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Friday, February 28, 2020

2/28/2020 5:00PM Kenai Peninsula Borough Monitors Coronavirus and Makes Preparedness Plans

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is actively monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Alaska Department of Health & Social Services. There are no cases in Alaska.

The Borough is currently refining continuity of operations plans (COOP) to ensure that essential services can continue. Whether it is the coronavirus or other areawide incident, a COOP plan identifies the critical resources needed to maintain public services. During the month of March, the Borough will be asking cities, port officials, hospitals, Tribal entities and non-government agencies to come together to refine existing pandemic plans, identify and resolve potential gaps in those plans, and to involve representatives from the whole community in the process.  The Borough does not have public health powers, and will be asking for representatives from Alaska Department of Health & Social Services to work with us as the situation continues to evolve.  Borough residents can keep up to date with developments and preparedness tips at

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