News Releases:

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case Update May 2-8, 2021

Brief Status Report The statewide transmission rate and daily case rates decreased for the third straight week and were significantly lower than last week. Case rates began decreasing in Fairbanks and continued to fall in Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna regions.. More than 51% of eligible Alaskans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. …

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State of Alaska DHSS Press Release: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine authorized and recommended for use in children ages 12-15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contacts: Clinton Bennett, DHSS, 907-269-4996, clinton.bennett@alaska.govPublic inquiries: State COVID-19 Vaccine Helpline, 907-646-3322 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine authorized and recommended for use in children ages 12-15 May 12, 2021 ANCHORAGE – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reviewed the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and today endorsed …

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Alaska Department of Health and Social Services COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: April 25 – May 1, 2021

Brief Status Report The statewide transmission rate and daily case rates decreased slightly from last week. Case rates continued to rise in Fairbanks with decreases in most other regions. Nearly twice as many Alaskans are hospitalized and on ventilators due to COVID-19 infections this week compared to last week. 98% of all patients who have …

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News Release: April 28 Unified Command Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND DISCUSSES EVENTS SITKA, April 28, 2021  – Incident Commander, Craig Warren congratulated both Sitka High School and Mt. Edgecumbe High School for holding their prom events in a safe manner. He stated Silver Bay Seafood employees were 100% vaccinated and if Sitka was in low or limited alert levels, would allow for staff …

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

Brief Status Report The statewide transmission rate and daily case rates decreased slightly from last week. Case rates more than doubled in Fairbanks but decreased in Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna, and Juneau regions.  Alaska is currently the twelfth most vaccinated state per capita for adults 18+. 49% of the State/IHS vaccine allocation so far has been administered. …

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April 28 Pop-Up Echo: COVID-19 Vaccines for Youth Age 12-15

Don’t miss this Pop-Up ECHO on Wednesday this week! COVID Vaccines for Youth, April 28, 2021: 6-7 pm This Pop-Up ECHO will discuss the pending authorization of COVID-19 vaccines for youth age 12-15 and what families need to know. This is a Q&A format intended for the general public as well as health care providers. …

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April 26: Sitka’s COVID-19 alert level DECREASES to LOW

Our COVID-19 Alert Level DECREASES to LOW The following mitigation guidance is recommended: •Masks/face coverings recommended when 6 feet of distance can’t be maintained from others •Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet •Limit gathering size so a minimum of 6 feet can be maintained •Restaurants: delivery or carryout preferred For the most current Sitka data, …

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DHSS Insights: Covid-19 vaccines could soon be available for 12- to 15-year-olds

April 23, 2021 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will soon decide whether to authorize the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 12–15. When it does, communities across Alaska have enough doses to start vaccinating children in this age group immediately, said Dr. Lisa Rabinowitz, staff physician with the Alaska Department of Health …

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Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case Update April 11 – 17, 2021

Brief Status Report The statewide transmission rate and daily case rates were nearly unchanged from last week. Case rates decreased in Anchorage, the Southern Southeast, Southwest, and Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta regions. Case rates increased in all other regions. Alaska is currently the twelfth most vaccinated state per capita. 48% of the State/IHS vaccine allocation so far …

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Have You Tested Positive for COVID-19 or Think You May Have Been Exposed?

Help control COVID-19 in Alaska by taking charge of your health. If you or someone you know has recently tested positive for COVID-19 and hasn’t spoken to a public health contact tracer, please call 907-531-3329 for education, resources and a contact tracing interview. This helpline can also assist you by answering questions or helping you …

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State of Alaska Introduces the Alaska Safe Travels App

On April 19, the State of Alaska rolled out updates to the Alaska Safe Travels program. The Alaska Travel Portal is now the Alaska Safe Travels App and features a new, simplified Alaska Safe Travels Form, which replaces the Alaska Travel Declaration. What’s the difference? Besides the name change, the new interface has been streamlined …

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Travel Healthy Travel Vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccines are one of the best tools available for personal and public health safety. More than 47% of eligible Alaskans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and we encourage our visitors to vaccinate before their trip as well. Learn more about the State of Alaska’s guidance for travelers: http://www.AlaskaSafeTravels.com Learn …

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Sitka Unified Command Strongly Recommends Testing When Traveling

Testing remains a critical tool to help control the spread of COVID-19, and to help detect variants of the virus. As of April 6, about 65% of Sitka’s population had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. That’s great progress however we still have a ways to go before more Sitkans are protected against …

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Remain Vigilant, Sitka!

We’re approaching the end of this pandemic, thanks to the hard work of Alaskans, but we must remain vigilant. While COVID-19 vaccines add another layer of protection, it is critical to continue to mask up in public, keep 6 feet from others and avoid gatherings with individuals who are not fully vaccinated, to prevent the …

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CDC Webpage: Pause In Use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC has a new webpage to answer your questions about the recommended pause in the use the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Find it here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/JJUpdate.html Here is what important to know if you recently received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine: ➡️ If you received the vaccine more than three weeks ago, the risk …

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Sitka’s COVID-19 Alert Level: Moderate

April 16, 2021 Sitka’s COVID-19 alert level remains at MODERATE. The following mitigation guidance is recommended: •Masks/face coverings encouraged when 6 feet of distance can’t be maintained from others, this is for outdoors and indoor public spaces •Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet •Outdoor events are encouraged; gatherings of more than 100 people indoors is …

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Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case Update April 4-10, 2021

Brief Status Report Daily case rates decreased slightly from last week but statewide transmission increased for the third straight week. Anchorage, Fairbanks, and the Matanuska-Susitna regions saw a sustained rise in case rates, while Juneau, Kenai Peninsula, Northern Southeast, and Southern Southeast regions had higher rates than last week. Anyone 16 years or older who …

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