Alaska CASE COUNT SUMMARY, Wednesday, August 5

DHSS today announced 59 new people with COVID-19 in Alaska. 56 are residents in 15 communities: Anchorage (36), Eagle River (2), Fairbanks (2), Kotzebue (2), NW Arctic Borough (2), Sitka (2), Wasilla (2) and one each in Bristol Bay and Lake & Peninsula boroughs, Delta Junction, Homer, Juneau, Ketchikan, Soldotna, Willow and Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area.

Three new nonresidents were also identified in:

  • Municipality of Anchorage: 1 visitor and 1 other industry in Anchorage
  • City and Borough of Juneau: 1 tourism in Juneau

One duplicate resident case was removed bringing the total number of Alaska resident cases to 3,449 and the total number of nonresident cases to 734.

Of the 56 Alaska residents, 29 are male and 27 are female. Four are under the age of 10; 10 are aged 10-19; 12 are aged 20-29; 12 are aged 30-39; six are aged 40-49; five are aged 50-59; four are aged 60-69 and three are aged 70-79.

There have been a total of 137 hospitalizations and 25 deaths with one new hospitalization and no new deaths reported yesterday.

There are currently 32 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and an additional six patients who are considered persons under investigation (PUI) for a total of 38 current COVID-related hospitalizations. Individuals who no longer require isolation (recovered cases) total 1,017.

A total of 257,279 tests have been conducted. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous seven days is 2.75%.

This report reflects data from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on August 4 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Please note that occasionally there is a lag between cases being reported on the DHSS data dashboard and what local communities report as details are confirmed and documentation is received.

To view more data visit: coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com

Please note: The DHSS data dashboard underwent a change in structure yesterday that allows for filtering by occurrence and residence status. For a tour of the updated dashboard and more information about all the changes, watch the Aug. 4 COVID-19 Science ECHO available at www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=305118390902879&ref=watch_permalink. Contact data.coronavirus@alaska.gov if you would like information on the new data structure.

Alaska CASE COUNT SUMMARY, Tuesday, August 4

DHSS today announced 66 new people with COVID-19 in Alaska. 59 are residents in 14 communities: Anchorage (40), Eagle River (2), Fairbanks (2), Matanuska-Susitna Borough (2), Nome Census Area (2), Palmer (2), Wasilla (2) and one each in Aleutians East Borough, Hooper Bay, Juneau, Ketchikan, North Pole, Utqiaġvik and Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area.

Seven new nonresidents were also identified in:

  • Municipality of Anchorage: 2 with purpose still under investigation in Anchorage
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough: 2 seafood industry in Seward
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough: 1 mining in Fairbanks
  • Location still under investigation: 2 with purpose still under investigation

Five duplicate resident cases were removed and one Valdez case was corrected to a nonresident case bringing the total number of Alaska resident cases to 3,394 and the total number of nonresident cases to 731.

Of the 59 Alaska residents, 32 are male and 27 are female. Four are under the age of 10; six are aged 10-19; 16 are aged 20-29; 15 are aged 30-39; six are aged 40-49; five are aged 50-59; five are aged 60-69 and two are aged 70-79.

There have been a total of 136 hospitalizations and 25 deaths with one new hospitalization and no new deaths reported yesterday.

There are currently 27 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and an additional six patients who are considered persons under investigation (PUI) for a total of 33 current COVID-related hospitalizations. Individuals who no longer require isolation (recovered cases) total 987.

A total of 252,649 tests have been conducted. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 1.51%.

This report reflects data from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on August 3 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Please note that occasionally there is a lag between cases being reported on the DHSS data dashboard and what local communities report as details are confirmed and documentation is received.

To view more data visit: coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com

Please note: The DHSS data dashboard will undergo a change in structure by the end of today, August 4, 2020. The new data structure will allow for filtering by occurrence and residence status. Contact data.coronavirus@alaska.gov if you would like information on the new data structure.

Alaska CASE COUNT SUMMARY, Monday, August 3

DHSS today announced 80 new people with COVID-19 in Alaska and one new death. 61 are residents in 13 communities: Anchorage (40), Fairbanks (4), Juneau (3), Palmer (2), Wasilla (2), Utqiaġvik (2), Northwest Arctic Borough (2) and one each in Bethel Census Area, Eagle River, Kusilvak Census Area, Metlakatla, Wrangell and Valdez.

19 new nonresidents were also identified in:

  • Kenai Peninsula Borough: 5 seafood industry in Seward
  • Kodiak Island Borough: 7 seafood industry in Kodiak
  • City and Borough of Juneau: 1 seafood industry in Juneau
  • Bristol Bay and Lake & Peninsula combined boroughs: 3 in the seafood industry
  • Location still under investigation: 1 other industry and 2 North Slope oil

This brings the total number of Alaska resident cases to 3,341 and the total number of nonresident cases to 723.

Of the 61 Alaska residents, 30 are male and 31 are female. Two are under the age of 10; five are aged 10-19; 22 are aged 20-29; 10 are aged 30-39; 15 are aged 40-49; five are aged 50-59; one is aged 60-69 and one is aged 70-79.

There have been a total of 135 hospitalizations and 25 deaths with one new hospitalization and one new death reported yesterday. The individual who died was a male Anchorage resident in his 70s.

There are currently 28 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and an additional 10 patients who are considered persons under investigation (PUI) for a total of 38 current COVID-related hospitalizations. Individuals who no longer require isolation (recovered cases) total 946.

A total of 245,807 tests have been conducted. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 2.27%.

This report reflects data from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on August 3 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Please note that occasionally there is a lag between cases being reported on the DHSS data dashboard and what local communities report as details are confirmed and documentation is received.

To view more data visit: coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com

Please note: The DHSS data dashboard will be undergoing a change in structure which will go live on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. The new data structure will allow for filtering by occurrence and residence status. Contact data.coronavirus@alaska.gov if you would like information on the new data structure.

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE TRAVEL

July 31 – CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE TRAVEL: Under Alaska’s new interstate travel protocols that take effect Aug. 11, 2020, critical infrastructure companies will continue to operate under their existing plans as before. But a few key changes will take place for critical infrastructure workers:

• Critical infrastructure workers traveling to Alaska will no longer be able to use state-funded testing at airports.

• Critical infrastructure companies and organizations will be asked to provide employees with a letter on company letterhead that states they are a critical infrastructure worker traveling for work purposes. These letters will need to include detailed instructions on how the employee will travel, as well as the company’s isolation or quarantine plans in accordance with their Community/Workforce Protective Plan. A template/example letter will be provided for company use.

Travel that is deemed essential or for critical personal needs, as previously defined in Health Mandate 10, will continue as it has under existing guidance. This includes, but is not limited to, child custody exchanges or visitation, and military families relocating under orders. Additional guidance and FAQs regarding these changes will be provided prior to Aug. 11.

Information will be posted at covid19.alaska.gov as soon as it becomes available.

Alaska CASE COUNT SUMMARY, Friday, July 31

DHSS today announced 114 new people with COVID-19 in Alaska and one new death. 108 are residents in 15 communities: Anchorage (73), Fairbanks (11), Wasilla (5), Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (3), Eagle River (3), City of Kenai (2), North Pole (2), Palmer (2) and one each in Big Lake, Houston, Juneau, Unalaska, Valdez, Valdez-Cordova Census Area and Yakutat/Hoonah-Angoon Census Areas.

Six new nonresidents were also identified in:

  • Valdez-Cordova Census Area: 1 with purpose still under investigation in Valdez
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough: 1 with purpose still under investigation in Wasilla
  • City and Borough of Juneau: 1 with purpose still under investigation in Juneau
  • Ketchikan Gateway Borough: 1 tourism industry in Ketchikan
  • Location still under investigation: 2 with purpose still under investigation

Nine new resident cases from May and June were recently identified by an out-of-state medical facility and have been added to the dashboard today. Four duplicate resident cases have been removed and one resident case that was assigned to Alaska has been reassigned to another state in the National Center for Health Statistics’ records and removed from the dashboard. This brings the total number of Alaska resident cases to 2,990. The total number of nonresident cases is 687.

Of the 108 Alaska residents, 59 are male and 49 are female. Six are under the age of 10; 16 are aged 10-19; 28 are aged 20-29; 18 are aged 30-39; 11 are aged 40-49; 12 are aged 50-59; eight are aged 60-69; eight are aged 70-79 and one is aged 80 or older.

There have been a total of 133 hospitalizations and 23 deaths with five new hospitalizations and one new death reported yesterday. The individual who died was a male Anchorage resident in his 70s who had underlying conditions. The total number of deaths remains at 23 due to the resident case that was reassigned to another state, as noted above, and died in that state.

There are currently 28 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and an additional 12 patients who are considered persons under investigation (PUI) for a total of 40 current COVID-related hospitalizations. Individuals who no longer require isolation (recovered cases) total 898.

A total of 233,106 tests have been conducted. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 2.52%.

This report reflects data from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on July 30 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Please note that occasionally there is a lag between cases being reported on the DHSS data dashboard and what local communities report as details are confirmed and documentation is received.

To view more data visit: coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com

Please note: The DHSS data dashboard will be undergoing a change in structure which will go live on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. The new data structure will allow for filtering by occurrence and residence status. Contact data.coronavirus@alaska.gov if you would like information on the new data structure.

Alaska CASE COUNT SUMMARY, Thursday, July 30

DHSS today announced 120 new people with COVID-19 in Alaska and one new death. 84 are residents in 16 communities: Anchorage (42), Northwest Arctic Borough (7), Wasilla (7), Fairbanks (6), Palmer (4), Soldotna (4), Juneau (2), Kotzebue (2), Big Lake (2), and one each in Bethel Census Area, Eagle River, City of Kenai, Kodiak, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Unalaska, Utqiaġvik and Yakutat/Hoonah-Angoon Census Areas.

36 new nonresidents were also identified in:

  • Municipality of Anchorage: 1 in Anchorage with purpose still under investigation
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough: 23 seafood industry in Seward; 1 visitor in Soldotna
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough: 2 in Fairbanks with purpose still under investigation
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough: 1 visitor in Wasilla
  • City and Borough of Juneau: 3 seafood industry in Juneau; 1 visitor in Juneau
  • Location still under investigation: 4 with purpose still under investigation

Three duplicate resident cases have been removed from the dashboard which brings the total number of Alaska resident cases to 2,878. The total number of nonresident cases is 681.

Of the 84 Alaska residents, 45 are male, 38 are female and one is unknown at this time. Six are under the age of 10; 11 are aged 10-19; 19 are aged 20-29; 14 are aged 30-39; 13 are aged 40-49; 11 are aged 50-59; six are aged 60-69; three are aged 70-79 and one is aged 80 or older.

There have been a total of 128 hospitalizations and 23 deaths with three new hospitalizations and one new death reported yesterday. The individual who died was a male Anchorage resident in his 60s who had underlying conditions.

There are currently 37 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and an additional 8 patients who are considered persons under investigation (PUI) for a total of 45 current COVID-related hospitalizations. Individuals who no longer require isolation (recovered cases) total 885.

A total of 225,057 tests have been conducted. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 2.44%.

This report reflects data from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on July 29 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. Please note that occasionally there is a lag between cases being reported on the DHSS data dashboard and what local communities report as details are confirmed and documentation is received.

To view more data visit: coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com

Please note: The DHSS data dashboard will be undergoing a change in structure which will go live on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. The new data structure will allow for filtering by occurrence and residence status. Contact data.coronavirus@alaska.gov if you would like information on the new data structure.

July 29 Unified Command Weekly Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND TALKS OPERATIONS AT WEEKLY MEETING

SITKA, July 29, 2020 – the Sitka School District reopening, CBS mask policy, and Governor Dunleavy’s press briefing were the main topics of discussion at the latest meeting of the Sitka Unified Command.

Incident Commander John Leach reported he received a draft of the Sitka School District Smart Start plan.  On July 27, Sitka was notified that we will receive 10,000 of the 30,000 cloth masks resource request from the State of Alaska. A new mask and face covering policy was enacted July 27 in City and Borough of Sitka buildings for all employees, visitors, and contractors. Governor Dunleavy announced at his July 28 press briefing that all non-residents must arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.  On August 11, airport testing will cease for non-residents. Airport testing will only be available for Alaska residents beginning August 11.

John Holst, Sitka School District Superintendent, shared that the Sitka School District plan has been endorsed by SEARHC.  SEARHC will assist with regular testing of employees. School will open on August 27. Visit the districts website, https://www.sitkaschools.org/, for more information.

Public Health Nurse Denise Ewing detailed the weekly confirmed cases throughout the state. Ewing said there were 2,797 cumulative cases in the state.

A May and April project under request for public assistance has been submitted to FEMA, reported Jay Sweeney the Finance Chief. A May project has been formulated and submitted on July 24, and is currently under review by Department of Homeland Security in Anchorage.

Sitka Unified Command urges 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. 

 Free COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic patients is available every weekend. Residents can receive a self-swab nasal test between the hours of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday at the Mountainside Family Clinic alternative test site, no appointment necessary. For more information, contact the SEARHC COVID-19 Hotline at 966.8799. Results are available in approximately seven (7) days.

 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 sitkacovid19.org or covid19.searhc.org.