Valdez COVID-19 Community Information

Page last updated on 01.24.2022 @ 11:40am

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Tested Positive or Have Been Exposed to COVID?

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, feel sick, or know someone who is, it’s important to act quickly to protect your health and the health of others. By testing, isolating if you are having symptoms, and quarantining if exposed, you can help stop the spread of COVID-19. Click here for more detailed instructions.

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New Guidance for COVID-19 Isolation

Please be aware, CDC and Alaska DHSS recently changed the isolation guidance for those people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. New guidance below. 

Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19. 

People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, or wear a well-fitting mask when they need to be around others. People in isolation should stay in a specific “sick room” or area and use a separate bathroom if available. 

Everyone who has presumed or confirmed COVID-19 should stay home and isolate from other people for at least 5 full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the date of the day of the positive viral test for asymptomatic persons). 

They should then wear a mask when around others at home and in public for an additional 5 days

People who are confirmed to have COVID-19 or are showing symptoms of COVID-19 need to isolate regardless of their vaccination status. 

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COVID-19 Vaccination in Valdez

All three brands of COVID-19 vaccine are available in Valdez.

Residents and visitors ages five and older are eligible for vaccination.

Appointments are required.

Click here for current recommendations regarding vaccination for immunocompromised individuals. If you or a loved one fall into this category, please speak with your physician for more information. 

Booster Vaccination
Booster vaccinations are available in Valdez for those eligible. 

  • CDC currently states all those 12 years and older should receive a booster vaccination. 
  • Boosters are recommended six months after receiving your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccination.
  • Boosters are recommended two months after receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccination.
  • Boosters can be a different brand of vaccine than what you received for your first dose(s).

Making Your Vaccine Appointment
Vaccination administration is now offered in a clinical setting by the following Valdez providers, by appointment only:

  • Valdez Public Health Clinic. Call 907.835.4612.
  • The Alfa Doc. Call 907.835.2532. 
  • Safeway Pharmacy. Call 907.461.3313.
  • Through some local employers.

If you are a business or organization looking to schedule vaccination for your employees or clients/customers, please contact one of the providers listed above to discuss your situation.

Those being vaccinated will make an appointment for their second dose of vaccine, if applicable, during their first dose appointment. 

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COVID-19 Testing Options in Valdez

Several different options exist in Valdez for COVID-19 testing, and are, in most cases, at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. 

Click here for more information about when to test. 

If you have questions about what type of test you should receive, please contact your physician or the Valdez public health nurse for guidance.

Rapid Testing Options - By Appointment Only

  • Valdez Medical Clinic: Sunday through Thursday. Call 907.831.6441.
  • The Alfa Doc: Monday through Friday. Call 907.835.2532.
  • Valdez City Schools offers symptomatic rapid testing for school district students and employees only. Please call 907.834.4747 to schedule a testing appointment with the school nurse. Visit the Valdez School District COVID-19 Resources page to learn more about the "Test to Stay" program.

PCR Testing Options - By Appointment Only
(PCR testing turnaround time is currently three to five days, so please plan ahead.) 

  • Providence Valdez Medical Center: Call 907.255.6063.
  • Valdez Medical Clinic: Sunday through Thursday. Call 907.831.6441. 
  • The Alfa Doc: Monday through Friday. Call 907.835.2532.

Home Testing Options

  • Valdez Public Health has given out their complete stock of home antigen testing kits (over 500 kits in the past two weeks). Additional kits will be ordered as the state restocks, however this may take several weeks. If you need to obtain a COVID-19 test, please plan to utilize the services of one of the local testing providers listed above. 

  • Federal At-Home Testing Program: Under a new federal program, every home in the United States is now eligible to order #4four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 test kits here: COVIDtests.gov - Free at-home COVID-19 tests 
    • The rapid antigen test kits are available at no out-of-pocket cost. 
    • Ordering is simple - Just enter your name and mailing address on the order form and hit submit!
    • It is not required, but you can provide an email address if you want to receive order tracking updates.
    • Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. 
    • Order your tests now so you have them when you need them. 
    • Please note, through this federal program, each household (mailing address) receives an order of four tests regardless of household size.

If you are a business or organization seeking testing for a group of five or more people, please contact a testing location at least 48 hours in advance of your desired appointment date. This helps ensure local testing locations have enough time to coordinate personnel and testing equipment to accommodate your request.

Contact your medical provider for any questions about insurance coverage for testing.

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Valdez Case Count Dashboard

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Valdez Case Count Dashboard Update Synopsis - Monday, January 24, 2022 

Data and amplifying notes on this dashboard provided directly by DHSS Public Health.

Current Total of Active Local Cases: 57
Note 1: This total number of active cases is current as of midnight on 01.23.2022 and includes 53 resident cases, 4 active non-resident cases, and zero active "other Alaskan" cases. 

Dashboard Update Notes (01.21.2022 - 01.23.2022)

  • Residents
    • 51 resident recoveries.
    • 18 new resident cases.
      • 12 adults and 6 minors.
      • All with symptoms.
  • Non-Residents
    • 4 new non-resident cases.
      • 2 adults and 2 minors.
      • All with symptoms.
  • Other Alaskans
    • One "other Alaskan" recovery.

Other Dashboard Notes

Note 2: Please be aware CDC/DHSS has reduced the standard isolation period for those with COVID-19 from 10 days to five days isolation plus five days in a mask around others. Since the beginning of the pandemic, "active" cases means those who are in public health directed isolation. With the reduction in length of public health isolation to five days, cases will likely transition from "active" to "recovered" more quickly.

Note 3: Please also be aware, data regarding results of home antigen tests are not currently reported in local or DHSS case count numbers, as there is no requirement (nationwide or in Alaska) for those patients to report the results of their test to public health officials. 

Note 4: Data reported within this local dashboard is reported in real-time. Data reported at the state level thru the DHSS Response Hub (which is what you see may see reflected in statewide news coverage) often includes a data entry delay.

Note 5: Data regarding COVID-19 deaths are only recorded on this dashboard once the patient's cause of death has been confirmed by DHSS Public Health. 

Note 6: According to DHSS, we may no longer report vaccination status of new positive patients in our local dashboard notes. This change to how we report local data is effective as of 10.11.2021. Please visit the DHSS Response Hub for aggregate numbers regarding break-thru cases. 

Note 7: "Residents" are those who list Valdez as their place of residence. "Non-residents" are those who test positive while in Valdez, but live outside Alaska. "Other Alaskans" are those who test positive while in Valdez, but list another Alaskan community as their place of residence.

Note 8: "Other Alaskan" cases do not technically count towards the Valdez case count. They are counted in their home community within Alaska under current CDC and DHSS guidelines even if they test positive while physically present in Valdez. We mention "other Alaskan cases" in our dashboard notes to provide a clear picture of identified infections present in the community. "Other Alaskan" cumulative case numbers are not included in the dashboard graphic above, as those numbers have not been specifically tracked since the start of the pandemic.

Note 9: As a reminder "active" versus "recovered" is based upon the patient being in public health directed isolation. Patients may still experience symptoms long after they are considered recovered. When a previously "recovered" patient experiences worsening symptoms or requires hospitalization, public health moves the patient back into the "active" category. 

Note 10: Adults are those 18 years of age and older. Minors are those 17 years of age and younger. 

Note 11: To view statewide case counts and other data, visit the DHSS Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub: https://coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com/slim divider

COVID-19 Resources

Resources for More Information:

Local Resource Links:

Points of Contact (as of 12.04.2021):

  • Please forward all health, symptoms, screening, quarantine, or isolation related questions to your physician or the Valdez public health nurse (907.835.4612).
  • City COVID-19 Response Operations: Aaron Baczuk, city emergency manager, abaczuk@pd.valdezak.gov 
  • City COVID-19 Public Information: Allie Ferko, city public information officer, pio@valdezak.gov 

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