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                                                              VALDEZ PUBLIC HEALTH MANDATE 003

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                                          Click here to download a pdf copy of Valdez Public Health Mandate 003.

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Unified Command News Release # 005

For immediate release: 07/08/2020, 9:00 p.m. 

Valdez, AK – Valdez City Council approved Local Public Health Mandate 003 during their regular meeting on Tuesday. The mandate is effective as of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020. 

Local Public Health Mandate 003, which passed following a lengthy discussion and a 5-2 vote, requires all persons in Valdez over the age of five to wear a protective mask or cloth face covering in public or communal places outside the home where social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained.  

The mandate does not apply to those who cannot wear a face covering due to medical conditions, mental health conditions, or disability or those performing an activity which cannot be conducted safely while wearing a mask. The mandate does not apply while actively eating or drinking. 

Students enrolled in Valdez School District schools or a licensed childcare facility may be exempted during school activities as determined by Valdez School Board policy or DHSS childcare licensing requirements. 

Visit www.valdezak.gov/COVID-19 to read the full mandate. To listen to the City Council discussion and vote regarding this mandate, visit: https://bit.ly/3fd9YJN. 

“The Valdez medical community strongly recommends facial coverings as a way to decrease the spread of the SARS CoV-2 virus,” said Dr. Angela Alfaro, physician consultant to the Valdez Unified Command. “Masking is one small way we can work together as a community to prevent more extreme public health measures from being needed in the future. We recognize there are differing viewpoints on the mandate among our residents, but our hope is we can continue to show kindness and compassion and be good neighbors to each other.” 

Businesses or non-profits who need assistance with door signs required under Mandate 003, educational posters regarding masking, or a starter supply of face coverings should email resources@valdezak.gov with their contact information and number of each item needed. 

Residents in need of a cloth face covering can visit https://bit.ly/2Zu23kD to order one free from local volunteers. Shopping local and ordering a mask from a small business is also encouraged.  

Learn more about cloth face coverings here: https://bit.ly/2ArbDfO (CDC) and here https://bit.ly/3gmIRMF (DHSS). 

The Valdez Unified Command and public health officials continue to closely monitor the rapidly changing course of COVID-19. We remain committed to providing information, support, and resources to protect the health, safety, and well-being of Valdez during this unprecedented time.  

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

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Cloth Face Coverings - Chose 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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                                                                                  Valdez Testing Options

Have Symptoms Get Tested Infographic
Prov Drive-up COVID-19 Testing Event (1)
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Unified Command News Releases & Weekly Situation Reports

Valdez Unified Command News Releases
News Release 005 - July 7, 2020 - Valdez City Council approves Local Health Mandate 003.

News Release 004 - July 3, 2020  - Two additional non-resident cases identified in Valdez.

News Release 003 - June 27, 2020 - Second resident case of COVID-19 in Valdez.

News Release 002 - June 24, 2020 - Two additional cases of COVID-19 identified in Valdez. First resident case and second non-resident case.

News Release 001 - May 22, 2020 - Announcement confirming first positive case of COVID-19 in Valdez.
(Click here to view full video release with details.) 

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

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Valdez Unified Command COVID-19 Contingency Plans

The Valdez Unified Command established a set of basic contingency plans to address different types of situations we might face as a community during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Each potential situation is color coded to indicate if City Council action or State of Alaska assistance would be needed to address the situation and best support the health and safety of our community.

  • Green indicates City Council action or state assistance is not anticipated. These situations, while still potentially serious, could be handled locally with readily available resources and personnel.
  • Yellow indicates City Council action or state assistance may be needed depending on the specifics of the situation.
  • Red indicates a need for City Council action or state assistance is likely.

Click through the photos below to learn the basics about these contingency plans and what actions the Incident Management Team (IMT) might take in each scenario.

ConPlan Main

ConPlan Green
ConPlan Yellow
ConPlan Red
  1.  Information Resources
  2. Media
  3. City Council

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 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: covidquestions@alaska.gov 
Alaska 211: Dial 2-1-1 or call 1.800.478.2221

State Mandates:
covid19.alaska.gov/health-mandates

Local Contact

Allie Ferko, 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.

For resource submissions and inquiries,
email: resources@valdezak.gov

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