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This blog is maintained as an effort to coordinate and collocate responding agencies' information for easier public access during events on the Kenai Peninsula. The information here is written and provided by the contributing agencies. NOTE: The blog will be updated as the need arises and may be dormant at times.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Clinton Bennett, DHSS, (907) 269-4996, clinton.bennett@alaska.gov


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 coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com.

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, coronavirus.alaska.gov

Visit the governor’s webpage on COVID-19 at gov.alaska.gov/covid19news

Visit ready.alaska.gov/covid19 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.



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DHSS_PressRelease_AKNewCases_20200407.pdf

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):

CLICK HERE TO READ A PRINTABLE VERSION OF THE ENTIRE REPORT


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.

https://akfireinfo.com/2020/04/07/forestry-to-suspend-all-burn-permits-starting-may-1-due-to-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR1v-d5VvYH_o9PEYJbzpxIkIcuK5G_NoaV4Q8tQDuO75lSV-spx3HyK3DA


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.
https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/03272020-SOA-COVID-19-Health-Mandate-011.pdf
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

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Visit the State of Alaska’s COVID-19 website at coronavirus.alaska.gov 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

Monday, April 6, 2020

04/06/20 KPB Emergency Operation Center Situation Report #14


Kenai Peninsula Borough Emergency Operation Center
Coronavirus 2019
Date: April 6, 2020 Time: 1600 hours
Incident Situation Report -14
Next distribution
April 7, 2020 16:00 hours
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04/06/20 City of Seward Alaska Community Situation Report



City of Seward
COMMUNITY SITUATION REPORT
April 6, 2020
This Community Situation Report is intended to keep the community of Seward updated and aware of resources available to them while being challenged with restrictions placed upon them due to the Coronavirus.

Click here to view the full report:
https://www.cityofseward.us/Home/Components/News/News/111/260

04/06/20 We Can Stop It!


We got this! Wearing a cloth mask should be used while maintaining six-feet-apart. Wearing a cloth mask is not mandatory, but it is strongly recommended when you have to go into town to run those critical errands, walking with friends, visiting with your neighbor, or other interactions.
#Coronavirus #COVID19 #KenaiPeninsula #Alaska #PreventionMatters #InOurHandsKPB

04/06/2020 Six new cases of COVID-19 detected in five Alaska communities





April 6, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced six new cases of COVID-19 in five Alaska communities – Anchorage (2) Eagle River (1), Fairbanks (1), Petersburg (1) and Soldotna (1). This brings the total case count in Alaska to 191.

These new cases were reported from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on April 5 and reflect data posted at noon today on coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com.

Of the new cases reported today, four are male and two are female. One case is a child under age 10, two are adults 40-49; one is an adult 50-59; one is an adult aged 70-79, and one is an adult aged 80+. There have been 23 total hospitalizations including three 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, coronavirus.alaska.gov
  • Visit the governor’s webpage on COVID-19 at gov.alaska.gov/covid19news
  • Visit ready.alaska.gov/covid19 on the Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management webpage for Unified Command information, community press releases and other documents.

United States Response


Global Response


Sunday, April 5, 2020

04/05/20 One new death and 14 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Alaska


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Contact: Clinton Bennett, DHSS, (907) 269-4996, clinton.bennett@alaska.gov

One new death and 14 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Alaska

April 5, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced one new death and 14 new cases of COVID-19 in four Alaska communities – Anchorage (4), Fairbanks (7), Juneau (2) and Seward (1). This brings the total case count in Alaska to 185.

These new cases and the new death were reported from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on April 4 and reflect data posted at noon today on coronavirus.alaska.gov. This new reporting schedule for Alaska’s COVID-19 cases began on Thursday with the rollout of a new data dashboard.


The person who died is a 71-year-old Anchorage resident who acquired the infection outside of Alaska, tested positive on March 28 and had been hospitalized in state. The patient had preexisting health conditions.


Also of note today is that one of the Anchorage cases is a staff member at the McLaughlin Youth Center (MYC) within the DHSS Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Since learning of the positive test result, DJJ Director Tracy Dompeling has been in close contact with the Alaska Section of Epidemiology and the Anchorage Health Department to facilitate contact investigations. DJJ is implementing all recommended and necessary protective measures for both staff and residents.


“We express our condolences to the family and loved ones of the Anchorage resident who died and is included in our case count today. Our thoughts are with them,” said DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum. “Regarding the situation at McLaughlin, please know DJJ is working closely with state and local public health officials to ensure that MYC residents, staff and anyone who may have been in contact with this positive case is aware of this situation and knows what we plan to do.”


Because all of the DJJ facilities around Alaska are 24-hour facilities, operations cannot cease and all employees cannot be sent home to telecommute. Additional measures being taken to safely staff the facility at this time include:

• Bringing in state and local public health officials to assist with testing and contact investigations.
• Prioritized testing for staff and clients.
• Sending home staff members from the affected unit who likely had contact with the individual who tested positive.

DHSS remains committed to protecting the health and safety of staff and residents at all DJJ facilities. Since March 27, before this positive case occurred, DJJ had already suspended in-person visitation for family members and religious volunteers, providing visitation and services through electronic means. Other measures already in place at the facility include frequent handwashing, routine disinfection of high-touch surfaces and encouraging staff members who are sick to stay home.

Of the new cases from yesterday that are reported today, five are male and nine are female. Two cases are aged 10-19, three are aged 30-39, one is aged 40-49, three are aged 50-59, three are aged 60-69 and two are aged 70-79. A total of 20 people cumulatively have ever been hospitalized in Alaska; four new hospitalizations have been added in the past 24-hour reporting period.

Stay informed:
• Alaska’s Response
o Find more information about how to keep yourself and your family healthy at the DHSS webpage, coronavirus.alaska.gov
o Visit the governor’s webpage on COVID-19 at gov.alaska.gov/covid19news
o Visit ready.alaska.gov/covid19 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.

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04/05/20 On this beautiful Sunday, let’s take a moment to be kind to each other...


On this beautiful Sunday, let’s take a moment to be kind to each other, be supportive, be careful, be alert, and do the right thing. Don’t travel to other communities and limit your exposure. Thanks to Bonnie Nichols & Katherine Dines for providing cleverly rewriting the lyrics to the classic song 

We’ve Got The Whole World In Our Hands
We’ve got the whole world in our hands
We’ve got the whole world in our hands
We’ve got the whole world in our hands
We’ve got the whole world in our hands

We’ve got the safety of others, in our hands
All our sisters and brothers, in our hands
Love for one another, in our hands
We’ve got the whole world in our hands

We gotta use precaution, with our hands
A twenty-second washin’, with our hands
Keep those suds a sloshin’, with our hands
We’ve got the whole world in our hands

This virus is contagious, in our hands

It’s time to be tenacious with our hands
Stay home, it’s advantageous. Take a stand!
We’ve got the whole world in our hands

We’ve got a tough situation, in our hands

To stay in isolation, in our hands
The fate of every nation, in our hands
We’ve got the whole world in our hands

We’ve got the whole world in our hands

We’ve got the whole, wide world in our hands
We’ve got the whole world in our hands
We’ve got the whole world in our hands
              Bonnie Nichols & Katherine Dines Lyrics

Saturday, April 4, 2020

04/04/20 City of Homer Fire Chief Expresses Condolences


NEWS RELEASE
State of Alaska Reports Out-of-State COVID-19 Death of Anchor Point Resident

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For immediate release April 4, 2020.                                                    COH-COVID-19-007

A press release issued today by the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social (DHSS) announced 14 new cases of COVID-19 in six Alaska communities, bringing the total case count in Alaska to 171. The press release also reported two new deaths of Alaska residents from COVID-19.

According to Clinton Bennett of DHSS, “The Anchor Point case reported today was a middle-aged male who developed symptoms and subsequently died of COVID-19 out-of-state on March 29. The DHSS Section of Epidemiology was notified of this person’s death by the health authorities in the state where the individual died. The second death is an older female from Fairbanks who was confirmed as a positive case on March 27. She had been hospitalized and passed away on April 3.”

In the release, Governor Dunleavy expressed sympathy for the families of the deceased Alaskans, stating that “this is a heartbreaking reminder of how important it is for all of us to continue doing our part to slow down the transmission of the virus by strictly adhering to the social distancing and travel mandates and other health advisories.”

The City of Homer is saddened to learn of the deaths, and sends condolences to all those affected by these losses.

In addition to the City’s condolences, Homer’s Fire Chief and Incident Commander Mark Kirko states, “The news of this loss strengthens our resolve to continue to work proactively with our interagency partners to prevent the spread of COVID-19 locally – and gets to the heart of why each and every one of us should follow health mandates and advisories. These mandates are about preventing the spread of COVID-19; they require people to stay home except for essential business and outdoor recreation, to keep at least 6 feet of social distance when you are around other people, and to responsibly quarantine for 14 days after traveling. Remember, social distancing requirements are in effect on paths, trails, sidewalks, beaches, any place people may gather. Additionally, cloth facemasks are now being recommended by the Center for Disease Control and the State DHSS if you are out in public.”

For information about preventing the spread of COVID-19 and frequently asked questions about the State mandates go to the City of Homer website www.cityofhomer-ak.gov, the DHSS website www.coronavirus.alaska.gov or by calling the City’s Covid-19 Info line at 907-435-3197.

04/04/20 Two new deaths and 14 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Alaska


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Contact: Clinton Bennett, DHSS, (907) 269-4996, clinton.bennett@alaska.gov

Two new deaths and 14 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Alaska

April 4, 2020 ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced two new deaths of Alaska residents from COVID-19 and 14 new cases of the disease in six Alaska communities – Anchorage (7), Eagle River/Chugiak (1), Fairbanks (3), North Pole (1), Juneau (1) and Anchor Point (1). This brings the total case count in Alaska to 171.
One of those new cases is one of the people who died.

These new cases and deaths were reported from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on April 3 and reflect data posted at noon today on coronavirus.alaska.gov. This new reporting schedule for Alaska’s COVID-19 cases began on Thursday with the rollout of a new data dashboard.

The Anchor Point case reported today was in a middle-aged male who developed symptoms and subsequently died of COVID-19 out-of-state on March 29. The DHSS Section of Epidemiology was notified of this person’s death by the health authorities in the state where the individual died. The second death is an older female from Fairbanks who was confirmed as a positive case on March 27. She had been hospitalized and passed away on April 3.

“Our hearts go out to the families of these deceased Alaskans,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “This is a heartbreaking reminder of how important it is for all of us to continue doing our part to slow down the transmission of this virus by strictly adhering to the social distancing and travel mandates and other health advisories.”

DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum added, “We are saddened by the news of these deaths which brings the total number of Alaskans who have died to five. Two of these five acquired their infections and passed away outside of the state, but these are all Alaskans. Our thoughts are with these communities where these individuals lived and with all those affected by these losses.”

Of the 13 new cases today (not including the death), seven are male and six are female. One case is aged 10-19, two are aged 20-29, two are aged 30-39, four are aged 40-49, two are aged 50-59, one is aged 60-69 and one is aged 70-79. A total of 16 people have been hospitalized in Alaska; one new hospitalization has been added in the past 24 hour reporting period.

Stay informed:
•Alaska’s Response
o Find more information about how to keep yourself and your family healthy at the DHSS webpage, coronavirus.alaska.gov
o Visit the governor’s webpage on COVID-19 at gov.alaska.gov/covid19news
o Visit ready.alaska.gov/covid19 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.

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04/04/20 City of Seward Reports Third Positive Test for COVID-19




PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release                                                                                   Release # CV-7
April 4, 2020
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City of Seward Reports Third Positive Test for COVID-19

Seward, Alaska – On April 4, 2020, the Seward Community Health Center notified the City of Seward of the City’s third positive test result for COVID-19 for a local resident. The case is currently under investigation by the State Department of Public Health.

Local healthcare providers wish to emphasize the importance of adhering to State Mandates regarding social distancing and staying home, as well as responsibly quarantining following travel. State Mandates and additional information can be found at www.coronavirus.alaska.gov.

04/04/2020 Learn to Cut Your Hair or Paint with Bob Ross: 25 Ways to Take a Much-Needed Break.








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K-Pen represents and prevention is in our hands, and we're doing our part to stay six feet apart. Have you ever painted with Bob Ross or cut your own hair? Thanks to your suggestions, we've compiled 25 ways to take a break, learn a new skill.

1. 100 TV shows that will keep you streaming for weeks www.usatoday.com/story/tech/reviewedcom/2020/03/26/coronavirus-100-best-tv-shows-watch-while-quarantine/2907294001

2. Read! totally free ebooks through the Alaska Digital Library
https://adl.overdrive.com/
Your local library may also have an online system too!

3. Listen to an audio book or podcast.
100 free audio books - www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks
The best podcasts of 2020 (so far) -www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/the-best-podcasts-of-2020

4. Get some projects done at home - 23 ways to make your house look awesome for less than $50 - www.moneytalksnews.com/23-ways-make-your-house-look-awesome-for-50-less

5. Take a college course for free – online classes from world-class universities and companies -www.coursera.org

6. Learn a foreign language - www.duolingo.com

7. Chart your family history - www.genealogy.com

8. 52 tricks to teach your dog - www.doggiebuddy.com/topics/Trainingtopics/traintopic3.html
And 10 to teach your cat - www.iheartcats.com/10-fun-tricks-to-teach-your-cat

9. 30 wedding line dances you can learn now from home
www.yeahweddings.com/30-wedding-line-dance-songs-for-groups

10. Color with Crayola’s free coloring pages for kids and adults
www.crayola.com/featured/free-coloring-pages

11. Learn the joy of painting with Bob Ross on YouTube - www.youtube.com/channel/UCxcnsr1R5Ge_fbTu5ajt8DQ

12. Soak off your gel nail polish
www.allure.com/story/how-to-remove-gel-manicure-without-ruining-nails
... and do a home mani/pedi
www.blessbox.com/how-to-give-yourself-a-world-class-mani-pedi-at-home

13. Learn a card trick - www.bustle.com/articles/55300-9-easy-card-tricks-that-will-make-you-look-like-basically-a-wizard-video

14. Deep clean your house – tips from the pros at Molly Maid - www.mollymaid.com/cleaning-tips/schedules-charts-and-checklists/deep-cleaning-home-checklist

15. Reduce clutter and reduce stress – just five minutes per day - www.zenhabits.net/18-five-minute-decluttering-tips-to-start-conquering-your-mess

16. Take a virtual visit to a National Park
https://www.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/take-virtual-visit-national-park

17. Create good feng shui in your home
www.thespruce.com/create-good-feng-shui-in-your-home-1275057

18. Take a hike – but maintain your physical distancing...
https://alaskahikesearch.com/

19. - Work out at home! The best YouTube channels for getting in shape at home
www.cnet.com/how-to/youtube-fitness-channels-for-getting-in-shape

20. Learn how to meditate - www.headspace.com/meditation/meditation-for-beginners

21. Trim your own bangs at home - www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya-QMMgQuoo
Or cut your hair with a Flowbee - www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vSsFM_96ds

22. Listen to a TED Talk - www.ted.com/talks

23. Take a virtual museum tour - www.historyextra.com/magazine/virtual-remote-museum-exhibition-tours-how-explore-history-from-home

24. Tour the world via drone at Drone City Tours on YouTube - www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgJ7b1NurjD1p1pvPWo7Fzr4rhq_RkPDE

25. Video chat with your friends and family at via Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts or Marco Polo

Friday, April 3, 2020

KPBSD Weekend Invite #stayinghomeisCOOL

KPBSD WEEKEND INVITE
#stayinghomeisCOOL


Make your #physicaldistancing snow people, angels, sculptures, artsy messages, then play it social! Post your photos or videos & add # tags:

#stayinghomeisCOOL    #SixOrMore   #kPenQuaranteam

#ThankYou to KPBSD Student Voice Leaders (SVL) for this idea! Friday they connected in a zoom room, bounced ideas, and talked about COVID-19, mental wellness, remote learning school, friends, current challenges, how to be social, and happy stuff we can celebrate!

Be social with KPBSD!
Instagram: @KenaiPeninsulaSchools
Twitter: @KPBSD 
Facebook: Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

4/3/2020 Access to State-Owned Harbor and Seaplane Facilities


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 3, 2020Contact: Sam Dapcevich, sam.dapcevich@alaska.gov, (907) 465-4503

Access to State-Owned Harbor and Seaplane Facilities

(JUNEAU, Alaska) –This week, the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) received inquiries about closing state-owned harbor and seaplane facilities. The department recognizes community concerns related to the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus due to marine operator and passenger activity, and at the same time, the need for continued community access across the state.
At this time, all state-owned harbor facilities and seaplane bases across Alaska will remain open and fully operational. Harbors and seaplane bases are a critical lifeline across Alaska and provide essential access for life, health, commerce and safety. State-owned harbor facilities provide an important refuge for marine users in inclement weather or emergencies. DOT&PF continues to monitor conditions closely, and should situations warrant, we will coordinate any requests to close a seaplane base with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As of today, the FAA is not ready to approve airport closures.
One thing we have learned is that things continue to change. This is especially true with marine and aviation activity. Unless superseded by state emergency orders, communities have emergency powers to manage safety during this pandemic. Community specific press releases, public notices, and information may be found at https://ready.alaska.gov/covid19.
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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4/3/2020 DHSS April 3 COVID-19 Health Alert 010:Cloth Face Masks


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Issued: April 3, 2020
By: Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska
Health Alert 010 – Recommendations Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings
Scientific evidence available to date indicates that asymptomatic and presymptomatic shedding of the virus that causes COVID-19 is occurring.  This means that people who have no symptoms whatsoever may be infected with the virus and capable of transmitting the virus to others when interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing.  This heightens the need for community-wide implementation of control measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among people who are not experiencing symptoms of illness. 
The primary ways to do this are through social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and disinfecting high-touch surfaces. Another tool that may help to minimize transmission while people are around others outside of their household is the use of face coverings. Because we are experiencing a nationwide shortage of medical supplies, including facemasks, we recommend that Alaskans make their own face coverings and wear them in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) -- especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.  This recommendation aligns with current national guidance: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
The following measures are highly recommended for all Alaskans:
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).
  • Make sure the face covering covers both the nose and mouth.
  • Do not remove the face covering until you return home.
  • When removing the face covering, avoid touching the front of the face covering (because it may be contaminated). Remove it by grasping the ear loops, ties, or bands and immediately discard or place in a designated container for laundering. 
  • Wash your hands immediately after removing the face covering and before touching anything else.
  • Wash face coverings in hot, soapy water between uses.
  • Do not wear N-95 or surgical masks; these are needed by health care workers and first responders.
  • Do not rely on face coverings as the primary way to prevent COVID-19 transmission, and be careful to avoid developing a false sense of security through the use of face coverings. Continue to follow social distancing measures, including maintaining at least six feet between yourself and others, staying at home, avoiding touching your face, and washing your hands frequently.
What is a cloth face covering? A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.
How do I make a homemade face coverings? Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost. There are a number of instructional websites and videos that people can refer to for making face coverings; two such videos are available at https://youtu.be/VgHrnS6n4iA and https://youtu.be/1r2C1zGUHbU
How well do cloth face coverings work to prevent spread of COVID-19? There is limited evidence available on how well cloth face coverings help reduce COVID-19 transmission. Their primary role is to reduce the release of respiratory droplets into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including people who have COVID-19 but have no symptoms. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing and washing hands and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions.
How should I care for a cloth face covering? Wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Have a bag or bin to keep cloth face coverings in until they can be laundered with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face. Discard cloth face coverings that:
  • No longer cover the nose and mouth
  • Have stretched out or damaged ties or straps
  • Cannot stay on the face
  • Have holes or tears in the fabric

This is not a mandate.
State of Alaska COVID-10 Health Alert #010

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


4/3/2020 Borough COVID-19 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 Eleven-page report (today's information is highlighted in red letters):https://drive.google.com/open?id=1U11VMJxgr0QFKgE-BrQ2aDe01h43uNnc

04/03/2020 City of Seward SIT Report

4/03/2020 Studded Tire Deadline Temporarily Suspended



Studded Tire Deadline Temporarily Suspended 
Alaskans encouraged to use discretion

Joint Base Richardson-Elmendorf, Alaska – To ease the financial burden of Alaskans and to assist with preventing the spread of COVID-19, Governor Dunleavy suspended AS 28.35.155(a), the statute referencing the studded tire usage, until May 11. Though there is an inherent risk in conducting nonurgent business and transactions, auto-repair facilities are considered essential businesses and are permitted to remain open and provide studded tire removal services, if they choose.

“Protection of public health is critical at this time which is why it is necessary to abide by the issued health mandates,” said Commissioner Amanda Price, Department of Public Safety. “It is our hope to flatten the curve by keeping people in quarantine and not traveling for non-critical reasons. We will get through this together by looking for practical solutions to our current situations.”

“Studded snow tires cause additional wear and tear on paved roads, but we know there are significantly fewer Alaskans on the roads right now,” said Commissioner John MacKinnon, Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. “Alaskans are observing mandates restricting nonessential travel and they are staying home. We appreciate that the studded tire deadline is pushed back, this is one less thing for people to worry about at this time.”

The Departments of Public Safety and Transportation & Public Facilities would like to thank all Alaskans for their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. We sincerely appreciate those that are following the health mandates and guidelines that have been issued.

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A list of other statutes that are currently suspended can be found at https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/03.31.20-COVID-19-Order-of-Suspension-2-and-Appendix-A.pdf