News Releases:

News Release: September 16 Unified Command Weekly Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND TALKS NEW DATA DASHBOARD SITKA, September 16, 2020 – This week Unifed Command reports on the fine tuning of both the new data dashboard, and the schools Smart Start program. John Leach, Incident Commander, stated it has been quiet with nothing notable to report.  September 15, Leach sat in on the ICS meeting …

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DHSS Alaska Weekly COVID-19 Case Update for September 6-12

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Weekly Case Analysis  September 6-12, 2020 Note: DHSS has revised the format of the weekly case update to be more concise, readable and to better highlight trends in data. The most up-to-date data, including data for individual communities with a population of >1000, are always available in full …

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COVID-19 FAQ: How Common Are False Positives?

Q: How common are false positives?A: False positives are unlikely for the molecular diagnostic tests that diagnose COVID-19. This is because these tests work by detecting genetic material from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The genetic material from SARS-CoV-2 is different than the genetic material from other viruses, so the COVID-19 diagnostic test is …

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DHSS COVID Town Hall Meeting

Join Commissioner Crum, Dr. Zink, and me for a virtual town hall meeting, September 15, at 5pm on the COVID-19 outbreak in Alaska and how the state is responding. You can submit questions in advance at: https://gov.alaska.gov/townhall/

News Release: September 14 Case Count Update

Sitka Unified Command received information from Public Health Officials on one positive test result for COVID-19 in Sitka on Saturday, September 12.   Sitka’s positive test count is now at 42 resident cases, 17 non-resident cases, and 1 hospitalization. The State of Alaska is reporting 6,353 cumulative resident cases statewide. Data is provisional and may …

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News Release: September 11 Case Count Update

Sitka Unified Command received information from Public Health Officials on one positive test result for COVID-19 in Sitka on Thursday, September 10. Sitka’s positive test count is now at 42 resident cases, 17 non-resident cases, and 1 hospitalization. The State of Alaska is reporting 6,020 cumulative resident cases statewide. Data is provisional and may change.  …

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News Release: September 9 Unified Command Weekly Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND TALKS OPERATIONS AT WEEKLY MEETING SITKA, September 9, 2020 – This week Unifed Command gave an update on the new data dashboard, schools Smart Start and FEMA status reports. John Leach, Incident Commander, reported on Friday, September 4, the COVID-19 Dashboard went live. Leach hopes the data presented on the website will eventually …

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DHSS COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: August 30-September 5

This data summary covers COVID-19 in Alaska from Sunday, August 30th through Saturday, September 5th, 2020. Background The Alaska COVID-19 Weekly Case Update will be composed every weekend with data from the previous week and the report will be published by the following Wednesday. Data are continually updated on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Data Hub, which reflects the most …

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News Release: September 9 Case Count Update

Sitka Unified Command received information from Public Health Officials on one positive test result for COVID-19 in Sitka on Tuesday, September 8.   Sitka’s positive test count is now at 41 resident cases, 17 non-resident cases, and 1 hospitalization. The State of Alaska is reporting 5,833 cumulative resident cases statewide. Data is provisional and may …

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Request for Information – Daytime Indoor Shelter for Adults Experiencing Homelessness

Summary.  The City and Borough of Sitka (CBS) is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) to gauge provider interest in establishing and operating a daytime indoor shelter for adults experiencing homelessness due to COVID-19, as well as unsheltered adults who are at risk of COVID-19 infection due to lack of safe indoor space during inclement …

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News Release: September 2 Unified Command Weekly Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND TALKS OPERATIONS AT WEEKLY MEETING SITKA, September 2, 2020 – This week Unifed Command gave an update on the data dashboard, FEMA projects and discussed the alert level graphics. Starting Friday, September 4, the City and Borough of Sitka will unroll a new dashboard that will provide the community a multitude of local …

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DHSS COVID-19 Alaska Weekly Case Update: Sunday, August 23rd through Saturday, August 29th, 2020

Background The Alaska COVID-19 Weekly Case Update will be composed every weekend with data from the previous week and the report will be published by the following Wednesday. Data are continually updated on the AK DHSS Data Hub, which reflects the most current case counts. This summary presents data from the previous week and is …

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News Release: August 31 case count update

Sitka Unified Command received information from Public Health Officials on one positive test result for COVID-19 in Sitka on Friday, August 28.   Sitka’s positive test count is now at 40 resident cases, 17 non-resident cases, and 1 hospitalization. The State of Alaska is reporting 5,226 cumulative resident cases statewide. Data is provisional and may …

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News Release: August 26 Unified Command Weekly Meeting

UNIFIED COMMAND TALKS OPERATIONS AT WEEKLY MEETING SITKA, August 26, 2020 – This week Unifed Command met to discuss the start of the new school year, cloth face masks, procurement of funds from FEMA and the rollout of a new data dashboard. Janelle Vanesse, Mt. Edgecumbe Superintendent, reported two students tested positive upon arrival and …

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News Release: August 28 case count update

Sitka Unified Command received information from Public Health Officials on two positive test results for COVID-19 in Sitka; both on Thursday, August 27.   Sitka’s positive test count is now at 39 resident cases, 17 non-resident cases, and 1 hospitalization. The State of Alaska is reporting 5,092 cumulative resident cases statewide. Data is provisional and …

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DHSS Alaska COVID-19 Weekly Case Update: August 16-22

This data summary covers COVID-19 in Alaska from Sunday, August 16th through Saturday, August 22nd, 2020. Background The Alaska COVID-19 Weekly Case Update will be composed every weekend with data from the previous week and the report will be published by the following Wednesday. Data are continually updated on the AK DHSS Data Hub, which …

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DHSS Insights Blog: What are learning pods or cohorts, and are they safe?

What are learning pods or cohorts, and are they safe? AUGUST 22, 2020 – As Alaskans prepare to send children back to school, whether by homeschooling, remote learning or in a classroom with other students, you’ve probably heard the terms “pod” or “cohort” suggested as methods to help keep kids safe from infection with COVID-19 …

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