New Health Mandates, 15,000 Ketchikan Testing Kits and other Updates April 23 - P.O.W. Report

Thursday, April 23, 2020

New Health Mandates, 15,000 Ketchikan Testing Kits and other Updates April 23

Correction on the newest cases

It was reported earlier that two kids under the age of 10 contracted the coronavirus. It was only one and the other is over 60.

April 23, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced two new cases of COVID-19 in Anchorage. This brings the total case count in Alaska to 337.

Of the new cases, both are male. One is under the age of 10; and one is aged 60-69. There have been a total of 36 hospitalizations and nine deaths with no new hospitalizations or deaths reported yesterday. Recovered cases now total 209, including 13 new recovered cases recorded yesterday.

As Alaska begins the process of gradually reopening, increasing the number of people being tested for COVID-19 is as important as ever. Testing capacity has recently increased and sites are now available in most communities across the state.

COVID-19 Health Mandate 016 

Phase I of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan, seeks to balance the ongoing need to maintain diligent efforts to slow and disrupt the rate of infection with the corresponding critical need to resume economic activity in a reasonable and safe manner.

The activities and businesses listed below that were previously governed by the referenced Mandates may resume under the conditions and guidance provided in the following attachments.

Health Mandate 17

Given the ongoing concern for new cases of COVID-19 being transmitted via community spread within the state, Governor Dunleavy and the State of Alaska are issuing Mandate 017 to go into effect April 24, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and will reevaluate the Mandate by May 20, 2020. [...]

The purpose of this Mandate is to enact protective measures for independent commercial fishing vessels operating within Alaskan waters and ports in order to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Required Protective Measures/Plans

  1. Independent commercial fishing vessels operating in Alaskan waters and ports must enact the protective measures and procedures described in Appendix 01, the Alaska Protective Plan for Commercial Fishing Vessels.
  2. Vessel captains must enact controls on their vessel to ensure crewmember compliance with this Mandate.

Is the Governor correct in beginning to open up the Economy or should he have waited?

POW Report conducted a poll on facebook asking the above question and with 73 respondents it was fairly split. 

Ketchikan Mall Opening Up

Family Fun Challenge

Ketchikan COVID-19 Strengths, Needs, and Gaps Community Survey

[Take the survey here]

Klawock clean up

Covid Testing: 

Good Evening, this is Ketchikan Emergency Manager Abner Hoage,

I am calling to encourage anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested.

Over the past several weeks the Ketchikan EOC has worked with local medical providers to significantly increase COVID-19 testing supplies in our community. With 880 tests available, over 15,000 additional tests on order and current State of Alaska test criteria we can now test any symptomatic person

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell contact your regular provider or our testing hotline at 247-TEST (8378)

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