Lots of Updates and 32 Confirmed Chinese Coronavirus Cases in Alaska - P.O.W. Report

Monday, March 23, 2020

Lots of Updates and 32 Confirmed Chinese Coronavirus Cases in Alaska

10 new cases over the weekend brings Alaska to 32:

Anchorage: 13
Fairbanks: 7
Ketchikan: 6
Mat-Su: 2
Sterling: 1
Soldotna: 1
Seward: 1
Juneau: 1


State health officials announced the largest single day of new positive tests for COVID-19 in Alaska. Nearly all of Sunday's cases of the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease, were identified in Southcentral.

The new cases were found in three communities: seven in Anchorage, two in the Mat-Su and one in Juneau.

All of the patients were adults and are self-isolating at home, a release from the Department of Health and Social Services stated. One patient in Anchorage had recently traveled outside of Alaska, while the others are still not confirmed to be linked to travel.

“At least two of the new Anchorage cases that we are investigating have no clearly identified contact with a confirmed case,” said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, Alaska’s state epidemiologist. “This indicates that community transmission of COVID-19 appears to be occurring in the Anchorage area.”

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson JBER Released a Statement:

Team JBER,

The Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Installation Commander has declared a Public Health Emergency, and directed Health Protection Condition (HPCON) to CHARLIE effective immediately and for the foreseeable future. HPCON CHARLIE is defined as an elevated risk of sustained community transmission. The state of Alaska currently reports a total of 32 confirmed cases.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has identified 7 people who tested positive for COVID-19 at JBER's testing center. All 7 individuals have been isolated, and are following all CDC and DHHS isolation protocols under the supervision of 673 MDG Public Health Office.

The 673 MDG is working with affected chains of command and has completed contact tracing. Appropriate notifications have been made to those family members, coworkers, and employees who require restriction of movement and quarantine.
The installation's top priority is preservation of force and mission while we work to protect the health, safety and welfare of our community. In order to achieve this, the Installation Commander has directed:

- Mission Essential Personnel Reporting Only--contact your unit chain of command to determine your status and work requirements
- Stop Movement on the Installation--limited to mission-essential travel only*
- Suspension of Trusted Travel Program; Closure of Government Hill Gate, and Post Road Gate closed to private auto traffic; Arctic Valley Gate closed on weekends; Richardson VCC closed--expect potential curtailments and closures
- Further reduction of garrison and tenant services--we are working to find ways to provide virtual services as much as possible
- Commissary and AAFES resources will remain available with current mitigating efforts in place
- CDCs will remain open for currently enrolled children but limited to on-duty mission-essential members that are mil to mil, single military and CDC employees. Currently enrolled children with extenuating circumstances need to contact their CDC Director.

*Mission essential travel means remaining at home except to leave for work in critical jobs as prescribed by unit chains of command; to buy groceries or other important goods; to receive or provide health care; to drop off or pick up children from care; and to get fresh air while observing 6-foot social distancing between non-family members. Individuals are also encouraged to practice recommended personal and environmental hygiene, including regular hand washing.

The Installation Commander and 673d Medical Group Commander will host a Facebook live virtual town hall tomorrow 23 March at 1400 to provide updates on the situation, and field questions from the community.

Saturday three new cases  and Ketchikan Releases a statement:

Emory University Check List for Covid-19 Symptoms

Emory University created an online check list that you can take to access your risk and symptoms [find it here].

Ketchikan Plaza Closed

The Plaza Mall will be closed to the public effective Noon March 21, 2020. Some tenants are offering curbside service - please check with each business to find out what their arrangements are at this time. We will revisit this closure in 2 weeks. Wells Fargo will have limited hours and entrance will be monitored at the Wells Fargo ATM entrance during their hours of operation. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Juneau Assembly passes quarantine for those coming to the Capital City

Must Read:
The Juneau City Assembly has passed a resolution mandating a 14-day self-quarantine for all people coming into the community, with vast exceptions for members of mainly government jobs that are considered critical.

Resolution 2886 A Resolution Mandating People Traveling into the City and Borough of Juneau Must Quarantine Related to COVID-19 exemptions include:

State workers, transportation and logistics, agricultural operations, including fishing and fish-processing, energy – including oil and gas production, critical manufacturing, raw material production for manufacturing, including mining and timber, water, wastewater and sanitation, government functions, public safety and first responders, healthcare and public health, financial services, communications and defense. [...]

There is no way to enforce the quarantine, noted Mayor Beth Weldon, who said the six police officers are already busy with their regular law enforcement duties.

Klawock City Statement on Covid:

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