Highlights from KFSK’s Coronavirus On-Going Program

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This signal is posted on the door of the Petersburg Publish Workplace. (Photograph by Angela Denning/KFSK)

Highlights from KFSK’s COVID-19 panel dialogue on Friday, August 14, 2020

Sandy Dixson – Appearing Incident Commander 

  • Sandy is filling in for Karl for the subsequent few weeks.
  • Concerning the latest case, a person who arrived on July 20th examined at airport and had an preliminary detrimental take a look at end result. A comply with up take a look at resulted in a optimistic end result on August 12.  On the time of the optimistic end result, the person had already left city. The particular person was not symptomatic and phone tracing has been underway. Petersburg initially categorized them as a non-resident as a result of they personal a house down south the place they traveled from, however as a result of they’ve a neighborhood tackle and cellphone quantity the state decided them to be a resident of Petersburg. 
  • State has shifted to a unique screening/testing system this week. The digital portion of the brand new screening system is a studying course of; the state is figuring out the portal’s bugs. Previously vacationers might submit a paper kind; this new system requires registration and making a profile within the Alaska Journey Portal. Then, an individual can fill out the web journey declaration kind for every time they journey. It may doubtlessly save time, as your profile stays out there, reasonably than doing the entire paperwork course of for every occasion of journey. In the meanwhile, although, the airport screening is taking a short while longer than earlier than; most of that point is simply getting people registered into the portal.  
  • All non-resident out of state vacationers should current a detrimental take a look at end result from inside 72 hours earlier than getting into the state. If arriving with out that take a look at end result, they have to take a take a look at on the airport at a price of $250 {dollars} and quarantine till getting a end result again.
  • Any resident of Alaska can choose to get that take a look at previous to touring again to Alaska, but when they don’t, the take a look at on the airport will probably be supplied to residents totally free, or they’ll select to quarantine in lieu of testing. However quarantine as an alternative of testing shouldn’t be an choice for non-residents. 
  • The EOC continues to be engaged on a group mitigation plan. It would have a three-level color-alert stage system coordinated with the medical middle and the colleges. When the plan is accomplished (in a number of weeks) will probably be offered to the Meeting. 
  • The emergency ordinance continues to be a sizzling subject. The Borough may have a professionally moderated group assembly in regards to the ordinance on September 10th.
  • And, as at all times, we’d prefer to thank the group for persevering with to do what we now have been doing. We’re encouraging folks to put on masks and hold distance, however above all be sort to your neighbors. Even when we disagree, everyone seems to be entitled to their opinion.  Thanks, everybody, for doing all your half.

Petersburg Medical Heart – Phil Hofstetter and Liz Bacom

  • Numbers as of this morning: 2668 exams accomplished, Zero energetic instances, 12 recovered, 69 pending exams, and all of the pending exams are from inside the final three days. Turnaround instances are enhancing for exams.  Total, the state and the business labs have been build up their capability.
  • PMC’s request for CARES Act funding from the Borough is being pushed to September. We simply have to guarantee that we don’t have overlapping grant fund requests. PMC has a state grant request and a FEMA funds request in progress. Our largest concern, concerning the Borough, is that we have to have some funds put aside, in case we don’t get the assist from these various funding sources. The Borough is the final resort and we don’t need to be a barrier to others needing Borough CARES funding.
  • Flu shot data from Liz Bacom: Flu pictures aren’t out there but. Flu vaccine suppliers are working into some competitors for vials with the COVID vaccine builders. We don’t but know if there will probably be a lot of a hold-up, however at present the flu vaccine is anticipated across the center of September. We are going to let everybody know when it’s out there. The dialogue hasn’t occurred but about how the flu pictures will probably be made out there, there’s a chance of a drive via flu shot clinic.
  • Liz’s response to a query about current media consideration to a Duke College research that described ineffectiveness of fleece buffs to guard in opposition to particle transmission:  Protecting distance is the most effective preventative measure that individuals can take. Keep greater than 6 toes away from one another. In case you can’t, then some sort of a barrier that forestalls droplets from going into the air is best than nothing. A pleasant tight woven masks that’s snug to put on gives some good safety.   
  • Fisheries and seasonal journey will probably be winding down, however indoor actions, like the colleges, are ramping up. We simply need to stress to oldsters to observe yourselves and your households for any signal of an infection. The hallmarks of COVID are fever, cough, and shortness of breath, however different signs that shouldn’t be ignored are sore throat and congestion, eye ache, lack of style or scent, rash, aches. We need to display screen folks for these issues as a lot as we will. The primary factor is, in case you determine a symptom in your self or your little one, please keep residence and notify your employer and the college that you just aren’t in a position to attend, and after Eight o’clock within the morning name the COVID Hotline, the place if want be you may be referred to a doctor and testing. Please name the Hotline when you have issues about signs: 772-5788.

Erica Kludt-Painter with the Petersburg Faculty District

  • We’ve been getting numerous suggestions from dad and mom and folks locally. We all know that the conversations are troublesome and there may be numerous frustration from everybody, however we worth folks reaching out and sharing their issues.
  • We’re persevering with to maneuver ahead with protocols and considering via what it’d seem like when youngsters come via the door on August 31st
  • Planning on doing a sluggish begin, half the youngsters coming in at a time, after which reevaluating that a number of weeks into the college 12 months. If all continues to be going properly and we will keep within the Inexperienced zone, we’re trying ahead to returning to a full attendance mannequin.
  • These first few weeks will give us an opportunity to work via the procedures and protocols and get everybody used to being again within the constructing once more. There will probably be some nervousness for folks and children, however there’s numerous pleasure, too. 
  • We’re transferring ahead with getting registration paperwork out to folks, and digital orientations, and laptop computer schedules and gadget handouts.
  • What occurs when a child presents or experiences signs whereas in school? We now have some procedures for that and a few nurse workplace areas in all three buildings. There are challenges and variations in working with a six 12 months outdated versus a 16 12 months outdated. What we’ve been doing this summer time with summer time college, largely with the youthful youngsters, is ask dad and mom to do the signs screening for his or her youngsters at residence, signing off utilizing a screening instrument. We have to comply with a symptom-free protocol for all college students and all employees. That’s labored out properly. Although we all know it’s exhausting and can trigger some disruption. Sadly, we’re going to should be fairly strict this 12 months. When you’ve got a fever or signs, for instance sufficient to take an Advil or Tylenol, that you must keep residence, and that goes for adults too. The more healthy our children are, the more healthy our academics are, the longer we will proceed to be onsite. We’d talk with the household a couple of pupil’s signs, they usually’d undergo the method of contacting the COVID hotline to comply with up with signs. We’re trying ahead to partnering with the medical middle, doubtlessly offering some nursing assist. We might be able to have somebody come up from the hospital and supply a few of this additional screening.
  • Academics are approaching Tuesday. We’re trying ahead to in-service and coaching, after which trying ahead to seeing our children onsite in a few weeks.

Liz Cabrera of the PEDC

  • No deal out of Congress for stimulus bundle. Sounds just like the prevailing view is that nothing will probably be occurring out of Congress till no less than September. 
  • Governor Dunleavy did authorize the State Dept. of Labor to start the FEMA utility and to make the most of State Unemployment Insurance coverage funds to extend state unemployment advantages by round $300. So hopefully that will probably be forthcoming.  
  • Final week’s on-line workshop on the way to apply for AK CARES for companies affected by COVID was recorded and is obtainable for viewing from the Southeast Convention or the Borough’s web site. 
  • In case you are within the just lately expanded classes of companies that at the moment are eligible for these funds, and also you had utilized previous to August sixth for AK CARES funds, you would possibly get routinely denied, so you will want to return in and apply once more.   
  • Additionally, please word, these on-line purposes can’t be saved as you go. So be able to make it throughout the web utility course of. Have all of your documentation out there in entrance of you, scanned, or able to scan while you’re doing this utility. It may take a short while and also you don’t need it to day trip and pressure you to start out another time.
  • There’s a guidelines of all of the documentation you will want. Look that over and have the paperwork prepared once you begin your AK CARES utility course of. 
  • The Borough and PEDC is trying into how Borough CARES funds might be put towards native companies that want assist, growing tips, and many others. 

Highlights of the COVID-19 present for Friday, August 7, 2020:

Karl Hagerman, Petersburg Borough Incident Commander

  • What’s the newest? We’re within the midst of getting on top of things on the adjustments on the state’s new journey mandate. Takes impact this Tuesday, August 11. First, they’re transferring away from paper types, so all info will probably be uploaded via the State of Alaska portal, via an app that’s not rolled out but. Will share the web site and app when it’s reside. They’re working to make it occur earlier than Tuesday. Greatest change is for non-resident vacationers: should have proof of detrimental take a look at 72 hours previous to arrival. Have to add proof of take a look at and outcomes to portal. After they arrive, screeners will examine take a look at, if optimistic, then they should quarantine for 14 days.
  • Can folks get on the aircraft, with no take a look at? Sure. Alaska Airways is offering info, however they’re not screening. 
  • If non-residents arrive in Alaska with out getting examined, you’ll be required to take a take a look at on the airport, and pay for value – $250 to state via the portal – no cash collected in Petersburg
  • Must quarantine whereas ready for outcomes for any take a look at, previous to flying or on arrival. Turnaround time shouldn’t be nice, so folks could also be ready for outcomes on arrival and should quarantine. The state is emphasizing, for out of state arrivals, till you get a second detrimental take a look at you need to apply strict social distancing.  
  • Alaskans returning to the state? For residents, can take a look at 72 hours previous to arrival, or take a free take a look at upon arrival. Or can select a 14-day quarantine. Even if you’re a resident, you need to quarantine ‘til you have got first end result, and second end result, should apply strict social distancing. Should confirm residency – ID, drivers license, tribal ID, or well being employee transferring to Alaska, want letter from employer to get a free take a look at
  • 2 instances that left the realm have recovered? Sure they’re. On the state knowledge hub? No, haven’t seen it. I feel the contact tracers are swamped, and it’s complicated. We all know that it was low threat, so no less than we now have that.
  • Publish workplace protocols? Sure, blissful to listen to that strains are exterior. Something we will do to assist social distance, to scale back threat is sweet. Some folks had been recommending borough ship staff to assist direct folks, and that’s not doable in a federal facility. 
  • The rest? There will probably be a group assembly on the everlasting emergency ordinance, will probably be a very good dialogue, and hopefully can make clear want and objective. September 10 at 4pm.
  • Neighborhood covid plan replace? In improvement, developing with metrics to set off motion between threat ranges, a variety of work, coming collectively. Will likely be shared for public remark. Hopefully helpful to make use of and information us, enterprise smart and company smart to regulate any improve in instances.

Petersburg Medical Heart: Matt Pawuk, Phil Hofstetter and Liz Bacom

  • Total 2,485 exams carried out whole – consists of all repeat exams, non-residents
  • 965 exams carried out on residents, for total pandemic
  • 1,429 whole people examined (residents and non-residents)
  • In final 30 days, 17% of inhabitants examined (residents solely)
  • In final 2 weeks, 11% of our inhabitants examined (residents solely)
  • Crucial statistic is the variety of positives
  • 0.49% optimistic charge for your complete pandemic
  • What’s the importance of the info on proportion of inhabitants examined? 
  • Liz Bacom: It’s in regards to the % optimistic – whether it is higher than 5% of whole – doubtless not testing sufficient folks, there are most likely extra instances on the market. P.c examined doesn’t present details about threat within the inhabitants
  • State hub has been up to date, there’s nice knowledge there by area, group, and many others. reveals exams in final 7 or 14 days. 
  • 291 exams pending 
  • Turnaround time is getting higher. We’re doing fairly a little bit of testing every week. quantity of exams every day, fisheries exams coming again fairly rapidly. Ought to see higher turnaround time
  • Is PMC doing something to beef up provides for testing with college opening? (Liz): We’re doing properly with provides for symptomatic testing. Asymptomatic testing, can’t deliver that in-house, these must be despatched out
  • Ketchikan has ordered a excessive quantity fast testing machine, might that assist right here? I feel its nice, however don’t have the quantity that we want. If they’ll solely do 300 a day, it’s an overreach to assist us. We’re on the record for future conversations, however for now we’re going to maintain going with the state and labs use now
  • PMC requesting CARES Act funding? PMC CEO Phil Hofstetter – Sure, we’ve additionally utilized for grants. If we acquired these grants, we received’t want these borough funds
  • We’ve requested $1,004,638.50 from the borough, for: payroll, staffing for COVID hotline, a fifth doctor, we’ve employed 2 healthcare suppliers, provides, telehealth carts to extend entry, train gear for long run care employees, residence monitoring items, contract with airport testing
  • fifth doctor employed, is {that a} first for PMC? Sure, it hasn’t occurred no less than in current reminiscence. Non permanent or everlasting? Proper now it’s everlasting. The pandemic shouldn’t be going away anytime quickly, so we now have a 12 months contract and can reassess after that.
  • Entry to care is down, it takes loads longer to schedule sufferers, carve time, be certain that ready room is empty, cowl respiratory unit (testing website) in car parking zone
  • Are you able to fill all the roles you want? We’re lucky. We simply employed a lab supervisor, we’re rising the house well being division, we’re lucky to have these alternatives out there for Petersburg
  • The rest? this pandemic in the long run. We’ve been engaged on getting as much as surge capability and testing, and now long run healthcare
  • What colour standing are we in? Yellow standing, as a result of improve in instances within the state 

Erica Kludt-Painter, Superintendent

  • Lengthy, necessary assembly final evening – large takeaways? Good participation from dad and mom and group members, good questions and suggestions. At all times appreciated. Good dialog with the board, wrapping our minds round scheduling, impacts on pupil, employees and households – dialogue on group total. We understand college performs an enormous function in households’ lives. It’s a difficult time. We respect the borough granting the CARES Act funding for the college this week, provides, gear, know-how, to maneuver via this time. Hopefully on-site studying, and put together for what might occur, so might be distant
  • Board ultimate vote on Tuesday evening? Sure. Questions on the highschool schedule, so we’ll proceed discussing it on Tuesday. I don’t see the rules altering an excessive amount of from now to then. We’re beginning within the yellow zone, though we’re in a inexperienced zone, we’re approaching with warning, work “via the bugs” and take time with youngsters. Lots of factors made on stress, nervousness, psychological well being, issues about isolation, so we’re going to have interaction intentionally with college students. It’s been an extended 6-7 months, so beginning slowly, begin with smaller teams. It’s exhausting
  • Joe – It’s a group situation, employers have to contemplate as properly. Symptom free campus means youngsters despatched residence, dad and mom should plan for that. (Erica)Sure, we’re not a hospital, youngsters come to highschool with sniffles on a regular basis, six 12 months olds answering about signs, we now have a plan however understand will probably be completely different in actuality. We’re speaking in regards to the logistics, and I’m unhappy about that. We’re not spending as a lot time on instruction and studying. Symptom free steering will probably be difficult, that’s another excuse for beginning sluggish.
  • Return to highschool August 31st for college kids
  • Hiring nurses or medical employees to assist? Positions posted now: custodians, paraprofessionals, Three trainer jobs posted. We’ve been speaking with PMC to entry nursing providers, for signs or take questions. We don’t need to overreact or underreact (with signs). 

Liz Cabrera – Petersburg Financial Growth Council

  • Replace? The State has expanded eligibility for Alaska Cares – google AK Cares. If a enterprise has acquired $5k or much less of PPP, can apply. In case you acquired extra, and need to return some, to succeed in $5k, you may. Nonprofits are eligible too. Additionally restricted entry allow holders, 2019 and 2020. Software interval is open – akcaresonline.gov. Hyperlinks are on the Borough web site
  • Workshop on the way to apply will probably be on the web site as properly
  • PPP deadline to use is Aug 8, so right this moment is the deadline via your financial institution
  • Nonetheless ready on Congress to resolve on PPP program – no deal reached but
  • Alaska Coronavirus Reduction Fund – apps due Aug 26
  • Regionally, folks in want of hire or meals help, contact the Salvation Military. Contact will probably be on Borough web site. Information on KFSK web site too
  • Be aware PIA has utility subsidy program too
  • For these receiving Alaska rental housing help applications – they’re providing hire reduction. Hyperlink to be posted on web site. 

The rest?

  • Karl: Petersburg is doing nice, retaining case numbers low. Be vigilant, social distance, masks, wash fingers. It’s paying off. Open doesn’t imply over
  • Erica: Individuals marvel why we will’t open up, it’s necessary we proceed to have low instances, hold going, respect everybody’s work and endurance. 

Highlights on the COVID-19 present for Friday, July 31:

Karl Hagerman, Petersburg Borough incident commander

  • Adjustments for journey mandate for guests to Alaska and affect for Petersburg? We all know what the Governor introduced, however have little info on what meaning for small communities and for Petersburg. HHS is meant to situation tips subsequent week. We all know: beginning Aug 11, non-resident vacationers should have a detrimental take a look at. No choice to quarantine. Which limits choices. Should show detrimental, earlier than getting on the aircraft. Lots of questions on enforcement, who’s checking exams, a variety of questions and never a variety of solutions
  • For Alaska residents, there will probably be testing out there. We don’t know what that appears like for Petersburg, might look the identical, or change to testing on the Medical Heart. Will hold folks up to date
  • Make clear: not an choice to do a two-week quarantine, with out take a look at? No, they have to current a detrimental take a look at, earlier than arriving within the state
  • Current detrimental take a look at earlier than flying or current on arrival? We don’t know, however we assume they’ll’t get on the aircraft with out detrimental outcomes
  • No new optimistic instances just lately, appropriate? Sure, however testing is lagging, state labs are backlogged. State dashboard is lagging – final 2 instances of vacationers who got here via Petersburg and left, haven’t but been posted on the state dashboard – so word, they are going to be posted quickly. However not new instances, none since then. 
  • Any replace on the Borough Meeting assembly Monday re emergency ordinance? Meeting will have a look at proposals for the format and date for a group discussion board on that. 
  • Many individuals are nonetheless writing in with feedback on the emergency ordinance, together with a masks mandate – is the Meeting contemplating it? No, not on the agenda at the moment. I’ve seen these letters too, we’ll see if Meeting-members need to take that up. I’m nonetheless engaged on an emergency plan. Gradual course of, taking time to land on finest strategy
  • Aquatic Heart has re-opened, another services to be re-opened? Spotlight is the aquatic middle, Parks and Rec employees are engaged on a plan to open the gymnasium as properly. Working with the college on that plan, to have the most effective strategy for each entities to function. Coming quickly. 

Erica Kludt-Painter, Superintendent

  • Tonight the Faculty Board may have a piece session on State tips? Sure, Board assembly subsequent week to take motion on plans and tips. It’s a difficult course of to work with Dept of Schooling, HHS tips, work out tips, it’s been a curler coaster course of this summer time. Tuesday we obtained one other replace on steering, after submitted proposal to Borough on re-opening plan with funding request. Nevertheless, new steering requires trying once more on the plan. Low numbers in group is nice, however a variety of crimson tape coming at us. So will probably be a slower begin than hoped. Logistics inside tips is difficult, particularly having a strict, symptom free protocol for everyone. To attempt to forestall any signs, testing, total class having to quarantine. Difficult to coordinate small class sizes, employees, who’s within the constructing. It’s organizing the largest social gathering since March. 
  • We do suppose we’ll have an inexpensive schedule to start out. But when our numbers keep low, we will open faster
  • When’s the primary day of college? To be determined subsequent week. Probably finish of August. Academics come again Aug 18, want them to get accustomed to the protocols, and instructing beneath these tips, platforms and distance supply. Highschool is simpler, Okay-5 is tougher to show on-line. So academics may have skilled improvement and coaching, together with on know-how, occurring first, then college will begin.
  • Significance of CARES funding from the Borough? Essential. We now have to organize for all the things. If we had been simply distant, extra of a tech want. However we’re making ready for each – in-person and distant studying – so academics and children will probably be out and in of college, so we now have to have a very good system in place from Day 1. So households and children know what’s occurring, so shifting to residence to quarantine is deliberate for and folks know what to anticipate. Having each in-person and distant techniques in place is costlier, plus we want extra folks. So we now have a variety of desires and objectives, it’s a shifting panorama.
  • Work session tonight will probably be recorded and posted later. KFSK will cowl too. 
  • For folks with youngsters returning to Alaska, want detrimental take a look at outcomes earlier than coming again to highschool? Sure, academics and college students all will probably be beneath the identical protocols. Will need to have a detrimental take a look at inside 72 hrs of arriving, or quarantine for 14 days. 
  • Signs heading into flu season – what if a pupil will get some sort of symptom, what occurs? It’s difficult. The record of signs for covid may be generally discovered, so sure if youngsters have signs they’ve to remain residence. Will probably be difficult for youthful youngsters, should assist one another, with dad and mom having to work too. Bigger group dialog, with employers too. We would like as a lot time at school, however logistically difficult

Liz Bacom

  • 2123 exams – 29% of inhabitants
  • 2 energetic instances – these had been guests, not residents, already left city and already introduced by borough
  • 259 exams pending 
  • Engaged on turnaround time 
  • New state testing necessities? Enhance testing wait instances? I don’t know, as a result of we now have a nationwide improve in instances nationwide and in state, so the backlog isn’t just from asymptomatic testing
  • Numbers pointing to age group 20-35 – contributing to native transmission
  • Testing of native residents at seafood processing crops? Going properly, utilizing a unique lab for them, making an attempt to check all symptomatic exams in our lab, can try this. 15 or so instances a day, hoping it wont go up
  • The rest? Keep residence in case you’re not feeling properly. Name the hotline. Even gentle signs, get examined simply in case. Testing is simple, painless, you swab your self. We need to hold it out of our city, so testing is how we do it

Karl Hagerman moreover:

  • Publish workplace understaffing scenario, concern with wait instances and backlog: EOC will probably be popping out with options and suggestions for everyone
  • First suggestion: the put up workplace is open 24/7 – go gather mail usually, so packing containers are clear for workers 
  • Suggestion on the lengthy line with restricted hours: stake line exterior, so individuals are not inside, greater COVID threat. 
  • Please put on face coverings, social distance as finest as doable. Essential as Alaska case depend spikes
  • Extra we do now, with no instances, the higher we’ll do, with the behaviors we all know and apply
  • Very impressed with PO employees’s work, have to be affected person and type throughout this time

Highlights on the COVID-19 present for Friday, July 24:

Karl Hagerman, Petersburg Borough Emergency Operations Heart Incident Commander

  • 2 newest instances, already lengthy gone. They arrived on Jul 20, and obtained on a ship and left city, and phone tracing is ongoing
  • These take a look at outcomes got here again in Three days. Medical Heart has been engaged on turnaround instances loads.
  • Who’s the constitution firm that transported them? We heard in regards to the sport lodge and seafood firm once they had visitors/employees take a look at optimistic, why not this constitution firm? I’m not keen to share that info. We had good communication with Lodge and Seafood corporations, they usually gave permission. We now have not been in a position to have contact with this constitution boat, and so haven’t obtained permission (to determine them)
  • Constitution boat from exterior of city? Sure. 
  • Coming again? Don’t know their itinerary
  • Touch upon rising case numbers throughout the state? Fairly regarding. Our case depend is low, fortunately it’s a very good place to be. Alaska shouldn’t be faring properly. Lots of speak of asymptomatic instances. As these instances rise, it will increase the likelihood that susceptible individuals catch it. We don’t know all the things in regards to the virus. The extra instances, the upper threat of extreme affect, deaths. 
  • Hospitalizations go up, demise happens. We’re seeing that in different states and nations. Have to reverse this development
  • Listener query: With numbers rising, extra native jurisdictions and companies placing masking necessities in place – is there going to be a mandate? Looks like the prudent factor to do, so companies don’t have to shut. 
  • Reply: It’s a legitimate medical reply to mitigating the unfold and is a simple means that companies keep open, and we’re all protected. Nevertheless, the reply shouldn’t be straightforward. The political nature of masks has change into a bigger situation than the medical half. If we had been continuing on a medical foundation all alongside, masking would have been put in place way back. However we reside in a democracy, and we’re listening to loud voices that don’t see the necessity, don’t need to do it. I’m in favor of a face protecting, however the final determination is by the Meeting. And I don’t imagine there’s will on that stage.”
  • Face protecting alert throughout Alaska – advisable proper now, plus social distancing. 
  • Engaged on an total group protecting plan, with suggestions for mitigation. We’re doing properly now, however as we noticed in Seward this week, it will probably activate a dime. 96 folks in a seafood processing plant are contaminated, in a brief period of time. That would occur right here.
  • Replace on emergency ordinance? What’s your authority to reply to an emergency? Sure, we now have a particular Meeting assembly right this moment at 4pm to debate a short lived emergency ordinance. Borough has been working on similar phrases since March, now being scrutinized. Renewed on Could 18, expired July 17, so short-term ordinance can be 60 days. The everlasting ordinance postponed on Monday evening can be codified, however solely utilized in occasion of an emergency declaration. Pandemic is ongoing, it will proceed. Meeting mentioned whether or not to maintain short-term ordinance, lawyer recommends short-term ordinance handed. Previous metropolis ordinance does enable the borough supervisor to function, tied to an outdated emergency plan, which is old-fashioned. Must be up to date.
  • Lawyer targeted on any violations of outdated metropolis code is a misdemeanor, should prosecute in court docket, which hasn’t been profitable. We’re not arrange for it. New ordinance, violation and a high quality, simpler to implement. 
  • Most controversial points: orders imposed by authorities throughout emergency. I hoped a few of these measures can be amended, to appease public concern. Added language from Meeting would possibly assist fairly a bit
  • Emergency ordinance is necessary a part of the code, can amend to be much less contentious.
  • Authority over companies, group gatherings? Neighborhood plan would tackle that, no plan to enact mandate with out approval of Meeting. State mandates closed companies, faculties, restricted journey, Borough needed to implement them. These didn’t originate right here; they got here from the Governor’s workplace. We don’t know what will probably be wanted, however the group plan will present some steering. Not mandates that trigger bother (to companies).
  • With small changes like masks and social distancing, we will hold companies open, reside via this. 
  • If folks comply with well being tips, hopefully reside via this

Liz Bacom with the Petersburg Medical Heart

  • 1817 exams – 26% of inhabitants
  • 2 energetic, however not on the town
  • 286 pending 
  • Getting higher, nonetheless excessive quantity pending – from Airport, from cannery employees, asymptomatic testing 
  • Added one other lab, so hopefully enchancment in turnaround time 
  • Lengthy strains at Publish Workplace with shortened hours, any suggestions? Get your mail at any time. Use app referred to as Inform, to see when your bundle is there
  • Masking helps companies by retaining consumers protected.
  • In case you are contacted by a State contact tracer that you’ll have been uncovered (Be aware: attributable to HIPAA restrictions they won’t say who), name the COVID hotline, to get info and get examined if wanted.

Erica Kludt-Painter Superintendent of Petersburg Faculty District

  • Met with medical employees and persevering with to work on protocols, steering, make all of it work.  
  • We’re heading in the right direction: new tips for screening
  • New survey out – open and asking for responses
  • Going via responses, majority needs to assist as a lot in-person college as doable
  • Every thing the group does to maintain threat low, college can have extra flexibility and choices for in-person college
  • Working via schedules, with decrease numbers of scholars collectively, low threat – fewer college students or extra employees and extra space – each choices. For instance, various days for courses, 
  • Placing in a request to Meeting for CARES Act cash 
  • Extra individuals are wanted to show smaller teams, additionally on-line. We now have the know-how infrastructure to have households/college students study remotely.
  • We would like as a lot in-person instruction as doable, however issues might change (i.e. outbreak like Seward) and we now have to be ready to change to distant studying. 
  • Hoping to get some doable schedules out within the subsequent week, have a Board assembly subsequent week for suggestions, so folks could make some selections, get issues staffed, transfer ahead

Liz Cabrera – Petersburg Financial Growth Council

  • Alaska CARES Program – Small enterprise grants program assembly on Aug. 7 at 12 midday – Zoom assembly – to handle questions and assist for making use of for funds  – posted on the Borough web site
  • Alaska Bar Affiliation – Launched a free hotline for authorized points – Mon, Wed, Friday – 6-8pm non-criminal, authorized questions  – 844 263-2849 (on Borough web site)
  • Federal Compensation of $600 is expiring this week, July 25
  • Mortgage reduction and safety: varied applications to help, on useful resource web page
  • Congress is engaged on the subsequent coronavirus reduction invoice – nonetheless negotiating, a variety of points round unemployment funds, PPP loans, testing, funding for faculties and childcare. Seems a discount of payroll tax won’t be a part of it
  • Anticipate to see one thing in writing subsequent week from Senate Republicans, fairly contentious, so will take awhile
  • Aug Eight deadline for processing PPP loans, except Congress acts
  • There was that change for business fishing to incorporate payroll in mortgage quantity
  • Alaska CARES program runs til November, nonetheless has fairly a little bit of funding

Highlights on the COVID-19 present for Friday, July 17:

From the borough’s incident commander Karl Hagerman:

There are not any energetic instances locally! – a milestone. The instances beforehand introduced for this group these are recovered.

The state has a lag time for saying instances, a day or so behind Petersburg’s announcement. However the state does hyperlink to Petersburg’s announcement, serving to determine it as the identical case.

The borough is discussing subsequent steps, new paperwork submitted by Petersburg Medical Heart on extra protecting measures in group and a plan for rising advisable measures if instances improve. They’re discussing choices round a mandate vs tips – leaning towards suggestions for masks, restricted variety of folks at gatherings, and many others. Hagerman says he is aware of individuals are bored with mandates, conscious of pushback locally. One word, the inexperienced, yellow, orange and crimson system in place on the medical middle is just for the medical middle however the borough could look into an analogous system for the group as a complete.

Petersburg Medical Heart’s director of nursing Jennifer Bryner:

The medical middle has 1619 exams accomplished, that’s 25.1% of the inhabitants examined. There are Zero energetic instances and 310 exams pending.

Turnaround time can actually differ, from a day or two as much as 2 weeks. She says there’s no rhyme or purpose to that, the exams are being despatched to the identical lab and generally coming again faster than others. They’re various labs and different choices to enhance turnaround time. It’s a nationwide situation, large backlog

The medical middle can solely do two fast exams at a time. It takes an hour to run they usually don’t have employees don’t have employees to do greater than 16 exams per day. So can’t do everybody as a fast take a look at. They’re prioritizing these for people who find themselves symptomatic, in an emergency or hospitalized.

The proceed to search for testing provides, analyzing stock, doing properly proper now however its a steadiness to have provides in the long term.

The medical middle is at present in yellow standing for its colour system. It was crimson over the Fourth of July weekend with a rise in instances regionally and plenty of exams pending. They added a fourth colour orange to their system and had been at that stage till final Wednesday. It would take a downtown in instances elsewhere in Alaska to get the medical middle again to inexperienced gentle standing.

Faculty superintendent Erica Kludt Painter:

The varsity survey continues and she or he appreciates folks collaborating. The district had one other assembly of the stakeholder group final evening – dad and mom and group members are giving suggestions and questions on college reopening.

Kludt-Painter says they’re developing with contingency plans and understand what appears good on paper could not play out in actual life.  She asks households to hold in and her purpose is consistency. It’s simpler to loosen plans, than begin up college and have to change to distance solely just like the spring. The subsequent spherical of tips ought to be printed in every week or so and distributed to households for suggestions

The Petersburg Financial Growth Council’s Liz Cabrera:

The Small Enterprise Administration’s Financial Harm Catastrophe grant and mortgage program – all emergency money has been distributed, however folks can nonetheless apply for the mortgage program.

The Alaska CARES program – companies can apply who haven’t acquired CARES funding from different sources. They’re ready for brand new tips.

Companies searching for brief time period money – payroll taxes may be deferred till 2021. Enterprise ought to doc all prices, bills, staffing, and many others to use for brand new applications coming on-line. The most recent unemployment numbers from the Alaska Division of Labor present 13.4% unemployment in Petersburg in June. That’s down from 15.4% in June though that drop is skewed by a rise in total workforce numbers.  The area has 13.1% and Alaska 12.3% unemployment for June.

Highlights from the 50th COVID-19 present on KFSK, Friday, July 10, 2020:

The borough’s incident commander Karl Hagerman wished to make clear some confusion on the variety of optimistic instances for Petersburg. The most recent is a Petersburg resident in Washington state. That particular person shouldn’t be in Petersburg however is counted for this group and won’t return right here till recovered.

In whole there are 6 resident instances and three non-resident instances. Of that there are two energetic resident instances and two non-resident energetic instances.

The borough meeting will meet Wednesday, July 15 at midday for its first common assembly of the month. To remark name in throughout the assembly at 800-954-0633 or electronic mail [email protected] That assembly will embody the second studying and public listening to for a everlasting ordinance on the borough’s emergency powers and duties. There’s additionally a vote on CARES Act funding for asymptomatic testing for the resident workforce in seafood processing. There must also be a dialogue on a plan for responding to a future outbreak.

  • Have they began asymptomatic testing but? Sure, they’ve – first spherical of testing has occurred, however they want meeting approval to proceed the testing program
  • Is different CARES Act funding that the borough has acquired going towards native companies – are different corporations eligible or ? Like paying for masks in native companies? Sure, we’re a program to supply PPE masks and gloves to companies. Provide chains are powerful (restricted). They’re trying right into a program to try this, assist native companies and dealing to get masks from federal authorities, however don’t know when that will probably be.
  • Different alternatives? Liz Cabrera can speak about help applications, just like the childcare program rolled out funded by the CARES Act. Regardless that Petersburg’s CARES cash is massive – $3.9 million – however not limitless, so contemplating many tasks to make that cash go the furthest. Wish to be strategic. Plan shouldn’t be flushed out but.
  • Some committee or EOC making that call? EOC command staff trying on the allocation of that $3.9 million.
  • Is the borough’s non-congregate sheltering program getting used? No, no first responders or healthcare employees utilizing that program. Some homeless folks in April, none just lately. Probably due to the short take a look at turnaround we had been seeing. This system continues to be in place, if wanted.
  • Is it an choice for employee or enterprise patron use that program? Like sport fishing lodge visitor? No, as a result of this program is funded by FEMA. Guests usually are not eligible, they should quarantine at their very own expense. Individuals ought to take into consideration that earlier than visiting Alaska
  • As for the cruise ship season, American Cruise Strains introduced it could not be crusing in Alaska this summer time, are any cruise ships stopping? One remaining firm – Lindblad needs to cease in Petersburg in late August, with presumably 9 port calls. That would change. They may cancel. Their plan was to cease just for provides, gas and water, not planning to disembark passengers

Public Well being Nurse Erin Michael:

  • A query from a listener, listening to from Dr. Anne Zink that Alaska contact tracers are overwhelmed, is that affecting Southeast Alaska instances? Are native instances in a position to be traced as totally as earlier than? Can the Medical Heart take over that tracing? Sure, uptick is affecting everybody. However the state is transferring towards a centralized mannequin and bringing new contract tracers onboard on a regular basis. However they’ve needed to regulate how typically they’re reaching out to folks – folks in quarantine with out signs usually are not referred to as once more.
  • Is the state doing contact tracing for all Alaska residents and Alaskans exterior of the state, in Washington state for example? – Sure, that interview will nonetheless occur. In case you’re out of state, your contacts are out of state, then these state contract tracers will take over
  • With the variety of instances going up throughout the US, it’s so necessary to recollect to take measures to guard your self and others – social distancing, put on a masks, keep residence when sick. They’re seeing extra people who find themselves asymptomatic spreading the virus. Simply assume you’re infectious, take precautions.

Petersburg Medical Heart

  • Matt Pawuk experiences whole testing numbers: 1,399 whole accomplished, 342 excellent, 23.7% of native inhabitants examined 
  • 758 locals examined
  • 243 non-locals 
  • 280 people have been examined a number of instances
  • Is there a giant improve in folks looking for exams? Sure as a result of asymptomatic testing has elevated
  • There is a rise in turnaround time – labs are struggling to maintain up with quantity 
  • Hows the screening on the airport going? Going properly. Typically folks blissful we’re there, study in regards to the course of. Non-invasive, straight ahead course of
  • For Petersburg Medical Heart CEO Phil Hofstetter: would you prefer to see an outbreak plan? Sure, we’ve talked about this a number of months in the past, and the thought was to have a plan of flexibility. If issues are trending down, much less restrictions. If there’s an uptick, then act accordingly. A plan permits us to have in-built flexibility. The uptick in instances proper now, is regarding. 
  • Pending exams, guests, new optimistic instances – all regarding
  • Are testing turnaround instances enhancing? Sure, it’s a problem. Elevated volumes has slowed down business labs, state labs, contact tracing is also extra difficult.There are a variety of elements. We’re monitoring it carefully
  • Would the PMC to do contact tracing? No, they’re leaving it to the state. Want coaching, desire state do it

Petersburg Faculty District superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter:

  • What’s the replace on reopening? There’s numerous planning occurring, choices and potentialities and necessities. They’re on the mercy of ranges of instances locally. 470 college students, households and houses is difficult. Sending out a second survey to households right this moment, and assembly with the medical middle to speak via protocols, navigate well being info. Steerage from CDC, Well being and Social Providers, American Pediatrics, want to find out the way to strategy all age teams. Request endurance, and it’s not a political dialog for the college district. Is not going to interact in a political dialogue on these matters, they’re targeted on delivering schooling. Have to guard adults too, shield workforce to have college
  • New info on the virus being airborne and significance of air flow? Sure, we’re so lucky. We went via the method final fall with a model new filter system, now implementing these upgrades. Our techniques are in nice form. Water fountains in place too. Studying about dividers, making it sensible for college kids and college setting.
  • The varsity board could schedule a piece session for late July as soon as plans for reopening classroms are clearer
  • Query: If we’re testing cannery employees, can we increase that to folks (employees) at eating places and liquor shops or folks involved with vacationers? Karl Hagerman responds, sure, this system to check seafood processors was designed as its an financial driver of the city, greater threat setting. It will be price trying into that concept for employees in different companies. 

Petersburg Financial Growth Council’s Liz Cabrera:

  • President Trump signed an extension of the Payroll Safety Program – The Small Enterprise Administation is now accepting new purposes via Aug 20 (new, who haven’t utilized but)
  • The Alaska CARES program is for companies and organizations who haven’t acquired different federal assist. They’re ready to see if eligibility adjustments. She encourages folks to look it up, might need extra flexibility
  • The housing reduction program via the Alaska Housing Finance Company acquired 8000 purposes and closed final week. Some residents are close to the highest of the record. They are going to be contacted by the Salvation Military for extra info. AHFC expects to disperse funds in late July or early August.
  • The Alaska Industrial Growth and Export Authority launched a brand new mortgage program – work via native financial institution and lengthen peoples credit score to handle working capital wants. There’s a hyperlink on Borough web site
  • IRS affect funds – letters going out to individuals who’ve acquired debit playing cards, who haven’t activated it. If misplaced, they’ll change it. The borough web site has a hyperlink to picture of letter, to be careful for.
  • State of Alaska: new info for enterprise – “COVID Acutely aware” for employers on how they’re retaining their staff protected. There’s a hyperlink on the borough’s web site.
  • The borough additionally has a survey for folks late on utility payments and want to know want, to supply assist
  • The state of Alaska and the Alaska Neighborhood Basis: New non-profit reduction fund for non-profits that present important providers. Information approaching the borough’s web site 

Highlights from KFSK’s Coronavirus Present—Thursday, July 2, 2020:

Petersburg Borough Emergency Operations Heart:

*The EOC was alerted to a visitor at Rocky Level Resort who entered the group on the 29th of June and acquired a optimistic COVID-19 take a look at end result yesterday.  Contact tracing is underway. It sounds just like the get together was largely self-guided and comparatively remoted. The chance from this specific optimistic case is pretty low. The person is at present in quarantine and can stay in isolation till they take a look at detrimental.  They’re extending their keep to accommodate the necessity to get well and take a look at detrimental. This example reveals the screening system is working and is in place for a purpose. The potential unfold across the group might have been a lot worse. We commend Rocky Level Resort for submitting their plan to the state and following that plan.

* The season’s first ferry arrives very quickly.  The ferry system requires a journey declaration kind in Bellingham. Passengers must pre-test and have proof of their detrimental end result with them earlier than they get on the boat. This renders moot the necessity for a COVID-19 testing station on the Ferry Terminal in Petersburg.  Arriving ferry vacationers will be capable to get their second take a look at on the airport.

*For Monday’s Borough Meeting assembly there will probably be consideration of one other memorandum of settlement to make use of CARES funds in assist an asymptomatic testing program for the fish processor workforce who reside on the town year-round.  The transient workforce is well-tested, however the borough needs to supply some monetary assist for a testing program of the resident workforce (round 120 individuals).   The resident workforce is transferring across the group so there’s a threat of choosing up the virus locally and bringing it into the plant. The EOC is seeking to assist assist the trade via a testing program of this type.

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*Alert stage standing on the medical middle is holding at Yellow.  

*Who is ready to get a fast take a look at? Airport associated journey exams are just about all going to be despatched to a reference lab the place turnaround instances have gone up dramatically (testing instances have elevated throughout the nation as labs are having a tough time maintaining with the surge of exams and optimistic instances). For different testing, like when an individual has signs, they undergo the medical middle COVID hotline, and a doctor makes the dedication of what take a look at must be achieved. These with signs who’re examined are in a position to have their exams pushed forward within the queue as the necessity for these outcomes is extra pressing.  If individuals are unwell they need to name the hotline, 772-5788, and be evaluated.

*A caller on the final present at issues about blood oxygen ranges and respiratory CO2…are masks protected?  Medical employees have been sporting masks all day day by day for months. It isn’t a incontrovertible fact that masks drop your oxygen ranges. For almost all of people that can do regular exercise. Masking could be very protected. With the caveat that some folks mustn’t masks, together with these with a situation that creates issue respiratory, and individuals who have cognitive delays like superior dementia. In case you can’t or don’t need to put on a masks, then hold your social distance.  

*Additionally, you actually need to hold your social bubble small and manageable. It hits a group exhausting when a optimistic case exposes massive teams of individuals. Social bubbles have evaporated for a lot of people, and it’s a harmful scenario for communities when contact tracers should attempt to quarantine 40 folks or so.   That’s one thing to bear in mind going into this weekend.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*The varsity district has acquired fairly a number of follow-up calls and questions following the primary stakeholders assembly. A second survey for households is being ready.

*Some info got here out just lately from the American academy of pediatrics. The right way to apply these suggestions whereas following the well being care steering from the state and feds is a troublesome query.

*Danger to employees is a consideration. The district has employees who fall into high-risk classes, and we don’t have a really massive sub pool.  

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

*Congress has moved to increase the appliance deadline for the PPP mortgage program to August 8th. The president nonetheless has to signal that, however that ought to add a number of weeks of alternative to use for that program.   

*For his or her financial affect cost, some people will probably be receiving a pay as you go debit card reasonably than a paper examine. A priority is that this card considerably resembles a bank card supply unsolicited mail merchandise.   In case you accidently threw it away, if it was misplaced or destroyed, there’s a technique to reapply. Particulars can be found on the IRS web site. In case you are anticipating a examine, hold an in depth eye in your mail.

Highlights from KFSK’s Coronavirus Present—Friday, June 26, 2020:

Petersburg Borough Emergency Operations Heart:

*This week there are some new assets out there from the state: a toolkit for companies with indicators and supplies to tell clients and assist with social distancing practices within the companies.

*The EOC despatched out a giant data packet and letter to native lodges, mattress and breakfast, charters, inns, all the companies involved with out-of-state guests to Petersburg, to attempt to present these guests with the information they want, particularly with regard to interstate journey Mandate #10.  

*There may be one energetic case of COVID-19 in Petersburg in the intervening time. That one case continues to be remoted and quarantined, not but thought of recovered.  To date, no different optimistic take a look at outcomes have been produced via the native fish processor office testing applications.

*The interstate testing of asymptomatic vacationers arriving on the airport can also be out there for these arriving by sea. These vacationers can obtain that Mandate #10 COVID-19 take a look at on the airport (with the fee lined by the State) and also can declare their State voucher for a second take a look at.  That second take a look at can also be out there for interstate vacationers arriving by Ferry.

*All ferry vacationers driving from, or to, Bellingham are at present required, earlier than boarding the ferry, to current a detrimental take a look at end result from inside three days prior earlier than boarding.  

*Dave Berg referred to as with extra data about testing on ferries. People coming from Anchorage space, crossing the Gulf of Alaska, additionally have to get pre-boarding testing too. An inventory of testing areas for ferry vacationers in Skagit Nation, Bellingham, Whittier, and Anchorage space is obtainable on the web site Alaskaferry.com

*A caller notified the panel that right this moment Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz issued an emergency order requiring folks within the metropolis of Anchorage to put on masks in public indoor areas. The Borough skilled great pushback to the primary native masks mandate. The group has change into more and more illiberal of restrictions. Subsequently except there was extended group transmission in Petersburg, it could most likely be exhausting to get a neighborhood masking mandate reestablished in Petersburg. Native feedback a couple of masking mandate are welcomed by the Meeting forward of their subsequent scheduled assembly at midday on Monday, July 6th the place they  may even be contemplating the second studying and public listening to concerning the Emergency Ordinance.

Petersburg Public Well being Nursing:

*Alaska’s COVID-19 numbers proceed to rise and usually are not more likely to drop quickly, as a result of individuals are fatigued with the measures wanted to include the unfold of COVID19. When group transmission is going on, and vacationers are coming out and in, and the general public shouldn’t be training the essential mitigation behaviors ( together with elevated hand washing, social distancing, limiting shut contacts, and facial coverings) you will note a rise of instances. That’s what we at the moment are seeing, throughout Alaska and throughout the nation.

*Price mentioning that the CDC did formally improve their itemizing of indicators and signs of COVID19 to incorporate runny nostril, nausea, and diarrhea.

*In case you are sick please, please don’t exit locally.

Petersburg Public Well being Nursing:

*Native PMC testing numbers are 804 exams carried out, 699 detrimental, Three recovered, and 102 pending, these greater pending numbers are associated to the elevated variety of asymptomatic testing. These numbers don’t embody testing achieved exterior of PMC, such because the on-site testing achieved by fish processors.

*Turnaround time for exams have elevated currently. PMC is lucky to ship exams out to a business lab for take a look at outcomes, which had been turning round in 2-Three days. Now, these instances are going up considerably, however they’re nonetheless considerably sooner than the at present backed-up state lab.

*Testing has been scaling up. PMC has acquired extra Cepheid cartridges from the state. Medical middle staff at the moment are being examined on a daily schedule. PMC testing is ramping up for native seafood processors. And airport testing is going on, which is all placing loads strain on the PMC employees.

*Native asymptomatic testing is obtainable via the COVID Hotline. Although testing shouldn’t be at present out there on a drive-up, on-demand foundation. As testing assets are considerably being pointed at excessive threat populations together with assisted dwelling, first responders, and different native companies.

*PMC needs to emphasise that, whereas utilizing facial coverings to guard your self and your group, don’t forget about social distancing. Fabric facial coverings assist scale back droplet transmission of the virus, however they don’t seem to be excellent. Social distancing stays a vital prevention apply.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*The varsity district held its first digital stakeholder assembly final evening with a big, various group of group members. It was a dialogue of outcomes and developments that had been revealed from the info in the latest survey put forth by the colleges. The conversations had been nice. Good questions good feedback. It was useful for everybody to see the complexity that the colleges face.  We’re making an attempt to evaluate how a lot threat individuals are keen to simply accept as the college district tries to determine the way to get our applications working, figuring out schedules and mitigation plans, with the purpose being as a lot face-to-face instruction that the colleges can safely present.

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

*The Division of Treasuring and SBA introduced yesterday that they’ll enable fishing companies to account for crewmember payroll when making use of for PPP loans. Initially every crew member needed to apply individually as a 1099 employee. Now a complete crew may be counted in a single mortgage, however, there may be solely Four days left in this system. That raises the query of if that change may be utilized retroactively. That may rely on whether or not the applicant’s lender has already filed reimbursement paperwork with the Federal authorities, in that case, the mortgage can’t be modified. But when that paperwork hasn’t been filed there is a chance to switch these purposes, that’s the way it stands as of right this moment.

*Treasury has issued a deadline of October 15th for non-filers who nonetheless have to determine themselves to the IRS in an effort to obtain that financial affect cost. The non-filer instrument is obtainable on-line on the IRS web site. Additionally price noting that the IRS is sending a few of these funds out as pre-paid debit playing cards(which may be mistaken for unsolicited mail), so please examine your mail fastidiously if you’re nonetheless anticipating that cost.

Highlights from KFSK’s Coronavirus Present—Friday, June 19, 2020

From the Borough’s Emergency Operations Heart:

*Concerning the optimistic case recognized yesterday by Trident’s office testing, the particular person and their roommate in are each remoted and monitoring for no less than one other 14 days and each should take a look at detrimental for COVID19 earlier than they’ll begin work. As a part of Trident’s plan, their complete workforce is sequestered from the group all through the summer time, so even when this particular person is recovered they received’t be circulating in public.

*The U-turn on the North finish of Primary Road deserves some remark. It’s a crucial short-term change associated to the outside screening stations for employees on the processing plant. This crucial screening backs up the movement of pedestrians at that location. On the town people are very used to utilizing that u-turn, so it is a minor inconvenience to all, however disallowing the u-turn is critical to maintain that enormous workforce protected.  The u-turn will probably be re-allowed after the processing season is full.  There may be additionally a further crosswalk partway up PFI hill. The plant helps hold the group protected via their rigorous mitigation effort. This can be a small crucial change is a factor we will all do to assist hold them protected, too.

*A number of callers expressed issues about sport fishing lodges and constitution companies not upholding the requirements for screening/testing/and quarantine for his or her clients touring to city.  The EOC acknowledge receiving many questions on the lodges. To make clear, anyone coming from out-of-state into Petersburg should undergo the screening course of which incorporates the journey declaration, and testing necessities, or the quarantine. Everybody should flip in that kind to the screeners on the airport. The EOC and Medical Heart is reaching out to lodges and charters to guarantee that everybody understands the mandates actually do apply to them, too.   

*On the airport there are indicators directing folks to a greeter working to type out who’s touring from out-of-state and must be directed to the tent. That’s the place three extra screeners are able to evaluation journey declaration types, which each passenger should have, in addition to reviewing proof of detrimental testing end result. Then, these needing to obtain a take a look at are directed to the subsequent tent over the place medical middle employees are set as much as obtain a consent kind from the passenger to undergo the take a look at, after which the pattern is given to the medical middle for testing or transport. The contract with the state to supply that service was formally accepted right this moment at a particular assembly.

*A caller requested if folks arriving from in-state areas who’ve outbreak issues can undergo airport screening and have these prices lined by the state. At the moment, no, the State shouldn’t be paying for intra-state journey testing on the airport.  The medical middle added, nonetheless, that anybody who has been travelling and is anxious about having been uncovered to COVID19  can name the PMC 24-hour COVID Hotline (907) 772-5788 and prepare asymptomatic testing that means.

*A caller requested about lodges dropping of latest arrivals at shops for provides. There’s a chance that these arrivals have proven that they’re just lately examined with a detrimental end in hand. By which case, they might be clear by the present state mandate to flow into locally.  If arrivals don’t have that current detrimental take a look at end result, they should get a take a look at and quarantine till these outcomes affirm they’re detrimental. EOC would favor that the lodge homeowners make preparations for the native employees to do the purchasing for provides upfront and have the guests get the fishing license forward of time on-line, and so forth, to assist tackle that publicity concern from the group.

*A caller requested about the potential for testing wastewater for COVID19. Reportedly there was a 3 week lag time for outcomes when this was tried in Ketchikan, which prevents that from being specific efficient choice in the intervening time.  There’s a pilot program in improvement on the State of Alaska. Petersburg is on the record of communities excited by being concerned, so it might change into out there for testing Petersburg wastewater within the comparatively close to future.

From the Petersburg Medical Heart

*Newest testing numbers from the PMC lab embody 597 exams administered, 37 exams pending, and three recovered. There may be one energetic optimistic case locally, however it’s price noting that exams administered by fish processing employers usually are not included within the PMC lab’s testing numbers.

*Testing for out of state arrivals on the airport is ready up.  A reminder for individuals who get examined: quarantine is required till detrimental outcomes can be found. 

*There is no such thing as a value to passengers for the swab or lab work. That obligatory take a look at’s value is roofed by the State, and that goes for the voucher-provided second take a look at, too.

*A caller wished to share their journey expertise. They arrived yesterday from a keep in Washington, they usually noticed good enforcement of masking on board the plane. The aircraft was a bit crowded however folks had been distancing as a lot as in a position. Then coming via the airport, turning within the journey types was fairly easy.  She had hoped to get a take a look at in Seattle, however was unable to make the preparations with out having a relationship with a well being care supplier there. Total her expertise travelling into Petersburg was good, and she or he wished to enrich the entire Petersburg EOC response to the pandemic.  

* Masking is for shielding the folks round you, particularly contemplating asymptomatic unfold potential. Handwashing and never touching your face continues to be important.  Time and distance is the best doable prevention habits.  6 to 10 toes exterior with no masks is advisable, however, indoors, when extra individuals are concentrated in uncirculated air threat goes up quick.  Cleansing excessive contact surfaces is necessary

*Present hospital alert standing colour is Yellow, primarily due to native nonresident case and rising numbers within the state and round us in Southeast.

*PMC is rising employees testing, which is necessary since they spend a variety of time with probably the most susceptible populations. 

* As we all know extra in regards to the virus, we find out how a lot we don’t know. Issues could change. We now have to evolve with it and should keep sort to one another irrespective of how robust opinions is likely to be.   

The Petersburg Faculty District: 

*The survey that went out and has had a extremely good return charge. We respect the suggestions and feedback. We’re transferring ahead with the dialog and planning for a stakeholder group, together with a cross-section of group members, to evaluation these survey outcomes and listen to issues from the group concerning what the autumn will seem like on the college.   

*With robust opinions on all sides about what the colleges ought to do, it makes it fairly difficult. As at all times we ask for endurance whereas we work via it, making an attempt to do our perfect to supply a high quality educational applications for Petersburg’s youngsters, together with your assist and suggestions, inside the context of the steering of the medical authorities.

Petersburg Financial Growth Council

*AK Cares Grant program is within the progress of adjusting this system’s eligibility. They’d initially indicated no enterprise who had acquired any CARES Act funds can be eligible to use, however they’re going to change that and open eligibility for companies who’ve acquired lower than a complete of $5,000 from PPP or EIDL cash.  And in the event that they acquired different CARES act funds equivalent to unemployment funds from municipalities, they may nonetheless have eligibility. That’s a optimistic change for some companies on the town, who will now be eligible. PEDC will get that data out in regards to the new utility to make use of as quickly because it’s out there.  

*Extra excellent news, the SBA had stopped accepting purposes for his or her Financial Harm Catastrophe Mortgage; they’re now opened again as much as purposes from all various kinds of companies once more.

*And the PPP has a brand new, simpler mortgage forgiveness utility, with hyperlinks out there for that on the borough web site: https://www.ci.petersburg.ak.us/index.asp?SEC=2A5866A9-DA2B-4459-8410-D2F8F7449C89&Sort=B_LIST

*State unemployment numbers got here out right this moment.  Petersburg’s charge was 15.6% for April and 15.2% for Could.  That may be a little greater than the statewide charge of 12.6% statewide and the regional common of 13%. We hope to see a marked discount in these charges for June. This winter unemployment numbers had been round 9%, which was on the upper finish for Petersburg. For Could in 2019 unemployment was at 8.1% in Petersburg.

*Upcoming deadlines for purposes: Housing help program deadline is coming quickly: subsequent Friday, June 26. There may be nonetheless funding within the PPP program; the appliance window is open till June 30th. And the borough nonprofit stabilization program is open for purposes till June 26.

* These applications are altering, increasing and contracting quickly. The Borough web site is the best technique to keep as present as doable about these adjustments to applications for companies.

 *A caller added extra info for nonprofits in Petersburg.  In case your group is volunteer led, which means no employees, and also you meet the opposite AK Cares parameters, you DO high quality to use for AK Cares grant funds now. This can be a change, so nonprofits are urged to take a look at AK Cares and be sure you perceive what is obtainable there.

Highlights from KFSK’s Coronavirus Present—Friday, June 12, 2020:

Petersburg Borough Emergency Operations Heart:

*The EOC was in a position to meet the aircraft final Saturday and efficiently present for the interstate greeting/screening process to satisfy the calls for of the State’s interstate journey mandate #10. The preliminary course of was arrange on very brief discover, and, since then, the pool of staff providing these screenings to incoming passengers has crammed out extra. There may be somebody greeting arriving passengers as they arrive via the terminal’s outside gate. These touring inside the state can bypass the screening tent.

*There may be not but testing out there on the airport. Arrivals from out of state or out of nation fill out their journey declaration kind, and current a detrimental take a look at from inside three days of boarding their flight, then obtain a voucher for a second take a look at to be taken inside 7 to 14 days of arriving. Those that have arrived with take a look at outcomes are urged to attenuate interplay locally till their second take a look at produces Detrimental outcomes. Those that don’t have a take a look at available are required to quarantine till their native detrimental outcomes come again. If they’ll’t do a take a look at regionally, arrivals should quarantine for 14 days. Those that are arriving as a part of a vital infrastructure workforce plan already filed with the state are merely required to comply with the accepted protecting plan their corporations have already laid out.

* To date the interactions have been good. The overwhelming majority of individuals perceive what the mandate says and what it means. At the very least on the airport they’re following via with the screening questions and the journey declarations. We received’t know if vacationers are abiding by the required quarantine. The governor is putting a variety of religion in Alaskans and our guests to go by the consideration system, and we’ll simply learn how that works over time.

*Concerning the borough opening up extra regionally and closures associated to doable COVID-19 exposures. We’ve developed a coverage that claims if we now have a priority a couple of potential an infection or publicity we’ll briefly shut down. We’re working with the medical middle to develop insurance policies which may confidently shield the protection of staff and the general public whereas persevering with to supply providers with out interruptions.  

*The EOC is hoping to buy two cellular restroom trailers to enhance handwashing and sanitation availability on the town. These trailers would doubtless be stationed within the municipal car parking zone and on the crane dock car parking zone. The trailers would stay helpful for Petersburg lengthy after COVID19. EOC is looking for approval from the Meeting for the acquisition of these trailers. Nancy Berg referred to as in to recommend that looking auctions for a pre-owned restroom trailer might avoid wasting expense. Although it’s understood that almost each municipality is at present making an attempt to get ahold of trailers equivalent to these, so choices are restricted they usually’re could also be a wait.

*The emergency ordinance which established the EOC is ready to run out on the finish of subsequent month. The Meeting will contemplate adopting the ordinance as everlasting, which might imply that in a regionally declared emergency, equivalent to massive scale pure catastrophe, there can be a construction in place to reply rapidly in an organized style. Any emergency powers granted by the ordinance would solely be in impact throughout a particularly declared native emergency.

*A caller requested when the group pool will reopen. There may be an anticipated reopen date of August 15th. Staffing for Parks and Rec, particularly together with lifeguards for the pool, is likely one of the present roadblocks to opening Parks and Rec services.     

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

* There’s a brand new state program out, Alaska Housing Reduction via the AHFC, which gives as much as $1,200 in hire or mortgage reduction for Alaskans financially impacted by COVID-19. Purposes are being accepted from June 15 via 26th. Somewhat than merely first come, first served, there’ll choice by lottery from the purposes, adopted by a evaluation to substantiate qualification. To search out out extra go to https://www.alaskahousingrelief.org/ or name 833-440-0420

*Software window closes on June 26th for Petersburg’s assist program for nonprofits and childcare suppliers. This web page accommodates extra data for that program: https://www.ci.petersburg.ak.us/index.asp?SEC=E9DE86B9-9157-4F1E-9E27-12757B656891&Sort=B_BASIC

*There are some adjustments to the PPP supposed to extend flexibility; that’s per current motion by the US Congress and the President. Companies ought to look into these adjustments and examine with their lenders.

*State of Alaska CARES funding is accepting purposes at present, for individuals who haven’t acquired different CARES Act funding. These purposes are open (first come first served) till the funds are used up.

*Subsequent week the state is releasing unemployment figures for Could.

Petersburg Public Well being Nurse:

* Contact tracing is occurring throughout the state and that’s retaining native Public Well being fairly busy.

*Everyone seems to be urged to not get complacent. Please take the suggestions, even when not obligatory, put on facial protecting, wash fingers often, and hold your bubble small. You don’t need to quarantine for 14 days in case you don’t should.

*Concerning when there’s a optimistic case recognized on a flight: state epidemiology determines on a case-by-case foundation via contact tracing who must be examined and quarantined, based mostly on bodily distance on the aircraft and different contact with a person who later exams optimistic. It’s case by case.

*When a enterprise is involved with a optimistic case or suspected COVID publicity, there may be advisable CDC and state epidemiology steering about cleansing and shutting following publicity, however mitigation considerably comes right down to the enterprise’ discretion.   

Petersburg Medical Heart:

* Present testing numbers: 435 exams carried out regionally, 421 detrimental outcomes, Three recovered instances, and 11 outcomes excellent.

*PMC is making an attempt to adapt as adjustments come. Each time there’s a new system to attempt to work on there’s a troublesome trickle-down impact on PMC employees. As asymptomatic testing ramps up within the facility, the purpose is to place processes in place in a sustainable means.

*There are a variety of logistics, particularly to make sure that procedures which fulfill state mandates are correct and reliable. It is crucial that native physicians are concerned within the course of, versus simply placing Dr. Anne Zink’s title on a collected pattern and sending it off to the state, as some municipalities are compelled to do to adjust to mandates.  

*It is very important use our restricted testing provides and staffing assets to check the correct people. In comparison with many locations although, PMC’s provides for testing are good and are getting higher. We’re receiving extra cartridges and the medical middle is seeking to scale up testing means quickly by including a 4-bay Cepheid testing unit to the native lab.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*Faculty meals are occurring and summer time college plans are coming collectively fairly properly.

*The areas faculties are speaking usually about determining actions and plans for the autumn. The admin staff is assembly twice every week with the state.

*A neighborhood survey went out right this moment. The district needs to listen to from households about their wants and issues and what they suppose will work finest for the autumn whereas assembly the rules from the state. The surveys aren’t very lengthy and everybody is inspired to take part. That suggestions from households is necessary. As extra info turns into out there from the state there are more likely to be a number of extra surveys throughout the summer time.  Collaborating and involvement is invited and crucial to determine what is going to work finest.  Here’s a hyperlink to the survey: https://docs.google.com/types/d/1UAHd1WX1qLwQMJ_tw6fkMdEm3-kNwiOtxCE5FUBjH2o/viewform?ts=5ed31781&edit_requested=true

Highlights from KFSK’s Coronavirus Panel Present on Friday, June 5, 2020:

From the Borough’s Emergency Operations Heart:

*Concerning the newly issued provisions of the State’s Mandate #10 – testing rather than quarantine for vacationers:  We had been working beneath the belief that the state had a masterplan plan in place to contract with corporations to come back into communities and supply greeting/screening/testing providers to satisfy the brand new mandate for testing of incoming vacationers. It seems the State’s plan was to contract with Petersburg, and with each different group, to make that testing occur.  We acquired that info three days earlier than the system was imagined to be in place on the airport.  So, we’re working exhausting on it, making an attempt to determine what we will pull collectively on extraordinarily brief discover.

*Testing for arriving vacationers won’t be in place tomorrow or this weekend.  The purpose is to have testing out there on the airport within the close to future.  That’s anticipated to be prepared roughly by late subsequent week, at earliest.   

*Anyone coming into Petersburg from out-of-state or out-of-country, who doesn’t have a detrimental take a look at end in hand upon arrival, or isn’t included in a part of a vital workforce plan already in place with the state, might want to quarantine, simply as they’ve previous to this newest change within the State’s mandate.

*To reemphasize, the change in quarantine necessities from the State doesn’t apply to employees touring as a part of vital infrastructure workforce, together with seafood processers. These staff are nonetheless required to comply with their firm’s reviewed group protecting plan on file with the State.  

*The State’s up to date plan consists of vouchers for the second take a look at required to keep away from quarantine. However these vouchers are one thing to be supplied by the State, and Petersburg’s EOC has but to obtain additional details about vouchers for a traveler’s second take a look at.

*The mandate additionally extends to incoming passengers on the ferry system, in addition to another type of transportation, non-public planes or yachts, and many others.  Proper now, the airport is the extra pressing focus of rolling out this testing plan.

*EOC has been receiving many calls from folks questioning if exams are going to be out there once they get right here, as a result of asymptomatic testing has not expanded very a lot within the decrease 48. One of the best we will say in the intervening time is that an individual coming to Petersburg might want to plan on quarantine if they don’t seem to be in a position to arrive with their detrimental take a look at end result.

*There may be language within the revised mandate pertaining to Alaska residents who’re touring out of state for lower than 5 days. They aren’t required to current the proof of testing, however, in the event that they don’t, they have to quarantine for 14 days.

*Concerning enforcement and oversight:  The identical penalties from the prior mandate are in place. If somebody violates the mandated provisions they’re nonetheless doubtlessly topic to a $25,000 high quality. Although there may be not a variety of energetic enforcement occurring throughout the state, because the State has opted to emphasise schooling over enforcement.  Penalties will come into play if there may be an outbreak and thru contact tracing it’s decided that one other particular person’s illness or demise is created by somebody’s actions or inactions.

*The EOC continues to suggest training social distancing and face coverings.

From the Petersburg Medical Heart and Public Well being:

*Present testing numbers in Petersburg: 348 exams carried out, 325 detrimental, 20 at present pending, Three recovered.

*If an individual needs a validation on paper of their very own take a look at outcomes they’ll request on from the PMC Lab, and PMC is engaged on a growing a great way for individuals who want these lab outcomes emailed to them. 

*As native testing means will increase, asymptomatic testing can ramp up, specializing in excessive threat populations first. Symptomatic testing is the precedence proper now.

*PMC is working a really environment friendly facility with tight margins. Each new demand is troublesome to satisfy.  There may be a variety of rigidity, however we’re all making an attempt to do the correct factor and react in the correct time-frame.

*Going ahead we all know that asymptomatic testing is ramping up.  It’s necessary that we do that the correct means. And it’s necessary to do not forget that a take a look at is only a snapshot in time.  

*The info reveals COVID has a a lot greater demise charge than influenza. It is crucial that individuals not low cost it. Predictive fashions are continually altering based mostly on testing availability and outcomes, which differ dramatically by space. Throughout the US, roughly half of the counties, largely in rural areas, don’t have testing out there in any respect. The Alaska Division of Well being has dependable details about testing, and in Petersburg we now have good testing functionality.   

*The Medical Heart strongly urges folks to get the flu shot this 12 months. We don’t want folks presenting with Flu and Influenza.   

* We need to articulate that we don’t have all of the solutions. This can be a scenario that’s evolving and it’s important for us to be clear about working to maintain up with fast hearth adjustments … People should be versatile of their mindsets and stay sort … We’re doing the most effective we will to supply the most effective info out there because it comes ahead.  

From the Petersburg Faculty District:

*Faculty is out. Academics are practically achieved, and the remainder of the district employees are working with tips from the State and are working to determine what the plan for the autumn will seem like.

*Tips for the autumn are coming collectively, associated to low-medium-and excessive threat ranges, with parameters designed to be aware of circumstances in every group.  That publication is out and out there for folks to learn.  

*Many of the steering does suggest retaining social distance area and persevering with masking.

* The district is planning to ship a sequence of surveys out to gather suggestions from dad and mom throughout the group about challenges and limitations people are going through, particularly if we’re on some sort of hybrid schedule. We’re making an attempt to determine what we will all do collectively to assist our households and our children whereas we work to abide by the rules we’re given. Extra about these tips will probably be mentioned on the schoolboard assembly developing this Tuesday. 

*Summer time meals are persevering with. We acquired some excellent news on that as properly. We’ve certified for USDA assist to have the ability to present meals to all of our children within the district freed from cost. We’re enthusiastic about that.

*Summer time college is going on now in partnership with the library’s program, there’s a small variety of youngsters assembly with some aides on website, engaged on studying.  There are extra periods within the works for college kids with extra intensives wants. To date, so good, in growing these protocols.

*Hope everybody will get out and enjoys the nice climate this weekend.

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Present—Wednesday, June 3, 2020:

From the Petersburg Borough:

* The present State Mandate #10 [quarantine for interstate travel to Alaska] is prolonged via midnight Friday.  At which period it’s changed by a brand new mandate from the state requiring a detrimental COVID take a look at end result from inside Three days of boarding the aircraft to Alaska or on the airport upon arrival. If no take a look at is obtainable for incoming passengers, the 14-day quarantine is required.

*Sadly there nonetheless isn’t a complete lot of steering out but from the state concerning these adjustments and the way the plans are supposed to be carried out in for Petersburg. The EOC has a cellphone name with the state scheduled for this afternoon, to hopefully get us on top of things about what they’re planning.

*These adjustments from the state don’t seem to have an effect on the workforce safety plans and the protocols which have established for employees who’ve come into the state.

* To cite Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, “Open by no means meant over.” 

*Crucial factor we will all do is be sort and respectful to 1 one other, in order that we will all get via this the most effective we will.

*The Petersburg Public Library is opening subsequent week, and the Harbor restrooms have opened. EOC can also be making an attempt so as to add extra transportable restrooms and handwashing stations at completely different areas.  We’re hoping that opening the harbor restrooms will probably be a very good factor for everybody down on the water.

*Additionally, if anybody is searching for work, as a significant a part of reopening, the Borough is hiring custodial positions for cleansing at public services, with a beginning wage over $17. events ought to contact Borough HR.

From the Petersburg Financial Growth Council

* The state enterprise assist grant program referred to as AK Cares simply got here on-line a number of days in the past and they’re at present accepting purposes. People are urged to look fastidiously at these purposes; for instance, companies which have secured funding from the SBA’s PPP, EIDL, or different federal funding applications beneath the CARES Act usually are not eligible to use. However companies are urged to evaluation the eligibility necessities and, if certified, apply ASAP. These help grants are first come, first served.  

*Additionally necessary to notice, the appliance for forgiveness of the PPP loans has been launched.

*Senator Murkowski has introduced that she is going to try so as to add some extra funds for fisheries companies that weren’t in a position to entry PPP funding.

*Concerning the direct funds from the IRS, in case you haven’t filed a tax return within the final two years and aren’t receiving sure advantages equivalent to Social Safety or sure Veterans advantages, then the IRS doesn’t have the mandatory info to ship your Financial Influence Fee. The IRS web site is the place you may present the small print essential to obtain that cost.   

From the Petersburg Medical Heart

*Present testing numbers: 320 exams carried out, 296 negatives, Three recovered, and 21 exams pending outcomes. PMC has been rising asymptomatic testing in an effort to work out among the processes to satisfy the wants of the group.

* PMC at present has a Cepheid fast turnaround testing machine, with a specific amount of cartridges, round 250, particularly allotted for fisheries employees, and one other 600 or so from the state for asymptomatic testing. We hope for extra cartridges and are working to scale back turnaround instances and supply for sufficient staffing for that work.

*The alert standing is at Yellow at present. That’s because of the sharp uptick in instances throughout Alaska this week. The numbers statewide have virtually doubled from final week.  The standing means some limitations are in place associated to sure appointments, equivalent to prevention appointments which will should be rescheduled or supplied by way of telehealth.

*Pink standing can be triggered by an outbreak of two or extra instances in Petersburg or if a employees member of the medical middle examined optimistic. The dedication of statuses has some flexibility, with consideration given to ranges of instances in areas surrounding Petersburg in addition to the speed and nature of hotline calls.

* Everyone seems to be urged to regulate your signs. Don’t ignore your physique. The hotline is there so that you can name and speak to well being care employees to get recommendation and discover out if testing is critical: 772-5788.

*Keep energetic and wholesome whereas sustaining social distance. Get exterior and log your miles to take part within the Petersburg Goes the Distance problem. Extra data at www.pmcak.org

Highlights from KFSK’s Coronavirus Present—Friday, Could 29, 2020:

American Cruise Strains-CEO Charles Robertson (Desires ships to go to Petersburg this summer time):

*We’ve been working with numerous states across the nation. We’re working with every city and tour supplier. We’re working with every port to tailor our visits to the group’s wants. We’re voluntarily decreasing the capability of our ships by 25 %. Which means we will unfold passengers extra within the eating room and conduct smaller group excursions.

*The 14-day quarantine is ready to run out subsequent week, June 2. Our working plan is contingent on the state’s quarantining rule being lifted for our passengers.

*We plan to check passengers and employees earlier than they get on board. Passengers will submit a take a look at end result earlier than they journey. The State of Alaska has talked about testing as soon as passengers get in Juneau, which we’d assist additionally.

*There will probably be usually medical screenings on board, which is able to embody temperature exams and examine of signs. If they’ve both they are going to be examined, both via exams we will probably be carrying with us or they take a look at onshore someplace.

*Passengers do plan to get off the ships. It is a vital a part of the financial affect to the communities. We’re working carefully with the communities for that to be achieved safely.

*Canada’s extension of its cruise ship ban doesn’t have an effect on our American flag ships that don’t go to different nations.

*If somebody has a optimistic take a look at on board, in the event that they don’t want hospitalization we’d isolate them onboard. In the event that they do want extra medical care we’d airlift them to both Juneau or Seattle. We’d work on contact tracing with folks they’ve been involved with on board. Passengers who haven’t been involved with the particular person can be allowed to proceed on their cruise except it was medically essential to quarantine everybody.

*We’re seeing a variety of demand for Alaska and we now have extra demand for the reason that bigger cruise ships have canceled. Our numbers have remained robust.

*It’s not a requirement to satisfy the primary deadline. We’re okay to increase the primary cruise dates if wanted. We’re hoping to work with Alaska and its communities and as we get nearer to the dates, change them if wanted.

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*PMC has collected 274 samples for COVID-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are:  267 detrimental, Three recovered, and Four exams pending.  (7.Three % of the group has been examined no less than one time)

*Two of the state’s new instances are in Juneau and they’re at present beneath investigation.

*Greatest focus is on our asymptomatic testing and our provides in order that we will try this. We hope for 600 testing cartridges to reach.

*We’re nonetheless at a 25 % of our volumes however we’re seeing outpatient numbers go up. We’re down on our ER and inpatient capability, which is anticipated.

*We carried out our crimson, yellow, inexperienced protocols internally so we will have actions in place.

*We’d love to have the ability to assist with testing cruise ship passengers if we had the provides to do it.

Petersburg Public Well being Nursing:

*After getting the virus it’s not going to worsen by rebreathing the air in your personal masks. When you’ve got the virus rebreathing the air in a masks received’t make the particular person sicker.

*You need to be sure you’re utilizing a correct masks that’s made from breathable materials. There may be little threat of hypoxia, which isn’t getting sufficient oxygen, provided that you didn’t have a breathable materials. In case you aren’t certain if it’s medically protected so that you can put on a masks, you may examine together with your supplier.

*Preserve your bubble small when it comes to the folks that you’re involved with.

Petersburg Borough:

*American Cruise Strains have a really complete plan; it’s apparent that they’re taking this very severely. They’re very critical about working safely and that the communities, passengers, and crew are all protected. One factor to recollect is that plans are nice however the comply with via is what’s necessary.

*It’s actually anyone’s guess as as to whether or not the state will lengthen its requirement for a 14-day quarantine for vacationers coming from out of state. It’s scheduled to run out Tuesday, June 2. We’ve heard rumors that the state’s 14-day quarantine requirement will expire and we’ve heard rumors that will probably be prolonged.

*If the quarantine requirement does expire, we don’t know what it can imply for people who find themselves at present beneath quarantine. Hopefully, the state would tackle these particulars.

*CARES Act funding for the borough will probably be restricted to Covid associated issues. The borough is making an attempt to determine what that might be. One factor that it might be, which is a reasonably large quantity for us seems that funding for any public security might be used. That may release different common funds on the borough stage.

*The Parks and Rec Division is planning to part in its reopening. The tentative schedule consists of: June 15 all parks, shelters and playgrounds will probably be open. August 1st will probably be a partial opening of the pool and gymnasium. August 31 will probably be a full opening of the pool and gymnasium.

*Proceed good behaviors that we’ve all been training.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*I do know there may be a variety of nervousness when it comes to what it appears like within the fall. I do know everyone needs the solutions now. The profit to ready a bit is we’ll study extra in regards to the virus and the way it works. There might be extra protocols in place that would assist make college simpler. Keep in mind, nobody needs college to look “regular” greater than we do.

*We’re working with our native preschools and suppliers, beginning up conversations with them now so we will present assist to households.

*Meal service this summer time is constant however supply particulars are completely different than throughout college.

*Summer time college will begin up subsequent week on the library. We would dip our toes into some small teams with college students to see the way it goes; testing the water there after which making selections for subsequent 12 months.

Different Useful Data:

*Anyone can get examined who has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, issue respiratory, chills, a decreased urge for food, diminished sense of style or scent, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint aches, nausea, rash, rigors, a runny nostril, a sore throat, sputum manufacturing. Anybody with any signs is inspired to name PMC’s 24-hour COVID-19 hotline (907) 772-5788. Skilled nurses are answering the calls.

*Any questions on coronavirus well being mandates in Petersburg may be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Publish Workplace is short-staffed and has diminished counter hours M-F, 1-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough tips for the put up workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, look forward to folks to depart an space earlier than you enter it.

–Residents with odd quantity packing containers decide up mail Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

–Residents with even quantity packing containers decide up mail Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive threat people ought to keep away from the put up workplace altogether. Please get another person to examine your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to examine your mail you may electronic mail: [email protected]

Highlights from KFSK’s Coronavirus Present—Wednesday, Could 27, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*PMC has collected 269 samples for COVID-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are:  261 detrimental, Three recovered, and 5 exams pending. 

*There may be a variety of ramping up across the state of asymptomatic testing and we’re speaking about how we will do it right here. As areas are rising their asymptomatic testing, they’re figuring out new folks that have the virus. We try to retain extra testing provides right here.

*Our medical employees has created a crimson gentle, yellow gentle, and inexperienced gentle coverage. For instance, if there are not any instances within the city, we’re at a inexperienced standing and can enable some people who find themselves working off website to come back in and supply some out-patient providers. We’d nonetheless be retaining social distance.

*The right way to open safely takes not solely the folks working on the constructing but in addition the individuals who come and go from the power. Excessive contact areas want common cleansing, greater than as soon as a day. Loos should be cleaned extra usually. Social distancing at six toes is necessary and facial coverings are additionally nonetheless advisable. There may be droplets that land on surfaces and masks can forestall that from occurring.

*Signs may be very, very gentle. Typically folks don’t have any fever and generally they’ve only a headache that they don’t suppose a lot about. Typically you may tie signs to one thing particular, like seasonal allergy symptoms. When you’ve got any query about signs, folks ought to name PMC’s 24-hour hotline: 772-5788.

Petersburg Public Well being Nursing:

*There was a rise within the variety of folks feeling suicidal within the state. Quarantining may be demanding and social isolation can affect folks. Additionally, the information in regards to the virus is hard to listen to. It’s regular to really feel down at the moment.

*If somebody is feeling suicidal they’ll name these 24-hour assist hotlines:

1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE)

1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)

There are additionally native therapists on the town to speak to as properly and they’re confidential. True North Counseling at (907) 650-7292- and Petersburg Psychological Well being Providers (907) 772-3332.

Petersburg Borough:

*The varsity district did an impressive job with the commencement parade and ceremony Tuesday evening. It was a mix in-person and digital celebration. In gentle of the powerful go that the seniors have had this 12 months, it was very nice to see the variety of folks locally who got here out to take part. The volunteer hearth fighters led the parade and had some fireworks on the finish.

*We’re persevering with to soak up what the reopening locally is trying like. A giant a part of the governor’s plan is the private accountability of people. There’s a massive expectation by the state for everybody to proceed washing fingers, staying 6 toes aside from others, sporting a facial protecting in case you can’t keep aside, and cleansing surfaces usually.

*Borough Meeting will probably be discussing the harbor mandate, particularly concerning cruise ships. There are cruise ships wanting to go to in June and the borough ought to be certain that that they’re going to comply with native and state mandates. Our purpose is to guard our native inhabitants. We must always take steps to make sure that individuals who get off the boats are wholesome.

*Some borough lobbies are opening locally. The foyer of the police division is opening. Public Works will open its foyer quickly. The library will most likely be open in a number of weeks.

*Public conferences will doubtless be a mix of in-person and digital conferences. It’s exhausting to get a big crowd within the meeting chambers whereas additionally following social distancing. We’re unsure precisely what it can seem like. Planning and Zoning Fee will doubtless proceed to satisfy over Zoom.

*There may be a variety of deal with the State for incoming fish processing employees. The Borough’s EOC (Emergency Operations Heart) is constant to work with native processors and they’re actually making an attempt exhausting to maintain their workforce wholesome.

*PMC’s crimson, yellow, inexperienced standing might be tied into the borough’s plan with some kind of pre-determined motion; the meeting might pre-approve motion for the borough based on what standing the group is in on the time.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*Commencement went properly and we’re very appreciative of the group for collaborating. It was a pleasant technique to shut out their time right here as college students.

*Wrapping up the college 12 months; college students are checking provides again in to the colleges this week.

*We now have little or no concept of what the autumn will seem like so we’re watching the CDC and what the State is doing.

Different Useful Data:

*Anyone can get examined who has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, issue respiratory, chills, a decreased urge for food, diminished sense of style or scent, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint aches, nausea, rash, rigors, a runny nostril, a sore throat, sputum manufacturing. Anybody with any signs is inspired to name PMC’s 24-hour COVID-19 hotline (907) 772-5788. Skilled nurses are answering the calls.

*Any questions on coronavirus well being mandates in Petersburg may be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Publish Workplace is short-staffed and has diminished counter hours M-F, 1-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough tips for the put up workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, look forward to folks to depart an space earlier than you enter it.

–Residents with odd quantity packing containers decide up mail Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

–Residents with even quantity packing containers decide up mail Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive threat people ought to keep away from the put up workplace altogether. Please get another person to examine your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to examine your mail you may electronic mail: [email protected]

Highlights from KFSK’s Coronavirus Present—Friday, Could 22, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*Everybody in Lengthy Time period Care was examined for COVID-19 this week: 11 residents and 45 employees. Nobody had signs. All however one take a look at was detrimental and one continues to be pending.  We want to increase that sort of testing to extra teams like first responders and seafood employees. However we simply don’t have the provides for a better stage of testing for asymptomatic folks. We’re trying on the highest threat folks and that’s Lengthy Time period Care.

*The principle message from the State throughout the work session on Wednesday was about planning. Internally on the hospital we’re a colour standing—crimson, yellow, inexperienced—relying on what’s occurring. The group can use that sort of alert as properly and element what every stage means for most of the people.

*There may be robust proof for asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission. Asymptomatic is individuals who won’t ever get signs and can by no means get sick however they’ll cross the virus alongside to others. Pre-symptomatic is individuals who will get sick and however don’t have signs but. So, the aim of the masking shouldn’t be to remove folks’s civil rights however it’s to guard the susceptible folks locally.

*The State stated the height of coronavirus in Alaska was in mid-March.

Petersburg Public Well being Nursing:

*Erin Michael is obtainable to assist companies determine the way to work with the general public safely.  

*Rachel Kandoll is a part of a small group of nurses that the State has employed to make calls to people who find themselves concerned with testing. She is going to name individuals who both has the virus or was involved with somebody who had the virus.

*Wash your fingers, improve your social bubble fastidiously, hold it small.

Petersburg Borough:

*Wanting on the particulars of the State’s Part Three and 4. Some state mandates at the moment are advisories and never mandates. All mandates weren’t eliminated. The State is strongly encouraging folks to proceed with the behaviors that individuals have been doing the previous couple of months. Social distancing at 6 toes, in case you can’t, put on a facial protecting, wash your fingers.

*The menace continues to be there so people should be accountable.

*Companies are accountable for making an effort to guard their staff and patrons that come via the door. There are particulars on-line about what companies ought to be doing for part Three and 4.

*The State is saying that native communities have to provide you with their very own plans if there was an outbreak to happen and work with the state on that.

*State Mandate 17 for fishing vessels continues to be in place.

*State Mandate 10 for out of state vacationers and seafood processors continues to be in place. It requires out of state vacationers coming in to Alaska to quarantine for 14 days continues to be in place till June 2nd no less than. That features fishermen coming in for sports activities fishing and charters.

*Staff of companies are suggested to put on masks however it’s not required. The State has put it on the companies to make the ultimate selections.

*The borough’s division heads are developing with reopening plans. Not each division will probably be reopening on the similar time. We’re transferring in that course. Hopefully, among the services will probably be open by mid-June.

*There are discussions a couple of 4th of July occasion. It most likely received’t be like regular years.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*The reopening of companies within the state doesn’t have an effect on the college now. The commencement ceremony on Tuesday would be the similar. The steering from the State for faculties and daycares has not modified.

*Please take part within the automobile parade from along-side the street and in your yards. A map of the parade route is on-line on the college’s web site. In the course of the parade, KFSK will probably be airing a playlist of music chosen by among the seniors.

*The video will probably be watched by the seniors and their households on the ballfield after the automobile parade. It’s closed off to others. Everybody else can watch it on-line.

*Getting ready for the autumn is difficult. There are a variety of guidelines and rules to work with and we will probably be engaged on that over the summer time.

Different Useful Data:

*Anyone can get examined who has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, issue respiratory, chills, a decreased urge for food, diminished sense of style or scent, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint aches, nausea, rash, rigors, a runny nostril, a sore throat, sputum manufacturing. Anybody with any signs is inspired to name PMC’s 24-hour COVID-19 hotline (907) 772-5788. Skilled nurses are answering the calls.

*Any questions on coronavirus well being mandates in Petersburg may be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Publish Workplace is short-staffed and has diminished counter hours M-F, 1-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough tips for the put up workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, look forward to folks to depart an space earlier than you enter it.

–Residents with odd quantity packing containers decide up mail Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

–Residents with even quantity packing containers decide up mail Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive threat people ought to keep away from the put up workplace altogether. Please get another person to examine your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to examine your mail you may electronic mail: [email protected]

Highlights from KFSK’s Coronavirus Present—Wednesday, Could 20, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*PMC has collected 251 samples for COVID-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 244 detrimental, Three recovered, and Four take a look at pending. 

Updates on testing capabilities:

–If you would like a take a look at you must nonetheless name the COVID hotline 772-5788 or the clinic. The state has stated they want PMC to extend its testing capability. We’re growing an asymptomatic testing however usually are not able to roll it out but. We’re restricted by the testing provides which can be supplied.

–There ought to be no cost to the affected person. They’ll invoice insurance coverage but when it doesn’t cowl it there will probably be no value to the affected person.

–Check outcomes are coming again now in about three days.

*On Could 18, some federal steering got here out to the state on the way to open up long run care services. There may be a variety of planning on doing earlier than we open up totally. We now have been advocating to open up and have some form of visitations however it received’t be this Friday. Lengthy Time period Care will doubtless be opening up a lot later than common public locations. Visiting would possibly look just a little completely different. It would doubtless require distancing and facial coverings.

*State plans to reopen this Friday morning however it’s difficult as as to whether PMC helps it. Well being care tends to be conservative in our strategy however the economic system is necessary too.

*There may be federal steering via this system Play Each Day on the way to safely increase your social circle.

Petersburg Borough:

*Assembly with state well being officers in a piece session about what’s occurring with COVID-19 now. The state will do a brief presentation. We must always hear in regards to the state’s strategy on testing and what the way forward for that will probably be. They need to be capable to subject questions right this moment from the borough and the hospital. It’s arrange as a ZOOM assembly and the general public can hear. If folks need to take part they’ll register via the borough’s web site and submit questions. It’s a part of the UAF ECHO program.

*State plans to completely reopen Alaska companies and public services this Friday at Eight a.m. for locations like gyms and libraries. Particulars for the reopening on Friday ought to be popping out Thursday nonetheless it’s unclear if native municipalities can have completely different plans. It appears just like the state continues to be anticipating social distancing in public. We don’t know all the small print of how the Governor envisions this to occur. We don’t know if all communities can reopen in a unique or slower means. We aren’t certain if the Governor is anticipating each group to comply with this. There’s a truthful quantity of steering that we want from the state so the borough can supply that info as much as native companies.

*The borough is engaged on plans to reopen services. There was a tentative date for June 15 however there are not any particular dates but. All borough division heads are what reopening will imply. We should be cautious once we divulge heart’s contents to shield our staff. Similar to all the companies should have a plan for social distancing, these state tips apply to the borough places of work as properly.

*Concerning sports activities, the ball fields are a Parks and Recreation facility. It’s exhausting to say how the Little League season will proceed. Till Parks and Rec has a very good plan to open their services, it can keep closed.  

*Native mandates just like the small cruise ship one in Petersburg can nonetheless be exercised. That mandate runs via June and requires cruise ships to get permission to dock within the native harbors upfront.

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

*SBA launched the PPP mortgage forgiveness utility. The hyperlink is on the borough web site.

*State as a part of its CARES funding is rolling out a grant program for companies and 501C3 organizations that didn’t obtain PPP loans or SBA harm loans. Will probably be on a primary come first serve foundation. The purposes come on-line Thursday and they’ll begin the accepting purposes on Could 26. The grant quantities are between $5,000-$100,000 based mostly on eligible bills.

*Nonetheless accepting purposes for the PEDC aide applications. Could 22 is the deadline for the gross sales tax rebate program and the PPP incentive grant program.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*Teachers time will probably be completed this Friday for the college district.

*College students will meet Tuesday to return their college provides. The varsity district’s web site has all of that info for every class.

*The automobile parade is developing subsequent Tuesday, Could 26, and the parade route is on the web site. Now, it’s beginning at 7:30 p.m.

*Scholarship shows will probably be on-line this Thursday at 7 p.m. There’s a hyperlink on the college district web site.

*Don’t but know what the beginning of college will seem like. Every thing continues to be on the desk. There are a variety of concepts.

*Planning for actions and sports activities to be regular within the fall.

Different Useful Data:

*Anyone can get examined who has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, issue respiratory, chills, a decreased urge for food, diminished sense of style or scent, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint aches, nausea, rash, rigors, a runny nostril, a sore throat, sputum manufacturing. Anybody with any signs is inspired to name PMC’s 24-hour COVID-19 hotline (907) 772-5788. Skilled nurses are answering the calls.

*Any questions on coronavirus well being mandates in Petersburg may be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Publish Workplace is short-staffed and has diminished counter hours M-F, 1-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough tips for the put up workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, look forward to folks to depart an space earlier than you enter it.

–Residents with odd quantity packing containers decide up mail Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

–Residents with even quantity packing containers decide up mail Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive threat people ought to keep away from the put up workplace altogether. Please get another person to examine your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to examine your mail you may electronic mail: [email protected]

Highlights from KFSK’s Coronavirus Present—Friday, Could 15, 2020:

Icicle Seafoods (Julianne Curry)

*Icicle has fashioned an organization process pressure geared toward inner and exterior COVID prevention and schooling efforts and is following all mandates.

*Icicle’s turned in a plan to function to the state, which has been accepted. The plan consists of (however isn’t restricted to):

–working as a closed campus. Staff that reside on the property have to stay on the property always apart from designated which can be conducting vital enterprise off website.

–All staff are topic to each day temperature exams.

— Quarantine plan for all incoming staff. Seasonal staff via Seattle are solely allowed to journey as soon as they obtain detrimental outcomes

–Guests are solely enterprise vital and full crucial paperwork.

–Cookhouse operations have been modified and staff have been taught to social distance

–Staff will probably be quarantining in Petersburg after arrival, primarily on the bunk homes and completely different dwelling services on the property.

*Having weekly calls with native public well being officers and borough officers.

*We now have comparable plans as different processors within the state. We are going to use the native healthcare system. We’re companions with our native medical suppliers and we need to work hand in hand with them. We now have plans in place if a employee turns into sick.

*Labored exhausting to teach staff on firm protocol on COVID practices. Our staff are taking this very severely.

*We will probably be adhering to state mandate 17 and ensuring that business fishermen have a signed kind earlier than any offload from them.

*Bringing in about the identical variety of staff as we often do. They are going to be in batches so we will higher hold them contained within the quarantine course of. Together with native folks, there will probably be about 380 folks at Petersburg Fisheries.

*Contemplating permitting restricted journeys to native shops in small teams when different residents aren’t round. We’re not anticipating an enormous decline in native spending.

*It’s vital that we proceed to function so our staff are extremely educated, they perceive our protocols and their duties.

*We’d like to have extra native assist this summer time if anybody needs to use for a job come up with the native workplace.

Trident Seafoods (Shannon Carol)

*The well being and security of our group, employees, and fishermen is our precedence.

*Trident has had their operation plan accepted by the State. It’s a dwelling doc and it’s topic to alter as we adapt to altering finest practices and on the bottom well being circumstances and testing know-how and availability. We welcome group suggestions on the plan. Plant Supervisor, Dave Ohmer may be reached at (907) 518-0313.

Trident’s workforce safety plan consists of (however isn’t restricted to):

-14-day monitored quarantine in Petersburg at a neighborhood lodge and native testing earlier than employees go to work.

–Day by day well being and temperature screenings

–closed campus for all non-resident staff. All the staff will both be staying on the property or strolling to or from the housing or the cookhouse.

–Resident staff can reside at residence however nonetheless abiding by state and native mandates

–All protocols will probably be strictly enforced by situation of employment. Violators will probably be transported out of the group.

–fishermen will keep on their vessels throughout off masses

*Trident has been processing fish in Alaska since January. We really feel fairly assured in our protocols, that are rigorous.

*The majority of the Trident staff will probably be coming in on Could 19th after which once more on June 4th.

*We plan to completely adhere to state well being mandate 17 for business fishermen and processors, Mandate 17. It’s actually a requirement and we will probably be adhering to it. I feel they did a extremely good job and included trade suggestions in creating it. It’s a vital part of retaining everybody protected.

*We now have a variety of work to do as we head into the salmon season however we’re dedicated.

*We now have isolation protocols in place if an worker turned unwell.

*We want to rent native and encourage any resident to use at Trident.

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*PMC has collected 186 samples for COVID-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 182 detrimental, Three recovered, and 1 take a look at pending. 

*Dr. Tuccillo is volunteering with the Borough’s Emergency Operations Heart giving enter on group responses to COVID. Dr. Tuccillo has been evaluating the plans that the native seafood processors have in place for this summer time’s seasonal workforce. They appear actually good. The seafood processors have tried to assist get testing provides to city.

*Making an attempt to ramp up asymptomatic testing. Internally, we’re rising availability for non-urgent appointments.

*We’re it like a inexperienced, yellow, crimson standing and the way we will probably be treating sufferers given the COVID scenario locally. If there are energetic instances on the town, then we’d What are these thresholds? What’s the standards? How can we safely pull again on a few of these issues which can be opening up if wanted? It’s sort of like watching the climate once you’re out on a ship and understanding once you’re going again in to port.

*The state and borough work session continues to be scheduled for subsequent Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. A part of the dialog will probably be how companies can reopen safely.

*Encourage folks to name the COVID hotline (907) 772-5788 for any signs. Even gentle ones ought to be thought of.

*We’re discovering that possibly there are instances the place there are greater than 14 days restoration. They name it a cryptic transmission or silent transmission when an asymptomatic particular person passes it alongside to a different asymptomatic particular person.

Petersburg Borough:

*Watching state mandates for adjustments in requiring 14-day quarantines for out of state vacationers. It’s both going to be prolonged or modified subsequent Tuesday. We hope it continues as a result of that is likely one of the finest provisions within the state to stop the unfold.

*Encourage vacationers coming into city can get native COVID info on-line at Petersburg’s COVID-19 info hub at psgcovidinfo.internet.

*The seafood processors Icicle and Trident have superb plans in place and are dedicated to sustaining well being in Petersburg. We’d like that to occur for Petersburg to have a profitable summer time.

*There are a number of ordinances earlier than Petersburg Meeting Monday evening. One is for an extension of the emergency ordinance for COVID. One other is an extension for mandate 5 for cruise ship harbor entry.

*Borough has acquired curiosity from a small cruise firm to see if they may do a few sailings in June. Proper now, they might be required to quarantine for 14-days when arriving in Alaska however that would change.

*Passengers on ferries coming in from out of state might want to quarantine if the state mandate 10 continues to be in place. However that would change.

*The work session with the State well being officers continues to be scheduled for subsequent Wednesday, Could 20 at 1:30 p.m.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*The parade route will probably be introduced subsequent week for the Could 26 commencement ceremony. Will probably be 7 p.m. just a little later than we first deliberate.

*Our e book mobiles are achieved as of right this moment.

*Will likely be providing summer time meals all through the summer time. Will probably be pared down from what it’s been this spring however greater than what we’ve achieved in previous summers.

*Colleges within the state are additionally utilizing a inexperienced, yellow, crimson sort of standing system just like the hospitals. Schooling practices will rely on what the standing of COVID is locally.

Different Useful Data:

*The State has relaxed necessities for who may be examined. Anyone can get examined that has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, issue respiratory, chills, a decreased urge for food, diminished sense of style or scent, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint aches, nausea, rash, rigors, a runny nostril, a sore throat, sputum manufacturing. Anybody with any signs is inspired to name PMC’s 24-hour COVID-19 hotline (907) 772-5788. Skilled nurses are answering the calls.

*Any questions on coronavirus well being mandates in Petersburg may be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Publish Workplace is short-staffed and has diminished counter hours M-F, 1-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough tips for the put up workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, look forward to folks to depart an space earlier than you enter it.

–Residents with odd quantity packing containers decide up mail Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

–Residents with even quantity packing containers decide up mail Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive threat people ought to keep away from the put up workplace altogether. Please get another person to examine your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to examine your mail you may electronic mail: [email protected]

Highlights from KFSK’s Coronavirus Present—Wednesday, Could 13, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*PMC has collected 186 samples for COVID-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 175 detrimental, Three recovered, and eight take a look at pending. 

*The work session scheduled for subsequent Wednesday, Could 20 at 1:30 p.m. is a chance for the group and meeting to listen to from the State on the newest info on the coronavirus. The assembly will probably be open to the general public on-line. It would present info to plan for the longer term. What are the presentation types of this virus? For companies, what are the dangers elements for opening?

*Contemplating the way to safely see sufferers for routine visits and non-urgent remedies.  

*Growing the Telehealth alternatives. It doesn’t change in particular person appointments however it’s a means to supply entry to suppliers regionally and out of city.

Alaska Public Well being Nursing:

*Encourage everyone to put on masks. You can doubtlessly save a life when you have the virus and simply don’t understand it. It’s a easy measure that may assist others.

*Proceed social distancing. It’s tempting to exit the street or go tenting with others however it’s nonetheless necessary to maintain six toes of distance with others not in your family.

Petersburg Borough:

*The State launched a brand new journey mandate on Monday, Mandate 18. It supercedes Mandate 12, which was the previous mandate about journey in Alaska. Primarily, the state is permitting all functions of journey between communities on the street system or the marine freeway system. All functions for journey are okay. All types of transportation are okay to make use of whether or not it’s aircraft, boat, or automobile. Journey for different communities off the street or ferry techniques are nonetheless restricted to vital private wants or for important enterprise. This mandate solely issues journey inside the state. Out of state journey nonetheless requires a 14-day quarantine upon coming to Alaska.

*Quarantine means hunkering down and solely leaving the quarantine website for medical causes. Quarantine areas are often houses, inns, or boats. Nevertheless, the state legislation does enable for vital infrastructure and important employees to depart the quarantine website to carry out work important to their enterprise. Past that particular work, individuals are supposed to stay of their quarantine website.

*Journey declaration types are nonetheless imagined to be crammed out by folks touring to Alaska and become the state on-line via the state’s web site. If somebody was discovered to not have crammed out a journey kind, penalties might be enforced in a while if something had been to occur like an outbreak of the virus.

*Alaska Airways is saying that journey types should be crammed out.

*The state’s mandate 17 is for business fishing captains, tenders, and processors. Captains of economic fishing vessels are imagined to signal a kind stating that they’ll comply with state and native mandates. There isn’t a plan to actively implement it. Nevertheless, if there was an outbreak and somebody wasn’t following the mandate they might be fined.

*All people must resolve for themselves on masking. The Emergency Operations Heart continues to be strongly recommending folks put on facial coverings when social distancing can’t be met as a result of it’s a apply that may hold us all more healthy. In case you can not meet social distance by six toes or higher you must put on a masks. It’s a signal of respect to others. It will be an actual disgrace to see our numbers escalate if we calm down too quickly.

*The work session with the State well being officers continues to be scheduled for subsequent Wednesday, Could 20 at 1:30 p.m.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*No finals week for the highschool. The top date for highschool college students is Could 22; utilizing the final days for college kids to show at school gear.

*Subsequent Tuesday, Could 19, is the baccalaureate on-line.

*Subsequent Thursday, Could 21, is the native scholarship bulletins on-line. It’s often throughout the commencement ceremony.

*Tuesday, Could 26, is commencement. That evening there will probably be a parade. Nonetheless engaged on the digital commencement ceremony

*Senior banners and yard indicators have gone up round city

*Planning for a daily fall though there might be some limitations

*Deadlines for well being physicals have been prolonged

Different Useful Data:

*The State has relaxed necessities for who may be examined. Anyone can get examined that has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, issue respiratory, chills, a decreased urge for food, diminished sense of style or scent, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint aches, nausea, rash, rigors, a runny nostril, a sore throat, sputum manufacturing. Anybody with any signs is inspired to name PMC’s 24-hour COVID-19 hotline (907) 772-5788. Skilled nurses are answering the calls.

*Any questions on coronavirus well being mandates in Petersburg may be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Publish Workplace is short-staffed and has diminished counter hours M-F, 1-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough tips for the put up workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, look forward to folks to depart an space earlier than you enter it.

–Residents with odd quantity packing containers decide up mail Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

–Residents with even quantity packing containers decide up mail Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive threat people ought to keep away from the put up workplace altogether. Please get another person to examine your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to examine your mail you may electronic mail: [email protected]

Highlights from KFSK’s Coronavirus Present—Monday, Could 11, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*PMC has collected 178 samples for COVID-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 174 detrimental, Three recovered, and only one take a look at pending.  (The variety of pending exams will get smaller as a result of the state’s capability for turning exams round has gotten higher.)

*Engaged on the asymptomatic technique of testing as one thing they hope to do sooner or later.

*Watching what occurs as companies reopen across the state.

* non-urgent care and the way we will open safely.

*The second wave of the virus that individuals are speaking and listening to about can be from people who find themselves asymptomatic. The thought being that the virus would unfold once more when companies reopen and asymptomatic folks unfold the virus to others.

Alaska Public Well being Nursing:

*Well being specialists put out details about COVID and clothes. COVID can generally stay on clothes and surfaces for hours or days so watch out of the way you deal with clothes. Nevertheless, they imagine that it’s transmitted extra simply by droplets; being round somebody coughing or sneezing or contaminated objects.

Petersburg Borough:

*Because the mandates begin rolling out from the state on reopening, there may be some confusion about what companies have to comply with. There are a variety of particulars on what non-essential companies have to do. The State has additionally given out details about what important companies have to do.

*The State’s Mandate 11 has been superceded however Attachment A of Mandate 11 continues to be energetic. Mandate 16 necessities are additionally energetic. Which means the statewide keep at residence order has been lifted. Nevertheless, important companies nonetheless should comply with the six toes of social distancing requirement. Facial coverings usually are not required in important companies however they’re strongly advisable by the State for anybody who can not social distance. The state’s legislation permits particular person companies to have their very own stricter insurance policies in place.

*The assembly that was scheduled for this Wednesday is postponed with State well being officers. It has been rescheduled for subsequent Wednesday. Could 20 at 1:30 p.m.

*The borough’s emergency ordinance is up for meeting to contemplate for extension. Will probably be on the agenda on the meeting’s subsequent assembly.

*Native canneries are exhausting at work making an attempt to refine their plans for seasonal employees coming in. In a nutshell, they’re going above and past what the State’s mandate requires. They plan to check employees in Seattle earlier than they fly and once more in Petersburg after they’re right here for 5 days. The purpose within the season is to maintain the employees separate from folks in Petersburg. They don’t need to unfold the virus to Petersburg they usually can also’t afford any of their employees to catch the virus from a resident on the town.

*Some business fishermen could not need to adjust to State mandate 17 requiring them to signal a kind that claims they’ll adjust to native and state mandates. It’s unclear what the state’s enforcement will probably be. The borough will attempt to get extra readability on what the results can be together with doable fines.

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

*The IRS has introduced that Could 13 at Eight a.m. is the final probability for folks to supply direct deposit info to the IRS for financial affect funds in any other case you’re going to get a examine within the mail. Veterans or others who didn’t file a tax return, that you must log on to the IRS and inform them the place to ship your examine.

*Companies opening up, there are good assets on the Petersburg COVID web site for retaining employees and clients protected.

*SBA’s Financial Harm Loans continues to be solely accepting purposes from agricultural associated companies, which does embody business fishing and seafood processors.

*Nonetheless some cash left within the PPP program. It’s now out there to a broader vary of companies.

*The native enterprise reduction applications via PEDC is accepting purposes for native companies via a gross sales tax rebate from February and March and an incentive for the PPP program.

Different Useful Data:

*The State has relaxed necessities for who may be examined. Anyone can get examined that has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, issue respiratory, chills, a decreased urge for food, diminished sense of style or scent, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint aches, nausea, rash, rigors, a runny nostril, a sore throat, sputum manufacturing. Anybody with any signs is inspired to name PMC’s 24-hour COVID-19 hotline (907) 772-5788. Skilled nurses are answering the calls.

*Any questions on coronavirus well being mandates in Petersburg may be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Publish Workplace is brief staffed and has diminished counter hours M-F, 1-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough tips for the put up workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, look forward to folks to depart an space earlier than you enter it.

–Residents with odd quantity packing containers decide up mail Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

–Residents with even quantity packing containers decide up mail Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive threat people ought to keep away from the put up workplace altogether. Please get another person to examine your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to examine your mail you may electronic mail: [email protected]

Highlights from KFSK’s Coronavirus Present—Friday, Could 8, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*PMC has collected 178 samples for COVID-19 in Petersburg (that’s about 5 % of the city’s inhabitants) The outcomes are: 157 detrimental, Three recovered, and 18 exams pending.  The exams numbers are for particular person folks. It doesn’t add numbers for individuals who had been examined greater than as soon as.

*People who find themselves older and have underlying well being circumstances usually tend to die from the virus. They’re extra susceptible to the virus than others. It’s necessary to do not forget that you have a look at the statistics for Alaska.

*Nearly all of folks in Alaska who’ve examined optimistic for the virus are between the ages of 20-60. They’re those which can be out locally. That’s the place the chance is as a result of they’re interacting with others. They’re a wholesome a part of the inhabitants who can switch to the susceptible a part of the inhabitants.

Alaska Public Well being Nursing:

*Please assist shield moms this weekend since it’s Mom’s Day.

*Preserve a 6 foot distance and put on facial coverings when out in public.

*Methods which you could assist seniors now: contact native nursing houses to see in the event that they want extra PPE or assist native meals banks. They’re a susceptible inhabitants.

*Anybody is in a susceptible inhabitants ought to proceed protected measures though companies are opening again up. That doesn’t make them much less susceptible.

*There are stats when it comes to individuals who die from COVID-19. A number of web sites that may break down the demise charge, based on age and gender.

Petersburg Borough:

*Enjoying make amends for particulars on what State Mandates have modified. Part 2 of reopening began right this moment. Encourage residents to go to the state’s web site to see the up to date particulars.

*Revisions made to retail companies, dine in providers, private care companies, fishing charters, gymnasium and health facilities, and social and non secular gatherings, swimming swimming pools, bars, theaters, and extra. The attachments have a variety of restrictions; it relies on what kind of enterprise or facility.

*Patrons, please be respectful of the companies and their needs to function. Some require masking so please comply with the requests.

*Petersburg’s Neighborhood Heart and pool shouldn’t be opening but however the borough is contemplating the way to open the services.  They’re making an attempt to develop plans to satisfy the state’s rules. It relies on staffing and provides. Reply the questions of how will we do it and the way a lot will it value?

*Instra-state journey has completely different necessities than out of state vacationers coming in. Individuals in Petersburg usually are not required to have a 14 day quarantine if they’re touring to bigger communities. Nevertheless, small communities can have their very own legal guidelines. If fishermen have to journey via a small group to get to fishing grounds, they need to examine with the communities earlier than touring.

*Icicle Seafoods is testing incoming seasonal employees in Washington State, isolating the employees for a number of days in Washington whereas testing occurs. When the employees get to Petersburg they’re quarantining regionally. Icicle’s purpose is to segregate their workforce from the group as a lot as doable. If employees obtained sick it could be disastrous to their firm.  

*If seasonal employees do get sick, that info will probably be shared with the group.

*Work session subsequent Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. between the borough and the State’s high medical specialists. Residents can take part by way of Zoom. They’ll focus on the way forward for testing and different outlooks. KFSK will see if it may be broadcast reside.

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

*NOAA has launched the funding quantity. $50 million is coming to Alaska. They’ll run it equally to the fishery catastrophe. It’s fisheries associated not simply business fishing. The State will arrange a spending plan. Some proportion will probably be direct funds. Extra info on the way to apply will probably be introduced later.

*The borough’s COVID-19 web site has good info for companies on the way to reopen. It consists of indicators for companies that they’ll put up.

*No good numbers on the affect of unemployment till the top of Could.

*Beginning Saturday, the appliance interval will probably be prolonged till Could 22. It received’t simply be for non-essential companies. Particulars are on the borough’s web site.

Petersburg Faculty District

*Solidifying plans for commencement. It’s not best however the most effective they’ll do now. The scholars have had nice concepts to assist plan it. They need the group collaborating in a parade route, Could 26 from 6-7 p.m. They’ll launch a route and they want folks to yell and honk and

*Nonetheless making an attempt to work out the small print of reentering college within the fall. The district is working with the State on these particulars.

*There are a number of weeks of college left.

Different Useful Data:

*The State has relaxed necessities for who may be examined. Anyone can get examined that has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, issue respiratory, chills, a decreased urge for food, diminished sense of style or scent, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint aches, nausea, rash, rigors, a runny nostril, a sore throat, sputum manufacturing. Anybody with any signs is inspired to name PMC’s 24-hour COVID-19 hotline (907) 772-5788. Skilled nurses are answering the calls.

*Any questions on coronavirus well being mandates in Petersburg may be emailed to: [email protected]petersburgak.gov.

*The Petersburg Publish Workplace has counter hours to M-F, 1-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough tips for the put up workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, look forward to folks to depart an space earlier than you enter it.

–Residents with odd quantity packing containers decide up mail Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

–Residents with even quantity packing containers decide up mail Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive threat people ought to keep away from the put up workplace altogether. Please get another person to examine your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to examine your mail you may electronic mail: [email protected]

Highlights from KFSK’s Coronavirus Present—Wednesday, Could 6, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*PMC has collected 167 samples for COVID-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 154 detrimental, Three recovered, and 10 exams pending. 

*PMC is engaged on offering testing inside 48 hours of medical procedures for individuals who have to see the dentist or physician for up-close remedies.

*Working internally on testing technique with extra availability for asymptomatic testing.

*Clinic volumes have decreased by 50 % and total the hospital has decreased volumes of 35 % so it’s financially difficult at this level. The way it will settle out is but to be decided.

*Monitor your self for signs; contemplate that they is likely to be gentle or obscure. Keep away from different folks if you’re unwell.

*That is nursing week and a shout out to the wonderful nursing employees. 2020 is the 12 months of the Nurse. If you already know a nurse, attain out and inform them that you just respect them.

Alaska Public Well being Nursing:

*State has launched suggestions for seniors and methods to scale back your threat on the State’s COVID webpage. It makes options on how seniors can have family and friends make it easier to out since you are at greater threat of doubtless dying from COVID.  It has suggestions for decreasing your threat as a lot as doable.

Petersburg Borough:

*The native facial protecting mandate expired Could 5. The Petersburg Emergency Operations nonetheless encourages folks to put on masks. Alaska Mandate 16 nonetheless requires facial coverings for a lot of companies for each staff and patrons.

*Petersburg is sheltering one one who doesn’t have a house and is being examined for COVID-19.

*Petersburg is trying into becoming a member of a research the place they research the virus in waste water. Another communities and nations are utilizing it as a technique to gauge the quantity of virus in a group.  Emergency Operations Heart Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman, stated they’re trying into it however nothing definitive but.  “It might be doubtlessly one thing for Petersburg to gauge the place we’re at so far as understanding the extent of COVID-19 in our group.”

*Out of State employees who’re quarantining in Petersburg for 2 weeks earlier than they begin to work (based on State Mandate 10) are allowed to go exterior provided that it’s a personal area or a spot the place they won’t run into others. It can’t be a public area like downtown the place you would possibly come into contact with others.

*Subsequent Wednesday there will probably be a piece session with the State’s fundamental well being specialists in regards to the virus. It’s a Q and A video convention the place the borough and medical middle leaders can ask the State specialists questions, which is able to assist the group make selections based on the State’s finest info. What ought to the group concentrate on? What’s the long run plan the group ought to be fascinated with?

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

*New assets on the Covid-19 useful resource data hub on how enterprise homeowners can meet the necessities for working now.

*SBA Financial Harm Catastrophe Loans are solely being accepted from agricultural enterprise, which incorporates business fishing and processing.

*PPP (Paycheck Safety Program) nonetheless has cash within the fund. At the moment the one financial institution on the town accepting purposes is Alps. First Financial institution and Wells Fargo have a backlog and aren’t taking new purposes.

*CARES Act for NOAA fisheries has not introduced but how they’re going to distribute funding.

*The State doesn’t have numbers on how many individuals in Petersburg have misplaced jobs from COVID.

Petersburg Faculty District

*Shout out this week to Academics and Workers Appreciation Week

*Proceed to work via the small print of determining a significant commencement plan. There’ll doubtless be a group parade the place folks can drive by of their automobiles.

*Having conversations with the Commissioner of Well being and Social Providers, Adam Crum, and the State’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink about what would possibly occur within the fall with the beginning of college. It’s doubtless that the colleges received’t be on a standard schedule. They’re excessive threat, medium threat, and low threat eventualities. They’re additionally speaking about challenges with actions like basketball when social distancing is required.

Different Useful Data:

*The State has relaxed necessities for who may be examined. Anyone can get examined that has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, issue respiratory, chills, a decreased urge for food, diminished sense of style or scent, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint aches, nausea, rash, rigors, a runny nostril, a sore throat, sputum manufacturing. Anybody with any signs is inspired to name PMC’s 24-hour COVID-19 hotline (907) 772-5788. Skilled nurses are answering the calls.

*Any questions on coronavirus well being mandates in Petersburg may be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Publish Workplace has common counter hours to M-F, 9 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough tips for the put up workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, look forward to folks to depart an space earlier than you enter it.

–Residents with odd quantity packing containers decide up mail Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

–Residents with even quantity packing containers decide up mail Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive threat people ought to keep away from the put up workplace altogether. Please get another person to examine your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to examine your mail you may electronic mail: [email protected]

Highlights from KFSK’s Coronavirus Present—Friday, Could 1, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*PMC has collected 144 samples for COVID-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 119 detrimental, Three recovered, and 22 exams pending. 

*Anybody who has a pending take a look at should deal with themselves as if they’ve COVID till you hear in any other case. You will need to keep remoted till you get the take a look at outcomes again.

*We now have had two group instances in Petersburg. They aren’t associated to one another. Social distancing helps the virus from spreading to others. The facial coverings assist the virus from spreading. PMC’s An infection Prevention Supervisor, Liz Bacom, stated, “I hope that the meeting will no less than make it a advice to the residents of Petersburg to make use of the most effective tips from the State and the federal authorities–the CDC–so far as the way to forestall the unfold.”

*The economic system is opening up and PMC will probably be watching testing outcomes carefully.

*It is extremely necessary that cash isn’t a barrier for folks getting examined. If somebody has insurance coverage, will probably be billed to them however will probably be paid for. You do NOT have to satisfy your insurance coverage deductible for the take a look at to be paid for. There is no such thing as a cost for COVID testing if somebody can’t pay for it.

Alaska Public Well being Nursing:

*It’s actually necessary that individuals take this severely. When you’ve got been examined, that you must act like you’re optimistic till medical suppliers let you know that you’re not. Which means self-isolating.

*The State put out plans for households with youngsters. It appears at getting ready in case a father or mother will get sick.

Petersburg Borough:

*On Monday, borough meeting will probably be contemplating a possible extension of the facial protecting mandate. Petersburg’s Emergency Operations Heart is NOT recommending an extension. The EOC strongly believes in face coverings however they received’t suggest extending the mandate. Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman, stated, “Presently, we’ve had a variety of dialogue on the EOC in regards to the face protecting mandate. We perceive that it’s very controversial. So, at the moment, I feel that I cannot be recommending that we lengthen it to the meeting. The State of Alaska does have a well being alert regarding facial coverings and a robust advice for that to happen. . . The message from the EOC continues to be going to be that face protecting is extremely advisable as a technique to forestall unfold of the virus to others however the controversial nature of the mandate and the detrimental consideration that it’s acquired has actually pushed me to take a distinction stance on that and primarily simply attempt to encourage folks to satisfy that well being alert that has been put out by the State and make good selections on their very own.”

*Meeting is contemplating a mail-in solely poll for the October election like different communities nonetheless they don’t know what will probably be occurring then. Having a technique in place earlier than the election that doesn’t require shut contact might be good.

*Well being Mandate 17 from the State of Alaska concerning business fishing vessels permits for native boat yards and harbors to take steps to additional separate folks coming into city from others. EOC hasn’t mentioned Mandate 17 particularly. They’re discussing with the harbor about the way to deal with transient vessels coming via Petersburg.

*Nonetheless asking folks to social distance however you are able to do that whereas nonetheless getting exterior and luxuriate in it this weekend. Please hold being protected, keep six toes aside, put on face coverings when applicable, and wash your fingers.

Petersburg Faculty District

*At present is Faculty Lunch Hero Day. Shout out to the employees doing lunch deliveries.

*It’s also Principal’s Day right this moment. Thanks to Rick Dormer and Heather Conn for his or her optimistic management throughout this loopy time.

*Subsequent week is Trainer and Workers Appreciation Week.

*Making an attempt to get out a tough define for commencement. Making an attempt to get digital plans and a reside parade of types labored out.

*Having a variety of conferences with state management and making an attempt to get a have a look at what subsequent 12 months would possibly seem like. It’s not likely useful for teams of younger youngsters. We’re hopeful that we will do issues safely with small teams and particular person college students within the fall.  Additionally, artistic methods of doing summer time college.

*Excessive Faculty glacier survey—It would doubtless be the primary time that the survey won’t occur as a result of there isn’t a technique to do it with social distancing. At the very least it received’t be by helicopter. It might presumably be by boat however they haven’t provide you with particulars on how to try this but.

Different Useful Data:

*The State has relaxed necessities for who may be examined. Anyone can get examined that has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, issue respiratory, chills, a decreased urge for food, diminished sense of style or scent, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint aches, nausea, rash, rigors, a runny nostril, a sore throat, sputum manufacturing. Anybody with any signs is inspired to name PMC’s 24-hour COVID-19 hotline (907) 772-5788. Skilled nurses are answering the calls.

*Any questions on coronavirus well being mandates in Petersburg may be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Publish Workplace has common counter hours to M-F, 9 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough tips for the put up workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, look forward to folks to depart an space earlier than you enter it.

–Residents with odd quantity packing containers decide up mail Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

–Residents with even quantity packing containers decide up mail Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive threat people ought to keep away from the put up workplace altogether. Please get another person to examine your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to examine your mail you may electronic mail: [email protected]

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Program—Wednesday, April 29, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*PMC has collected 134 samples for Covid-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 107 detrimental, 1 optimistic, 2 recovered, and 24 exams pending. 

*There are extra exams being achieved in Petersburg as a result of the State of Alaska has expanded the record of signs that qualify somebody for testing. We’re utilizing the fast testing machines. We now have extra choices for testing in home however they’re nonetheless sending exams out to exterior labs for affirmation.

*There is no such thing as a plan for random, asymptomatic testing. There is no such thing as a capability in PMC’s lab to try this.

*It’s actually necessary that cash shouldn’t be a barrier for testing. Testing is free in case you don’t have insurance coverage that may pay for it or in case you haven’t reached a deductible for insurance coverage. An infection Prevention Manger Liz Bacom stated, “This can be a public well being emergency. This can be a widespread downside and we need to take a look at as many individuals as we will in order that we will reduce the unfold locally.”

*In case you are recognized as a part of contact tracing there isn’t any value for testing. In case you are recognized as an individual who was involved with somebody who’s optimistic, it’s thought of a part of the State’s investigation and there’s no cost to the affected person.

*Sitka had a optimistic case in its long run care facility however they don’t know the way as a result of they had been on lockdown for six weeks. The takeaway from the Sitka story is that if you already know your residents usually are not going exterior, you may assume that it’s your employees that’s bringing it into the power. Nurse Supervisor Jennifer Bryner stated, “It’s a must to be extraordinarily cautious that you’re following all of the social distancing and hygiene circumstances that the State and native authorities is asking us to do as a result of we all know that we’re those to deliver it to the susceptible.”

*Speaking a couple of planning doc for the group about future plans; sort of a playbook for various kinds of eventualities. what’s legitimate and never legitimate. That would come with eventualities about future testing. Asking the State for serving to with it.

*It’s necessary to grasp how this virus presents itself. Individuals have a unique expression of the an infection. That’s the reason the record of signs record is rising as a result of there may be such a wide range of signs. It casts out a broader internet for screening the group in order that it doesn’t work its means into our services.

*Social distancing is one of the simplest ways to maintain the unfold down. Up thus far, the diligence of the folks of Petersburg has had a optimistic affect on slowing the unfold.

*Please keep residence when you have any signs, even the gentle signs. Employers please ask your employees to go residence if they’ve any signs. Encourage them to name the hotline for medical steering. The CDC web site has a self-checker instrument for folks to make use of additionally.

Alaska Public Well being Nursing:

*The State is permitting extra folks to be examined; they’ve relaxed the necessities for who may be examined. Anyone can get examined that has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, issue respiratory, chills, a decreased urge for food, diminished sense of style or scent, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint aches, nausea, rash, rigors, a runny nostril, a sore throat, sputum manufacturing.

*Persons are supposed to finish a journey mandate kind and switch it into the State when they’re touring to and from Petersburg.

Petersburg Borough:

*Borough meeting handed a directive that enables sheltering choices for individuals who have to isolate from others. It’s particular to homeless individuals, healthcare employees, and first responders. It isn’t for a brand new particular person coming to city with no plan for housing. It’s for individuals who take a look at optimistic for COVID-19 and don’t produce other choices for safely isolating. It’s not a homeless shelter, it’s a response to a particular want to assist shield the group.

*It’s crucial for the group to proceed to do the most effective that it will probably. We have to assist one another. It’s not straightforward to proceed this fashion however it’s necessary.

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

*Asking people to use by Could Eight for each the gross sales tax rebate program and the paycheck safety program mortgage incentive grant. Anybody working a enterprise that’s deemed non-essential ought to apply. There are hyperlinks on the borough’s web site. In case you are a enterprise that has already utilized, the gross sales tax rebate is increasing to incorporate February and March.

*SBA began accepting purposes once more for the PPP (paycheck safety mortgage) and the financial harm mortgage. For any questions, name the Alaska Small Enterprise Growth Heart cellphone quantity: 907-463-3430. In case you’ve utilized and haven’t heard something, strive calling them. They issued some new steering for seasonal companies. They’re now permitting you to look again at previous months and use that info within the utility.

*State unemployment for self-employed…they’re nonetheless engaged on that program. However the State is already accepting purposes for it. You’ll get a letter again saying you had been denied however that’s simply because they don’t have this system working but. They plan to have this system on-line on Could Eight so it’s a good suggestion to use earlier than then.

*Direct funds from the IRS, that’s a web based instrument solely. There is no such thing as a cellphone quantity to name at the moment. In case you don’t file taxes since you are receiving Veterans advantages or one thing else, then you need to log on and inform the IRS that means.

Different Useful Data:

*PMC’s 24-hour Covid-19 hotline is (907) 772-5788. Skilled nurses are answering the calls. Anybody with signs of an sickness is inspired to name.

*Any questions on coronavirus well being mandates in Petersburg may be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Publish Workplace has common counter hours to M-F, 9 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough tips for the put up workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, look forward to folks to depart an space earlier than you enter it.

–Residents with odd quantity packing containers decide up mail Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

–Residents with even quantity packing containers decide up mail Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive threat people ought to keep away from the put up workplace altogether. Please get another person to examine your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to examine your mail you may electronic mail: [email protected]

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Present—Monday, April 27, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*There’s a new optimistic case of Covid-19 in Petersburg. A 3rd particular person was recognized Monday.

* We must always assume that this new case was group unfold as a result of the virus may be unfold by folks with out signs. Regardless that the State has not introduced if this was journey associated or group unfold we should always assume others have it or are carriers. We now have to imagine that the virus is locally.

*PMC has collected 115 samples for Covid-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 98 detrimental, 1 optimistic, 2 recovered, and 14 exams pending. 

*Antibody testing shouldn’t be being achieved at PMC. Proper now, there are not any plans to start out. It requires a blood draw. It isn’t essentially an correct measure of somebody’s well being. Some preliminary research don’t even begin till 10-12 days after the symptom onset. It’s nonetheless unclear if antibodies shield you from getting the virus once more.  Simply since you are optimistic with antibody doesn’t imply that you just don’t should comply with different security measures like social distancing and facial protecting.

*Individuals mustn’t put on rubber gloves to guard themselves from the virus. Gloves forestall folks from washing their fingers usually and from utilizing hand sanitizer. The virus survives on surfaces and one other floor is a rubber glove. An infection Prevention Supervisor, Liz Bacom, stated a rubber gloves is a vessel for transferring the virus. She says individuals are extra cautious in the event that they don’t put on gloves. In the event that they do put on gloves they’ve a false sense of safety.

*Individuals ought to put on facial coverings to guard others and themselves from the virus spreading via droplets within the air.

*PMC helps the borough’s proposed mandate to offer choices for folks to quarantine. If somebody presents sure hazard to the group, there’s a waiver via U.S. Dept. of Well being and Human Providers, which permits HIPAA to be waived in sure, particular circumstances.

*Lots of questions nonetheless to be answered: What’s occurring with the virus sooner or later. Will it go right into a seasonal lull? Will it are available in waves? Will it’s a sluggish unfold? What are the issues that we need to do in Petersburg to stop this from spreading? What are the factors for the unfold? What are among the testing capabilities that we now have?

*Any signs that aren’t regular for you, it’s price calling PMC’s 24-hour Covid hotline (907) 772-5788

Petersburg Borough:

*The Petersburg Borough is proposing Well being Mandate 7 following the State’s Mandate 14, which appears at sheltering homeless folks and healthcare employees and first responders if there was an outbreak of Covid-19. The borough meeting is holding a particular assembly to contemplate it. This mandate is short-term and particular to Covid-19. It addresses the 35 individuals who don’t have a house in Petersburg and if they’re optimistic, they don’t have anyplace to isolate. This mandate creates a system for the hospital to request sheltering for somebody who wants it and for the borough and EOC to supply that shelter. The borough would hire rooms on the Narrows Inn for them to quarantine and get reimbursed later by FEMA/federal authorities. The Narrows Inn was the one hospitality facility on the town that thought of renting to the homeless inhabitants. First Responders and healthcare employees are additionally included within the mandate as a result of they’re excessive threat. If they’ll’t quarantine away from others at residence, they may have another choice—Tides Inn.  There may be already a legislation on the books for Tuberculosis to permit a healthcare supplier to quarantine and isolate somebody if it’s for the betterment of the general public well being. That legislation continues to be on the books whether or not or not it’s on this new mandate. Incident Commander for Petersburg Emergency Operations Heart, Karl Hagerman stated the purpose of the mandate is to offer folks a selection. “We now have no intention, zero intention of forcing folks to do that except it’s a fully egregious case; someone extremely symptomatic that’s shedding virus dramatically and is refusing to isolate. It’s a final resort.”

*It’s complicated with the state reopening enterprise with new optimistic instances displaying up in Petersburg. Petersburg shouldn’t be via the pandemic.  There may be a variety of planning occurring now with the hope that an outbreak doesn’t occur.

*Individuals can not get exams if they need for a sure enterprise sectors like fishing. There usually are not sufficient exams within the state.

*If individuals are exterior and may keep social distance, there may be not a strict requirement for sporting facial coverings. Face coverings are required in case you can’t be six toes from different non-household members.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*Persevering with to analysis what might occur for a commencement ceremony. The State of Alaska has given the district some steering. Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter will talk with different Southeast faculties about what they’re doing.

*Discuss this summer time. There is likely to be some alternative for some group instruction for college kids who would possibly want some catching up.

*Discuss across the state about what would possibly occur this fall if we’re nonetheless beneath this steering with no vaccination. Perhaps some methods of staggering schedules and having youngsters are available in at completely different instances.

*The plan is to get all of the know-how units again from college students on the finish of the college 12 months.

Different Useful Data:

*State tips have modified about who may be examined. The State is now recommending that anybody with a cough be examined. Additionally, anybody with two of the next signs: fever, muscle or joint aches, nausea, diarrhea, runny nostril, headache, chills, fatigue, lack of scent or style, shaking, or a sore throat.

*PMC’s 24-hour Covid-19 hotline is (907) 772-5788. Skilled nurses are answering the calls. Anybody with signs of an sickness is inspired to name.

*Individuals can name PMC’s An infection Management Director, Liz Bacom, for common query about Covid-19 at 772-5545

*Any questions on coronavirus well being mandates in Petersburg may be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Publish Workplace has counter hours to M-F, 9 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough tips for the put up workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, look forward to folks to depart an space earlier than you enter it.

–Residents with odd quantity packing containers decide up mail Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

–Residents with even quantity packing containers decide up mail Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive threat people ought to keep away from the put up workplace altogether. Please get another person to examine your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to examine your mail you may electronic mail: [email protected]

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Present—Friday, April 24, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*PMC has collected 107 samples for Covid-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 88 detrimental, 2 recovered, and 17 exams pending. 

*There are about 155 cartridges for the fast testing machines in Petersburg. There is no such thing as a technique to get extra cartridges from the maker of the machines, Abbott. They will’t sustain with demand at this level.

*Because the State broadens its necessities for testing, we’re going to check extra. Covid hotline nurses take a historical past of signs and current it to physicians. Physicians resolve if folks with signs should be examined for Covid. Nonetheless not testing folks with out signs. Not testing healthcare employees who don’t have any signs.

*It’s unclear if a seasonal employee exams optimistic for Covid in Petersburg can be counted as a neighborhood case. Nevertheless, the optimistic take a look at end result would nonetheless be reported to the group.

*The federal authorities is recommending that chloroquine NOT be used routinely for Covid-19 remedy. It’s only allowed for medical trials and use in hospitals via an emergency authorization. The drug particularly reduces irritation within the lungs however it doesn’t goal the virus. Negative effects have included demise.  

*Individuals mustn’t inject or ingest disinfectant within the physique to assist battle Covid. Disinfectants like Lysol are for clear surfaces and to not put in your physique.

*It has not been confirmed that the unfold of Covid occurs via canine or cats however it is strongly recommended that when you have Covid you need to be remoted from pets so the virus isn’t transmitted on the floor of their fur.

*One of the best prevention for Covid-19 is sporting a facial protecting and staying six toes away from others.

*Following the mandates and what it appears like for PMC. Internally, we’re nonetheless on lock down standing. Watching and ready what’s occurring locally and state to see what Covid goes to do. A bit of nervous about incoming seasonal employees.

*Engaged on enhancing processes and can deal with sufferers with Covid signs as if they’ve Covid. If all of us proceed to try this inside and out of doors of the hospital, that’s how we hold one another protected.

Public Well being Nursing:

*Because of everybody in Petersburg who has tried to stop the unfold of this an infection.

Petersburg Borough:

*Governor’s workplace has issued extra particulars on State Mandate 16 for opening the economic system.

*Intra-community journey now allowed for folks on the street system to allow them to journey between cities for non-essential causes. They’ve particular guidelines to comply with and nonetheless should apply social distancing.

*Not conscious of companies which can be opening. Native companies usually are not required to offer the borough plans.

*Karl Hagerman, Incident Commander with Petersburg Emergency Operations, suggests–in the intervening time–that the Petersburg Meeting not make any actions at this level about reopening and go by the State’s mandate particulars.

*Transferring ahead with the borough mandate that requires companies which can be bringing in employees from out of city to carry out important providers. (Each state and borough mandates requiring companies to submit plans to the borough and the state) Ryan Welde, the Incident Command Security Officer, is doing the first evaluation of these enterprise plans.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*Working via hiring for some positions.

*Getting some steering from the State for commencement. Plan to speak to the Commissioner of Schooling on Monday to get extra questions answered.

*Weekend meals went out right this moment together with the Friday meals.

*Ebook cellular is delivering books on Fridays. Types may be discovered on-line and within the weekly bulletins in emails.

*Dad and mom ought to join meals for his or her youngsters for subsequent week

Different Useful Data:

*State tips have modified about who may be examined. The State is now recommending that anybody with a cough be examined. Additionally, anybody with two of the next signs: fever, muscle or joint aches, nausea, diarrhea, runny nostril, headache, chills, fatigue, lack of scent or style, shaking, or a sore throat.

*PMC’s 24-hour Covid-19 hotline is (907) 772-5788. Skilled nurses are answering the calls. Anybody with signs of an sickness is inspired to name.

*Individuals can name PMC’s An infection Management Director, Liz Bacom, for common query about Covid-19 at 772-5545

*Any questions on coronavirus well being mandates in Petersburg may be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Publish Workplace has counter hours to M-F, 9 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough tips for the put up workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, look forward to folks to depart an space earlier than you enter it.

–Residents with odd quantity packing containers decide up mail Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

–Residents with even quantity packing containers decide up mail Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive threat people ought to keep away from the put up workplace altogether. Please get another person to examine your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to examine your mail you may electronic mail: [email protected]

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Present—Thursday, April 23, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*PMC has collected 102 samples for Covid-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 84 detrimental, 1 optimistic, 1 recovered, and 16 exams pending. 

*There was a current uptick in calls to the 24-hour hotline this previous week from folks with signs.

*With the reopening of some companies, it’s extra necessary than ever to put on facial coverings. The native mandate continues to be in impact. Additionally, particulars within the state’s mandate to reopen the economic system do require facial coverings for workers or clients or each. Companies ought to learn the mandate for these particulars.

*CEO Phil Hofstetter has some issues in regards to the reopening of companies on the town as a result of the virus passes to and from asymptomatic folks.

*There are a significate variety of residents in Petersburg who’re susceptible and in danger. There are over 100 folks in Petersburg who’re over the age of 80 and round 200 folks with diabetes. Additionally, Lengthy Time period Care and different residential areas for susceptible folks will stay remoted as a result of they’re excessive threat.

*Obtainable to work with companies on the way to display screen staff, which might embody taking temperatures. Recommends that companies contemplate screening for signs and temperatures.

*Return to the fundamentals:  Keep residence in case you’re sick, wash your fingers, put on a facial protecting when required and deal with it with care.

Petersburg Borough:

*Making an attempt to digest Well being Mandate 16 from the State that particulars the primary part of reopening Alaska. It consists of particulars of how non-essential companies can run, together with retail companies, eating places for dine-in providers, and private care providers like hair salons. There are particulars within the mandate about social distancing and guidelines companies should comply with. Encourages companies to learn the State Mandate 16 themselves. If companies have questions, they’ll electronic mail [email protected]

*Petersburg’s facial protecting mandate continues to be in impact even with the State’s reopening of some companies. Any one who is getting into a retailer should put on a facial protecting. Nevertheless, the facial coverings don’t change social distancing. Individuals nonetheless have to social distance within the shops by six toes as properly. Attempt to perceive that the shops are beneath stress to satisfy the present calls for.

*The entire state is working on the consideration system for the mandates. The enforcement of the mandates has at all times been a difficulty. The borough will attempt to work with folks as a lot as doable to teach the general public and enterprise homeowners earlier than writing tickets.

*The rationale that we’re on this within the first place is a medical purpose, there’s a menace that we might overwhelm the native healthcare system.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*We’re getting into the “upkeep part” of issues, seeing the fact of on-line life and lack of social connection for college kids and employees. It’s a bit sporting and we’re doing extra outreach to households. There’s a sense of loss about some issues that may’t occur but in addition artistic fascinated with other ways of doing issues.

*Over 600 meals a day are being delivered day by day to youngsters. Meals will proceed into the summer time in some kind however it would possibly look just a little completely different from what’s occurring now.

*There are not any definitive solutions but in regards to the subsequent college 12 months beginning in August. Nonetheless figuring out how the summer time will seem like and are hoping to get steering from the State. Particularly it’s difficult for the youngest college students as a result of it’s troublesome to do distance supply with six-year-olds.  

Different Useful Data:

*State tips have modified about who may be examined. The State is now recommending that anybody with a cough be examined. Additionally, anybody with two of the next signs: fever, muscle or joint aches, nausea, diarrhea, runny nostril, headache, chills, fatigue, lack of scent or style, shaking, or a sore throat.

*PMC’s 24-hour Covid-19 hotline is (907) 772-5788. Skilled nurses are answering the calls. Anybody with signs of an sickness is inspired to name.

*Individuals can name PMC’s An infection Management Director, Liz Bacom, for common query about Covid-19 at 772-5545

*Any questions on coronavirus well being mandates in Petersburg may be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Publish Workplace has counter hours to M-F, 9 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough tips for the put up workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, look forward to folks to depart an space earlier than you enter it.

–Residents with odd quantity packing containers decide up mail Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

–Residents with even quantity packing containers decide up mail Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive threat people ought to keep away from the put up workplace altogether. Please get another person to examine your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to examine your mail you may electronic mail: [email protected]

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Present—Wednesday, April 22, 2020:

Karl Hagerman, Petersburg EOC Incident Commander:

* The Governor’s Workplace is taking some motion to start out reopening companies on Friday. We’ve been ready to see that in writing, in an official mandate or well being order, however that has to not my information been launched but, so we don’t know the precise particulars. However from the press convention yesterday, it appears like it could be Part-one of reopening that would come with companies like hair salons and barber outlets, with some tight restrictions in place, equivalent to one shopper at a time, no ready areas, and face coverings required to be worn by supplier. Eating places would be capable to open at 25% capability with solely members of the identical family grouping at a desk. Gyms with outside actions might start with folks no less than ten toes aside and limits on group sizes. Fishing charters would be capable to take out single households solely and at 25% capability of the boat. Bars and theaters would stay closed. With an undefined Part-two scheduled for Could 8th.   We’ve been monitoring the state’s web site for extra info, however nothing particular out there as of but.

* The State’s survey about these reopening proposals that was despatched to the borough Meeting indicated that it could not actual quickly. Absolutely the State is aware of that with public assembly notification necessities native governments can’t reply abruptly. Clearly Petersburg hasn’t been in a position to reply to the survey and presumably different communities haven’t been in a position to supply their native recommendation both… however the Borough is assembly right this moment, and hopefully we may have one thing to reply again to the State later right this moment.

* The Meeting is being requested to touch upon the State’s try to streamline a journey plan or marketing strategy for the business fishing trade. They proposed some language for that course of, and the Meeting will probably be discussing that draft this afternoon.

* A caller requested about what authorized variations might need been between Petersburg Borough’s masking mandate and Seward’s.  Karl confirmed that our native mandate was totally legally vetted, however Karl will look into what distinction could exist between these mandates.

Phil Hofstetter, Petersburg Medical Heart CEO:

* We’re ramping up our testing and testing capabilities within the respiratory clinic. I do have some issues concerning the reopening of the economic system. We haven’t seen modeling or knowledge about COVID’s unfold that they’re basing these selections on. There may be some concern that these selections are being made with out medical perception.

* Between seasonal employees developing… and among the dissension from masking practices… from the PMC aspect, we ought to be beginning to put together for people presenting to the power COVID optimistic. Based mostly on the best way this virus progresses, in my thoughts, we now have to go from prevention, to managing sufferers with COVID, which was actually what we wished to keep away from.

Laurie Miller, Petersburg Medical Heart Lab Supervisor:

* There have been 93 samples collected. Outcomes embody: 79 detrimental, one recovered, one optimistic, 12 nonetheless pending.

* We now have began the validation of the fast testing machine. All of our outcomes are going to be additionally despatched to the state for verification to make sure that the outcomes are legitimate.

* The one main downside to date, beside the repute for false negatives, is the shortage of reagent. Proper now Abbott has no projections about when extra reagent will probably be out there to the State of Alaska. So we need to be certain that the reagent we now have in Petersburg can be utilized in a significant method.

Liz Bacom, PMC An infection Management:

* There’s a put up on the Petersburg Medical Heart Fb web page about DHSS suggestions for making a masks with or with no stitching machine. There are straightforward methods to make face coverings. They do assist and we respect everyone on the market sporting them.

Jennifer Bryner, RN, Director of Nursing:

 *The right way to deal with your masks:  

-To start with, you must have clear fingers earlier than you contact your masks and after you’ve touched it. After you contact your masks you must watch your fingers or sanitize.

-The masks ought to cowl your mouth, nostril and chin.

-When that you must take a sip of water or no matter, contact the masks from the perimeters or loops, not the realm you’ve been respiratory on.

-You need to by no means push the masks under the chin or let it hold.

-If it turns into damp or dirty it ought to be discarded or washed if reusable. We suggest washing with a sizzling water cycle day by day.

-Saved in a paper bag (or one thing comparable) when not sporting it, reasonably than in a pocket.

-Take away the masks, and retailer it earlier than you eat or drink, being cautious to not contact it.

-And once more, wash your fingers or sanitize after touching your masks.

Erin Michael, Petersburg Public Well being Nurse

* Concerning the second confirmed optimistic in Petersburg:  based mostly off the investigation, there wasn’t any signal of current journey or shut contact, so that may recommend group transmission.  Neighborhood is classed as an unknown contact, not identifiably associated to journey, and never associated to a different identified case. So, regardless of in depth interviews, we’re unable to find out particularly the place the transmission of the virus happened.

* Concerning reopening enterprise:  it seems clear that we haven’t hit our peak but.  Testing is rising throughout the state, so I count on we’ll see rising numbers. However that every one has to do with what testing capabilities there are throughout the state.

* There are companies which can be at present open, important companies which can be taking precautions. Lots of companies most likely might try this if they’re following the protocols, however I’m not a enterprise particular person, I’m extra on the medical aspect. They would wish a very good plan in place to guarantee that their clients and their employees stay protected. That must occur on each enterprise’ particular person stage.

* One thing to bear in mind, an in depth contact can be described as being inside six toes for no less than ten minutes.  

* It is extremely necessary that we keep vigilant. In pandemics there’s something referred to as a second wave that may occur after restrictions have be lifted. Typically that second wave of infections is way greater than the primary wave.  Please be vigilant and comply with the suggestions. If we hold seeing restrictions lifted, that doesn’t imply we should finish precautions. These precautions assist lower the magnitude of the second wave.

Heather Conn, Stedman Elementary Faculty Principal

*A survey was just lately despatched out by way of electronic mail. We’re encouraging suggestions in regards to the workload at residence. What’s working properly or not, and many others., making an attempt to get suggestions from households.

*Some households are feeling that it’s an excessive amount of at residence, and others really feel that it’s not sufficient. We’re making an attempt to satisfy within the center, with consideration for individuals who are at residence in addition to those that are working full time and struggling to search out any time.

*State testing and assessments have been canceled.

* a message from the highschool, Mr. Dormer: They’re persevering with to plan for the senior occasions together with commencement.

*I encourage anybody locally who has concepts about commencement or baccalaureate to succeed in out to college students with what you’re considering. Share your concepts.

* We’re working with connection teams from the center college and highschool, working with counselors, and all college students ought to proceed to examine their emails.

* At present is Administrative assistant day. We now have to offer a shout-out to all our admins. Thanks all for being there for us.

* April 30th is Kindergarten Registration. There will probably be a drop off for the registration packet. You simply drive up; we will probably be there to examine the packet, and ensure all the things is signed. 

* On-line cyber-safety occasions are developing quickly. In these instances we have to know extra about cyber security, all of the dos and don’ts.

Liz Cabrera, Director of Petersburg Financial Growth Council

* We’re near extra funding for the PPP, the Senate simply handed a big funding measure which included $310billion for PPP, and the Home is scheduled to take up the vote this week.

* The PPP is for employers and self-employed companies, and nonprofits too. The concept is you may take an quantity equal to 2.5 instances a mean month-to-month payroll. In case you spend that on payroll, then you may apply to have that mortgage forgiven.

* There are lots of people with purposes turned in when the funds ran dry.  In order quickly as funding turns into out there, these purposes will probably be submitted and the cash will begin drawing down instantly. Anybody who has an curiosity on this must get their paperwork collectively instantly and be prepared to use the second banks are accepting new purposes.

* So far as receiving the current particular person stimulus, the IRS has an internet site, to place in your direct deposit data, and hopefully velocity up receiving that if one hasn’t acquired it but. In case you are receiving VA advantages or spousal advantages, the IRS wants you to submit details about the place to ship that stimulus cash to you. The IRS doesn’t at present have a cellphone service out there for individuals who want to use and get info.

* For native companies that needed to shut down attributable to do the mandates, PEDC does have a gross sales tax rebate program out there. Hover over the assets for companies web page on the borough’s website to use for that rebate.  

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Present—Tuesday, April 21 2020:

Karl Hagerman, Petersburg EOC Incident Commander:

The facial coverings mandate handed final evening with a vote of Four to three. It’s in impact as of this morning. The mandate principally requires anybody going right into a constructing open to the general public, working in a constructing with coworkers, or exterior of a constructing in shut proximity with others, when social distancing isn’t doable, must put on a facial protecting.

There may be a variety of masking steering on the web and hyperlinks on the Borough’s web site for varied completely different choices.

Exceptions to the mandate exist for individuals who can’t put on masks for medical causes, together with   younger youngsters beneath two, and people with power respiratory and pulmonary points, although they need to nonetheless do the practices to maintain the unfold down.

In case you’re inside a constructing and dealing alone, you wouldn’t should put on a masks in that scenario.

Outdoor alone or together with your households, the place you received’t be encountering different folks, a masks shouldn’t be wanted.

Once you come into contact with others exterior your family, that’s once you need to put a facial protecting on to guard them from what you is likely to be unknowingly carrying.

The facial coverings mandate runs till Could 5th, two weeks from now will probably be reconsidered.

We’ve been listening to a variety of concern about folks coming to Petersburg. The 2 different mandates are about limiting entry from smaller cruise ships to Petersburg. And the opposite is requiring companies to submit their plans for receiving exterior employees to the Borough, in addition to to the State as was already required.

Phil Hofstetter, Petersburg Medical Heart CEO:

We now have obtained some testing gear from the state. We lastly did obtain these yesterday.

Lots of our methods are issues which were carried out in pandemics previously. The one factor that’s altering from the previous is the supply of lab testing.  The native lab staff deserves to be acknowledged for the experience and talents they supply within the medical middle.   

Liz Bacom, PMC An infection Management:

The testing depend as of this morning:  87 folks display screen, 79 detrimental,  6 pending , 1 optimistic, 1 recovered.

The fast testing items from the state have arrived

This machine shouldn’t be as delicate because the gold customary methodology out there on the State’s lab. The brand new native take a look at could be very correct for testing Positives, however the machine shouldn’t be as delicate in producing detrimental exams, so detrimental outcomes will probably be despatched alongside to the state for verification, to supply a excessive stage on confidence. That’s to keep away from reporting a detrimental when it was truly a decrease stage optimistic.

The turnaround time for the native take a look at is similar day, doubtlessly lower than an hour.  

Pets and COVID19:  there’s not a variety of proof of whether or not pets can carry and transmit COVID19.    There may be secondary transmission doable, for instance, by means of the droplet transmission on the skin of the canine’s coat.

Jennifer Bryner, RN, Director of Nursing:

The brand new optimistic end result doesn’t change practices at PMC, we now have been working beneath the sensible assumption that there was COVID locally for the previous month or so, by masking, handwashing, screening, limiting entry to sufferers with vulnerabilities equivalent to Long run Care.  

Keep in mind once we sporting a masks we’re defending others.  If I’m working in an space and, for instance, I speak, and the droplets get into the instant space. When another person walks in and makes use of that very same merchandise, they doubtlessly decide up these droplets.

Keep in mind to put on a masks in case you expertise any signs, and frequent floor cleansing is de facto crucial, and above all, if you’re sick, please keep residence.  And if you’re in a family with anybody unwell with COVID signs, family members must also attempt to keep residence. 

When you’ve got been examined and are awaiting outcomes you need to be isolating inside your property.

Droplets are the very high quality items of moisture produced by talking, yelling, singing, forceful respiratory, coughing, and sneezing.

Thanks to the lab employees.  Lab is one thing people can take as a right, however we now have an extremely proficient, skilled lab employees and we’re simply very fortunate to have everybody from the lab right here.

Erika Kludt-Painter, Superintendent of Petersburg Faculty District:

Caps and Robes are being handed out right this moment, between 1 and 3pm, and we’re asking highschool youngsters to drive by and drop off uniforms.

Tonight at 5:30 there are workplace hours, for any dad and mom excited by speaking with Mr. Dormer or Mr. Cabral. If you wish to be a part of the workplace hours Zoom, electronic mail Dormer or Cabral for the password. Identical factor tomorrow for Center Faculty.

Contemplating varied artistic concepts for commencement.

Working via applied sciences points within the elementary college.  Enormous shoutout to the elementary academics, college students and households for making all of it occur.

Additionally hiring to fill positions which can be opening up attributable to retirements.

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Present Monday, April 20, 2020

Karl Hagerman:

On the second native optimistic case: pushed out phrase in regards to the second case as rapidly as doable, however didn’t use a code-red announcement, simply to keep away from over-using it. However not a lot different info is obtainable in regards to the case.

Investigation is at present underway concerning group unfold or not.  Erin has been in shut contact with the state and new info might be coming in any time.

Three proposed mandates are into consideration tonight at this night’s Borough conferences. Over thirty letters have been submitted to the Meeting lots of them are complaints in regards to the facial protecting mandates:

Hagerman reiterates that the mandate doesn’t state you’ll should put on a masks or facial protecting all day lengthy. When assembly social distancing practices, or when by your self or with family members, facial protecting shouldn’t be mandated.

The chance of being unable to satisfy social distancing necessities inside sure companies or settings, is why facial coverings are advisable.

Masking your face is to guard folks round you greater than to guard one’s personal self.

If strolling round downtown – although city shouldn’t be very busy proper now – if you’re on a sidewalk and passing others inside six toes, it’s best to have a protecting on.

One other proposed mandate requires all companies with employees coming in from exterior the group to submit their plan for receiving employees in a protected means.

Anybody who needs to testify a verbal assertion to the Meeting tonight can name 1-800-954-0633

The face masks mandate, as soon as handed, can be in impact till Could 5, a two-week interval the place we’re asking folks to knuckle down and assist everybody out.  The main focus is flattening the curve.

Erin Michael:

Goes via the interview info from the optimistic case, and the state epidemiologist staff is sorting via that info now.  

Based mostly off of knowledge proper now, from the state, there may be not at present info that ties this case to journey or to an in depth contact to a secondary case.

Neighborhood unfold is what it’s referred to as once they interview a supply they usually can’t decide the origin of the publicity. It might be an asymptomatic contact. The time period doesn’t imply the an infection is spreading throughout the entire group, however it successfully means the reason for publicity is as of but unknown.

Extra info will probably be forth coming from the state on this case, however it’s nonetheless early on.

Contacts are people who find themselves established to have been inside six toes of a optimistic case for no less than ten minutes, or if one has been coughed or sneezed on by a COVID optimistic particular person.  

All people must be taking the precautions which were urged all alongside. Social distancing, protecting nostril and mouth, staying as wholesome as doable, so we will all make it via as ache free as doable.

Phil Hofstetter:

The way in which we handle and consider the virus ought to be extra group based mostly reasonably than focusing in on an individual. The truth of the virus is that many individuals are asymptomatic. The chance is that some individuals are simply high quality and others could also be not high quality, and it’s not tremendous clear who’s going to have an particularly antagonistic response. There have been instances that don’t fall into the paradigm of simply the aged or sick are in danger.

We’re in a pandemic. We don’t know loads in regards to the virus. We now have to take a look at squashing the virus first. And it’s harmful to speak about simply concentrating on people who find themselves identified to actively have the virus. It’s extra necessary to apply the established practices, and to suppose with kindness. As a result of anybody can have the virus.

As a result of we now have this distinctive location, an island, it’s a possibility to doubtlessly management the movement of the virus in ways in which different locations can’t. 

There’s a hazard of ostracizing somebody for COVID. However it will probably infect anybody. We now have to maintain it in thoughts.

We nonetheless don’t know the way lengthy the illness is energetic in a system.  This is the reason we depend on professional epidemiologists. 

We now have the distinctive alternative to deal with this factor. There ought to be no purpose why we will’t do issues higher than a giant metropolis.

Jennifer Bryner:

Put on masks to guard others. We all know it is a droplet transmitted virus, so once we speak, sneeze, cough, sing, chuckle, droplets can land on surfaces or on folks.  Your droplets land on a floor, another person touches that floor, and it may be transmitted to them.

That’s the idea behind sporting a masks.   We assume we’re carrying it, so we put on a masks to stop our personal spreading it.  We put on a masks to guard others.

So then, additionally, the way to we shield ourselves? That’s the place the hand-washing, the washing high-touch areas, the staying residence, and limiting our personal publicity to surfaces and others is how we shield ourselves.

If we assume that you’ve got it and that others have it. That’s how we drive down the chance.

A masks in inconvenient, however it is extremely straightforward to do and can be utilized wherever.  It doesn’t restrict your means to do what that you must do. It’s a fairly straightforward factor to do for the higher good.

The folks on the grocery shops and different important locations have a proper to be free from publicity from these refusing to put on mandate

Liz Bacom

The masks is a sign that you just care about others.

In case you don’t shield your self in all the opposite methods, the masks shouldn’t be going to stop you from getting it.  

A glove is worn within the medical area to guard the employee and the sufferers. They’re modified often, and fingers are washed earlier than and after each use.  If, locally, individuals are not doing the identical with gloves, then that’s the similar as not washing your fingers in any respect.

The virus doesn’t undergo pores and skin, it’s not blood borne. It’s respiratory. It’s inhaled by touching a mucus membrane or strolling via a cloud of droplets.  Use hand hygiene. Don’t contact your face. It’s actually necessary.

In Sweden they’re overwhelmed as a result of they opted to not mandate practices.

Laurie Miller

81 whole exams, 74 negatives, 1 recovered, 1 optimistic, and 5 outcomes awaited.

The state has despatched two fast exams, however neither has arrived but. As a result of they had been despatched out by way of fedex. There is no such thing as a replace when these will truly arrive.

As quickly as we get them your complete public will know.

We’re receiving Eight packing containers of cartridges, that ought to embody 192 doable exams, however some will probably be utilized in setup and checking the machine’s personal accuracy.

We now have to undergo the state to get cartridges. The state has not indicated if there’s a surplus of cartridges or not.

Erika Kludt-Painter

 The one actual replace from final week is that Mr. Dormer and Mr. Cabral are planning on doing workplace hours for household and fogeys who have to ask questions or meet with them. The dates and instances are posted on fb.  If you wish to meet on Zoom throughout workplace hours, that you must electronic mail for contact data

Meals are nonetheless going properly. It’s a very good routine for youths. A process to interrupt up the day and go exterior.

Ebook distribution additionally went properly.

We’re in week 4. And are nonetheless speaking via plans for commencement.

Liz Cabrera:

There are imagined to be these checks going out.  Direct funds have gone out to those that had that arrange. In case you are ready for yours, the IRS has a technique to examine the place your cost is.

In case you obtain Veterans advantages, or haven’t filed taxes attributable to your earnings, that you must log on and full a kind so the IRS is aware of the place to ship that cost. 

So far as paycheck safety mortgage program, and financial harm loans from the SBA, they ran out of funding this final week.  A deal could be very shut in congress to place more cash into these applications, and hopefully there will probably be extra funds out there. There are millions of purposes at present ready in line already.  In case you are excited by these applications and haven’t filed but. Get your purposes prepared proper now, in an effort to get in line instantly when the funds can be found once more.

Attain out to your native lenders and financial institution of option to get all that arrange now.

In case you’re self-employed you need to apply after which doubtless get turned down, after which as soon as its all up and working you’re imagined to obtain assist get these funds.

NOAA acquired about $300 million to fund, however that program has not come on-line but as properly.

To get data about navigating these applications, for the SBA loans, contact the Alaska Small Enterprise Growth Heart. That cellphone quantity is 907-463-3430. That’s in Juneau. They’ve an individual tasked with rural companies discovering their means via the method. That’s free enterprise counseling.

PEDC has a gross sales tax rebate program out there now, with a web based utility on the assets web page of the Borough’s web site; that rebate program is open and out there proper now.

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Present—Friday, April 17, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*To date, PMC has collected 76 samples for Covid-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 67 detrimental, 1 optimistic (recovered), and eight exams pending. 

*The low variety of optimistic take a look at outcomes present that what Petersburg is doing is working. PMC Nurse Supervisor, Jennifer Bryner, stated, “Actually the most effective prevention is to don’t have any publicity and I’m actually happy with our group for working so exhausting on limiting that and I feel that we might have actually good outcomes and hold folks properly if we’re keen to work collectively.”

*The borough’s proposed masking mandate might sound draconian–masks really feel humorous to put on and take getting used to it however, “till we all know extra in regards to the virus it’s not loads to ask to put on,” stated PMC CEO, Phil Hofstetter.

*The virus is spreading via folks which can be asymptomatic. Individuals have it and don’t understand it as a result of they don’t have signs they usually’re spreading it to others. PMC’s An infection Management Director, Liz Bacom, stated “What they’re discovering is that the best viral load, the best variety of viral particles which can be current in an individual who’s infective, is simply earlier than they begin displaying signs or the very early levels when their signs are very minor like a runny nostril or sore throat.”

*If somebody coughs in a closed space, the virus can nonetheless infect another person there an hour later.

*Persons are persevering with to journey into Petersburg from different locations which have energetic instances. Masking is a means to assist shield the group in case you can’t keep a distance. The entire concept of sporting a masks is caring about others.

*Aged residents at residence and people residents in long run care rely on others to exit for them. The care givers or relations or associates might change into contaminated and produce it again to the susceptible folks even when they’re making an attempt their finest. Nurse Supervisor, Jennifer Bryner, stated, “It’s actually our purpose to have a extremely low stage of group affect and unfold of coronavirus.”

*The issue with isolating the aged and people with well being issues and letting others return to work is as a result of there are too many alternatives for the wholesome inhabitants to unfold the virus once they’re asymptomatic. An infection Management Director, Liz Bacom stated, “There are too many instances of wholesome folks that succumb to this.”

*Nonetheless ready for the fast take a look at machines from the federal authorities. There was a hiccup in transport and it’s taking longer than first thought. The fast take a look at machines usually are not as delicate as the standard swabbing so detrimental take a look at outcomes will nonetheless should be swabbed and despatched away.

*Telehealth goes properly; physicians are seeing some sufferers via video conferencing.

Public Well being Nursing:

*Transmission comes from droplets within the air.

*Masking is advisable from the federal stage. Masking is regular throughout the nation. Public Well being Nurse, Erin Michael, stated, “It’s an necessary measure that individuals can take to assist one another out.”

Petersburg Borough:

*The borough meeting is assembly on Monday at 6 p.m. and will probably be contemplating three new native mandates concerning Covid-19. One of many mandates is about obligatory face coverings when individuals are out and about and will doubtlessly run into different folks in addition to staff in open companies.

*The face protecting mandate can be in place till Could 5. It will be operated on an honor system; there will probably be no fines or arrests. The rationale for the mandate is to guard others in order that droplets don’t journey within the air to them.

The face protecting mandate doesn’t say that individuals have to put on a masks on a regular basis. Listed below are some particulars:

Put on a facial protecting:

-when somebody is inside open public buildings

-when somebody is inside closed buildings and round non-household members

-when somebody is exterior of buildings when social distancing can’t be met with non-household members

Do NOT want a protecting:

-if you’re employed alone and don’t work together with non-household members

-if you’re exterior alone and also you received’t cross paths with others non-household members

*Mandate on companies giving the borough protecting plans for touring into city to supply providers.

*Mandate on harbor services and cruise ships with 25 passengers or extra. They might first have to make contact with Petersburg’s Well being Officer, Dr. Mark Tuccillo, who would resolve if they’ll enter the group or not.

*Members of the general public can present testimony on the proposed mandates or different agenda gadgets via the borough clerk, Debra Thompson: [email protected] or 907.772.5405

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

*Gearing as much as ship out checks from the financial fund to native companies as early as right this moment. They’re prioritizing companies that needed to shut beneath the state mandates or these which can be declared non-essential.  $300 restrict for the primary spherical.  

*Subsequent week they’ll roll out Paycheck Safety Mortgage Program, which will probably be restricted to $1,000.

*Borough has suspended utility disconnects

*US Chamber of Commerce grant program ought to be opening Monday–$5,000 grants to small companies. The web site is: savesmallbusinesses.com. First come, first serve.

*$600 million in small enterprise loans had been processed within the State of Alaska. Small Enterprise Administration ran out of funds. They aren’t accepting new purposes, pending Congress appropriating extra funds.

*Self-employed folks can join unemployment advantages however you first have to use for normal unemployment advantages and get denied. Then you may apply for Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.

*Direct funds from the IRS…In case you signed up for direct deposit, you need to be getting the cash within the account this week or subsequent.  Hyperlink on the borough web site to supply direct deposit info. Non-filers have to fill out info on the place to ship the cash.

*The borough’s web site has hyperlinks for all the state and federal reduction applications.

*NOAA grant program for business, constitution, and subsistence fisheries will probably be opening quickly.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*Planning extra outreach with cellphone calls to oldsters on suggestions to distance studying

*Some college students are feeling housebound. Get exterior with households this weekend.

*Ebook cellular has accomplished two weeks.

Different Useful Data:

*State tips have modified about who may be examined. The State is now recommending that anybody with a cough be examined. Additionally, anybody with two of the next signs: fever, muscle or joint aches, nausea, diarrhea, runny nostril, headache, chills, fatigue, lack of scent or style, shaking, or a sore throat.

*PMC’s 24-hour Covid-19 hotline is (907) 772-5788. Skilled nurses are answering the calls. Anybody with signs of an sickness is inspired to name.

*Individuals can name PMC’s An infection Management Director, Liz Bacom, for common query about Covid-19 at 772-5545

*Any questions on coronavirus well being mandates in Petersburg may be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Publish Workplace has counter hours to M-F, 9 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough tips for the put up workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, look forward to folks to depart an space earlier than you enter it.

–Residents with odd quantity packing containers decide up mail Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

–Residents with even quantity packing containers decide up mail Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive threat people ought to keep away from the put up workplace altogether. Please get another person to examine your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to examine your mail you may electronic mail: [email protected]

Different Useful Data:

*State tips have modified about who may be examined. The State is now recommending that anybody with a cough be examined. Additionally, anybody with two of the next signs: fever, muscle or joint aches, nausea, diarrhea, runny nostril, headache, chills, fatigue, lack of scent or style, shaking, or a sore throat.

*PMC’s 24-hour Covid-19 hotline is (907) 772-5788. Skilled nurses are answering the calls. Anybody with signs of an sickness is inspired to name.

*Individuals can name PMC’s An infection Management Director, Liz Bacom, for common query about Covid-19 at 772-5545

*Any questions on coronavirus well being mandates in Petersburg may be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Publish Workplace has counter hours to M-F, 9 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough tips for the put up workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, look forward to folks to depart an space earlier than you enter it.

–Residents with odd quantity packing containers decide up mail Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

–Residents with even quantity packing containers decide up mail Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive threat people ought to keep away from the put up workplace altogether. Please get another person to examine your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to examine your mail you may electronic mail: [email protected]

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Present—Thursday, April 16, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*To date, PMC has collected 74 samples for Covid-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 67 detrimental, 1 optimistic (recovered), and 6 exams pending.  

*As soon as somebody has had the virus and not exams optimistic they need to proceed to apply social distancing and masking like everybody else as a result of they may doubtlessly be reinfected.

*PMC is contemplating the state mandate 14, which is about permitting low-risk or non-essential medical procedures to renew on the finish of April and starting of Could.  PMC CEO Phil Hofstetter stated they are going to be ramping up Telehealth, phone, case administration processes and making an attempt to take a look at what they’ll do safely. “Essentially the most at-risk for coronavirus are healthcare employees and so I’ve fairly a little bit of concern on this mandate particularly and the way we’re going to satisfy the necessity of that.”

*There are nonetheless a variety of unknowns in regards to the virus, it’s solely been round for months, there are nonetheless no good remedy plans. PMC CEO, Phil Hofstetter stated he’s in favor of rules and mandates till we all know extra about how the virus works and he doesn’t assist stress-free measures. “As soon as the genie is out of the bottle so to talk, you may’t put that again in.”

*PMC doesn’t assist the thought of “herd immunity” which might be letting the virus run via the youthful inhabitants whereas isolating the older and susceptible inhabitants to guard them. (The concept being that the virus would flow into and finish) PMC CEO Phil Hofstetter stated there’s not sufficient understanding about what the virus does contained in the physique but to make any dedication like that. Younger individuals are dying too. There are a variety of specialists on the earth recommending a delay technique to permit time to grasp the virus, do extra testing, and provide you with efficient remedies.

*New York Metropolis attracts an image of what might occur to Petersburg as a result of, though Petersburg isn’t as populated, it doesn’t have the assets that the town does both.

Petersburg Borough:

*The borough meeting is assembly on Monday at 6 p.m. and will probably be contemplating three native mandates concerning Covid-19:

-Mandate on obligatory face protecting when individuals are out and about and will doubtlessly run into different folks in addition to staff in open companies.

-Mandate on companies giving the borough protecting plans for touring into city to supply providers.

-Mandate on harbor services and cruise ships with 25 passengers or extra. They might first have to make contact with Petersburg’s Well being Officer, Dr. Mark Tuccillo, who would resolve if they’ll enter the group or not.

*Members of the general public can present testimony on the proposed mandates or different agenda gadgets via the borough clerk, Debra Thompson: [email protected] or 907.772.5405

*The state is engaged on a mandate that particularly addressing fishing vessels all through the state, making an attempt to streamline the method for fishing vessels.

*Banners are going up round city as reminders for the general public to social distance and put on masks.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*Proceed to work via hiring processes just about as a result of that course of had been stalled for awhile.

*Persevering with to work on commencement ceremony particulars. The State will probably be giving the district steering. Getting artistic concepts from the scholars

*Doing outreach with households on the grade college. Wish to hear extra suggestions from households.

*Households ought to join subsequent week’s free meals.

*Serving about 650 meals day between breakfasts and lunch.  

*Scheduling some administrative workplace hours subsequent so that oldsters can attain directors.

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Present—Wednesday, April 15, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*To date, PMC has collected 71 samples for Covid-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 63 detrimental, 1 optimistic (recovered), and seven exams pending.  

*Nonetheless ready on the fast testing machine to reach within the mail.

*Coronavirus hotline receiving calls day by day. Some callers are referred for screenings and others usually are not.

*The group might nonetheless have Covid current though PMC hasn’t had a optimistic take a look at just lately. Nurse Supervisor, Jennifer Bryner stated, “There are nonetheless folks getting into the group and it might be touring, we simply haven’t been capable of finding it but.” PMC shouldn’t be doing wide- unfold, non-symptomatic testing.

*Encourage folks to name PMC’s hotline (907) 772-5788 and get examined if they’ve signs.  Don’t be afraid of reporting signs; don’t be frightened of the criticism.

*When you’ve got any signs or are ready for take a look at outcomes, please keep residence. Isolate in your house and avoid different members of your family.

*Everybody getting into PMC facility should put on a masks.

*Suggestions for Masking:

–Masks within the well being care atmosphere ought to be handled as infectious (PMC employees deal with them very fastidiously)

–everybody ought to fastidiously take masks off by touching the straps solely and never touching the entrance of the masks, place on a clear paper towel

–wash them no less than day by day, don’t put on them for greater than at some point

–one thing is best than nothing in terms of masking, the tighter the weave the higher for stopping droplets going out, double layer masks are suggested if you will get a selfmade masks made

–nonetheless have to hold six toes of separation even when sporting a masks

–don’t contact your masks or face when sporting a masks

–to stop fogging up on glasses, you may clear glasses with a tiny quantity of shaving cream or liquid cleaning soap after which rinse with water, which may forestall fogging.

*After washing fingers, don’t flip the tap off with fingers, which you simply cleaned. Can use paper towels to show off faucet

Public Well being Nursing:  

*It’s an honor system for out of state vacationers quarantining and getting traveler declaration types crammed out and despatched to the state

*CDC has come out with suggestions for pregnant girls. They don’t know if pregnant girls are at greater threat however they’re treating them like they’re. They suppose that mom to little one switch of the virus is unlikely however after the kid is born it may be transferred extra simply.Anticipating households ought to avoid anybody with signs.

*The Public Nursing workplace is serving folks over the cellphone when it will probably. Some issues they’ll’t do by way of distance like immunizations or STD testing. Individuals can submit WIC paperwork within the mail.

*Please remember to not contact your face when coming and going from shops and the grocery retailer. There are shared objects just like the bank card machines and door handles. Public Well being Nurse, Erin Michael, stated, “Simply because you could really feel high quality doesn’t imply that you could be not have the an infection as a result of there are a big proportion of folks that they’re seeing don’t ever have indicators or signs or they’re so gentle that they don’t even discover them however they might be doubtlessly spreading that to people who might get actually sick from this.”

Petersburg Borough:

*There is no such thing as a enforcement for people who find themselves breaking state mandates. Borough Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman, stated individuals are policing themselves now. “The State doesn’t have a very good enforcement system in place for his or her mandates that they put out and so we’re counting on the consideration system an awesome deal in all of this.”

*There actually is not any finish in sight for the Covid scenario so residents ought to proceed to remain vigilant; apply social distancing and masking. Borough Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman, stated we haven’t peaked as a nation or a state so it’s not applicable to speak about stress-free restrictions. “Particularly since we’re coming into the fishing season and we’re going to have a variety of new folks coming into the group to catch and course of the fish which can be so necessary to us.”

*Native seafood processors have submitted their plans to the borough for managing out of state employees. Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman stated their objectives are to attempt to segregate seasonal workforce from the group as a lot as doable over the course of the summer time. “Individuals ought to really feel assured that our processors are doing what they’ll to plan and put together for the inflow of employees that they want, that all of us want.”

*Instrastate journey for important employees is allowed and doesn’t require a quarantine. Nevertheless, companies which can be sending staff out of city are required to ship a piece plan to the State.

*Native contractors and tradesmen are working however they’re being cautious and never taking each job. Residents ought to contemplate pushing aside that kind of labor that isn’t vital at the moment.

*Borough meeting has a gathering Monday evening and there might be Covid matters lined. The borough is growing some mandates already:

–Drafting a masking mandate for everybody in Petersburg

–Contemplating a mandate to require important companies between communities to submit journey plans to the borough

–Contemplating a mandate for native docks and cruise ships. Hagerman stated, “We can not mandate that they quarantine however we will management using our services.”

Petersburg Faculty District:

*Transferring together with center and highschool on-line. Understanding that the college 12 months goes to be on-line studying for the remainder of the 12 months (from final week’s state announcement) is useful for planning.

*Working with pupil teams for making a commencement plan. Commencement received’t be conventional in a bunch setting however the college will probably be doing one thing completely different. Additionally, pupil leaders are determining different occasions just like the Elks scholarship dinner.

*Making an attempt to determine what finals will probably be like for highschool college students

*Attendance continues to be excessive for on-line education

*Labored on connecting households in Papkes to Web (about 10 miles south of city) so college students there can take part on-line.

*Literacy occasion at 1 p.m. Thursday for Stedman Elementary. See bulletin or Fb for particulars.

*Trying to host father or mother boards for the center and excessive faculties. Data will probably be shared via college bulletins being mailed out to oldsters.

*Subsequent Tuesday will probably be a possibility for college kids to return sports activities gear and kit. Seniors also can decide up their caps and robes for commencement then.

Petersburg Indian Affiliation:

*PIA doorways are closed to the general public nonetheless there are folks answering cellphone calls and serving tribal residents.

*PIA transit service has been suspended attributable to issues over the coronavirus

*PIA has partnered with Mountain View Manor meals providers and helps with meals deliveries within the evenings.

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Present—Tuesday, April 14, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*To date, PMC has collected 69 samples for Covid-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 63 detrimental, 1 optimistic (recovered), and 5 exams pending. 

*PMC is ready on a fast testing machine within the mail (Abbott testing machine). There will probably be limitations to how the machine will probably be used at PMC. They aren’t 100 % correct and won’t decide up very gentle instances of Covid-19. The machines will probably be used as a screening instrument for contact tracing. For instance, PMC might quickly take a look at relations of a Covid affected person. PMC will nonetheless should ship out swabs to labs as they usually would. Swabbing is rather more delicate in figuring out the virus. PMC Lab Supervisor, Laurie Miller, stated, “This isn’t going to open up testing for everyone. You possibly can’t simply come by and get swabbed and get a direct detrimental. . . The testing cartridges are additionally very exhausting to come back by so we will’t take a look at everyone that may need to get examined.”

*Flip-around instances for regular testing continues to be about three days for exams despatched to a state lab and about eight days for exams despatched to the non-public firm, Quest, which has a backlog.

*Nationally, there could also be speak about opening up economies in some areas. Nevertheless, Alaska’s timeline is lagging behind different states by a number of weeks. Preserve doing what you’re doing. We’re not seeing a variety of instances in Petersburg, which implies social distancing is working.

*Bills have elevated and the income has gone down. Principally, PMC spends one million a month for salaries and wages. PMC’s margins are at all times fairly tight they usually plan to faucet into federal funding alternatives. PMC’s CEO, Phil Hofstetter, stated, “We’re monitoring it very, very carefully.”

*PMC is totally staffed, there are sufficient nurses to maintain common sufferers.

*PMC has began a Wholesome Neighborhood Collection on-line. There will probably be a Digital 5K run for Beat the Odds and Circle of Life. Individuals can take part in April 25-Could 2. Individuals can register on-line for $20 and obtain a reflective Buff headwear or you may run for enjoyable. Decide your personal course. Publish a photograph and your time on Beat the Odds Fb web page.

*Dr. Zink, Medical Director for the State of Alaska, had an in depth presentation Monday evening. She talked in regards to the state’s purpose of broadening testing. PMC CEO, Phil Hofstetter encourages residents to observe the presentation at Coronavirus.state.gov.

Public Well being Nursing:  

*There have been 25 state journey declaration types turned in to public well being in particular person as of Friday. Different vacationers stated they might be filling out the required state types on-line.

Petersburg Borough:

*Making an attempt to decipher the newest mandate from the state that was introduced Monday. Mandate 14 is about non-congregate sheltering however has complicated language says Borough Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman. “It’s actually complicated to me precisely what precisely meaning so we’ve been making an attempt to resolve that with not a complete lot of luck but. I assume the excellent news is that Petersburg was already considering alongside these strains and has been engaged on a plan to supply non-congregate housing and shelter.”

*Haven’t identified of any vacationers coming into the harbors from out of state that have to fill out state journey declaration types. Different vacationers coming into the harbors would nonetheless want to keep up social distance. Borough Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman stated, “It’s considerably of a transferring goal to determine if somebody must strictly quarantine or not.”

*Individuals ought to have a look at the quarantine matrix kind on the borough’s web site for particulars on who ought to quarantine and who shouldn’t.

*The Governor’s workplace is contemplating guided sport fishing as important. Clients from in-state might go fishing instantly. Individuals from out of state would nonetheless should fill out a journey declaration and quarantine for 14 days earlier than a visit. 

*At this level it’s exhausting to know what the affect of Covid-19 has achieved to the borough’s price range. Hagerman stated, “We most likely received’t know the total affect in opposition to our price range for fairly a while.”

Petersburg Faculty District:

*First digital college board assembly is tonight at 6 p.m. KFSK will probably be broadcasting the assembly reside. Individuals also can take part within the assembly by getting a password from the college district.

*Within the assembly the college board will probably be going over a spring price range revision. Sure price range gadgets have decreased and a few have elevated. For instance, the district doesn’t want substitutes anymore and there was a lower in actions. However different issues have elevated like know-how. New Chrome books went out to college students grades 3-5. Additionally, there’s been a rise in meals service with all of the free meals going out.

*Awarding a pupil transportation bid. Stikine Providers has put in a bid for the 5 12 months contract.

*A couple of academics have submitted their resignations: Ms. Wallace and Ms. Dahlberg.

*Megan Litster will probably be accepted as a brand new college board member taking on the vacant seat left by Mara Lutomski’s resignation.

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Present—Monday, April 13, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*To date, PMC has collected 66 samples for Covid-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 60 detrimental, 1 optimistic (recovered), and 5 exams pending.  

*Ready on two fast testing machines to reach in Petersburg from the nationwide inventory pile. The machine ought to be capable to give Covid ends in 20 minutes however is probably not used for each take a look at. The machine comes with a sure variety of cartridges.

*New advice from the State on masking outside: masks if you’re exercising outside and there may be any change you would possibly cross paths with others and keep 20 toes distance from others as an alternative of the standard six toes. This goes for actions like working, mountain climbing, biking as a result of your respiratory is heavier and wind can carry moisture droplets via the air.

*Specializing in schooling this week: hold social distancing, keep residence, cowl mouths, frequent hand washing.  

*Had a quiet weekend, nonetheless firming up processing internally for Covid-19.

Public Well being Nursing:

*State has particular standards for when a affected person is “recovered” from Covid and in a position to return to work and into society. It consists of monitoring the variety of days because you’ve had signs, the variety of days from when your signs began. Some states use a sequence of exams to assist outline “recovered” however there’s a scarcity of testing in Alaska in order that’s not likely occurring right here.

Petersburg Borough:

*The State of Alaska issued amendments to its mandates that clarified that Petersburg shouldn’t be thought of a small group and should comply with the state mandates. (Small communities fewer than 3,000 residents can select to have stricter Covid-19 necessities than the state for issues like vacationers coming into city.) Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman, stated “Really, they weren’t good adjustments for Petersburg tightening issues down . . . it soundly positions us as a bigger group and restricts our means to take additional motion if we’d like.”

*Since Petersburg is formally thought of over 3,000 residents, the State’s mandates supersede any native motion. So, Petersburg Borough follows the State on what to do with vacationers coming into city. Because it stands now, the State is meant to supervise vacationers coming in from out of state and out of nation to Petersburg.  Vacationers are imagined to fill out a state traveler declaration kind both in particular person or electronically. The types are taken to the Public Well being Nurse Workplace on the town after which forwarded on to the State. Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman stated, “It’s a course of that’s, I might say, removed from excellent. It doesn’t enable very a lot native comply with up. It depends on the consideration system for the vacationers which can be coming in to Petersburg.”

*Craig has had two instances to date of Covid-19. Fishermen from the Craig space are returning to Petersburg from the herring pound fishery. As a result of Craig is a small city, it might implement strict rules. The group of Craig had rules in place to stop fishermen from coming into the group. Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman, stated “Lots of boats from Petersburg that had been down there have been successfully quarantined whereas they had been on the grounds; they weren’t involved with the group.”

Psychological Well being:

*Anxiousness and stress proper now’s completely regular. Petersburg Psychological Well being Providers Director, Susan Ohmer, stated, “It’s a standard response to a really distinctive scenario.”

*Shifting focus exterior of your self may be useful throughout demanding instances. Reaching out to others, connecting to them in protected methods, may be an effective way to alleviate stress.

*It’s okay to be much less productive than you thought you’ll be when this all began.

*Construction is sweet, retaining a each day routine is sweet, getting up and going to mattress on the similar time is useful. Having clear productiveness instances and clear break instances.  Scheduling display screen time might help. Even scheduling time to fret, it will probably make it easier to be extra productive since you don’t have to fret on a regular basis.

*Our physique reacts to Covid stress the identical means it perceives different threats. PMHS Director, Susan Ohmer stated we reply physiologically the identical as if a lion’s chancing us or we now have a piece deadline or we’re going through the expectations of a troublesome mother-in-law or a pandemic. “Our physique is pumping out hormones–adrenaline, cortisol–into your system and it wants a spot to go so train is a technique that offers it a spot to go.”

*In case you really feel such as you’re sinking, ask for assist. Petersburg Psychological Well being Providers is open for video and phone conferencing. For assist, you may name PMHS at 772-3332. M-F, Eight a.m. – 5 p.m. or True North Counseling at (907) 650-7292.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*Gearing up the primary digital college board assembly Tuesday evening so college board members and others will probably be assembly by way of video convention. Will probably be broadcast on KFSK as regular and members of the general public con contact the college district in the event that they need to converse beneath folks to be heard. There’s a password to get on the video convention.

*Wanting on the commencement plans, making an attempt to work with college students and households and the Advisory Faculty Board. Wish to make it a particular ceremony even when it will probably’t be a big gathering.

*IPad are going out right this moment to the Okay-2 college students. The little youngsters don’t have free reign with the web. There are apps which can be preloaded.

*Ebook cellular began final week and it has been a hit to date. You possibly can order books on-line on the faculties’ web sites or you may electronic mail librarian Carissa Cotta.

*Spirit week occurring within the digital world at center and highschool.

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Present—Friday, April 10, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*Subsequent week can be the earliest that PMC’s
fast take a look at machine might be used. Petersburg was awarded a fast take a look at machine
from the State. The machine is meant to be in transit now however they don’t
know when it can arrive. When it does arrive it must be examined within the laboratory
earlier than it may be used. The machine ought to be capable to give ends in 20 minutes.
The machine comes with a sure variety of cartridges that have to be refilled so
it doesn’t enable for limitless exams and is probably not used for each take a look at. It
will probably be one among PMC’s testing choices.

*To date, PMC has sampled 62 folks for
Covid-19. The outcomes are: 53 detrimental, 1 optimistic (recovered), and eight exams pending.
 

*PMC is planning for an overflow
hospital ward for optimistic Covid sufferers on the college gymnasium if the hospital was
full with Covid sufferers.

*Home made masks ought to be made with double-layer
thick cotton cloth. Pockets are nice for well being care employees to allow them to add
filters.

*Some folks shouldn’t put on masks: youngsters
beneath the age of two mustn’t put on masks or people who find themselves unresponsive or can not
take away their masks or have bother respiratory.

Public Well being Nursing:

*The CDC has new suggestions for out of doors
actions. In case you’re doing bodily actions exterior, like biking, mountain climbing, singing
and working, put on face masks that cowl your mouth and nostril. Additionally, keep 20 toes
away from others (not simply 6 toes).

*Wash fingers earlier than you are taking off your
masks. Solely contact the straps/ear loops and don’t have it contact your eyes. Instantly
put in washer and use sizzling water. If hand washing, use sizzling water and
cleaning soap.

*If that is your first time making use of for meals
stamps, money help, or Medicaid you may apply by electronic mail, fax, (or mail however that’s
loads slower). You may as well take a photograph of your utility and electronic mail it in to
the district workplace. After they’ve acquired it you may name the workplace in Ketchikan
at 1-800-478-2135 and inform them you need to get put into their line within the digital
foyer. A case employee will name you again the identical day. It’s a fast course of after
they’ve acquired your utility. As soon as your utility is processed, they’ll
mail you a Quest card within the mail, which might take a couple of week to obtain it.

*In case you’re been ready for take a look at outcomes
that you must be in quarantine till you get them. Even when your outcomes are
detrimental, you must keep in quarantine in case you nonetheless have signs. In case you
nonetheless have signs you must presumably get examined once more. (The take a look at might need
been achieved earlier than the virus might present up within the outcomes.)

Petersburg Borough:

*The Governor has issued one other mandate
closing all faculties for the 12 months.

*The Governor prolonged Mandates 11 and 12
by 10 days concerning social distancing and intrastate journey.

*Nonetheless ready on phrase again from the State
on whether or not or not Petersburg can implement stricter guidelines than what’s within the state’s
mandates. (The State mandates supersede what Petersburg can do)

*Encourage folks to comply with the State’s masking
well being alert in an effort to shield everybody. The rationale for masking up is to assist
the wearer and the folks round them.

*The Delegation met with convention of
mayors, which included Petersburg Borough officers. Vice Mayor, Jeigh Stanton Gregor,
requested them about getting extra fast testing cartridges for the brand new testing machine
that’s on its technique to city; additionally, extra PPE for native medical employees. Stanton Gregor
stated they appeared receptive.

*Don’t congregate with folks from different
households. Keep near your loved ones however in any other case social distance.

Psychological Well being:

*All of us are feeling stress as a result of we
don’t know the way lengthy it will final. Anxiousness lives within the unknown so it’s additional
exhausting for folks.

*There are free issues to do to assist with
stress. Getting outside, get within the solar for Vitamin D. There are free apps
folks can use for assist with stress like “Calm”. Attempt to discover protected issues that
really feel good and do extra of it.

*True North Counseling is constant with
counseling on-line with protected HIPAA accepted conferencing. Don’t be afraid to
attain out to them or Petersburg Psychological Well being Providers if you need assist.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*Colleges will probably be bodily closed till
the top of the college 12 months per a brand new mandate by the State that was introduced Thursday.

*At present was the primary day utilizing the e book
cellular. Households can order books on-line and they are going to be delivered.

*Meals are persevering with and they are going to be
beginning up weekend meals subsequent week utilizing leftovers from the week.

*They’re nonetheless rolling out IPad to the
youngest college students. Chrome books went out to college students in grades 3-5 this week
already.

*There’s a college board assembly coming
up subsequent Tuesday, April 14. Will probably be the primary digital college board assembly
achieved on-line with college board members and employees. They are going to be utilizing the video
conferencing program Ring Central and the general public can be a part of the assembly on-line if
they need to.

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Present—Thursday, April 9, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*Petersburg will obtain fast testing machines that ought to
have a 20 minute turn-around time for exams. The group has been chosen by
the State to obtain the machines. PMC’s Lab Supervisor, Laurie Miller, stated, “We
don’t have the machines but. And we still-once we get them-have to validate them
and do all the lab-techy stuff . . .Till we get the machines right here there’s
not a complete lot we will do besides be excited.”

*To date, PMC has sampled 56 folks for Covid-19. The outcomes
are: 48 detrimental, 1 optimistic, 7 pending.  (These numbers are decrease than yesterday as a result of
the outcomes reported on Wednesday’s each day present had been inaccurate)

*State tips have modified about who may be examined. The
State is now recommending that anybody with a cough be examined. Additionally, anybody with
two of the next signs: fever, muscle or joint aches, nausea, diarrhea, runny
nostril, headache, chills, fatigue, lack of scent or style, shaking, or a sore
throat. PMC’s Nurse Supervisor, stated, “The extra we’re discovering out about Covid, the
extra we’re discovering that there are extra signs than simply the fever, cough, and
shortness of breath.” To be examined or when you have any questions, please name PMC’s
24-hour hotline: (907) 772-5788.

*Everybody ought to put on a masks once they exit of their
houses.

*Data and suggestions in regards to the virus adjustments rapidly.
Typically it’s exhausting for folks to maintain up from everyday so be sort and have
empathy for others.

Petersburg Borough:

*Social distancing on the grocery retailer is essential.
Staff on the retailer are working exhausting and clients ought to do their half to
social distance. If you need to store within the retailer, go by your self, and store for
every week’s price of provides at a time. Additionally, reap the benefits of the free supply
service and curb-side pick-up that each Buying and selling Union and Hammer and Wikan are
providing.

*Clients at any enterprise ought to be sporting masks.

*The borough is rolling out its personal masking coverage. They
hope to have masks to all staff by the top of the week.

*If somebody exams optimistic and doesn’t want instant
medical care, they’ll return to their residence. The borough is engaged on a
situation for individuals who take a look at optimistic which can be additionally homeless.

*The borough encourages the group to be sort to 1
one other. In case you see an individual who’s doing one thing in opposition to native and state
mandates, it’s okay to strategy them to tell them at a distance however use sort
phrases.

*The Petersburg Hearth Corridor wants rubbing alcohol. They’re
cleansing an ambulance that’s devoted only for Covid sufferers. They’re utilizing
a bleach resolution now however they would favor utilizing rubbing alcohol. Donations
may be dropped off exterior the door on the hearth corridor.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*Chrome books went out to college students grades 3-5 on Wednesday.

*The e book cellular will begin up this week. Households can signal
up for library books and they are going to be delivered in the identical means the free meals
exit.

*The varsity district is distributing about 650 meals a day,
M-F. The meals service is engaged on doable meals on the weekends too.

*It’s necessary to think about artistic methods to keep up social
distance with associates however nonetheless keep related. That may occur on-line. The elementary
college college students are having a spirit week studying problem the place youngsters costume up
in costumes whereas studying after which put up their images on Fb.

*Excessive Faculty and Center Faculty have been utilizing laptops for distance
studying for about two weeks. Attendance charges are near 100 % for
most courses. Speaking with employees can also be necessary, says Principal, Rick Dormer.
“Faculty appears loads completely different and we actually encourage dad and mom to maintain speaking with
their youngsters and adjusting schedules….That is clearly an emotional change for
them. It’s a totally completely different means of doing college regardless of nonetheless utilizing all
the instruments we’re all accustomed to.”

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Present—Wednesday, April 8, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*PMC has sampled 62 folks for Covid-19. The outcomes are: 51
detrimental, 1 optimistic, 10 pending.  

*Well being care employees are probably the most at-risk for getting the
virus. Firming up the interplay within the facility to plan forward for when Covid
sufferers want care. They’ve taped off areas and diminished interactions amongst staffing;
monitoring folks going out and in of affected person care areas. They’re sending folks
residence who can work at home. They’re additionally making a Group A and Group B in every
division that doesn’t cross paths in case somebody does change into sick.

*PMC needs to be as self-sufficient as doable when it comes to
provides and staffing.

*Nonetheless planning on an emotion assist hotline and can share
particulars on that quickly.

Public Well being:

*The State is accountable for contacting all doable
contacts for any Covid sufferers. Petersburg’s Public Well being Nurse, Erin Michael,
has already contacted doable contacts for Petersburg’s one case.

*The State considers contact to a Covid particular person to be:

–being involved with the sick particular person contaminated with Covid inside
six toes for no less than 10 minutes

–being involved with secretions with a sick particular person
(coughed on or kissing)

–dwelling in the identical family as an individual with Covid

–taking good care of an individual with Covid

–the timeframe varies however sometimes two weeks from the
onset of indicators or signs

*Isolation vs. Quarantine based on the CDC:

–Isolation is the place you’re separating a sick particular person with
the contagious illness from people who find themselves not sick

–Quarantine is the place you’re separating or proscribing the
motion of people that have been uncovered to a contagious illness to see in the event that they
change into sick.

*Modeling that College of Alaska Anchorage has created,
it seems that Alaska continues to be on the early levels of Covid instances. Alaska is
weeks behind the Decrease 48 so we will study and enhance our responses from what
different states are going via.

Petersburg Borough:

*Carried out a masking coverage for all borough staff however
it can take time for all staff to get masks as they change into out there. The
borough is getting masks to the police and different public employees first.

*Sandy Dixon has been getting first responders (EMS, police,
hearth volunteers) prepared for responding to Covid instances. They’ve devoted an outdated
ambulance only for responding to Covid sufferers.

*The State is asking legislation enforcement to attempt to keep away from
arrests as a lot as doable and as an alternative educate the general public. Incident Commander,
Karl Hagerman, stated, “It creates one other situation for us, after all, if we now have
prisoners in our jail which will or could not have Covid-19 so we’re making an attempt to
keep away from that as a lot as doable.”

*Nonetheless ready for suggestions from the State about State
mandates 11 and 12. The borough is asking if it will probably implement stricter journey
tips than what the State has in place.

*Hand washing stations have been put in close to Hammer and Wikan
grocery, the put up workplace, the hospital ER entrance, Narrows Inn on Monday evening
meals, church buildings throughout night meal instances, and the general public library. The hand
washing stations are sponsored by the Petersburg Rotary Membership, Petersburg Psychological
Well being, and Petersburg Public Well being Heart.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*Chrome books, which is a kind of laptop computer, are being handed
out right this moment to all college students grades 3-5.

*Stedman Elementary Faculty is contacting households that do
not have Web and is making an attempt to assist get them on-line.

*Stedman Elementary Faculty is looking for suggestions from dad and mom
about how the gap studying system is working at residence. Principal Heather
Conn stated, “We sympathize with you, we perceive. If that is an excessive amount of,
talk that. If all you do is simply learn together with your youngsters, that’s sufficient.
Simply learn. Studying brings tons of success. The info is on the market; the analysis
is on the market.”

*Academics are utilizing completely different sorts of communications with
dad and mom together with texts, emails, cellphone calls, and Fb. If communication is
not working for folks, please let the college know.

Highlights from KFSK’s Day by day Coronavirus Present—Tuesday, April 7, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Heart:

*PMC has sampled 49 folks for Covid-19 and has acquired 43
outcomes again to date. One has been optimistic, 42 detrimental and 6 are nonetheless
pending.

*Petersburg had its first confirmed optimistic over the
weekend. They’re speaking with the State loads about preparations for future
sufferers who would possibly want care.

*PMC is doing each day stock checks are being achieved for PPE,
private protecting gear.

*Making an attempt to get the phrase out to the group about social
distancing and quarantining. PMC is contemplating the small print of out-of-state
seasonal seafood employees coming to city.

*They’ve been having a number of points with the 24-hour
Coronavirus hotline (907) 772-5788 due to points with among the cell
cellphone carriers. In case you depart a message somebody will name you proper again. In case you
can’t get via in any respect, name the hospital as an alternative and they’ll switch you
to the hotline.  

*PMC is engaged on an emotional assist line. They are going to be
sharing extra details about later this week.

*The most important message PMC needs to share proper now’s that everybody
ought to assume that they’ve Covid-19 and that others they’re round have it
as properly. That can lead folks into good social distancing and disinfecting
practices.

*Public Well being is answerable for investigating contacts for
any optimistic take a look at end result outcomes. There’s a Public Well being workplace in Petersburg
that’s following native instances.

Petersburg Borough:

*The Parks and Rec Division have closed playgrounds and shelters
round city. Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman stated, “Playground gear is
very exhausting to wash and hold clear and in addition to shelters the place folks can
congregate out of the climate. That basically is counterintuitive to attempt to hold folks
aside. . . It’s not something that we wished to do, it simply is sensible and we’re
actually targeted on making an attempt to mitigate any unfold of Covid-19.”

*The borough is checking with the State about closing
outhouses out the street like at Inexperienced’s Camp.

*After the primary optimistic take a look at end result confirmed up in
Petersburg on Sunday, the borough issued a press launch and despatched out a code
crimson alert to residents who had been within the system. The borough is encouraging
folks to enroll in their code crimson alerts via hyperlinks on the borough’s
web site. You possibly can select to obtain texts, emails or each. Nevertheless, the borough
doesn’t count on to ship out alerts each time somebody native exams optimistic.

*There’s a contact investigation occurring by state well being
officers for individuals who had been presumably involved with the contaminated particular person. Contacts
are thought of individuals who had been inside six toes for no less than 10 minutes.  

*The borough continues to be ready to listen to again from the State as
as to whether or not the borough can limit vacationers greater than what’s in State
mandates. Proper now, the State’s language permits for seasonal seafood employees coming
in from out of State to quarantine for 14 days whereas on the job at a seafood
processing plant. They’re imagined to social distance whereas working beneath the quarantine.

*The borough has created a quarantine matrix chart for residents to make use of to see what they need to be doing. It’s posted on the borough’s web site.

*With residents disinfecting extra, they need to NOT be
flushing wipes down the bathroom even when they are saying they’re “flushable”. Incident
Commander, Karl Hagerman stated, “They actually trigger a variety of bother within the waste
water system. They clog pumps and different gear. It’s simply significantly better in case you
use flushable wipes to sanitize any areas in your houses, please simply put these
within the trash.”

*Price will increase for utility clients that had been scheduled
for this spring at the moment are on maintain.

Petersburg Faculty District:

*A brand new college board member, Megan Litster, has been
accepted. She’s filling the seat left vacant by Mara Lutomski who resigned. The
time period goes till the October municipal election.

*Subsequent week’s college board assembly, Tuesday, April 14, will occur
remotely via video conferencing.

*The faculties have closed the playgrounds. Superintendent,
Erica Kludt-Painter, stated, “That appears logical at this level.”

*Computer systems for elementary college college students are scheduled to
be deployed this week. Dad and mom ought to be looking out for info from
their academics about that.



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