Valdez COVID-19 Unified Command

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Valdez Case Count 10272020

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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Valdez Unified Command News Release # 035

For immediate release: 10/26/2020, 8:00 p.m. 

Valdez, AK – The community of Valdez received confirmation of two new resident cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

Both new cases are asymptomatic adults. Both patients have been in isolation and continue to follow 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 that one case is travel related and that the other case is linked to a previously announced resident case.

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. 

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Isolate yourself if you feel any cold-like symptoms and get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.
  • Avoid crowded places and gatherings with anyone outside your immediate household, especially indoor gatherings; keep social circles very small.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from people outside of your household.
  • Always have a mask on when you are around people outside of your household — even if you can maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
  • Wash your hands often and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and objects.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, notify all of your close contacts immediately.
  • Please answer the call if a public health official contacts you and follow their guidance.

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 ( for additional information.

What is a Close Contact? A close contact is an individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, if asymptomatic, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. 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. If you believe you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please call the Valdez Public Health Nurse (835-4612) or your medical professional for guidance.  

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.


Click here to download a pdf copy of UC News Release 035

Contact: Kate Huber, Asst. Public Information Officer, Valdez Unified Command,, (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.


  • 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


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

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: 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 or the Valdez public health nurse.

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