Valdez COVID-19 Unified Command

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Valdez Case Count 08102020

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:

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Unified Command News Release 017

For immediate release: 08/09/2020, 9:00 p.m. 

Valdez, AK – The community of Valdez received confirmation of two additional resident cases of COVID-19 on Sunday evening.

The two new resident cases are adults traveling outside Alaska. They completed testing in preparation to return home. Both tested positive and developed symptoms shortly thereafter. They are currently in isolation out of state, awaiting clearance from public health to travel home. Although both patients are physically outside Alaska, they are included in the Valdez case count under CDC and DHSS guidelines based on their residency. 

To read State of Alaska Health Mandate 010 regarding testing and quarantine requirements for interstate and international travelers, visit:

Please continue to monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms which include a fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, and any new onset of illness. If you believe you have even mild symptoms, contact your healthcare provider for screening and closely follow their instructions. Remember to call ahead before you go to the doctor’s office, public health clinic, or hospital. The local medical team will continue to provide the best possible care for you and our community. 

Asymptomatic testing is currently available in Valdez for select high risk populations, including those who interact with the public at work, those with state of Alaska travel vouchers, and those who need pre-procedure testing. If you feel you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or participated in a recent high risk social activity, please contact your medical provider for guidance. Timeline for testing in these situations will vary depending upon your possible exposure date. Visit for additional information and to learn more about different local testing options.

The Valdez Unified Command and public health officials continue to closely monitor the rapidly changing course of COVID-19. We ask the community to practice compassion and remember that behind every case count number is a person dealing with a difficult diagnosis. We remain committed to providing information, support, and resources to protect the health, safety, and well-being of Valdez during this unprecedented time. 


Contact: Allie Ferko, public information officer, Valdez Unified Command, (907) 202-0711

Click here to download pdf version of news release 017.

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Contact Tracing Flier Updated 07312020

Learn more about contract tracing in Alaska on the Department of Health & Social Services website:

Contact Tracing Series (1)
Contact Tracing Series (2)
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                                                                                  Valdez Testing Options

Got Symptoms Get Tested Infographic
PVMC Local COVID-19 Testing Options Flier (Updated 08.07.2020)
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Valdez Public Health Mandate 003 Requirement for Masks or Cloth Face Coverings_Page_1
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Mandate 003 Community Resources

General Information & Guidance on Wearing Cloth Face Coverings


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 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 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 08.04.2020)

Local Government Disaster Declaration (Extended) - City of Valdez, Alaska
(Extended on 07.07.2020)

Local Government Disaster Declaration (Extended) - City of Valdez, Alaska
(Extended on 06.02.2020)

Local Government Disaster Declaration (Extended) - City of Valdez, Alaska
(Extended on 05.19.2020)

Local Government Disaster Declaration (Extended) - City of Valdez, Alaska
(Extended on 04.21.2020)

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 - Requiring Mask or Face Coverings
(Originally failed due to lack of a motion on 04.21.2020; Approved 07.07.2020)

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

General Information: 
Alaska 211: Dial 2-1-1 or call 1.800.478.2221
State Website: 

Local Contact

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

For questions or for general information, email: or send a private message to

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

Please forward all health, symptoms or screening related questions to your physician.

For resource submissions and inquiries,

Local agency partners or business owner/operators with questions related to your operations should email: