News Releases:

COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: January 9 – January 15, 2022

Alaska Department of Health and Social Service Weekly COVID-19 and Influenza UpdateJanuary 9 – January 15, 2022 Key Findings COVID-19 cases are rising very rapidly across most of Alaska, the great majority of which are likely due to the Omicron variant. Appreciable levels of influenza transmission began occurring in mid-December and have continued since then. …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: January 2 – January 8, 2022

Key Findings COVID-19 cases are rising very rapidly across most of Alaska, the great majority of which are likely due to the Omicron variant. Appreciable levels of influenza transmission began occurring in mid-December and have continued since then. Other respiratory viruses are circulating in addition to SARS-CoV-2 and influenza virus. COVID-19 COVID-19 Case Trends High …

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NEWS RELEASE: January 12 Unified Command Meeting

SITKA, January 12, 2022 – Dr. Bruhl, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Chief Medical Officer and Incident Commander reported the current surge with the Omicrom variant was rolling through the entire State of Alaska. He said the State of Alaska was lagging a few weeks behind the lower 48. He reported virtually all the …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: December 26 — January 1, 2022

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateDecember 26 — January 1, 2022 HIGH Statewide transmissionRt1.64 HIGH Statewide alert status 506.1 LIMITED Hospitalcapacity HIGH Test positivity 12.78% 67.8%of Alaskans aged 5+ are vaccinated Red- Rt >1.2Orange- Rt 1-1.2 Yellow- Rt <1 7-day case rate per 100,000 population. Red-  ≥100Orange- 50-99.99Yellow- 10-49.99Blue- 0-9.99   …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: December 19 — December 25, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateDecember 19 — December 25, 2021 Low Statewide transmissionRt0.87 HIGH Statewide alert status 139.9 LIMITED Hospitalcapacity Intermediate Test positivity 4.89% 67.5%of Alaskans aged 5+ are vaccinated Red- Rt >1.2Orange- Rt 1-1.2 Yellow- Rt <1 7-day case rate per 100,000 population. Red-  ≥100Orange- 50-99.99Yellow- 10-49.99Blue- 0-9.99   …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: December 12 — December 18, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateDecember 12 — December 18, 2021 Low Statewide transmissionRt0.84 HIGH Statewide alert status 159.1 LIMITED Hospitalcapacity Intermediate Test positivity 3.38% 67.2%of Alaskans aged 5+ are vaccinated Red- Rt >1.2Orange- Rt 1-1.2 Yellow- Rt <1 7-day case rate per 100,000 population. Red-  ≥100Orange- 50-99.99Yellow- 10-49.99Blue- 0-9.99   …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: December 5 — December 11, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateDecember 5 — December 11, 2021 Low Statewide transmissionRt0.85 HIGH Statewide alert status 175.3 LIMITED Hospitalcapacity Intermediate Test positivity 3.57% 66.8%of Alaskans aged 5+ are vaccinated Red- Rt >1.2Orange- Rt 1-1.2 Yellow- Rt <1 7-day case rate per 100,000 population. Red-  ≥100Orange- 50-99.99Yellow- 10-49.99Blue- 0-9.99   …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: November 28 — December 4, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateNovember 28 — December 4, 2021 Intermediate Statewide transmissionRt0.84 HIGH Statewide alert status 235.3 LIMITED Hospital capacity HIGH Test positivity 4.84% 62%of Alaskans aged 5+ are vaccinated Red- Rt >1.2Orange- Rt 1-1.2 Yellow- Rt <1 7-day case rate per 100,000 population. Red-  ≥100Orange- 50-99.99Yellow- 10-49.99Blue- 0-9.99 …

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Alert Level Remains High Ordinance 2021-32 Still Activated Which Requires the Use of Face Covering in Certain Indoor Settings

Sitka’s alert level remains in High which means ordinance 2021-32 is still activated that requires the use of face covering in certain indoor settings and providing a penalty. The following mitigations are recommended: • Masks/face coverings recommended when 6 feet of distance can’t be maintained from others • 6 feet of distance should be maintained …

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Changes in Updates to COVID-19 Dashboard

Starting Monday, December 6, the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) COVID-19 Cases, Testing, and Vaccine Dashboards will be updated three days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. DHSS states the changes were being made for sustainability of staff and because weekly data reporting is generally more helpful for understanding trends. …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: November 21 — November 27, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateNovember 21 — November 27, 2021 Intermediate Statewide transmissionRt0.85 HIGH Statewide alert status 268.6 LIMITED Hospital capacity HIGH Test positivity 5.89% 61%of Alaskans aged 5+ are vaccinated Red- Rt >1.2Orange- Rt 1-1.2 Yellow- Rt <1 7-day case rate per 100,000 population. Red-  ≥100Orange- 50-99.99Yellow- 10-49.99Blue- 0-9.99 …

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NEWS RELEASE: December 1 Unified Command Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND TALKS DHSS COVID-19 DASHBOARD CHANGES AND VACCINATIONS SITKA, December 1, 2021 – Public Health Nurse Denise Ewing reported Pfizer vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 had been going well. She had been and would continue to travel to small rural communities to vaccinate. She stated all seafood plants had their vaccinations. She …

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Ordinance 2021-32 Reactivated as Sitka’s Alert Level Increases to High

Sitka’s alert level has increased from Substantial to High. Ordinance 2021-32 is reactivated which requires the use of face covering in certain indoor settings and providing a penalty. The following mitigations are recommended:• Masks/face coverings recommended when 6 feet of distance can’t be maintained from others• 6 feet of distance should be maintained• Large indoor …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: November 14 — November 20, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateNovember 14 — November 20, 2021 Intermediate Statewide transmissionRt0.87 HIGH Statewide alert status 351.1 HIGH ALERT Hospital capacity HIGH Test positivity 5.81% 61%of Alaskans aged 5+ are vaccinated Red- Rt >1.2Orange- Rt 1-1.2 Yellow- Rt <1 7-day case rate per 100,000 population. Red-  ≥100Orange- 50-99.99Yellow- 10-49.99Blue- …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: November 7 — November 13, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateNovember 7 — November 13, 2021 Intermediate Statewide transmissionRt0.87 HIGH Statewide alert status 386.6 HIGH ALERT Hospital capacity HIGH Test positivity 6.92% 60%of Alaskans aged 5+ are vaccinated Red- Rt >1.2Orange- Rt 1-1.2 Yellow- Rt <1 7-day case rate per 100,000 population. Red-  ≥100Orange- 50-99.99Yellow- 10-49.99Blue- …

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Ordinance 2021-32 Requiring the Use of a Face Covering in Certain Indoor Settings and Providing a Penalty Expires When the Risk Level Drops Below High. Sitka’s Current Alert Level is Substantial

The COVID-19 Alert Level has shifted from High to Substantial which expires Ordinance 2021-32 Requiring Use of a Face Covering in Certain Indoor Settings and Providing a Penalty. If the risk level return to high, before the ordinance permanently expires on March 22, 2022, the ordinance will reactivate. Read the ordinance in it’s entirety below.

COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: October 17 – October 23, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateOctober 24 — October 30, 2021 Intermediate Statewide transmissionRt0.92 HIGH Statewide alert status 607.8 HIGH ALERT Hospital capacity HIGH Test positivity 8.53% 65.3%of Alaskans aged 12+ are vaccinated Red- Rt >1.2Orange- Rt 1-1.2 Yellow- Rt <1 7-day case rate per 100,000 population. Red-  ≥100Orange- 50-99.99Yellow- 10-49.99Blue- …

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NEWS RELEASE: November 3 Unified Command Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND GIVES RECOMMENDATIONS AND UPDATES ON VACCINES SITKA, November 3, 2021 – Incident Commander Craig Warren reported no current projects, Unified Command was and would continue to meet every few weeks in order to continue to keep member’s listed positions so that if issues were to arise, a meeting could come together quickly. He …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: October 17 — October 23, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateOctober 17 — October 23, 2021 Intermediate Statewide transmissionRt0.93 HIGH Statewide alert status 660.9 HIGH ALERT Hospital capacity HIGH Test positivity 9.21% 64.8%of Alaskans aged 12+ are vaccinated Red- Rt >1.2Orange- Rt 1-1.2 Yellow- Rt <1 7-day case rate per 100,000 population. Red-  ≥100Orange- 50-99.99Yellow- 10-49.99Blue- …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: October 10 — October 16, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateOctober 10 — October 16, 2021 Intermediate Statewide transmissionRt0.97 HIGH Statewide alert status 811.1 HIGH ALERT Hospital capacity HIGH Test positivity 10.97% 64.3%of Alaskans aged 12+ are vaccinated Red- Rt >1.2Orange- Rt 1-1.2 Yellow- Rt <1 7-day case rate per 100,000 population. Red-  ≥100Orange- 50-99.99Yellow- 10-49.99Blue- …

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