Valdez COVID-19 Unified Command

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Valdez Case Count 11.24.2020

NOTE: Our local COVID-19 case count data is only updated upon notification of new cases, recoveries, hospitalizations, or deaths. Our local case count data is reported real-time following confirmation from DHSS Division of Public Health. There is often a data entry delay between our local real-time case count updates and what is then reported on the statewide DHSS Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub data dashboard.

To view statewide case counts and other data, visit the DHSS Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub: https://coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com/

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Valdez Unified Command News Release # 047

For immediate release: 11/24/2020, 7:00 p.m. 

Valdez, AK – The community of Valdez received confirmation of one new resident case of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The new resident case is an adult with symptoms. The patient is in isolation and following the guidance of their medical provider and public health officials. The contact investigation for this case is complete. All close contacts have been notified and are in quarantine. The source investigation remains ongoing. Preliminary investigation results indicate travel within Alaska is the likely transmission source. 

Public health officials continue to believe community spread is occurring in Valdez. Most identifiable transmissions appear to be happening between family, friends, and co-workers. Small social events, such as group dinners, house parties, group playdates, bonfires with friends, and other gatherings where people let their guard down, continue to be a specific area of concern. While the virus is more likely to spread indoors, outdoor gatherings also still pose a risk when mitigation measures, such as social distance and wearing face coverings, are not followed. Riding in vehicles with those outside your household should also be considered a high risk activity.

We must work together to help protect our community, our medical workers, and our healthcare system. Please remain extra cautious and make thoughtful decisions as you go about your day. Please wear a mask which covers your mouth AND nose when you are around anyone outside your household, even if you are outdoors or can maintain six feet of distance. Keep your social circles small and consistent. Try to limit your time traveling outside Valdez to only that which is necessary. Look for creative ways to minimize risk as you plan your holidays. Prevent additional strain on our local medical community by avoiding high risk activities which could result in injury.

If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, reach out to the Valdez Public Health Nurse (835-4612) or your medical provider for guidance on next steps. Stay home and arrange to get tested if you have even one mild symptom of COVID-19.

The Valdez Unified Command and public health officials continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. We remain committed to providing information, support, and resources for our community.

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Contact: Allie Ferko, public information officer, Valdez Unified Command, PIO@valdezak.gov, (907) 202-0711.

Click here to download a pdf copy of UC News Release 047.

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COVID-19 Testing Options in Valdez

Several different options exist in Valdez for both symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. All options are by appointment only.

Symptomatic? Need a return to school or work test following illness?

  • The Valdez Medical Clinic offers symptomatic rapid testing by appointment only. Please call 831-6441 during the times listed on the flier below to discuss your situation and schedule a testing appointment.
  • The Alfa Doc offers symptomatic rapid testing by appointment only. Please call 835-ALFA (2532) to discuss your situation and schedule a testing appointment.

Close contact or otherwise exposed to COVID-19?

  • If you have either been identified by DHSS as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or feel you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please contact the Valdez public health clinic (835-2419) or your healthcare provider for instructions.

Asymptomatic? Need pre-procedure or travel testing?

  • Providence Valdez Medical Center offers free drive thru asymptomatic testing for workers who interact with the public, those with a state travel voucher, and other select populations. Call 255-6063 to discuss your situation and schedule a testing appointment. (This is NOT a rapid testing option.)
  • Providence Valdez Medical Center offers pre-procedure testing. After receiving a testing order from your healthcare provider, call 835-2249 to schedule your testing appointment at the hospital.
  • The Alfa Doc offers asymptomatic rapid testing for certain populations by appointment only. Please call 835-ALFA (2532) to discuss your situation and schedule a testing appointment. 
  • The Valdez Medical Clinic offers asymptomatic rapid testing for certain populations by appointment only. Please call 835-4811 to discuss your situation and schedule a testing appointment.
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Valdez Local Public Health Mandate 003 
(Amendment No. 3)

Click here to download a pdf copy of Valdez Public Health Mandate 003 (Amendment No. 3)

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Mandate 003 Community Resources

General Information & Guidance on Wearing Cloth Face Coverings

CDC: https://bit.ly/2ArbDfO
DHSS: https://bit.ly/3gmIRMF

Resources for Residents and Visitors

Need a face covering? Please consider shopping local and ordering from a small business.

Valdez residents in need of a cloth face covering can also visit https://bit.ly/2Zu23kD to order one free from local volunteers.

Resources for Businesses, Non-Profits, and Facility Owners

Please read through the mandate so you are aware of the requirements for your business or facility.

To assist and make things easier on you, we are offering several resources, including the following standardized door sign and educational posters for your use if desired.

If you are unable to print the door sign or posters yourself (and want to use them) or need a starter pack of disposable masks for your workforce or clients/customers/guests, please send an email to resources@valdezak.gov with your contact information and how many you need of each item. Someone from the Unified Command Logistics Section will respond to your email to coordinate assisting with your needs.

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Cloth Face Coverings - Choose to Wear It For Them

Choose to support our community – Make a difference towards keeping Valdez healthy, our small businesses open, and our children headed back to school this fall.

Choose to do a few small things to help – Wearing a cloth face covering in public is one important tool in our public health toolbox. Combine it with physical distancing, hand hygiene, and staying home if you are sick in order to slow the spread of the virus.

Choose to wear it for them – We do not know everyone else’s story. You may survive COVID-19. They and their loved ones may not. Cloth face coverings help us protect others from the virus.

Choose to remain kind – Recognize some cannot wear cloth face coverings due to medical or other private personal reasons. In that case, they must pay careful attention to the alternate ways they can protect others.

Choose to be a good neighbor. Stay safe and healthy, Valdez.

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Unified Command News Releases & Weekly Situation Reports

Valdez Unified Command News Releases

Valdez Unified Command Weekly Situation Reports
Information current as of noon on the date of posting.

  1.  Information Resources
  2. Media

Information Resources Related to COVID-19

Please stay informed with information from credible sources, such as:

Local Resources:

State Resources:

Federal Resources:

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Valdez Local Disaster Declaration

Local Government Disaster Declaration (Extended) - City of Valdez, Alaska
(Extended on 04.21.2020, 05.19.2020, 06.02.2020, 07.07.2020, 08.04.2020, 09.01.2020, 10.06.2020, and 11.04.2020)

Local Government Disaster Declaration (Original) - City of Valdez, Alaska
(Originally Declared 03.17.2020)   

Valdez Local Health Mandates

Local Health Mandate 001 - Requiring Quarantine for Certain Travelers
(Approved 03.23.2020, Amended 04.21.2020, Rescinded 04.29.2020, Replaced with Valdez Health & Safety Proclamation.)
With so many exceptions to this mandate’s intrastate travel quarantine requirements, either in place or contemplated due to new state health mandates, rescinding it and replacing it with the Proclamation provides a more useful and easy to navigate way to focus on health and safety behaviors for everyone who lives, works, or plays in Valdez. 

Local Health Mandate 002 - Preserving Personal Protective Equipment
(Approved 03.25.2020, Expired 04.22.2020)

Local Health Mandate 003 (Amendment No. 1) - Requiring Mask or Face Coverings
(Originally failed due to lack of a motion on 04.21.2020; Approved 07.07.2020; Amended (No. 1) 09.15.2020)

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Social (Physical) Distancing An Insightful Infographic
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State of Alaska Contacts

General Information: covidquestions@alaska.gov 
Alaska 211: Dial 2-1-1 or call 1.800.478.2221
State Website: covid19.alaska.gov 

Local Contacts

Allie Ferko, Public Information Officer
Kate Huber, Assistant Public Information Officer
Valdez COVID-19 Unified Command

For questions or for general information, email: PIO@valdezak.gov or send a private message to www.facebook.com/ValdezUCRG

Valdez COVID-19 Recorded Hotline.
Recorded message with local information and updates.
907.835.0300

Please forward all health, symptoms or screening related questions to your physician or the Valdez public health nurse.

Local agency partners or business owner/operators with questions related to your operations should email: liaison@valdezak.gov