News Releases:

COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: October 3 — October 2, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateOctober 3 — October 9, 2021 Intermediate Statewide transmissionRt1.02 HIGH Statewide alert status 834.5 HIGH ALERT Hospital capacity HIGH Test positivity 10.65% 63.9%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: October 13 Unified Command Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND DISCUSSES DASHBOARD, VACCINES, AND MITIGATIONS SITKA, October 13, 2021 – Incident Commander Craig Warren reported Unified Command was and would continue to meet every three weeks since there were no projects. However, Unified Command would continue to keep member’s listed positions so that if issues were to arise, a meeting could come together …

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City and Borough of Sitka Assembly Ordinance Requiring Use of Face Covering in Certain Indoor Settings and Providing a Penalty

On September 28, 2021 the City and Borough of Sitka Assembly passed ordinance 2021-32 requiring the use of a face covering in certain indoor settings and providing a penalty until March 22, 2022, when the risk level as defined by the Sitka Emergency Operations Center is in high risk level.   The following is required: …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Update: September 26 – October 2, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateSeptember 26 — October 2, 2021 Case Trends Alaska currently has the highest number of cases in the last seven days per 100,000 population among the 50 states. Hospital capacity is reaching a point in Alaska where it may become difficult to care for everyone who …

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Sitka Case Rate and Alert Level

Based off of the Center for Disease Control and the State of Alaska’s models, Sitka Unified Command color-coded “alert system” is in place to keep the public informed on Sitka’s COVID-19 infection rate. Ordinance 2021-32 passed by the Assembly requires the use of a face covering in certain indoor setting while in high alert level. …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: September 19 – September 25, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateSeptember 19 — September 25, 2021 Intermediate Statewide transmissionRt1.16 HIGH Statewide alert status 1,223.1 HIGH ALERT Hospital capacity HIGH Test positivity 9.27% 63%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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Assembly Ordinance Passed Requiring Use of a Face Covering in Certain Indoor Settings and Providing a Penalty

On September 28, 2021 the City and Borough of Sitka Assembly passed ordinance 2021-32 requiring the use of a face covering in certain indoor settings and providing a penalty until March 22, 2022, when the risk level as defined by the Sitka Emergency Operations Center is in high risk level. The following is required: All …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: September 12 – September 18, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateSeptember 12 — September 18, 2021 Intermediate Statewide transmissionRt 1.1 HIGH Statewide alert status 781.9 HIGH ALERT Hospital capacity HIGH Test positivity 9.6% 62.5%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- …

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NEWS RELEASE: September 22 Unified Command Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND DISCUSSES DASHBOARD AND BOOSTERS SITKA, September 22, 2021 – Incident Commander Craig Warren stated it had been two weeks since Unified Command had met. He reported continued comments to field citizen concerns with the updated City and Borough of Sitka (CBS) COVID-19 Dashboard especially with the 14 positive COVID-19 cases from yesterday. He …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: September 5 – September 11, 2021

Case Trends The number of reported COVID-19 cases in Alaska continued last week on an upwards trajectory. Alaska currently has more people hospitalized with COVID-19 compared to any other time during the pandemic.   Among the 50 states, Alaska had the fourth largest percentage increase in number of persons hospitalized with COVID-19 over the past …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: August 29 – September 4, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateAugust 29 — September 4, 2021 Intermediate Statewide transmissionRt 1.10 HIGH Statewide alert status558.0 HIGH ALERT Hospital capacity HIGH Test positivity 8.07% 61.3%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: September 8 Unified Command Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND DISCUSSES DASHBOARD METRICS SITKA, September 8, 2021 – Incident Commander Craig Warren reported concerned citizens that had contacted him regarding the new metrics on the City and Borough of Sitka (CBS) COVID-19 Dashboard. He reiterated that the metrics had always been provided by Public Health and the State Department of Health and Social …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: August 22 – August 28, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateAugust 22 — August 28, 2021 Intermediate Statewide transmissionRt 1.12 HIGH Statewide alert status474.0 Limited Hospital capacity HIGH Test positivity 7.3% 60.7%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- 0-9.99 …

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NEWS RELEASE: September 1 Unified Command Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND DISCUSSES CASE RATE DECLINE AND DASHBOARD IMPLEMENTATION SITKA, September 1, 2021 – Deputy Incident Commander Rob Janik reported the case rate continued to decline which was reassuring. He said it was attributed to mitigation measures that the businesses, citizens, and visitors have enacted along with the increase in vaccination that has been seen …

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Unified Command Revised COVID-19 Mitigation Guidance for Sitka

The Unified Command revised the Local Mitigation Guidance for Sitka. Changes include alert level name changes to align with the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), added travel mitigations for High and Substantial levels, and recommendations for masks/face coverings regardless of vaccination rate. …

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COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: August 15 – August 21, 2021

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Weekly Case UpdateAugust 15 — August 21, 2021 Intermediate Statewide transmissionRt 1.15 HIGH Statewide alert status436.3 Limited Hospital capacity HIGH Test positivity 6.5% 60.00%Alaskans 12 years and older 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: August 25 Unified Command Meeting

SITKA, August 25, 2021 – Acting Incident Commander Rob Janik reported the Pfizer vaccine had full FDA approval and he anticipated that it would eliminate one of the barriers for individuals that had not been vaccinated and hoped it would increase the vaccination rate. He said booster information would be out soon and that the …

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Assembly Ordinance EXTENDED Requiring Use of a Face Covering in Certain Indoor Settings and Providing a Penalty

On August 24, 2021 the City and Borough of Sitka Assembly extended emergency ordinance 2021-24 requiring use of a face covering in certain indoor settings and providing a penalty to midnight on September 28 or when the risk level as defined by the Sitka Emergency Operations Center is moderate, during times before September 28 whichever …

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State of Alaska DHSS Press Release: COVID-19 three-dose vaccine series for immunocompromised individuals recommended and available now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contacts:         Clinton Bennett, DHSS, 907-269-4996, clinton.bennett@alaska.gov Public inquiries:         State COVID-19 Vaccine Helpline, 907-646-3322 COVID-19 three-dose vaccine series for immunocompromised individualsrecommended and available now August 20, 2021 ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is encouraging all Alaskans who are immunocompromised to follow a national recommendation …

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FDA News Release: FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine

FDA NEWS RELEASE FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine Approval Signifies Key Achievement for Public Health  For Immediate Release: August 23, 2021 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of …

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