News Releases:

DHSS Press Release: CDC provides new guidance that allows for shortened COVID-19 quarantines

Dec. 2, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised their quarantine guidance today to allow people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 to shorten their quarantine period from 14 days to as few as 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test. CDC continues to recommend a quarantine period of …

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Alaskans Stand Together 6 ft. Apart

Sitkans know how to prepare for winter – we fill our freezers, chop wood, swap out tires and dust off the ice scraper. This year, as we cope with COVID-19, we can also take measures to improve our physical and mental health. Staying healthy during the pandemic is important to help prevent severe illness and …

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Have COVID-19 questions? Join DHSS by Zoom today at noon or watch the COVID-19 Science ECHO on Facebook Live

Please join DHSS by videoconference or on Facebook for the COVID-19 Science ECHO. WHO: For the general public; anyone is welcome to join.  WHEN: Every Wednesday, noon to 1 pm. These webinars can also be watched on Facebook. Register to attend; seats are limited.  WHAT: DHSS Division of Public Health will provide up-to-date information about the science …

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Staying Connected with Friends and Family

How do you say hello and I love you during these trying times? We’re all missing face-to-face time with our friends, family, coworkers and others, but we’re also all learning new ways to stay connected during this pandemic. It’s vital for our mental health. Emoji check ins, phone calls, emails, virtual game nights, Zoom socials, …

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Join the COVID-19 response team – Contact tracers keep the lid on COVID-19

The State of Alaska and University of Alaska’s College of Health are currently hiring for a variety of positions responding to the COVID-19 challenge. This work is essential to keeping the lid on this highly contagious virus. One opportunity is to assist with contact tracing. “Contact tracers” call Alaskans who test positive for COVID-19. They …

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Importance of Social Distancing

Keeping six feet apart from others is one of the key protective measures to keep COVID-19 in check. With cases rising in Sitka, we all need to consider what we can do to protect ourselves and others. This graphic from the Department of Health and Social Services illustrates the importance of social distancing.

Connect with Alaska’s COVID-19 Experts via Video Conference

Participating in or just listening to ECHO videoconferences are a great way to connect with Alaska’s COVID-19 experts and have your questions answered. We encourage you to tune in. Here is the DHSS ECHO schedule for this week, Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, 2020. MONDAY• Vaccine Press ECHO – for media, 12-12:30 pm• School Health …

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CDC Zoom Call: Resilience and Mental Health for the Holidays

Stressed out about COVID-19 and the holidays? The CDC is hosting a program, “Resilience and Mental Health for the Holidays,” Monday, November 30 at 3 pm ET via Zoom. Anyone can join, so invite your friends and family. Register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_FMm071UiQ12UTrtPHyl17w?fbclid=IwAR0YxpyOJarcckj9jVNgAVLz75W2FF0lFaohLfnkz8YxiwhDgvuNidI5nnc

Stay diligent, Sitka!

Stay diligent, Sitka! As we’ve learned, COVID-19 is highly infectious and fast-spreading. This graphic by Dr. Emily Smith shows how contagious you are compared to how sick you feel. As Dr. Zink recently stated, “You can spread the virus person to person before you feel ill and as a result it can be hard to …

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AK Responders Relief Line

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a heavy strain on health care and emergency response systems and more importantly, the people who keep those systems running and provide care and support to those with medical needs. The AK Responders Relief Line is a free, confidential service available to those serving in the health care and emergency …

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Our Local Public Health Officials Need Your Help

If you test positive for COVID-19:•Isolate immediately. Stay home except to get medical care and minimize contact with everyone in your household.•Notify close contacts. Quickly notify anyone who has spent more than 15 minutes (cumulative) within six feet of you over a 24-hour period so they quarantine immediately.•Seek care if needed. Stay in touch with …

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Stay Informed: COVID-19 Outbreak Health Orders

Effective November 16, 2020, the State of Alaska’s COVID-19 Health Mandates expired and were replaced under a new state disaster declaration with Outbreak Health Orders. Please familiarize yourself with the content of the new Health Orders, as some things have changed. Read the full Health Orders and FAQs here: https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-order/

DHSS Press Release: Case surges create data backlog; public health officials are asking Alaskans to help

Nov. 23, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) cautions that the surge in COVID-19 cases has strained the public health response, creating a backlog in case and contact investigations. DHSS is urging anyone who receives a positive test result to notify their own close contacts as soon as possible so individuals can …

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Travelers! Remember Your Second Test.

Attention travelers! Let’s keep a lid on COVID‐19! Per Resolution 2020‐30, approved by the City and Borough of Sitka Assembly on November 10, all persons returning to Sitka after traveling (both in state and out of state) are strongly encouraged to take a second test (7 days after initial travel test) and continue strict social …

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Give Thanks and Stay Safe

This is the year to find new and different ways to celebrate the holidays. This fall and winter, the lowest-risk celebrations involve staying close to home and getting together in-person with only immediate family or your small household bubble. Read this holiday blog from DHSS for ways to celebrate creatively and still include loved ones …

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Health Order 8 and Sitka Travel

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, Governor Dunleavy recently issued new testing requirements and guidance for traveling within Alaska, specifically traveling from communities on the ferry/road system to communities off the ferry/road system. These rules take effect Saturday, November 21. Here’s how they apply when traveling in and out of Sitka: * Sitka residents planning …

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