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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

4/7/20 Twenty two new cases of COVID-19 detected in four Alaska communities

Contact: Clinton Bennett, DHSS, (907) 269-4996,

Twenty two new cases of COVID-19 detected in four Alaska communities

April 7, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 22 new cases of COVID-19 in four Alaska communities – Anchorage (10), Fairbanks (9),
North Pole (2) and Bethel (1). This brings the total case count in Alaska to 213.

These new cases were reported from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on April 6 and reflect data posted at
noon today on

The Bethel case is the first for the Bethel census area (Southwest Region) and is associated with
out-of-state travel. Alaska Division of Public Health staff are working with Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) staff to complete a thorough contact investigation.

“We are working closely with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and local public health nursing staff to identify people who may have been exposed to this person and offer appropriate testing, isolation, and quarantine guidance,” said Alaska State Epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin. “We are making every effort to respond earnestly to this situation to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in the region.”

Testing is now available in the region, through efforts from YKHC and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). ANTHC yesterday announced the distribution of 40 rapid testing machines and 2,400 test kits for diagnosing COVID-19 throughout communities in rural Alaska.

“Testing is confidential. Getting tested as soon as possible, when indicated by your provider, is one of the most effective, important ways to help one’s community in preventing the spread of this infection,” said
Dr. Jacob Gray, Infectious Disease Physician at the Alaska Native Medical Center. “Practicing physical distancing and excellent hand hygiene will help prevent us from getting COVID-19, and being tested for COVID-19 can be very useful to the individual patient and the community.”

Of the new cases reported today, 12 are male and 10 are female. One case is an individual aged 20-29;
five are aged 30-39; three are aged 40-49; seven are aged 50-59; four are aged 60-69; one is an aged
70-79; and one is an aged 80+. There have been 23 total hospitalizations and no new hospitalizations yesterday. A total of six Alaskans have died; there were no new deaths yesterday.

Stay informed

Alaska’s Response
Find more information about how to keep yourself and your family healthy at the DHSS webpage,

Visit the governor’s webpage on COVID-19 at

Visit on the Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
webpage for Unified Command information, community press releases and other documents.

United States Response
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global Response
The World Health Organization guides the global response.



04/07/20 KPB Emergency Operation Center Situation Report

Situation Report (SITREP) is a daily report that provides decision-makers and readers a quick understanding of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The SITREP provides clear, concise facts and resources.

Click here to read today's  report (today's information is highlighted in red letters):


4/7/20 The Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) will suspend all burn permits effective May 1

The Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) will suspend all burn permits

The Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) will suspend all burn permits – both small- and large-scale – effective at midnight on April 30, in anticipation of the impacts of COVID-19 on Alaska’s wildland firefighting resources this summer. The use of burn barrels, the burning of debris piles, and any other outdoor burning activity authorized under previously issued permits will be prohibited on all state, private and municipal lands throughout Alaska as of May 1.

To see the entire release, please follow the link below.

04/07/2020 In Our Hands Alaska

Alaskans can stand together by standing apart. 

#Coronavirus #COVID19 #KenaiPeninsula #Alaska #PreventionMatters #InOurHandsKPB

4/7/20 Health Alert 011- Safety Guidelines for Religious Services

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Issued: April 7, 2020
By: Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska
Health Alert 011 – Safety Guidelines for Religious Services
COVID-19 Health Mandate 11: Social Distancing, Item I.5 prohibits private and public gatherings of non-household members, regardless of the number of people involved. This includes, but is not limited to, weddings, faith gatherings, graduations, and funeral events.
However, the following practices will be allowed for places of worship, including churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other similar religious facilities of any faith:
  1. Live-streaming of religious services at their place of worship (absent the congregation) is allowed under the following conditions:
    1. Minimum number of necessary personnel to be used.
      1. No group larger than 10 is allowed.
    2. Social distancing of six feet or more to be used.
      1. If singing or projecting of voice, then minimum of 10 feet between each person.
    3. Non-speaking, technical assistance personnel to wear cloth face coverings.
  2. Drive-in religious services: Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other similar religious facilities of any faith may conduct “drive-in” services, where participants gather in their vehicles near the religious facility and participate in the service together by remote means, subject to the following requirements, which are intended to protect public health, safety and welfare:
    1. Participants may leave their homes to travel by vehicle to and from the religious facility, and must remain in their vehicle at all times.
    2. Only household members are allowed in each vehicle.
    3. Vehicles must be parked with six feet of separation between vehicles.
      1. This will be ensured by clearly marked parking stalls or directed by parking lot staff wearing reflective clothing and face coverings.
    4. Participants may not interact physically with clergy, staff or participants in other vehicles. This includes, but is not limited to, collecting donations by basket or plate.
    5. Social distancing of six feet or more to be used.
      1. If singing or projecting of voice, then a minimum of 10 feet between each person. 
  3. Easter basket assembly:
    1. Faith-based groups may assemble and distribute Easter baskets under the following conditions:
      1. Anyone assisting with basket assembly or distribution must be screened and not allowed to participate if they meet any of the following criteria: a) have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of respiratory infection; b) have a history of out-of-state travel within the past 14 days, or c) have a history of close contact to a person with COVID-19 or an undiagnosed respiratory infection in the past 14 days.
      2. No gathering may be of more than 10 people and a minimum of six feet must be between every person included in assembly and distribution of baskets.
      3. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds prior to and after handling baskets or basket contents.
      4. Maintain at least six feet or more distance from people other than household members.
      5. Wear a cloth face covering when around people other than household members.

This is not a mandate.
State of Alaska COVID-10 Health Alert #011

Visit the State of Alaska’s COVID-19 website at for more information.

04/07/2020 In Our Hands KPB

K Pen is in our hands. Together we can get through this.

#InOurHandsKPB #Coronavirus #COVID19 #KenaiPeninsula #Alaska #PreventionMatters