News Releases:

NEWS RELEASE: July 28 Unified Command Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND FUTURE DASHBOARD CHANGES AND DISCUSSION OF ASSEMBLY EMERGENCY MEETING SITKA, July 28, 2021 – Incident Commander Craig Warren stated that Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) was reviewing the http://www.cityofsitka.org dashboard. He relayed that there may be too much identifiable information posted and that there may be changes that included combined data. …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: July 18 – July 24, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateJuly 18 — July 24, 2021 HIGH Statewide transmissionRt 1.42 HIGH Statewide alert status22.8 Limited Hospital capacity Intermediate Test positivity 5.2% 57.2%Alaskans 12 years and older are vaccinated Red- Rt >1.2Orange- Rt 1-1.2 Yellow- Rt <1 14-day average cases reported per 100,000 population Red>10Orange- 5-10Yellow- <5 …

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Center for Disease Control and Prevention Change in Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changes in guidelines if you’ve been fully vaccinated: You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an …

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Updated COVID-19 Local Mitigation Guidance

An updated COVID-19 local mitigation guidance chart. Some changes that have been made are high alert level recommendations, travel recommendations, and the “limited” color change from chartreuse to light blue from Unified Command. While in high alert level: *Masks are strongly encouraged when 6 feet of distance can’t be maintained *Large indoor gatherings is not …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: July 11 – July 17, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateJuly 11 — July 17, 2021 HIGH Statewide transmissionRt 1.31 HIGH Statewide alert status12.7 Limited Hospital capacity Intermediate Test positivity 4.88% 56.6%Alaskans 12 years and older are vaccinated Red- Rt >1.2Orange- Rt 1-1.2 Yellow- Rt <1 Red- 14-day average case rate per 100,000 >10 Orange- 5-10 …

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NEWS RELEASE: July 21 Unified Command Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND ASKS SITKANS TO LOOK AT THEIR PRACTICES SITKA, July 21, 2021 – Incident Commander Craig Warren stated that Unified Command had heard citizens comments but that there was a limit to the Unified Command authority noting that Unified Command advised and gave recommendations to the public and the Assembly as a legislative body. …

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NEWS RELEASE: July 14 Unified Command Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND DISCUSSES POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE RATE INCREASE FACE MASKS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED FOR INDIVIDUALS REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS SITKA, July 14, 2021  – Incident Commander, Craig Warren told of the case rate increase. A total of 60 new positive COVID-19 cases were seen with 18 considered breakthrough in the last week. A breakthrough infection defined …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: July 4 – July 10, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateJuly 4 — July 10, 2021 Increasing Statewide transmissionRt 1.18 Intermediate Statewide alert status6.4 Adequate Hospital capacity Intermediate Test positivity 2.5% 56%Alaskans 12 years and older are vaccinated Red- Rt >1.2Orange- Rt 1-1.2 Yellow- Rt <1 Red- 14-day average case rate per 100,000 >10 Orange- 5-10 …

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What You Can Do to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19: Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s available to you. Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you. Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. The more people …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: June 27 – July 3, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateJune 27 — July 3, 2021 Intermediate Statewide alert status5.2 Adequate Hospital capacity Intermediate Test positivity 2.2% 56%Alaskans 12 years and older are vaccinated Red- 14-day average case rate per 100,000 people >10 Orange- 5-10 Yellow- <5 Red- <3 weeks until beyond capacity Orange- 3-6 weeks …

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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 …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: June 20-26, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateJune 20-26, 2021 Increasing Statewide transmission Rt 1.01 Low Statewide alert status4.3 Adequate Hospital capacity Low Test positivity 1.2% 55%Alaskans 12 years and older are vaccinated Red- quickly increasing, Rt>1.2 Orange- increasing, Rt 1-1.2 Yellow-decreasing, Rt<1 Red- 14-day average case rate per 100,000 people >10 Orange- …

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Enjoy the Holiday Safely

At your gatherings, be sure to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines so that everyone can celebrate safely and comfortably For groups in which everyone has been vaccinated, celebrations can look relatively normal according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Activities can resume without wearing a mask or physically distancing in places where it is not …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: June 13-19, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateJune 13-19, 2021 Decreasing Statewide transmission Rt 0.91 Low Statewide alert status3.5 Adequate Hospital capacity Low Test positivity 1.2% 54%Alaskan 12 years and older are vaccinated Red- quickly increasing, Rt>1.2 Orange- increasing, Rt 1-1.2 Yellow-decreasing, Rt<1 Red- 14-day average case rate per 100,000 people >10 Orange- …

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Sitka’s COVID-19 Alert Level DECREASES to LIMITED

On June 17, the Sitka COVID-19 Alert Level has shifted from Low to Limited. The following mitigations are recommended: Face masks are optional for fully vaccinated* individuals in small groups. Face masks are recommended when in public places and mixed** interactions. Fully vaccinated people may interact without social distancing in small groups. Maintain physical distancing …

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