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Coronavirus / COVID-19 in Alaska

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Information and Resources

This page is intended to provide resources for our community regarding the Corona-virus COVID-19. While there has only been 5 confirmed cases in King Cove. There is no active COVID-19 cases in King Cove. As of December 3 2020, at noon there are 33,291 residents and nonresidents have tested positive for the virus.

There are IMPORTANT steps that each one of us can take to decrease the spread of the coronavirus. Please click on the documents attached below for recommendations to stop the spread of the virus and to keep our homes, schools, workplaces and commercial establishments safe. 

The CDC Website (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is the best resource for information and recommendations.

Relevant information and updates from the State can be found on the State of Alaska’s Coronavirus Website.

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Today, in King Cove, one person tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 7/20/2020

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M/V Tustumena Cancelled until 7/2/2020

The M/V Tustumena sailings from June 27 to July 1 have been canceled due to ongoing COVID-19 mitigation. Service is scheduled to resume when Tustumena departs Homer for Seldovia on July 2.

All passengers are being notified and re-booked or refunded as necessary. The new sailing schedule is available at www.FerryAlaska.com or you can contact the AMHS reservation call center by dialing 1-907-465-3941 or toll-free at 1-800-642-0066.

Service notices may be found at dot.alaska.gov/amhs/service_notices.shtml

You have received this message because you are subscribed to Alaska Marine Highway System Schedule Changes bulletins for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. This information has recently been updated. More information may be found at www.FerryAlaska.com.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, over 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.” 

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June 8, 2020

King Cove, Alaska- The City of King Cove, Peter Pan Seafoods and Eastern Aleutian Tribes announce the confirmation of one positive case of COVID-19 in King Cove.  

A message from the CEO of Eastern Aleutian Tribes:

Today, in King Cove, one person tested postive for the virus that causes COVID-19. Upon receiving the positive test result, the patient was immediately isolated and placed in quarantine (away from others) at the Peter Pan Seafood’s plant.  The individual is a non-Alaska resident, hence, The State of Alaska daily reporting will not show this as a positive case for our region.

Easter Aleutian Tribes is working closely with Alaska Public Health, Peter Pan Seafoods, and the City of King Cove to ensure precautions are taken to protect anyone who may have been in close contact with the individual.  How the individual contracted the virus is under investigation.  We will keep the public informed of any information that is needed for community health and safety.

COVID-19 is still here and is highly contagious. Remember that some poeple, without symptoms, may be able to spread the virus. To prevent further spread of COVID-19, I encourage you to follow the recommendations from the CDC for precautionary measures:

  • Wear a cloth face covering, placed over your mouth and nose, when in public.
  • Stay six feet or more away from non-household members. Do not gather in groups. Avoid crowded places.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick, if a person in your home is sick, or if you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

If you are sick or suspect that you may be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, contact your local medical provider to be tested; you should also take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. Additional information on COVID-19 is available through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services at www.coronavirus.alaska.gov.

We are in this together, we will get through this together.

Paul mueller
CEO

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COVID-19 Testing in King Cove

ing Cove Clinic has two testing mechanisms for COVID-19 testing: 1. the Abbott ID Now Point of Care testing; and 2. the Send Out Nasal Swab kits. If you are having symptoms and would like to be tested please contact the clinic at 497-2311

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Health Mandate 013: K-12 Public & Private Schools Update 4/9/2020

2020 King Cove Fishing Season COVID 19 Precautions & Requirements

Net Loft & Locker Use COVID-19 Precautions

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Health Alert 011 – Safety Guidelines for Religious Services

Health Alert 010 – Recommendations Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings

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RavnAir Group files for bankruptcy, stops flights and lays off remaining staff due to COVID-19

CDC recommends wearing face coverings in public to fight spread of Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines Friday recommending that Americans wear face coverings when in public to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus. The president immediately said he had no intention of following the advice himself, saying, “I’m choosing not to do it.”

The new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages people, especially in areas hit hard by the spread of the coronavirus, to use rudimentary coverings like T-shirts, bandannas and non-medical masks to cover their faces while outdoors.

The president exempted himself from his administration’s own guidelines, saying he could not envision himself covering his face while sitting in the Oval Office greeting world leaders.

“It’s a recommendation, they recommend it,” Trump said. “I just don’t want to wear one myself.”

The new guidance, announced at a time when states are bracing for critical shortfalls like those that other parts of the world have experienced, raises concern that it could cause a sudden run on masks if Americans turn to private industry to meet the expected surge in demand.

Trump and other administration officials sought to minimize any burden by stressing the recommendations did not amount to requirements and a variety of homemade coverings were perfectly acceptable. Federal officials stressed that surgical masks and N95 respirators should be left for those on the front lines of fighting the spread of the infection.

Friday’s announcement capped an evolution in messaging from the White House that officials acknowledged has at times been confusing.

First lady Melania Trump embodied the ever-changing messaging with a tweet saying, “As the weekend approaches I ask that everyone take social distancing & wearing a mask/face covering seriously.”

The administration has said states should have done more to stockpile medical supplies, but it’s not clear if anyone is prepared for the potential rush that could ensue if people try to obtain medical masks for themselves.

In rural Florida, Okeechobee Discount Drugs has been sold out of face masks for almost two weeks, and “we don’t know where you can find any masks at this point,” said Stacey Nelson, one of the pharmacy’s owners.

State medical officer encourages Alaskans to wear homemade masks

Alaska’s chief medical officer is encouraging Alaskans to wear homemade masks when they go out in public as the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 continues to grow. 

Dr. Anne Zink says it’s one of several things Alaskans can do to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

“We’re encouraging people — if you’re going to go out in public, if you’re going to go to the grocery store — to consider wearing a tightly-woven homemade mask to be able to minimize the spread in case you are asymptomatic or early symptomatic,” she said.

Both Dunleavy and Zink thanked Alaskans for the efforts they’ve taken so far to try to help slow the spread of the virus, including social distancing. Dunleavy said Alaskans are buying the state time to build up its healthcare system in preparation for a peak of cases. 

“What Alaskans are doing right now is literally saving lives,” Zink said. “We’re not far enough into this to let up the gas yet, we really need to hold that curve.” 

Zink underscored that Alaskans should wear handmade masks, and keep medical masks for health care providers. She also said people need to remember to stay at least 6 feet away from others not in their households — if not more. She reminded Alaskans to wash their hands often and clean surfaces.

Alaska state Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ann Zink presentation on COVID-19

ACE Air Cargo

ACE Air Cargo will still continue to fly mail and UPS to Cold Bay Alaska daily

Ravn Air Group shut down routes map

Alaska fishing community takes precautions as it prepares for salmon season

As Alaska’s top doctor put it, “We know the fish are coming regardless of COVID-19 or not and we can’t ask them to stay home.”

As a result, government officials and fishing stakeholders statewide are working to ensure Alaska can still have a strong summer salmon season even amidst a potentially prolonged COVID-19 winter.

Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink made the comment during a March 30 press briefing, adding that the state has a specific fisheries work group trying to figure out ways small communities can handle an influx of fishermen and processing workers while also adhering to important health guidelines that run counter to the realities of a traditional fishing season.

While Alaska’s diverse fisheries continue year-round, the famed Copper River sockeye and king fishery that unofficially kicks off the salmon harvest in mid-May each year will be one of the first testing grounds for trying to find that balance.

United Fishermen of Alaska Executive Director Frances Leach said fishing groups across the state have been working for weeks to find ways to adjust normal fishing operations in light of the host of challenges the virus — and steps taken to fight it — raises. It started with crowdsourcing to simply identify who was doing what to make sure everyone is rowing in the same direction, Leach said.

“Communicating is huge. Commercial fishermen are kind of infamous for not giving away their secret fishing spots so trying to shift gears and make sure we’re all communicating and sharing information during this time is really important,” she said.

The goal is to standardize new health guidelines and corresponding procedures for each fishery as much as possible to make sure fishermen and support workers know what is expected of them. Leach said industry leaders are in the process of developing and submitting vessel action plans to the state that detail what steps they will take to prevent the spread of the virus while they are fishing and how they will respond if someone on their vessel develops symptoms during the season, among other considerations.

The plans are not special to the fishing industry; each company working in an industry deemed critical by state officials must submit a similar COVID-19 Worker Mitigation Plan to the state Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development if workers arriving prior to May 1 will not be quarantined for 14 days to monitor for symptoms of the virus. The plan requirement could also be extended beyond May 1 if the virus remains a significant threat to public health in the weeks and months to come as many health experts expect it will.

“Just because we’re considered a critical workforce doesn’t mean that we can just run off and start fishing,” Leach said.

She’s hopeful the state will adopt operating parameters for each segment of the industry in order to simplify the process because absent that, the state officials would literally have to review thousands of action plans for each individual fishing vessel, Leach said.

“We have so many types of fishing vessels and fisheries in the state of Alaska that one plan cannot be applied to every single vessel in Alaska. We’re going through and catering plans to each type of vessel,” she said.

At the epicenter of the rapidly approaching Copper River fishery in Cordova, Mayor Clay Koplin said city officials have been doing their best to prepare for the ranging impacts of the virus since late January even though the isolated Prince William Sound community has yet to report a confirmed case of COVID-19.

The city’s protective provisions have mirrored the state’s fairly closely, Koplin said, noting the city put its own 14-day self-quarantine mandate on intrastate travelers ahead of health mandates issued by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

“We are acting as if the virus is already here on one hand, so we’re being proactive internally but we’re also acting as if the virus isn’t here and we have to keep it out,” Koplin said.

Cordova is also requiring fishermen and processing companies to submit action plans similar to the state, Koplin added, though the state plans will be accepted at the city level.

He acknowledged there is a “high state of fear” among Cordova residents about what the salmon fishery might bring. However, fishing also accounts for roughly 90 percent of the city’s economy, so still having a viable season is extremely important, he said.

Cordova’s year-round population of approximately 2,300 is boosted by upwards of 860 fish processing workers at the peak of each summer season, according to state Labor Department figures. In addition, roughly two-thirds of the nearly 540 commercial fishing permits for the area are held by individuals from outside the community, Koplin said, and with each vessel comes several crew members.

He said many stakeholders have quickly done what they can to ease residents’ concerns as much as possible and assist the city in the COVID-19 fight. Leaders of fish processing companies have been submitting their virus prevention and operating plans and some started doing so even before they were asked to do so, according to Koplin.

“They filed very aggressive plans up to and including bringing in their own medical staff for the season and they have lots of bunkhouse space so they can essentially kind of quarantine their entire operation except for the fleet and that’s where a lot of our concerns are,” he said.

The city also has Vessel Operator Mutual Agreement forms on its website for both large and small operators to sign that outline the local government’s expectations and requirements for working in the fishing industry amid the ongoing pandemic.

Koplin said the situation largely requires more pre-planning by fishermen who typically buy fishing gear, boat parts, groceries and other supplies in Cordova prior to the Copper River fishery.

“We would prefer that they do exactly what residents are doing. Don’t engage in any kind of interaction that you don’t absolutely have to,” Koplin said of arriving fishermen.

He added that a lot of what fishermen will need to do when, and before, they get to Cordova will depend on where they came from.

“If they come up on a seiner and they stop in Ketchikan (where 13 COVID-19 cases had been reported as of this writing) for three weeks and then come to Cordova we’re going to be extremely concerned,” Koplin described. “But if they leave Seattle and they’re in route for two weeks and they don’t really have any human contact then they’ve effectively quarantined before they got here.”

With fishermen coming from all over, it can be difficult to communicate with the entire salmon fleet, so city officials are utilizing the state Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission as a conduit to communicate their expectations to fishermen, he said.

If a fishermen or processing worker gets sick, Koplin stressed that they should call health facilities instead of going to them to limit their exposure to others if they indeed have contracted the virus.

Department of Fish and Game Cordova Area Management Biologist Jeremy Botz said he doesn’t think the measures being taken to limit the spread of the virus will significantly impact management of the Copper River sockeye and king fishery.

“Every season is pretty dynamic as far as the fishery goes. Until the fish start returning we really don’t have a clear sense as for what to expect,” Botz said.

At this point, he expects managers will have their normal means to assess run strength but if they are put in a position where they don’t have those tools they can turn to their best available historical data to manage the run.

Botz said he is planning for a fairly normal season in terms of fishing effort.

“It’s hard to imagine a scenario where we wouldn’t be able to go out and have a commercial fishery,” he said.

Market uncertainty

While everyone in Cordova is working to make the fish catching go off as smooth as possible, the market end of the equation could pose another challenge.

The Copper River sockeye and kings are prized as the first fresh salmon of Alaska’s season and some years consumers at high-end restaurants and markets in Seattle pay upwards of $60 per pound for the most sought-after king fillets.

This year, however, that market is missing.

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Executive Director Jeremy Woodrow said ex-vessel prices for early season fresh halibut — traditionally purchased by restaurants — have been depressed and a somewhat similar scenario is expected for Copper River salmon.

However, Woodrow said processors should still be able to sell their product if they adapt to the new market conditions. Frozen salmon portions are selling well and canned salmon “is flying off the shelf” these days, he added.

“I think Americans are more in-tune about supporting the American economy right now,” Woodrow said, and that sentiment could hopefully translate into buying more Alaska salmon for their own dinner tables this year.

“If this challenge continues there’s likely going to be some lessons that can be learned from the Copper River fishery,” he said.

Koplin noted that Cordova resembles a ghost town during fishing openers and said ideally the town will look that way as long as the COVID-19 threat lasts, whether folks are out fishing or not.

“I guess my preference would be that every day of the week looks like that ghost town — that people are on their boats or they’re going out and doing some sport fishing in between commercial openers; anchoring up in their favorite cove and just not spending the time in town for their own health and that of the community,” Koplin said.

Dozens of Alaska villages to lose air service as Ravn announces huge cuts

Ravn Air Group, which provides passenger air service to more than 115 Alaska communities as well as mail and freight deliveries, suddenly shut down most of its routes as of Thursday.

The company also notified the U.S. Postal Service it could no longer bring mail to 180 communities, mostly in the northern part of the state, a USPS spokesman said Thursday. The notice left postal officials scrambling to find another way to get the mail to rural Alaskans.

Ravn had already reduced its schedule after experiencing a 90 percent drop in demand amid coronavirus-related booking declines, according to a company spokeswoman. Gov. Mike Dunleavy on March 27 banned all nonessential travel within Alaska.

The company announced in a statement Thursday it was taking “further actions to drastically cut costs” and further reducing flying operations by 90 percent. Ravn is shrinking its fleet from 30 aircraft to three Dash 8s.

That allows the company to continue service to communities it’s federally required to serve and continue flights to other markets served with the planes, the statement says.

These are the only communities Ravn is serving now: Kenai, Homer, Valdez, King Salmon, Dillingham, St. Paul, Aniak, St. Mary’s, McGrath and Unalakleet.

All RavnAir Connect aircraft will be parked and all operations stopped, the company says. RavnAir Alaska Dash 8 flights will continue to operate.

RavnAir Group serves more than 115 communities statewide with direct flights between Anchorage and cities like Fairbanks, Homer and Bethel. But the majority of Ravn’s destinations are smaller Bush villages that rely on RavnAir Connect for essential deliveries and medical services, as well as routine travel and commuting, according to the company website.

The company already faced financial hurdles after suspending service for weeks in the wake of a fatal plane crash when a Ravn-operated Saab 2000 carrying 42 people overran the runway at Unalaska’s airport last year.

The company’s decision this week to suspend service to many small Alaskan communities came as a surprise to the U.S. Postal Service, communications manager David Rupert said Thursday.

“There wasn’t long-term planning that went into this,” Rupert said. “Normally you do, you have some long-term planning that goes into this. This was not.”

Postal officials are hoping to find alternative providers as soon as possible, he said. “Our goal is to have uninterrupted service and we thank everybody for their patience.”

Dunleavy issued a statement Thursday about Ravn’s service reduction: “We want rural Alaskans to know the aviation industry is working cooperatively to ensure essential passenger service, bypass mail and freight service is maintained to their communities during these uncertain times. This morning I also spoke with officials from the United States Postal Service and they assured me they are working with contract carriers to maintain scheduled service to rural areas. The importance of the supply chain to rural Alaska communities is a priority for my administration.” Taken from ADN

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YOU CAN GO ON A TEDDY BEAR HUNT DURING Coronavirus COVID-19 and Social Distancing

STATEWIDE — A children’s storybook is coming to life, sort of.

Families are stuck inside because of the coronavirus and social distancing, but a children’s book from 1989 might soon have them at least going outside for a walk.

“We’re Going On a Bear Hunt,” by Michael Rosen has started a trend around the globe, with people placing teddy bears in their homes’ windows to create a scavenger hunt for kids.

It’s reached the City of King Cove in Alaska, where dozens of teddy bears are hiding waiting to be found.

While taking walks or drives around neighborhoods parents and their kids can hunt the bears just like in the story.

COVID-19 Cases in Alaska Map 3/31/2020

AC in King Cove Update

AC effective 4/1/2020 to promote the safety of our elder community the store will be open ONLY to elder shopping from 1:00pm – 2:00pm every day there will also be a elder discount. AC will be open to the general public from 9:00am – 1:00pm & 2:00pm – 8:00pm Monday-Saturday & on Sunday 12:00pm – 1:00pm & 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Coronavirus COVID-19 Self Quarantine Guidelines

King Cove Declaration of Disaster Emergency in Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 Cases in Alaska Map 3/30/2020

COVID-19 Cases in Alaska Map 3/29/2020

3-28-2020 AEBSD Superintendent’s Letter

FAQ SOA COVID-19 Health Mandates 011-012

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Issued: March 27, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its twelfth health mandate based on its authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020.

Given the increasing concern for new cases of COVID-19 being transmitted via community spread within the state, Governor Dunleavy and the State of Alaska are issuing the following mandate to go into effect March 28, 2020 at 8:00 am and will be reevaluated by April 11, 2020.

This mandate is issued to protect the public health of Alaskans. The Governor looks to establish consistent mandates across the State in order to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The goal is to flatten the curve and disrupt the spread of the virus.

The purpose of this mandate is to control the movement of individuals within Alaska in order to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.  

The State of Alaska and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) acknowledge the importance of minimizing intrastate travel to avoid introducing new COVID-19 cases into Alaska communities and slow the spread of the virus in state. It is imperative that Alaskans heed these guidelines.

Critical infrastructure is vital to keeping Alaska safe, and as a result businesses and employees of critical infrastructure industries must, to the extent reasonably feasible, take reasonable care to protect their staff and operations during this pandemic. If your business is included in “Alaska’s Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure” (formerly Attachment A), you must submit a travel plan or protocol for maintaining critical infrastructure to  akcovidplans@ak-prepared.com. The plan should outline how you will avoid the spread of COVID-19 and not endanger the lives of the communities in which you operate, of others who serve as a part of that infrastructure, or the ability of that critical infrastructure to function. If you have already submitted a plan pursuant to Health Mandate 10.1 related to interstate travel, you do not need to submit another plan.

Critical infrastructure includes those items listed in “Alaska’s Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure” (formerly Attachment A) https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/03232020-COVID-19-Health-Mandate-010-Attachment-A.pdf

***This Mandate supersedes any local government or tribal mandate, directive, or order restricting intrastate travel ***

Health Mandate 012 – Intrastate Travel – Limiting travel between communities to critical infrastructure or critical personal needs.

Effective 8:00 am March 28, 2020:

All in-state travel between communities, whether resident, worker, or visitor, is prohibited unless travel is to support critical infrastructure, or for critical personal needs. Certain Small Alaskan communities may implement further travel restriction pursuant to “Alaska Small Community Emergency Travel Order – Attachment B.”

Personal travel is prohibited except as necessary to meet critical personal needs or work in critical infrastructure jobs. Critical personal needs include buying, selling, or delivering groceries and home goods; obtaining fuel for vehicles or residential needs; transporting family members for out-of-home care, essential health needs, or for purposes of child custody exchanges; receiving essential health care; providing essential health care to a family member; obtaining other important goods; and engaging in subsistence activities. Travelers are reminded to follow social distancing measures, including, to the extent reasonably feasible, keeping six feet away from others, avoiding crowded places, and limiting public gatherings to less than ten people. Read the “Mandate 11 and 12 FAQ’s” for more details.

No one traveling to or from any community for critical reasons or critical personal travel may be subject to any automatic quarantine or isolation on arrival except as allowed under Alaska Statutes or Health Mandates.

Air carriers and other travel-related businesses have no duty to verify that intrastate travelers meet the criteria for permissible travel under this heath mandate. Air carriers shall inquire if travelers are permitted to travel under this mandate and shall rely upon a traveler’s assurance that they are eligible to travel.

***This Mandate supersedes any local government or tribal mandate, directive, or order restricting intrastate travel ***

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov

State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 012

CLICK HERE: Alaska Small Community Emergency Travel Order – Attachment B

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Effective 5:00 pm March 28, 2020:

All persons in Alaska, except for those engaged in essential health care services, public government services, and essential business activities, are mandated to remain at their place of residence and practice social distancing. For the purpose of this mandate, social distancing is defined as maintaining a distance of six feet or greater from any individuals with whom you do not currently reside. Read the “Mandate 11 & 12 FAQ’s” for more details, which can be found here: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/default.aspx

Critical infrastructure includes those items listed in “Alaska’s Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure” (formerly Attachment A) https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/03232020-COVID-19-Health-Mandate-010-Attachment-A.pdf

  1. The Governor orders individuals to abide by the following:
    1. Work from home as much as possible (see Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order).
    2. Immediately isolate any family member who is ill. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html#precautions
    3. Outdoor activity (e.g., walking, hiking, bicycling, running, fishing or hunting) is permitted when a distance of six or more feet can be maintained between individuals not in the same household.
    4. Any individual who exhibits symptoms of illness must not leave their home, including to work, except as necessary to seek or receive medical care.
    5. All individuals shall cease participation in public or private gatherings that include non-household members, regardless of the number of people involved. This includes, but is not limited to, weddings, faith gatherings, graduations, and funeral events.
    6. Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from this mandate but are urged to obtain shelter.
  2. The Governor orders the closure of non-essential businesses:
    1. All businesses within Alaska, except those listed in Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the state except Minimum Basic Operations, as defined in Section II(c). For clarity, businesses may also continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home).
    2. For purposes of this Mandate, covered businesses include any for-profit, non-profit, or educational entities, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or corporate or entity structure
    3. Minimum Basic Operations” include the following, provided that employees comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations:
      1. The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.
      2. The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.
  • The Governor orders employers to abide by the following:
    1. Businesses providing essential services and critical infrastructure will, to the extent reasonably feasible, take reasonable precautions to ensure the health of their service sector and employees.
    2. Public-facing businesses providing essential services and critical infrastructure will proactively promote social distancing between employees and others, including, but not limited to, expanding delivery options, drive-through services, limiting the number of individuals in a building, clearly spacing lines to keep individuals six feet apart, or making appointment times to minimize interactions between members of the public.
    3. Employers will evaluate which of their employees can feasibly work remotely from home and to the extent reasonable, take steps to enable employees to work from home.

A violation of a state COVID-19 Mandate may subject a business or organization to an order to cease operations and/or a civil fine of up to $1,000 per violation.

In addition to the potential civil fines noted above, a person or organization that fails to follow the state COVID-19 Mandates designed to protect the public health from this dangerous virus and its impact may, under certain circumstances, also be criminally prosecuted for Reckless Endangerment pursuant to Alaska Statute 11.41.250. Reckless endangerment is defined as follows:

(a) A person commits the crime of reckless endangerment if the person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person.

(b) Reckless endangerment is a class A misdemeanor.

Pursuant to Alaska Statute 12.55.135, a defendant convicted of a class A misdemeanor may be sentenced to a definite term of imprisonment of not more than one year.

Additionally, under Alaska Statute 12.55.035, a person may be fined up to $25,000 for a class A misdemeanor, and a business organization may be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding the greatest of $2,500,000 for a misdemeanor offense that results in death, or $500,000 for a class A misdemeanor offense that does not result in death.

This mandate supersedes any local government or tribal mandate, directive, or order.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov

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Anchorage sees first COVID-19 death in Alaska, hospital officials say

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2020/03/27/anchorage-sees-first-covid-19-death-in-alaska-hospital-officials-say/

King Cove Clinic Notice

Beginning immediately, Friday March 27, only the patient will be allowed admittance to the clinic. Minor children will be allowed to be accompanied by a single parent or legal guardian (no siblings). 

Thank you for your patience and continued understanding as we try to protect our patients and our staff from potential illness.

Robin Gould

King Cove Community Health Center Manager

Eastern Aleutian Tribes

Ph: 907.497.2311 ext. 416  e  Fax: 907.497.2310

COVID-19 Cases in Alaska Map 3/26/2020

COVID-19 CASES IN ALASKA 3/26/2020

• New confirmed cases on 3/26: Anchorage 5, Fairbanks 2, Juneau 1, North Pole 2 • Total confirmed cases statewide as of 3/26: 69 • Breakdown of total confirmed cases as of 3/26: Anchorage 30, Eagle River/Chugiak 3, Fairbanks 10, Homer 1, Juneau 3, Ketchikan 11, North Pole 5, Palmer 2, Seward 1, Soldotna 1, Sterling 2 • Deaths as of 3/26: 1, an Alaskan in Washington state

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Gould’s Store Update

Gould’s store is open to the public. They are also offering to shop for you if you do not want to go to the store during this time. This is done by calling 497-2212 to place your order with customer service. They will fill your order for you and have it conveniently ready for pick up. If you are practicing self quarantine they can deliver. Their hours of operation are Monday – Saturday 11:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm

AC Store Update

AC store is open to the public. They are also offering to shop for you if you do not want to go to the store during this time. This is done by calling 497-2636 to place your order with customer service. They will fill your order for you and have it conveniently ready for pick up. If you are practicing self quarantine they can deliver. Their hours of operation are Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 8:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm

COVID-19 Cases in Alaska Map

Home quarantine guidance

COVID 19 update 3/25/2020 EAT’s

Good morning everyone,

As the number of positive rise throughout the State and our hearts go out those communities suffering with the confirmed positive cases, I am continuing my announcement that there are still zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Eastern Aleutian Tribes Region.

After a similar was posted on our Facebook page yesterday, I received communications through Facebook, email, phone, and text message asking the following questions or versions of these questions :

“How many there have been tested?”;

“How many tests have been run?”

“Does EAT have testing kits available?”

The following was my response which I want to share with all of you directly.  Please share this response and/or this email.

“Thank you for the question. Due to HIPAA, privacy, and public safety concerns, I am unable to provide the number of COVID-19 tests completed in our Eastern Aleutian Tribes communities. However, the State of Alaska provides data germane to your question.

http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/monitoring.aspx

I am able to share that our clinics are equipped to process anyone who has been referred by a provider and, at this point, Eastern Aleutian Tribes is not experiencing test shortages.

We are in this together- Six feet apart!

Paul Mueller, Interim CEO”

If anyone has any questions, concerns, or comments, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Coronavirus City of King Cove Update 3/23/2020

Prevention & Preparedness

Preventative activities Alaskans can practice every day:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you don’t have soap and water. Hang these handwashing posters around your home and workplace.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue you throw away after use or the inside of your elbow if you don’t have a tissue handy.
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose and eyes.
  • If you begin to feel ill, stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • If you have to go to the doctor, call ahead and make an appointment. This helps the provider’s office take steps to keep other people from being exposed.
  • Routinely clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects.

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Health Mandates

View all health mandates issued by Governor Mike Dunleavy, DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink.