News Releases:

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case Update February 21-27, 2021

Decreasing Statewide transmission Rt 0.98 HIGH Statewide alert status16.0 Adequate Hospital capacity Moderate Test positivity 2.2% 28.3% of Alaskan adults vaccinated Red- quickly increasing, Rt>1.2Orange- increasing, Rt 1-1.2Yellow-decreasing, Rt<1 Red- 14-day average case rate per 100,000 people >10Orange- 5-10Yellow- <5 Red- <3 weeks until beyond capacityOrange- 3-6 weeksYellow- >6 weeks Red->5%Orange- 2-5%Yellow- <2% At least …

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News Release: COVID-19 Death

SITKA, March 1, 2021 – The Sitka Emergency Operations Center has been informed of a recent death related to COVID-19.  The Sitkan was traveling out of state at the time.  Additional information will be provided as it becomes available from Public Health Officials and in accordance with HIPAA laws.  Our thoughts and prayers are with …

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Continue Masking and Social Distancing

Continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing after vaccination. We don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself. Experts are also looking at how many people get vaccinated and how COVID-19 is spreading in communities. Until …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Registration in Sitka

Sitka Unified Command encourages citizens to enroll for a COVID-19 vaccine. Currently there are two options for vaccine registration in Sitka. SEARHC is offering vaccines to all Sitkans age 16 and older. Registration is available at https://covid19.searhc.org/. Individuals will receive an email from SEARHC to schedule a vaccine appointment. Harry Race Pharmacy, in collaboration with the …

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Sitka’s COVID-19 Alert Level Low

February 26, 2021 Sitka’s current COVID-19 alert level is LOW. Keep up the great work everyone! 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 …

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DHSS COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update for February 14-20, 2021

Decreasing Statewide transmission Rt 0.98 HIGH Statewide alert status16.3% Adequate Hospital capacity Moderate Test positivity 2.1% 25.8% of Alaskan adults vaccinated Red- quickly increasing, Rt>1.2Orange- increasing, Rt 1-1.2Yellow-decreasing, Rt<1 Red- 14-day average case rate per 100,000 people >10Orange- 5-10Yellow- <5 Red- <3 weeks until beyond capacityOrange- 3-6 weeksYellow- >6 weeks Red->5%Orange- 2-5%Yellow- <2% At least …

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Stay diligent, Sitka!

A timely reminder from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. We’re getting to the finish line of this pandemic, thanks to the hard work of Alaskans, but now is not the time to let down our guard. While COVID-19 vaccines add another layer of protection, masking up in public, keeping 6 feet from …

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COVID-19 vs Flu

DYK? COVID-19 and flu can both cause fever, cough, and body aches. However, shortness of breath and loss of taste or smell are more common with COVID-19 than with flu. Use this chart to learn some more similarities and differences of COVID-19 and flu. For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/flu-vs-covid19.htm?fbclid=IwAR2Bq0sAixF8MSm-WvZRJ6iovSFROkxNnSzeI9LphHCF5biLxr3EYgnR53E

State of Alaska COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Health Advisory No. 4 Critical Infrastructure

On February 14, the State of Alaska issued four new Health Advisories. The purpose of Health Advisory No. 4 is to provide clear guidance for Critical Infrastructure businesses operating in the State of Alaska, in order to protect communities and industries in which they serve. Community/Workforce Protective Plans. All private sector Critical Infrastructure Businesses that …

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Continue COVID-19 Safety Precautions

A reminder from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. It’s not forever. It’s just for now. Please vaccinate when it’s your turn, continue to wear a mask, watch your distance, wash your hands, avoid gatherings and get tested quickly if you experience even mild symptoms. Keep up the great work, Sitka! COVID-19 Resources: …

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State of Alaska COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Health Advisory No. 3 Intrastate Travel

On February 14, the State of Alaska issued four new Health Advisories. Health Advisory No. 3 addresses Intrastate Travel and provides guidance to travelers located ON the road system and the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) traveling to communities OFF the road system and the AMHS. In addition, the Advisory provides guidance for travelers from …

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State of Alaska COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Health Advisory No. 2 International and Interstate Travel

On February 14, the State of Alaska issued four new Health Advisories. Health Advisory No. 2 addresses International and Interstate Travel. To mitigate the transmission and control the spread of the COVID-19 virus, testing is strongly recommended. Testing related to travel is free of charge for Alaska residents and non-resident travelers. Alaska resident and non-resident …

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Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case Update for February 7–13, 2021

Statewide transmission Decreasing Statewide alert status HIGH Hospital capacity Adequate Test positivity Moderate 23.3% of Alaskan adults 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- 5-10 Yellow- <5 Red- <3 weeks until beyond capacity Orange- 3-6 weeks Yellow- >6 weeks Red->5% Orange- …

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State of Alaska COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Health Advisory No. 1

The State of Alaska has issued four new Health Advisories. Health Advisory No. 1 speaks to recommendations for keeping Alaskans safe. Containing the virus that causes COVID-19 cannot be done through community measures alone; Alaskans must take individual responsibility to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their community. The primary ways to do this are: …

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Testing Is Encouraged

In accordance with Health Advisory 2, testing for COVID-19 is strongly encouraged for people traveling to Alaska. To help contain COVID-19 and prevent variant strains from spreading to our state, test 72 hours prior to travel into Alaska, or take a free test at the airport when you arrive. A second test, taken 5-14 days …

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Dunleavy Administration Releases COVID-19 Transition Plan

On February 14, 2021, Governor Mike Dunleavy released a new COVID-19 recovery and transition plan to begin the process of moving Alaska to the path to normalcy while still effectively managing the virus. The State of Alaska has issued four health advisories that address general safety, travel and critical infrastructure, with appendices focusing on the …

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Apply Now for Rent Relief

Are you struggling with rent and utility payments? Alaska Housing Rent Relief provides up to 12 months of rent and/or utility relief to eligible Alaskans unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if you’ve received rent relief from AHFC in the past, you can apply to this new program! The …

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COVID-19 Alert Level Shifts to Low

Way to go, Sitka! Our COVID-19 Alert Level has shifted from Moderate to Low! Keep up the great work! February 12, 2021 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 …

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Alaska Housing Rent Relief

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation will administer up to $200 million in federal funds to eligible Alaskan renters through an application process. The application period will open February 16th. To learn more about the program, check your eligibility, and pre-register for an application, visit: https://www.alaskahousingrelief.org/renters For direct assistance, call or text “relief” to (833) 440-0420 toll …

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