Valdez COVID-19 Unified Command

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Valdez Case Count 10222020

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 # 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.

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Click here to download a pdf copy of UC News Release 034

Contact: Kate Huber, Asst. Public Information Officer, Valdez Unified Command, PIO@valdezak.gov, (907) 202-0599

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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.

Asymptomatic?

  • 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.
PVMC COVID-19 Testing Options (Updated 09.22.2020)
AlfaDoc Testing UPDATED 09242020
VMC Rapid Testing Flyer UPDATED 09242020
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Valdez Local Public Health Mandate 003 
(Amendment No. 2)

Click here to download a pdf copy of Valdez Public Health Mandate 003 (Amendment No. 2)

Amendment 002 to Public Health Mandate 003 Requiring Masks-1
Amendment 002 to Public Health Mandate 003 Requiring Masks-2
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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, 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)

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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