Click on the link below to view Silver Bay Seafood’s COVID-19 Essential Business Work Plan.
Sitka Unified Command’s color-coded “alert system” is in place to keep the public informed on Sitka’s COVID-19 infection rate. One aspect of the alert system is case rate. The chart below breaks down case rate for each alert level. Sitka’s current case rate, as of 5pm on April 19, was 0.64.
To find out Sitka’s current alert level, case rate, and other data, visit the CBS COVID-19 Dashboard at https://cityofsitka.org/.
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: www.AlaskaSafeTravels.com
Learn more about community-specific travel considerations: bit.ly/2RDtrMV
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 the virus.
The CDC recommends against travel at this time because it increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. However, we recognize travel is important to Sitkans. If you do travel, please test 72 hours prior to your return flight or use the free testing at the airport upon arrival. A second test 5-14 days after travel is available, free of charge, at the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport from 5:30pm to 6:30pm daily.
Learn more about the State of Alaska’s guidance for travelers at www.AlaskaSafeTravels.com.
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 spread of COVID-19. At this time, there is still community transmission occurring in many communities.
Wash your hands frequently, wear a mask, keep at least 6 feet apart, keep your circles small–and vaccinate.
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services https://covid19.alaska.gov/
CBS COVID-19 Dashboard: https://cityofsitka.org/
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 of developing a blood clot is likely very low at this time.
➡️ If you received the vaccine within the last three weeks, your risk of developing a blood clot is also very low and that risk will decrease over time.
➡️ Contact your healthcare provider and seek medical treatment urgently if you develop any of the following symptoms:
• severe headache
• new neurologic symptoms
• severe abdominal pain
• shortness of breath
• leg swelling
• tiny red spots on the skin
• new or easy bruising
If you are scheduled to get the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, please work with your vaccine provider to reschedule your appointment to receive another authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccine. There are two other COVID-19 vaccines authorized and recommended for use in the United States: Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
If you experience any adverse events after vaccination, report them to v-safe and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
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 not recommended
•Restaurants: indoor capacity reduced to maintain 6 feet of distance, delivery or carryout preferred, employees encouraged to mask
•Bars: indoor capacity reduced to 50%, encourage outdoor serving – must meet requirements of SGC 10.44.080(A), employees encouraged to mask
Stay up-to-date by visiting the CBS COVID-19 Dashboard at https://cityofsitka.org/. The Dashboard is updated weekdays by 5pm.
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 lives or works in Alaska is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Alaska was the first state to offer vaccines to everyone over a certain age without prerequisites.
- Alaska is currently the twelfth most vaccinated state per capita. 52.3% of the State/IHS vaccine allocation so far has been administered.
- To schedule your vaccine appointment visit covidvax.alaska.gov or call 907-646-3322. The call line is staffed Monday-Friday from 9AM-6:30PM and 9AM-4:30PM on weekends. The call line can also be used to answer general questions about vaccine safety and to request appointments to receive a specific type of vaccine. Alaskans receiving health services through a Tribal Health Organization or the Department of Defense should contact those organizations directly to determine their eligibility.
- Nine new cases of a COVID variants of concern were detected in Alaska during the past week.
Case Trends and Predictions
- 1,118 cases were reported in Alaskans last week. This was a 3.6% decrease from the week before. Case rates decreased in the Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Regions, however case rates increased in the Fairbanks, Juneau, and Kenai regions. Overall, case rates were higher in seven of the State’s eleven regions this week compared with last week.
- The Anchorage case rate decreased to 22.8 from 25.7 last week. The Matanuska-Susitna case rate decreased to 46.9 from 49.2 last week.
- Fairbanks North Star Borough increased to 17.0 up from 16.2 the week before. This is the region’s highest case rate since late January. The Juneau case rate increased to 8.1 from 5.4 the week before. The Kenai Peninsula case rate increased to 15.5 from 11.8 last week. Case rates also increased in the Northern Southeast region, 8.1 from 7.4, Northwest Region at 3.7 from 3.2, Southern Southeast region at 6.1 from 5.4, and Southwest region at 10.1 from 5.1.
- Case rates decreased in the Interior region to 16.6 from 30.0 last week and in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta from to 20.1 from 25.9 last week.
- The estimated statewide daily growth rate as of April 12, 2021 is 1.12% and new cases are expected to double every 61.99 days based on current modeling.
Regional Case Trends
|Behavioral Health Region||Case rates Feb 28–Mar 6||Case rates Mar 7– Mar 13||Case rates Mar 14– Mar 20||Case rates Mar 21– Mar 27||Case rates Mar 28– Apr 3||Case rates Apr 4– Apr 10|
|Fairbanks North Star Borough||15.1||13.7||11.7||13.7||16.2||17.0|
|Interior Region except Fairbanks||13.0||30.0||47.1||40.9||30.0||16.6|
|Juneau City and Borough||5.8||6.3||4.3||3.8||5.4||8.1|
|Kenai Peninsula Borough||6.8||7.6||6.2||6.7||11.8||15.5|
|Northern Southeast Region||32.6||17.2||6.0||6.3||7.4||8.1|
|Southern Southeast Region||9.0||6.1||4.0||4.7||5.4||6.1|
|Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region||16.2||29.7||34.1||26.4||25.9||20.1|
Vaccines Status Update
Reported vaccinations as of April 12, 2021.
- Anyone 16 years or older who lives or works in Alaska is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
- On April 12, Alaska was the twelfth most vaccinated state per capita according to the CDC. The Alaska vaccine dashboard is available online for more up-to-date data.
New Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths
- During the week of April 4 through April 10, 2021 1,118 cases were reported in Alaskans last week. This is a 3.6% decrease from the week before for a total of 62,469 cumulative cases reported in Alaskans.
- Cumulative hospitalizations increased to 1,389 with 8 reported as occurring this week. Hospitalization reports often lag and only 1,370 hospitalizations were reported at this time last week, so there are 19 hospitalizations newly reported this week including ones that began during previous weeks.
- One new death of an Alaskan resident was reported this week (310 total), though the death occurred prior to this April 4. It is common to take more than a week for a death to be reported, and deaths that occurred during Apr 4-10 may be reported in future as death certificates are reviewed.
- 33 new nonresident cases were identified this week for a total of 2,633 cases.
- 9 new COVID variant cases were detected during the week of Apr 4-10
- Cumulative list of variants of concern identified in Alaska:
|Test date||Patient City||Acquisition||Variant||Week identified|
|2/8/2021||Anchorage||Community acquired||Brazil/ P.1||2/21-2/27|
|2/15/2021||Eagle River||Secondary||Brazil/ P.1||2/28-3/6|
|2/15/2021||Anchorage||Community acquired||Brazil/ P.1||2/28-3/6|
|2/15/2021||Eagle River||Community acquired||Brazil/ P.1||2/28-3/6|
|3/7/2021||Juneau||Community acquired||UK/ B1.1.7||4/4-4/10|
|3/20/2021||Anchorage||Community acquired||South Africa/ B.1.351||4/4-4/10|
|3/20/2021||Anchorage||Community acquired||UK/ B1.1.7||4/4-4/10|
|3/26/2021||Anchorage||Community acquired||UK/ B1.1.7||4/4-4/10|
|3/26/2021||Anchorage||Under investigation||UK/ B1.1.7||4/4-4/10|
- Alaska’s Public Health Laboratories continue to monitor for variants of concern and are adjusting surveillance practices and public outputs to include the B.1.427 and B.1.429 cases, however they are not yet included in this table
Health Care Capacity
On April 12, 38 Alaskans with confirmed COVID-19 were hospitalized and 7 were reported to require a mechanical ventilator.
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Beds Occupied
Cases by Week Reported and Age Group
Cases by Week Reported and Race
Cases by Week Reported and Region
Additional informational resources:
- The State of Alaska COVID-19 vaccine status update page
- The State of Alaska COVID-19 information page provides more information about the virus and how individuals and businesses can protect themselves and others from transmission
- For the most up-to-date case information, see the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub dashboard: updated Monday – Friday at data.coronavirus.alaska.gov (note: data may change as more information comes to light through contact tracing and other public health work).
- For DHSS media inquiries, please contact email@example.com
Barbecues, camping, and fishing will be here before we know it. Choosing to start your COVID-19 vaccination series now means you will be fully vaccinated with extremely strong protection against the virus by Memorial Day weekend. It takes time to build immunity, so getting started now will help maximize summer fun.
COVID-19 vaccine appointments for Sitkans ages 16 and older are available through Harry Race Pharmacy and SEARHC.
Harry Race Pharmacy: To schedule an appointment, visit https://www.sitkapharmacies.com/covid-19. Those with questions may call 907.966.2102.
SEARHC: Register at https://covid19.searhc.org. Individuals will receive an email from SEARHC to schedule an appointment.
Canada still has restrictions in place for entry, even for Alaskans driving straight through.
Find out if you can enter Canada by answering a few questions here: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/wizard-start?fbclid=IwAR1_oJY1bJrs5Gg4U7SCzUa0XvGC9EM4FZLJcvUr4WD-pRnQZt7q75Mj-M0
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is meeting today from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Alaska time to review six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in women aged 18-48 years after vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine (Janssen).
These meetings are open to the public.
To watch the meeting: https://www.ustream.tv/channel/VWBXKBR8af4
For more information about ACIP and for today’s meeting agenda: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/index.html