Valdez COVID-19 Unified Command
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/
Valdez Unified Command News Release # 034
For immediate release: 10/21/2020, 8:00 p.m.
Valdez, AK – The community of Valdez received confirmation of two new resident cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.
One new resident case is an adult with symptoms. The other new resident case is a minor with symptoms. Both are in isolation and following the guidance of their medical providers and public health officials. The contact investigations are complete. The source investigation for both cases remains ongoing. Preliminary investigation indicates a link between each of these cases and other previously announced resident cases.
Additionally, one other resident case was reported as recovered as of Wednesday evening. The term “recovered” in this context means the patient has been released from public health isolation monitoring and is no longer considered contagious. However, the patient may continue to experience negative effects from the disease.
As a community, we must continue making thoughtful and careful decisions as long as COVID-19 remains present in Valdez and beyond. Extra care should be taken when socializing both inside and outside with those not in your household or small social circle.
Please Help Keep Valdez Safe
Do the 3 W’s
- Wear a cloth face covering
- Watch your distance
- Wash your hands
Avoid the 3 C’s
- Crowded places
- Close contact settings
- Confined/enclosed spaces
Do You Have Even Mild Symptoms? Please 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.
Local Testing Options: Both symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 testing are currently available by appointment only in Valdez. Visit the Valdez Unified Command website (www.valdezak.gov/COVID-19) for additional information and to learn more about different local testing options.
What is a Close Contact? A close contact is an individual who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes during their infectious period. Close contacts must quarantine for 14 days to see if they develop symptoms and to prevent possible transmission to additional people. While close contacts cannot test out of quarantine, testing helps determine who else might be at risk. Timeline for testing of close contacts will vary depending upon their exposure date.
Think You’ve Been Exposed to Someone with COVID-19? Please contact the Valdez public health nurse (907.835.4612) or your medical provider for guidance. Consider getting tested 5 to 14 days after any possible exposure.
The Valdez Unified Command and public health officials continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. 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 for our community.
Contact: Kate Huber, Asst. Public Information Officer, Valdez Unified Command, PIO@valdezak.gov, (907) 202-0599
COVID-19 Testing Options in Valdez
Several different options now 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.
- Providence Valdez Medical Center offers free drive thru asymptomatic testing on Mondays and Thursdays 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 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 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.
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 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.
- Door Sign for Business, Non-Profit, or Facilities (Use this one or make your own)
- Infographic Poster: Mandate 003 Basics
- Infographic Poster: Mask Wearing Tips
- Infographic Poster: Remember Your Mask
- Infographic Poster: Social (Physical Distancing)
- Infographic Poster: Got Symptoms? Get Tested!
- Infographic Poster: Stay Home if Sick
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Unified Command News Releases & Weekly Situation Reports
Valdez Unified Command News Releases
- News Release 034 - October 21, 2020 - Two new resident cases identified in Valdez
- News Release 033 - October 20, 2020 - Twenty-fourth Resident Case of COVID-19 Identified in Valdez
- News Release 032 - October 19, 2020 - Two new resident cases identified in Valdez
- News Release 031 - October 14, 2020 - First Valdez Resident Death from COVID-19
- News Release 030 - October 13, 2020 - Three new resident cases identified in Valdez
- News Release 029 - October 12, 2020 - Eighteenth resident case identified in Valdez
- News Release 028 - October 10, 2020 - Seventeenth resident case identified in Valdez
- News Release 027 - October 7, 2020 - Sixteenth resident case identified in Valdez
- News Release 026 - September 29, 2020 - Fifteenth resident case identified in Valdez
- News Release 025 - September 28, 2020 - Fourteenth resident case identified in Valdez
- News Release 024 - September 27, 2020 - New resident case identified in Valdez and hospitalized in Anchorage.
- News Release 023 - September 26, 2020 - New non-resident case identified in Valdez. (One visitor.)
- News Release 022 - September 23, 2020 - Twelfth resident case identified in Valdez
- News Release 021 - August 31, 2020 - Eleventh resident case identified in Valdez
- News Release 020 - August 24, 2020 - Tenth resident case identified in Valdez.
- News Release 019 - August 22, 2020 - Ninth resident case identified in Valdez.
- News Release 018 - August 20, 2020 - Eighth resident case identified in Valdez.
- News Release 017 - August 9, 2020 - Two new resident cases identified. Both tested positive while traveling Outside.
- News Release 016 - August 1, 2020 - Fifth resident case identified in Valdez. Community spread now likely.
- News Release 015 - July 20, 2020 - New non-resident case identified in Valdez. (One traveler.)
- News Release 014 - July 29, 2020 - Fourth resident case identified in Valdez.
- News Release 013 - July 27, 2020 - Third resident case identified in Valdez.
- News Release 012 - July 25, 2020 - Valdez non-resident case hospitalized in Anchorage counted in Valdez hospitalization case count.
- News Release 011 - July 24, 2020 - Five new non-resident cases identified in Valdez. (Five seafood workers.)
- News Release 010 - July 23, 2020 - One new non-resident case identified in Valdez. (One seafood worker.)
- News Release 009 - July 20, 2020 - Two new non-resident cases identified in Valdez. (One seafood worker, one traveler.)
- News Release 008 - July 16, 2020 - City of Valdez launches COVID Conscious Business Program.
- News Release 007 - July 15, 2020 - Three new non-resident cases identified in Valdez. (Three seafood workers.)
- News Release 006 - July 11, 2020 - Eleven new non-resident cases identified in Valdez. (Eleven seafood workers.)
- 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. (Two seafood workers.)
- 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 (other industry).
- News Release 001 - May 22, 2020 - Announcement confirming first positive case of COVID-19 in Valdez. (One seafood worker.) (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.
- Situation Report - October 6, 2020
- Situation Report - September 29, 2020
- Situation Report - September 15, 2020
- Situation Report - September 1, 2020
- No Situation Report for the week of August 25, 2020
- Situation Report - August 19, 2020
- No Situation Report for the week of August 10, 2020
- Situation Report - August 4, 2020
- Situation Report - July 28, 2020
- Situation Report - July 21, 2020 - Includes an update on local testing information
- No Situation Report for the week of July 13, 2020
- Situation Report - July 7, 2020
- Situation Report - June 30, 2020
- Situation Report - June 23, 2020
- - Includes traveler and testing information
- Situation Report - June 11, 2020 - Includes traveler and testing information
- Situation Report - June 2, 2020 - Includes event and large gathering planning information
- - Includes task force updates and event planning discussion.
- - Includes contingency planning information.
- - Includes Valdez COVID-19 Economic Relief Program information.
- - Includes several Task Force updates and information about the Valdez COVID-19 Economic Relief Program
- - Includes Business/Tourism Task Force information and operational diagrams of the Valdez Alternate Care Site.
- - Includes information and photographs of the Valdez Alternate Care Site.
- Older Situation Reports Available Upon Request
Information Resources Related to COVID-19
Please stay informed with information from credible sources, such as:
- - Know how to sew? Want to join the local volunteer effort to make cloth face coverings and other items for our community? Check out this group for ways to help.
- - Need a cloth face covering for you or your family? Place an order with Valdez SEW Against COVID-19 for one free cloth face covering per person, while supplies last.
- - Want to volunteer to help others in the community? Need help yourself? Know others who need help? Contact the Neighbors to get connected!
- Community Message from Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Scheidt - March 22, 2020
Interviews on KVAK Radio
- KVAK Interview with Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Scheidt & City Finance Director - May 13, 2020
- KVAK Interview with City Manager/Incident Commander Mark Detter - April 21, 2020
- KVAK Interview with Matthew Wadsworth, Director, Providence Valdez Counseling Center
- KVAK Interview with Chief Tracy Raynor, Valdez Fire Department - April 2, 2020
- KVAK Interview with Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Scheidt & City Manager Mark Detter - March 23, 2020
Interviews on KCHU Radio Coffee Break
- KCHU Coffee Break Interview with Public Health Nurse Terri Lynch, Dr. Angela Alfaro, & PVMC Administrator Jeremy O'Neil - May 27, 2020
- KCHU Coffee Break Interview with Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Scheidt & City Finance Director Brian Carlson - May 19, 2020
- KCHU Coffee Break Interview with City Manager Mark Detter, PVMC Administrator Jeremy O'Neil & PVMC Infection Preventionist Oliva Foster - March 18, 2020
- KCHU Coffee Break Interview with Public Health Nurse Terri Lynch, Dr. Kathy Todd & PVMC Administrator Jeremy O'Neil - March 4, 2020 @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
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, and 10.06.2020)
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)
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org