March 27th: Update From Brown, Another Covid Case, An Original Song, and Other Updates - P.O.W. Report

Friday, March 27, 2020

March 27th: Update From Brown, Another Covid Case, An Original Song, and Other Updates


March 26, 2020

For Immediate Release
We have received information from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) that there has been one (1) new positive test result for COVID-19 in Ketchikan. This brings the total number of positive cases in Ketchikan to twelve (12)
This individual does not have a history of recent travel, and has been identified as having been in close contact to two (2) persons who were previously reported as testing positive to COVID- 19. This individual was identified through the contact investigation by Public Health, was placed into self-quarantine, and was tested for COVID-19 at the direction of Public Health.

Following the positive test results, Ketchikan Public Health officials contacted this individual and will continue to monitor their condition to ensure continued self-isolation. Public Health officials will initiate a contact investigation and reach out to any person who may have come into contact with this individual. Public Health will notify and isolate additional persons as appropriate. Through the contact investigation, Public Health will direct testing of persons that meet criteria based on contact with any confirmed case of COVID-19. Individuals who meet the criteria are being tested in accordance with CDC and State of Alaska priorities.

 Update From Brown (Ketchikan's First Chinese Corona Virus Case:)

I got sick early on Saturday, March 14.
Late yesterday, Day 11, I finally felt like I was getting well. I don’t often get sick, and it’s usually a quick recovery. Not with this one. I’m grateful for all the good wishes from so many people. And I’m incredibly hopeful that Ketchikan is poised to contain this virus, and choke it off so that it hurts no one else. No time to let up.

Tongass Federal Credit Union

POW Members: The Klawock Branch lobby is now closed to walk-in traffic, appointment only. Please make desposits using the night drop, they are processed every 30 minutes during operating hours. The Branch, The Log Cabin, and Black Bear ATMs are available for withdrawals.

Southeast COVID 19 Business Impacts Survey:

[Read the results here.]

Taquan Air 

Taquan Air - Ketchikan Alaska

Dear Valued Customer,

This is an update regarding Taquan Air service modifications on our route system. The effects of the spread of COVID-19 are unprecedented. With exponential growth in confirmed diagnosis in Ketchikan, and with the strong advisement of our local, state and federal governments and health officials Taquan Air is responding accordingly.

Effective immediately:
• Refunds and change fees are waived on all tickets until further notice.
• Current bookings can be retained and rescheduled for future date.
• Bookings can no longer be made via our website or at our service counters. Please call our agents to book direct. We advise you call between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm Monday thru Saturday as our lobby hours could fluctuate as a result of our reduced schedule.
o 1-907-225-8800
o 1-800-770-8800
• We are restricting payments to debit/credit, check or Money Order.
• Taquan Air continues to process and deliver freight, USPS and UPS mail.
o Ketchikan terminal lobby hours will change based on demand. Please visit our Facebook page for daily updates.
o Personal freight delivery’s may be delayed as a result of our reduced schedule.

Travel Restrictions:
• We are limiting our passenger services to essential travel only. This includes emergent care facilitators, and those requiring support services in Ketchikan or residents returning to their communities.
• Essential travelers should be prepared to provide documentation that supports their travel need.
• Do not attempt to travel if you are symptomatic. If you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms we will rebook your flight to a future date or provide full refund of your ticket.

As we monitor the advisory bulletins and mandates provided by our local, state and federal officials, we will continue to respond appropriately to meet the needs of our customers appropriately.


Taquan Air Team

An original song By a Local From Ketchikan: 

IFA Update:

Please Be Advised of IFA Schedule Change

Recent ridership trends have allowed the IFA to reduce ferry service to 4 days a week yet still accommodate Essential Travel for people and businesses in need of returning home, traveling for critical medical care and for the transport of goods and service-people. We will sail Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday until further notice. We will depart at our usual times; we’ll depart Hollis at 8:00am and depart Ketchikan at 3:30pm.

In these unprecedented times, the IFA is taking a proactive approach to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by trying to balance the essential travel needs of the Community with the State's Mandates and Alerts. We are adhering to the 6' social distancing recommendation by capping our passenger capacity to forty. We are sailing at 25% normal capacity so passenger space is limited; please make your reservations in advance and arrive early to ensure your space on-board. Our Crews and Terminal Agents are using proven sanitation measures recommended by the CDC to slow down the spread of the virus. Your cooperation in following Crew and Agent directions at all times is greatly appreciated. Please check-in early to allow for these additional check-in measures.
Terminals will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday but Agents are available by phone at 866-308-4848 seven days a week.

Galley Service is very limited and may be closed completely in the near future.

Thank You, Donna R. Halvorsen Terminal Manager
Inter-Island Ferry Authority 
Toll Free 866-308-4848 ext #103
Direct line 907-313-5382
P.O. Box 495 Craig, AK 99921

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