC Guidelines.

We urge citizens to remain diligent and practice proper hygiene measures, such as washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with others. In addition, get tested but 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 Sitka Emergency Unified Command continues to urge citizens to enroll for a vaccination online with Harry Race Pharmacy at Harry Race Pharmacy and with SEARHC at https://covid19.searhc.org/. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 vaccines have demonstrated to be safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading the virus. Being vaccinated is the best way to protect our community.

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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