Highlights from KFSK’s on-going COVID-19 program

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This signal is posted on the door of the Petersburg Put up Workplace. (Picture by Angela Denning/KFSK)

Petersburg COVID-19 panel highlights, Friday October 2, 2020:

Petersburg Emergency Operations Middle— incident commander Karl Hagerman

–There was a constructive case of COVID in Petersburg introduced Thursday, October 1, ending the neighborhood’s one and a half month run of getting no circumstances on the town. The case was recognized in a workers individual on the Petersburg Medical Middle by way of routine asymptomatic testing. PMC has raised their alert stage to crimson standing. The individual is isolating and the method of contact tracing is going on and is ongoing.

— This individual has not been touring so that they suppose it was neighborhood unfold. They haven’t pinned down who the individual bought the virus from they usually could by no means know. However that’s a willpower made by state epidemiologists.

–There’s a new tent in place on the airport for testing for the colder months. It’s working effectively thus far.

–The borough meeting will contemplate permitting in-person participation at conferences. They suppose it may very well be potential to try this with utilizing masks and with social distancing. The general public might remark in-person one by one. Assembly instances may change to three p.m. to permit for extra workers to assist.

–The meeting is contemplating extending a couple of mandates, together with one which requires bigger passenger vessels to contact the EOC earlier than they dock and offload in Petersburg. One other mandate would prolong the Narrows Inn as an emergency quarantine location for individuals who wouldn’t have shelter.

–Many residents are excited by Halloween this 12 months. The EOC has been discussing it and general, the EOC appears like the vacation ought to happen however they are going to be releasing suggestions on find out how to do it safely. It’s a main danger for spreading the virus with none precautions.

–In-person voting for the municipal election is Tuesday, October 6 Eight a.m. to eight p.m. on the neighborhood gymnasium.

–It’s vital to proceed mitigation efforts of social distancing, carrying face coverings when you may’t keep six ft aside

Petersburg Medical Middle—Liz Bacom, An infection Prevention Supervisor, CEO Phil Hofstetter, Nurse Supervisor Jennifer Bryner

–4,121 checks whole, 79 checks pending, and one case is lively. The turn-around instances for checks are fairly constant now at three days. 10.Three % of the inhabitants examined within the final 14 days.

–PMC is at crimson standing which suggests appointments are going to telehealth. Physicians are figuring out appointments. Different hospital staff who may need been involved with the individual can be quarantining for 14 days. Working with state epidemiologists, if all is sweet over the weekend, they’ll doubtless downgrade the class subsequent week to allow them to see extra sufferers.

–individuals who have appointments ought to give the clinic a name to reschedule the appointment or schedule a phone or on-line go to.

–PMC does asymptomatic testing on workers each two weeks.

–Contact tracers with the state have been on the cellphone making an attempt to succeed in folks inside two hours of the case being recognized. In case you do get a name from the contact tracers, they’ll establish themselves as being with the State of Alaska. They are going to NOT ask for monetary data. Please reply your cellphone. Their quantity may appear like an odd cellular phone quantity as a result of some contact tracers are working from dwelling. They are going to ask you particulars about the place you will have been within the final two weeks and who you’ve are available in shut contact with.

–PMC has the speedy checks however the state doesn’t have any extra speedy checks cartridges. PMC will in all probability be somewhat extra restrictive on the speedy checks, reserving them for symptomatic testing.

–It’s essential to maintain six ft of distance between folks. In case you don’t you might be an in depth contact to somebody who finally ends up testing constructive for COVID. Shut contacts to somebody who checks constructive for COVID should quarantine for 14 days after their publicity. So, it’s higher to not be a type of shut contacts.

–PMC’s hotline is a good way to seek out out details about COVID throughout enterprise hours. Name 772-5788. You may name that quantity to schedule a testing appointment. It must be scheduled 5-7 days prematurely, so maintain that in thoughts in getting a check lined up for journey.

Petersburg College District—superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter

–The primary week of the varsity district’s “inexperienced standing”, which is all in-person education. No large points got here up with scheduling.

–Just a few college students are selecting to take part in school remotely nonetheless however most are coming to highschool in-person.

–The district is working with PMC in regards to the COVID case that was recognized on the town. They don’t have any indication that the case is linked to the faculties and that they would want to take drastic measures. In some unspecified time in the future sooner or later there will probably be a COVID case linked to the varsity and they’re getting ready for that.

–Internet hosting the regional cross nation meet Friday and Saturday at Greens Camp

–The outside lined space belongs to the varsity and out of doors teams have to work by way of the varsity district to make use of the house. They’re pleased to make the house accessible if schedules permit.

–In colleges, sustaining smaller teams and pods makes an enormous distinction throughout contact tracing. They permit colleges to remain open longer if there’s a case. Faculties don’t essentially have to shut down if college students have been saved separate.

Liz Cabrera, Petersburg Financial Growth Council and Petersburg borough

–Thursday, Oct. Eight on the shut of enterprise is the deadline for native companies to use for the native grant program

–Conserving an in depth eye on Congress to see if there’s some other emergency reduction funding permitted that may very well be accessible for Alaskans.

–There was a rise in tried fraud over the cellphone. Be cautious of callers on the lookout for any private data and monetary data.

Notes from KFSK’s Weekly COVID-19 Present—Sept. 25, 2020

Petersburg Borough’s Emergency Operations Middle—Karl Hagerman, EOC Commander

–Slowly making progress on creating the neighborhood plan. PMC is working with Ketchikan EOC to mannequin templates since Petersburg modeled their plan after Ketchikan’s. Creating a neighborhood dashboard and can make sure that it’s working the way in which they need it to earlier than going public with it.

–Case depend in Petersburg stays low and due to that, the EOC and PMC have had time to deal with a neighborhood plan.

–Hoping to maneuver a brand new airport tent into place right this moment, one with heavier materials and extra strong construction for the colder months. It’s a single construction as a substitute of utilizing three separate tents. It is going to be the identical foot print, so it’s not larger, however will probably be extra usable house. The brand new tent was purchased from Alaska Tent and Tarp in Fairbanks. After COVID, the tent can be utilized on the borough landfill for the Sanitation Division as a result of they want additional space for storing.

–The EOC has a number of free masks. The Alaska Division of Well being and Social Providers has despatched the neighborhood many masks. Any residents or companies who want masks can get them. There are masks positioned in most borough places of work, like contained in the door on the municipal constructing downtown, on the harbor workplace, parks and rec, the library, and inside a number of native companies together with First Financial institution, Kito’s Kave, Lee’s Clothes, Viking Journey, and Rexall Drugstore. All of them have free masks for folks in the neighborhood.

–Petersburg is in a very good place proper now and it could be nice if it continues into the winter. Please get your flu shot.

–Please be type to your neighbors and do all the things you may to mitigate the virus. We hope to be Covid free for subsequent spring and summer season however it’s going to rely upon folks’s actions now and getting a vaccine.

Petersburg College District—Erica Kludt-Painter

–Ending up the fourth week of college. Excited to maneuver to a inexperienced, low-risk standing stage subsequent week. Beginning on Monday, the 28th, schedules will change. On the elementary faculty in-person will probably be Eight a.m.-1:45 p.m. Monday by way of Friday. For the center and highschool, the schedule will keep the identical time-wise however college students will probably be on campus day by day as a substitute of an alternating schedule. On the center faculty there’ll nonetheless be in pods with their academics the entire day.

–The college district is testing out a notification system known as “One Name”. It sends texts to folks and guardians. In case you haven’t obtained a message, contact the varsity and ensure they’ve your present contact data. If the faculties have to return to the mid-risk stage or yellow stage, dad and mom will probably be notified by way of the One Name messages.

–The district has been studying new data from the state and different faculty districts about what to do and never do if circumstances crop up. Among the steering has modified because the starting of college. Now, if there have been a single COVID case, the faculties may shut down for 24 to 48 hours for contact tracing. It’s much less in regards to the additional cleansing being completed and extra about contact tracing. It is going to rely extra on if there’s a unfold within the faculty. Single circumstances don’t essentially set off that type of response. If there’s a case within the elementary faculty, there is likely to be suggestions for the center and highschool however it’s going to rely upon the connections with siblings. So, closures may affect different buildings or they won’t.

–Swim time trial for swim right this moment.

–Center College has a cross nation digital meet this Saturday in opposition to different groups from Southeast.

–Symptom free protocol may make this the healthiest 12 months as a result of persons are following wholesome protocols.

–Dad and mom who’ve questions ought to e mail academics, directors, or the varsity district workplace.

Petersburg Medical Middle—Phil Hofstetter, CEO, Liz Bacom, An infection Management Supervisor

–3,934 checks have been accomplished, 57 pending checks and none of them are greater than three days previous. There aren’t any lively circumstances.

–PMC is staying on the yellow stage. That’s the bottom stage that PMC will probably be till the pandemic is over.

–PMC will probably be taking down the drive by way of tent for the winter and they are going to be utilizing indoor house for testing within the respiratory clinic.

–Some visiting suppliers are nonetheless coming in however not eye medical doctors as a result of they aren’t affiliated with PMC clinics. The visiting physicians’ clinic is closed as a result of it’s getting used for the respiratory clinic. So, that house shouldn’t be accessible for visiting optometrists because it has been prior to now.

–Drive by way of flu shot clinic will probably be held on a Saturday in October however they don’t know which weekend but. It’s vital that individuals get their flu shot this clinic as a result of it’s going to assist suppliers deal with Covid. The flu can mimic Covid.

–Petersburg resident, Dave Berg, known as in and requested about quicker testing capabilities. He mentioned that United Airways goes to offer Covid check for passengers on their method to Hawaii. The check outcomes are going to be accessible in about 15 minutes. Liz Bacom responded saying that PMC doesn’t have something like that however she’s watching all checks as they arrive out. She says that these checks is likely to be antigen checks, which could not be as correct as different checks.

Petersburg Financial Growth Council —Liz Cabrera

–The meeting did approve $500,000 for an financial assist program for native Petersburg companies. The deadline to use is October 8th. You may get an software on line on the borough’s web site. You may get paper functions on the borough finance workplace and on the public library. You too can get functions emailed [email protected] Even new companies can apply if they will’t present losses for final 12 months. The borough will contact these companies to get different data. This isn’t first come, first served program. They are going to be making an attempt to unfold the funds out to all candidates. They won’t be distributing funds till after the applying interval closes.

–Borough meeting permitted $65,000 for childcare help for households. Purposes can be found from childcare suppliers. Purposes are turned in to Petersburg Psychological Well being Providers however you may drop them off on the childcare suppliers as effectively. The deadline for October help is October 1st. This system will final till the tip of the 12 months as a result of the state and federal governments are requiring it to be spent by the tip of the 12 months. The funds have strict timelines to comply with.

–The third and last spherical for Coronavirus non-profit reduction fund is open and the deadline for non-profits to use is October 14th. It’s operated by way of the Alaska Neighborhood Basis they usually have an internet software course of, which might be discovered on their web site.

Petersburg Indian Affiliation PIA

–PIA has a lease and mortgage reduction program arrange for eligible tribal households. You may get extra details about it by calling 772-3636 or cease by their places of work.

Notes from KFSK’s Weekly COVID-19 Present—Sept. 18, 2020

Petersburg Borough’s Emergency Operations Middle—Karl Hagerman, EOC Commander

–The meeting will probably be voting on making a everlasting emergency ordinance Monday night. There’s a public listening to additionally. The general public can remark to the meeting by e mail or they will name into the assembly and make remark. If the meeting doesn’t go the emergency ordinance, the EOC can nonetheless function below Alaska State Statutes though it makes it tougher than having one thing native ordinance that dictates what can and might’t be completed. The borough’s lawyer feels that even with out a non permanent or everlasting ordinance the borough might nonetheless take motion to guard residents in mild of the pandemic.

–EOC has obtained a number of masks from the State of Alaska and companies can get them from the EOC. Subsequent week, they plan to have distribution factors the place the general public can decide them up too.

–EOC plans to enhance the tents at airport screening with extra climate resistance tents for the winter.

–Neighborhood protecting plan remains to be within the works. It’s based mostly after the neighborhood plan that Ketchikan developed. It’s just about written and it’s on the point of be rolled out for the general public assessment and meeting assessment. Collaborating with the Petersburg Medical Middle on the plan.

–Our numbers are very low proper now, and folks must be pleased with what a great job they’re doing with social distancing precautions, hygiene and masking. Juneau has an outbreak occurring and there are circumstances in different Southeast communities.

Petersburg Medical Middle—Jennifer Bryner, Nurse Supervisor; Liz Bacom, An infection Management Supervisor

–3,714 checks have been accomplished, 29 pending checks, no lively circumstances, turn-around instances are about three or 4 days.

–The speed of testing for asymptomatic folks has remained fairly regular. They’re typically teams of staff on the town that do common asymptomatic testing just like the hospital or vacationers coming into city.

–The COVID hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. If it’s a non-emergency, folks ought to name the hotline (772-5788) between Eight a.m. and eight p.m. Non-emergencies would come with folks creating signs or individuals who have to schedule testing.

–Individuals touring on the ferry to Bellingham want a speedy check. These vacationers have to plan a couple of days forward of that. Individuals want to provide PMC 3-Four days of discover to get the speedy checks again in time. No one ought to depend on speedy checks coming again the identical day.

–The saliva testing shouldn’t be actually a great resolution in Petersburg as a result of it doesn’t work for influenza. The state lab and the native lab will not be in a position to make use of saliva for flu testing, there must be two specimens taken, and it’d gradual issues down.

–We doubtless received’t see a number of flu if folks proceed to distance from one another and apply mitigation steps like hand washing and hygiene. Individuals getting flu pictures may also assist. PMC is working with the Public Well being Nursing to coordinate a flu shot clinic. Signs of the flu mimics COVID and we don’t wish to have a number of flu circulating. Please plan to get a flu shot this 12 months. You may’t get the flu from the flu shot however typically there might be delicate signs from an individual’s immune system reacting to the vaccine however it’s non permanent.

Petersburg College District—Erica Kludt-Painter

–There’s much more hand washing and youngsters are being nice about protocols. Within the district, persons are making an attempt to deal with it by way of encouragement to college students. Conserving a constructive message.

–The children are pleased to be in school and workers is pleased to be there too.

–Shifting ahead to go to a inexperienced stage in direction of the tip of September. They’re reevaluating that and planning for that. spacing within the lecture rooms, working with the bus schedules. Engaged on after faculty actions for teenagers to maintain them outdoors.

–Issues are trying good, so long as folks keep vigilant, the varsity schedule ought to open up on Monday, September 28. Dad and mom ought to search for data by way of emails and texts in regards to the particulars. At this level, the district has determined to go to a inexperienced zone on the 28th until one thing modifications. With zero circumstances, it permits us to maintain going ahead.

–Dad and mom is likely to be getting “One Name” textual content messages subsequent week. They might appear like unusual cellphone numbers. The district will probably be testing this method out subsequent week to get data to folks. They need to be quick messages. In case you by no means get these textual content messages subsequent week, please name the varsity and allow them to know.

–I’m listening to at statewide conferences that there’s a concern for the Southeast area as a result of there are COVID circumstances in different Southeast communities. Pay attention to our surrounding communities and the way shortly we may very well be impacted. Tremendous appreciative of everyone’s work right here and are hopeful transferring ahead.

Petersburg Financial Growth Council —Liz Cabrera

–The meeting did approve an financial assist program for native Petersburg companies. The deadline to use is October 8th. You may get an software on line on the borough’s web site. You may get paper functions on the borough finance workplace and on the public library. You too can get functions emailed [email protected] Even new companies can apply if they will’t present losses for final 12 months. The borough will contact these companies to get different data.

–USDA seafood commerce reduction program is onging. The USDA is holding a webinar on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. AK time on find out how to apply and extra data on this system. You may register at this web site: farmers.gov/seafood.

–The unemployment numbers for Petersburg is decrease now than it was presently final 12 months. It’s down to five.Three %. The State’s charge is 6.Four and the Southeast area is 6.5 %. Petersburg is decrease than the area and the state for unemployment.

–The Alaska Cares Program did cease accepting software. In the event that they occurred to have leftover funds, they’ll open it again up and let the general public know.

–There’s a FAQ on the borough’s web site and they’re making an attempt to replace that recurrently.

Notes from KFSK’s Weekly COVID-19 Present—Sept. 11, 2020

Petersburg Borough’s Emergency Operations Middle—Karl Hagerman, EOC Commander

–State journey mandate hasn’t modified however the state’s journey portal is fairly straightforward to make use of. It’s finest when you arrange a profile on the portal first earlier than touring. You may get a journey declaration type by way of that profile. After you come from out of state there’s a distinction between being in quarantine and isolating. You’ll want to quarantine till the primary unfavorable check outcomes. Quarantine means staying in your house and never go away for something apart from a medical emergency. After the primary unfavorable check, you should strictly social distance till you obtain your second unfavorable check. You may go away your residence however you shouldn’t go into any public buildings the place there are different folks. Keep away from others and put on a masks. That’s not the identical factor as quarantine.

–Hagerman simply bought again from touring for 3 weeks out of state. He went to Washington, Montana, and Michigan they usually all have statewide masking mandates. There was a excessive prevalence of face coverings. Masking is simply part of regular, on a regular basis life there. If folks have been outside it wasn’t required however it was required indoors.

–EOC has sturdier tents to make use of on the airport for the colder climate that’s coming.

–The EOC is getting ready to return out with a neighborhood plan working with the Petersburg Medical Middle. A draft plan has been despatched to Dr. Zink at state for her assessment and recommendation. The borough will proceed to develop that plan hoping to launch it quickly. The concept behind the plan is to provide data to the neighborhood about finest practices and voluntary restrictions.

–Fortunately, the Covid virus has been effectively below management however getting into the flu and chilly season, that would change. The State of Alaska is exhibiting that almost all resident circumstances are associated to neighborhood unfold and never journey. So folks ought to keep vigilant.

Public Well being Nursing—Erin Michael

–Petersburg’s workplace is continuous to contact hint for the state, interviewing folks everywhere in the state. Erin Michael has two different nurses serving to her with that within the workplace.

–Within the means of prepping for a drive-through flu clinic in partnership with the Petersburg Medical Middle and the Emergency Operations Middle. Previously they’ve been within the gymnasium however to assist stop the unfold of an infection, a drive by way of can be safer. And this drive- by way of clinic may very well be a apply run for when a Covid vaccine would change into accessible.

–Individuals ought to take private accountability, washing their fingers, staying dwelling in the event that they’re sick, carrying masks whenever you’re round non-family members, and take the journey mandates critically. Name PMC’s hotline when you’re having signs.

Petersburg Medical Middle—Jennifer Bryner, Nurse Supervisor; CEO Phil Hofstetter

–3,537 checks accomplished, 75 checks are pending and solely two of them are over a seven day wait.

–We’re lucky that we have now a reasonably low caseload, there are zero at present lively, and hopefully we’ll maintain it that method

–The hotline remains to be being staffed. If you’re not in an emergency please name the hotline throughout enterprise hours between Eight a.m.—Eight p.m. The hotline helps folks prepare testing for Covid as giving steering on what to do with different signs.

–PMC is working with the general public well being nurse to get a plan for a drive-through clinic for any future vaccine.

Petersburg College District—Actions Director, Jaime Cabral

–Mitigation plans maintain evolving from the state stage. Journey mitigation plan labored effectively for the highschool cross nation final weekend going to Prince of Wales Island.

–This weekend is a digital meet for highschool cross nation with eight groups collaborating throughout Southeast. It is going to be the largest digital meet thus far.

–Petersburg is scheduled to host the regional cross nation meet nevertheless it could not occur. It’s speculated to be October 3rd nevertheless, a number of colleges will doubtless not be capable to attend. A number of cross nation groups have canceled their seasons this 12 months.

–The state cross nation meet will probably be very restricted, with probably simply 30 runners whole on the meet, with staggered begins. No group championships on the state meet this 12 months. The highest 14 runners from all of Southeast in all divisions (Division 1 can have the highest six qualifiers, Division 2 can have their high 4 qualifiers and Division Three can have their high 4 qualifiers.)

–ASAA fingers out protocols to varsities, which is taken into account the naked minimal. Southeast districts have their very own mitigation plan to make it possible for these guidelines are the identical in each neighborhood. Every district can go even stricter, individually, if wanted.

–The swim group will maintain digital meets solely. The game is fairly straightforward to run that method with everybody’s pool being an identical.

–Volleyball competitors is totally up within the air.

–Finishing week two with modified model of college, college students and academics have been doing wonderful. Center and Excessive College will probably be receiving fabric Viking masks subsequent week.

Petersburg Financial Growth Council —Liz Cabrera

–The Alaska Cares program (Alaska’s enterprise grant program) is over-subscribed however they’re nonetheless accepting functions. In case you nonetheless want to use do it as quickly as potential. Don’t wait one other day.

–The meeting did approve $500,000 for an financial assist program by way of native companies. Getting the borough’s lawyer to take a look at it and it must be up and working someday subsequent week. It’s not first come first served, there will probably be an software course of and there will probably be future bulletins about it as soon as it’s up and working.

–The IRS is once more encouraging individuals who haven’t obtained their financial affect fee to contact them. In case you don’t often file a tax return and haven’t obtained the fee, you may fill out a “non-filer” software on irs.gov. In case you can’t use that non-filer device, name 1-800-919-9835. It’s a customer support line so there is likely to be a wait time.

–The USDA is making $530 million to business fishermen who have been impacted by a retaliatory tariffs. It’s restricted to sure species, which embrace most business species in Southeast. There’s an software interval, which opens on Monday. Go to Farmers.gov/seafood. Or contact Liz Cabrera for a hyperlink to that web site.

Notes from KFSK’s Weekly COVID-19 Present—Sept. 4, 2020

Petersburg College District—Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter

–The primary week of college went effectively, youngsters have been actually excited to be again, it’s in all probability the happiest I’ve ever seen the children coming again to highschool.

–There have been minor expertise glitches on the center and highschool that have been labored by way of this week.

–The college district has simply been permitted to supply free breakfasts and lunches to all youngsters by way of December. The meals companies workers is adapting to the persevering with modifications.

–The alternating schedules is working effectively, the upkeep and custodial crew has been working additional onerous, the varsity bus drivers have been nice with shuffling schedules as effectively.

–Cross nation goes in the highschool and center faculty cross nation has simply began. The highschool cross nation group is touring to their first meet this weekend– all the way down to Prince of Wales Island for a one-day journey. Excessive College volleyball will begin quickly with sure protocols with restricted athletes practising collectively at a time.

–There are a number of new academics and workers this 12 months and they’re doing nice.

–The college district will probably be readjusting faculty schedules on September 25.

–Moved some calendar days round that the varsity board will probably be .

–Please proceed to apply COVID suggestions in order that the neighborhood stays wholesome and college students can maintain coming to highschool in-person.  

Petersburg Borough’s Emergency Operations Middle—Sandy Dixon

–No lively circumstances in Petersburg.

–There are 1,000 free fabric masks from the EOC for the neighborhood. They’re being distributed by way of the library; there are additionally free masks for companies. 1,000 fabric masks have additionally been donated to the faculties. Masks might be requested by emailing [email protected]

–The borough is contemplating what to do with the final of the COVID CARES Act funding. Some concepts being thought-about are utility subsidies, moorage subsidies and rental help.

–A public discussion board will probably be held subsequent Thursday at Four p.m. a couple of proposed replace to the borough’s emergency ordinance. The EOC and the borough assist the up to date model. Persons are nonetheless inspired to submit questions for the discussion board. The deadline for posting the questions on the borough’s web site has handed however the questions might nonetheless get addressed on the assembly.

–Health club and pool have expanded their hours. The sauna is open by reservation solely.

Petersburg Medical Middle—Liz Bacom, Supervisor for An infection Management, Liz Bacom; CEO Phil Hofstetter

–3,305 checks, 75 pending, and of the pending checks16 from the state lab are 7-10 days previous and the remaining are three days or fewer. The state lab has a again log.

–The hospital is requesting CARES ACT funding from the borough. PMC can also be working with the borough to acquire grant funding. PMC’s request is a form of place holder as a result of they’re nonetheless hopeful that they will obtain different grants.

–PMC is working carefully with the faculties as they’re reopening

–Airport testing continues

–Statewide, outbreaks are occurring within the homeless neighborhood in Anchorage, which may unfold into the final inhabitants.

–Petersburg residents ought to maintain social bubbles small and be accountable when contemplating what you do. While you share households, you share their behaviors. 10 folks or much less in your contact bubble is taken into account “small”.

Petersburg Financial Growth—Liz Cabrera

–The Borough Meeting will probably be contemplating spending $500,000 for an financial assist grant for native companies. Companies might apply even when they’ve obtained funding from different sources. The companies must show that they’ve had vital losses in product sales between 2019 and 2020 and they’d be prioritized. The meeting can also be contemplating giving $65,000 in grant cash to assist households with childcare help. There’s an software course of for households by way of the borough.

–Alaska Cares Grant program has been over prescribed so that they have obtained extra grants than they’ve funding for. Nonetheless, folks ought to nonetheless apply as a result of they won’t fund the entire functions totally so folks ought to apply as quickly as potential.

Notes from KFSK’s Weekly COVID-19 Present—Aug. 28, 2020

Petersburg College District—Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter

–College begins Monday, Aug. 31, for Petersburg college students

–Plenty of preparation occurring this week: digital conferences, older college students selecting up expertise, academics and workers getting their rooms prepared with desks separated for required social distancing, some Plexiglass put in on the entrance desks however nonetheless making an attempt to maintain it welcoming

–Know-how for Center and Excessive College college students must be fairly seamless as a result of they’ve used laptops in previous years

–Dad and mom ought to take note of emails as a result of there’s new data continuously being shared; test the faculties’ web sites, and PowerSchool.

–Bussing: There will probably be a number of journeys occurring to maintain numbers low on the bus and to accommodate totally different schedules just like the AM/PM schedules. They’re making an attempt to work with households to determine schedules.

–Trying ahead to having good, small pupil teams with the academics the primary few weeks of college, they hope to type of back-fill what some issues which will have been misplaced within the spring

–Faculties can have present masks for college kids in the event that they want them however they need college students to herald their very own if they will. Free reusable masks might be picked up on the Public Well being Nursing workplace or by emailing the Emergency Operations Middle [email protected]

–The college district is asking dad and mom of youthful youngsters to do a well being screening at dwelling earlier than faculty. The elementary will comply with up with temperature checks in school however dad and mom know their youngsters higher than anybody.

–College students who’ve signs from an sickness that they know is unrelated to COVID can come to highschool as they might in a standard 12 months.

–Enrollment for the district is down about 35 college students this 12 months. Some are college students who’ve moved away and a few are college students who’re homeschooling this 12 months.

Petersburg Borough’s Emergency Operations Middle—Sandy Dixon

–1,000 masks can be found by way of the EOC, folks can e mail the EOC ([email protected]) to get some. Enterprise and organizations are inspired to make masks accessible to their clients.

–The native well being mandate for business crew ships and tour boats is up for renewal in a particular assembly of the borough meeting Monday. The mandate is for ships which have greater than 25 passengers who plan to in a single day. The mandate requires approval from the EOC earlier than docking in Petersburg. The EOC and the well being officer, Dr. Mark Tuccillo, recommends that the meeting approve the extension of the well being mandate.

–Encourage everybody to take a look at the varsity plans and comply with the varsity plans, that’s how we’re going to maintain the faculties open.

–EOC has prolonged the airport contract with the state for testing to October 31.

–EOC goes to increase the asymptomatic testing for resident seafood staff till October 31

–Mountain View Manor is permitting guests on a restricted foundation. All households have been notified. There’s a restrict of 4 folks per house and solely three residences can have guests at a time. The visits have to be scheduled. Screenings and temperature checks are required on the Manor previous to the go to.

–The variety of out of state guests coming to Petersburg has dropped and the variety of non-residents who’re testing on the Petersburg airport has dropped. Most out of state guests are getting examined earlier than they journey into city.

–Anybody touring out of state, go to the State’s Alaska Journey Portal at: https://www.alaska.covidsecureapp.com/ to register and fill out the journey data, which can make the screening course of on the airport a lot smoother.

Petersburg Medical Middle—Liz Bacom, Supervisor for An infection Management, Liz Bacom; Jennifer Bryner, Nurse Supervisor

–no lively circumstances in Petersburg, 96 checks pending, 3,127 checks thus far. The variety of pending circumstances goes up and down as a result of typically PMC checks teams of individuals for asymptomatic testing.

–The positivity charge is low and the turn-around instances are good. The turn-around time is 2.5–Three days.

–A second check is required for residents and non-residents vacationers from out of state 7 to 14 days after the primary check is carried out. Some persons are following these guidelines and others aren’t. Between the primary and second check persons are speculated to be on strict isolation, not going into public buildings or being round non-household members.

–It is a time to remain dwelling when you’re sick. In case you’re youngster has signs please maintain them dwelling from faculty. If youngsters have signs dad and mom ought to name the PMC hotline throughout workplace hours. Kids might be examined for different issues apart from COVID on the “Covid Tent” like strep throat and the flu.

–There’s an uptick of strep throat going round. Persons are beginning to open up their social bubbles and they’re getting strep throat. It’s vital to maintain social bubbles actually small. Following well being suggestions for COVID (hand washing, bodily distancing, and masking) may also assist stop different sicknesses like colds, flus, and strep throat.

–Deal with your masks rigorously, wash your fingers earlier than and after dealing with them, don’t share them, they need to match securely however not too tight, they need to be washed day by day.

–PMC is maintaining their eyes on different components of the state, which have seen outbreaks, like at shelters and congregate housing models in Anchorage. The virus shortly spreads.

Petersburg Financial Growth—Liz Cabrera

–The State of Alaska expanded the eligibility for Alaska Cares Program to companies that already obtained PPP or idle funding and companies which are a secondary supply of revenue. The efficient date for the modifications is Monday, Aug. 31. All functions for people who find themselves in that class will probably be processed. Individuals can apply till November 15 or every time funds run out.

–Mortgage forgiveness steering has modified from the Small Enterprise Administration for owner-employee compensation, rental associated prices, when you lease a portion to your workplace to another person, and likewise home based business prices. The simplest method to discover it’s Google PPP mortgage forgiveness steering and search for the “new steering”.

–FEMA permitted the State of Alaska’s grant request to spice up unemployment funds by $300 per week. This system will probably be carried out in about six weeks and will probably be retroactive to July 25 when these $600 further funds ended.

Notes from KFSK’s COVID-19 panel dialogue on Friday, August 21, 2020

Sandy Dixson – EOC Appearing Incident Commander

  • Present lively case right? Sure, right this moment will hopefully be their final day however they have to be cleared by PMC. (A clarification from Erin Michael) When somebody is constructive, to be cleared, have to don’t have any signs, fever free for 24 hours, typically we are able to’t get ahold of them on the cellphone so can take a bit longer
  • Lively case is a customer, non-resident, right? Sure
  • Let’s assessment journey necessities, it looks as if there’s a loophole with permitting folks to reach with pending check outcomes? (Sandy) Sure, newest journey mandate says any non resident touring into the state is required to current a unfavorable check consequence from the final 72 hours, or present they took a check that’s pending, or take a check on the airport for $250, or quarantine for 14 days
  • Are vacationers required to quarantine whereas ready for check outcomes? Sure, they’re required to quarantine till they’ve outcomes. After, they have to comply with a strict social distancing requirement till they obtain a second check, inside 7-14 days. After that, they’re free to go about their enterprise. 

Public Well being Nurse Erin Michael 

  • How is contact tracing going? Every single day is exclusive, I’m studying loads about Alaska. Myself and two different PSG nurses doing contact tracing for folks throughout the state. Making an attempt to determine what sources can be found for them of their communities might be difficult. Then attain out to their contacts to hopefully decelerate COVID.
  • You’re reaching out to shut contacts? I’m doing index tracing with individuals who have examined constructive to gauge everybody who they might have been involved with.  
  • What’re among the questions you’re asking of those that are indentified as shut contacts…we’ve heard there are scams occurring, to get medical or monetary data…what are you asking? We by no means ask for bank card data or cash, that’s a rip-off. We ask the place they dwell, cellphone quantity, who you reside with/family members, what’s your job, indicators or signs (we have now an extended checklist of signs), pre-existing medical situations which will put individual in increased danger, for constructive circumstances – we ask who you will have been round since signs began or since you bought a constructive check, what are their cellphone numbers.

Erica Kludt-Painter, Petersburg Faculties Superintendent 

  • College is beginning, academics are again? Sure, academics again since Tuesday for onsite trainings and a few digital skilled growth. Halls are buzzing, folks pleased to be again, plenty of masks, following protocols, good vitality.
  • Faculties are symptom-free zones, if college students have signs, will they be required to be examined? Or do dad and mom should get them examined? Sure, we have now a symptom free coverage, as really useful by the State. Working by way of particulars on screening. Youthful youngsters, asking dad and mom to assist with that. Doing temperature checks in school. Workers will submit their very own screening, just like PMC workers. We could ask older youngsters to do one thing related, working it out. From there, apparent signs, ask dad and mom to select up youngsters after which undergo the method: name the hotline, get examined if wanted, keep dwelling, comply with protocols, attempt to shield folks’s confidentiality too. We’ll work with the medical heart, they will’t share direct private data with us attributable to HIPAA. PMC can weight in
  • To make clear, the varsity will encourage dad and mom to name the hotline if youngsters get sick? Sure, and likewise know that children produce other situations like allergy symptoms, so we hope dad and mom and workers will let administration learn about that occurring. Bringing lots of people collectively, so let administration and academics learn about current situations. 

Petersburg Medical Middle with Liz Bacom and Phil Hofstetter 

  • With 450 college students and about 80 workers, it’s the primary time such a big group is coming collectively, folks making an attempt their finest, however can PMC advise on protocols for households and workers?  We would like a name for each uncommon symptom. For typical issues like allergy symptoms, that’s okay, however tell us if something is irregular. At all times worthwhile to name the hotline and undergo these signs with the nurse and see if a check is required
  • Making ready for this, is PMC planning to have provides? Sure, we’re at all times ensuring we have now sufficient provides, and checks will probably be despatched out as a substitute of doing it in home if wanted. We’ll should see day-to-day and week by week the place we’re all.
  • New check coming available on the market, testing by way of saliva? Sure, new check that sounds cheap and pretty dependable. We wish to be cautious about all testing we use, make sure that it’s dependable however the saliva check can be good, particularly for varsity
  • The rest? We’re preparing for flu season. We encourage everybody to get the flu shot. If we are able to stop the flu, it’ll assist the healthcare burden. Flu shot will hopefully be accessible by mid October
  • Erin, something so as to add about flu vaccines? I do know they’ve arrived in Juneau, I heard they’re going to be lifting restrictions in order that nurses can present flu pictures to all residents. As quickly as we obtain the inventory, we’ll let everybody know. Often by October. 
  • Simpler to entry? Sure, they’re engaged on all limitations and ordering additional so anybody who desires the shot can get it
  • Phil, you spoke earlier than the Borough this week, it appeared like PMC is taking a monetary affect, making much less income? Sure, working with Borough, companies, colleges, canneries, and airport, placing workforce towards testing companies, and the draw back to that’s it takes away from medical companies and entry to care. We’re additionally seeing long run care is down, statewide as effectively. On the constructive facet, seeing our division of dwelling well being rising. Our income is down by a 3rd. We’re making an attempt to use for grants, simply came upon that, relating to an enormous grant software we had with the Alaska Neighborhood Basis, hospitals received’t be eligible for these funds. We could should put in some CARES act funds requests in to the borough on the subsequent Meeting assembly. 

Liz Cabrera, Petersburg Financial Growth

  • Large information on the financial assist entrance: main change in Alaska CARES program, for companies, nonprofits – Governor requested to develop eligibility. So that companies which have obtained PPP or SPA idle funds, can apply for Alaska CARES. Or for companies which are secondary revenue sources. Change goes earlier than the Legislature to be permitted, 7-45 days for choice. Individuals ought to apply now. There’s some technique behind ready, enterprise ought to do some forecasting, longer you wait the extra bills you may embrace on the timeline. Extra data on the Borough web site. May very well be a gamechanger for lots of companies on the town
  • One other level:  IRS financial affect funds – some populations do want to supply data to the IRS, like when you obtain Social Safety or have youngsters, should register youngsters. Deadline is Sep 30th. Device on IRS register to try this. Youngster funds are $500 per youngster. Information can also be on web site
  • New unemployment information for July 2020  – Petersburg unemployment charge dropped to 9.3% / State 10.8%  / Regional 11.3%. 177 jobs added in the neighborhood, 137 unemployed in the neighborhood; often, round 100 unemployed this time of 12 months
  • Some employment alternatives are posted on the borough web site https://www.ci.petersburg.ak.us/?SEC=E9D4F968-9398-46DD-923D-A11FBADEE39F

Parting ideas from 

Erica Kludt-Painter

  • Something so as to add that folks must be interested by? Placing collectively plans for households, registered and units to college students. In case you haven’t obtained one thing, it’s coming
  • Seniors and Juniors come to highschool Monday and Tuesday to register
  • Digital orientations for top schoolers, center schoolers, 
  • Wednesday – seventh and eighth graders register, orientation that night
  • Thursday – sixth graders register, meet academics, orientation that night
  • Friday – elementary college students
  • A lot of data coming this subsequent few weeks. Trying ahead to having youngsters again

Liz Bacom

  • I went to OBI this morning, they’re doing swabs each different week. It’s a clean operation, they usually’ve completed an amazing job. Plenty of onerous work

Phil Hofstetter

  • It’s vital to assessment what’s occurring in different components of the state, we’re seeing clusters. Proper now, we don’t have circumstances, however issues change day by day. That’s been true from day one with the virus.
  • What number of pending checks? As of right this moment 2883 carried out
  • 98 pending
  • 97 lower than Three days, 1 in 4-6 days – turnaround time a lot better

Sandy Dixson

  • Encourages everybody to go to the State of Alaska Journey Portal. https://www.alaska.covidsecureapp.com/  Everybody can register within the portal forward of time when planning any journey out of the state. Then coming again into the state will probably be a really clean course of.

Erin Michael

  • We obtained masks, if folks want them, we’re giving out 1,000 of them. They’re reusable. If folks can’t get a masks on their very own, cease by the general public well being heart M-F 8-4:30pm 
  • Seeing folks not maintaining their bubbles small, or not social distancing, however these protocols are how we shield ourselves

Liz Cabrera 

  • To native companies, check out the Alaska CARES necessities, new eligibility might embrace you. 

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 following few weeks.
  • Relating to the newest case, a person who arrived on July 20th examined at airport and had an preliminary unfavorable check consequence. A comply with up check resulted in a constructive consequence on August 12.  On the time of the constructive consequence, the person had already left city. The individual was not symptomatic and phone tracing has been underway. Petersburg initially categorised 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 deal with and cellphone quantity the state decided them to be a resident of Petersburg. 
  • State has shifted to a special screening/testing system this week. The digital portion of the brand new screening system is a studying course of; the state is understanding the portal’s bugs. Previously vacationers might submit a paper type; this new system requires registration and making a profile within the Alaska Journey Portal. Then, an individual can fill out the net journey declaration type for every time they journey. It might doubtlessly save time, as your profile stays accessible, somewhat than doing the entire paperwork course of for every occasion of journey. In the intervening time, 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 unfavorable check consequence from inside 72 hours earlier than getting into the state. If arriving with out that check consequence, they have to take a check on the airport at a price of $250 {dollars} and quarantine till getting a consequence again.
  • Any resident of Alaska can choose to get that check previous to touring again to Alaska, but when they don’t, the check on the airport will probably be supplied to residents at no cost, or they will select to quarantine in lieu of testing. However quarantine as a substitute of testing shouldn’t be an possibility for non-residents. 
  • The EOC remains to be engaged on a neighborhood mitigation plan. It is going to have a three-level color-alert stage system coordinated with the medical heart and the faculties. When the plan is accomplished (in a couple of weeks) will probably be introduced to the Meeting. 
  • The emergency ordinance remains to be a scorching subject. The Borough can have a professionally moderated neighborhood assembly in regards to the ordinance on September 10th.
  • And, as at all times, we’d prefer to thank the neighborhood for persevering with to do what we have now been doing. We’re encouraging folks to put on masks and maintain distance, however above all be type to your neighbors. Even when we disagree, everyone seems to be entitled to their opinion.  Thanks, everybody, for doing all of your half.

Petersburg Medical Middle – Phil Hofstetter and Liz Bacom

  • Numbers as of this morning: 2668 checks accomplished, Zero lively circumstances, 12 recovered, 69 pending checks, and all of the pending checks are from throughout the final three days. Turnaround instances are enhancing for checks.  Total, the state and the business labs have been increase their capability.
  • PMC’s request for CARES Act funding from the Borough is being pushed to September. We simply have to make it possible for we don’t have overlapping grant fund requests. PMC has a state grant request and a FEMA funds request in progress. Our greatest concern, relating to 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 wish to be a barrier to others needing Borough CARES funding.
  • Flu shot data from Liz Bacom: Flu pictures aren’t accessible 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 predicted across the center of September. We are going to let everybody know when it’s accessible. The dialogue hasn’t occurred but about how the flu pictures will probably be made accessible, there’s a risk of a drive by way of flu shot clinic.
  • Liz’s response to a query about latest media consideration to a Duke College examine that described ineffectiveness of fleece buffs to guard in opposition to particle transmission:  Conserving distance is the very best preventative measure that individuals can take. Keep greater than 6 ft away from one another. In case you can’t, then some type of a barrier that forestalls droplets from going into the air is healthier than nothing. A pleasant tight woven masks that’s snug to put on supplies some good safety.   
  • Fisheries and seasonal journey will probably be winding down, however indoor actions, like the faculties, are ramping up. We simply wish to stress to folks 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 wish to display screen folks for these issues as a lot as we are able to. The primary factor is, when you establish a symptom in your self or your youngster, please keep dwelling and notify your employer and the varsity that you simply aren’t capable of attend, and after Eight o’clock within the morning name the COVID Hotline, the place if want be you might be referred to a doctor and testing. Please name the Hotline in case you have issues about signs: 772-5788.

Erica Kludt-Painter with the Petersburg College District

  • We’ve been getting plenty of suggestions from dad and mom and folks in the neighborhood. We all know that the conversations are troublesome and there’s plenty of frustration from everybody, however we worth folks reaching out and sharing their issues.
  • We’re persevering with to maneuver ahead with protocols and considering by way of what it’d appear like when youngsters come by way of the door on August 31st
  • Planning on doing a gradual begin, half the children coming in at a time, after which reevaluating that a couple of weeks into the varsity 12 months. If all continues to be going effectively and we are able to 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 by way of the procedures and protocols and get everybody used to being again within the constructing once more. There will probably be some nervousness for fogeys and youngsters, however there’s plenty of pleasure, too. 
  • We’re transferring ahead with getting registration paperwork out to folks, and digital orientations, and laptop computer schedules and machine handouts.
  • What occurs when a child presents or reviews signs whereas in school? We’ve 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 previous versus a 16 12 months previous. What we’ve been doing this summer season with summer season faculty, largely with the youthful youngsters, is ask dad and mom to do the signs screening for his or her youngsters at dwelling, signing off utilizing a screening device. We have to comply with a symptom-free protocol for all college students and all workers. That’s labored out effectively. Although we all know it’s onerous and can trigger some disruption. Sadly, we’re going to should be fairly strict this 12 months. If in case you have a fever or signs, for instance sufficient to take an Advil or Tylenol, you should keep dwelling, and that goes for adults too. The more healthy our youngsters are, the more healthy our academics are, the longer we are able to 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 heart, doubtlessly offering some nursing assist. We could possibly have somebody come up from the hospital and supply a few of this additional screening.
  • Lecturers are approaching Tuesday. We’re trying ahead to in-service and coaching, after which trying ahead to seeing our youngsters 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 software 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 find out how to apply for AK CARES for companies affected by COVID was recorded and is accessible for viewing from the Southeast Convention or the Borough’s web site. 
  • If you’re within the lately expanded classes of companies that are actually eligible for these funds, and also you had utilized previous to August sixth for AK CARES funds, you may get mechanically denied, so you have to to return in and apply once more.   
  • Additionally, please notice, these on-line functions can’t be saved as you go. So be able to make it during the net software course of. Have all of your documentation accessible in entrance of you, scanned, or able to scan while you’re doing this software. It might take a short while and also you don’t need it to trip and drive you to begin yet again.
  • There’s a guidelines of all of the documentation you have to. Look that over and have the paperwork prepared whenever you begin your AK CARES software course of. 
  • The Borough and PEDC is trying into how Borough CARES funds may very well be put towards native companies that want assist, creating pointers, and so on. 

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

Karl Hagerman, Petersburg Borough Incident Commander

  • What’s the most recent? We’re within the midst of getting on top of things on the modifications on the state’s new journey mandate. Takes impact this Tuesday, August 11. First, they’re transferring away from paper varieties, so all data will probably be uploaded by way of the State of Alaska portal, by way of an app that’s not rolled out but. Will share the web site and app when it’s dwell. They’re working to make it occur earlier than Tuesday. Greatest change is for non-resident vacationers: should have proof of unfavorable check 72 hours previous to arrival. Have to add proof of check and outcomes to portal. Once they arrive, screeners will test check, if constructive, then they should quarantine for 14 days.
  • Can folks get on the airplane, with out a check? Sure. Alaska Airways is offering data, however they’re not screening. 
  • If non-residents arrive in Alaska with out getting examined, you’ll be required to take a check on the airport, and pay for price – $250 to state by way of the portal – no cash collected in Petersburg
  • Should quarantine whereas ready for outcomes for any check, 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 unfavorable check you have to apply strict social distancing.  
  • Alaskans returning to the state? For residents, can check 72 hours previous to arrival, or take a free check upon arrival. Or can select a 14-day quarantine. Even if you’re a resident, you have to quarantine ‘til you will have first consequence, and second consequence, should apply strict social distancing. Must confirm residency – ID, drivers license, tribal ID, or well being employee transferring to Alaska, want letter from employer to get a free check
  • 2 circumstances that left the world have recovered? Sure they’re. On the state information hub? No, haven’t seen it. I feel the contact tracers are swamped, and it’s complicated. We all know that it was low danger, so no less than we have now that.
  • Put up workplace protocols? Sure, pleased to listen to that traces are outdoors. Something we are able to do to assist social distance, to scale back danger is sweet. Some folks have been recommending borough ship staff to assist direct folks, and that’s not potential in a federal facility. 
  • The rest? There will probably be a neighborhood assembly on the everlasting emergency ordinance, will probably be a great dialogue, and hopefully can make clear want and goal. September 10 at 4pm.
  • Neighborhood covid plan replace? In growth, arising with metrics to set off motion between danger ranges, a number of work, coming collectively. Can be shared for public remark. Hopefully helpful to make use of and information us, enterprise smart and company smart to regulate any enhance in circumstances.

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

  • Total 2,485 checks carried out whole – consists of all repeat checks, non-residents
  • 965 checks carried out on residents, for whole 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% constructive charge for your complete pandemic
  • What’s the importance of the information on share of inhabitants examined? 
  • Liz Bacom: It’s in regards to the % constructive – whether it is larger than 5% of whole – doubtless not testing sufficient folks, there are in all probability extra circumstances on the market. % examined doesn’t present details about danger within the inhabitants
  • State hub has been up to date, there’s nice information there by area, neighborhood, and so on. reveals checks in final 7 or 14 days. 
  • 291 checks pending 
  • Turnaround time is getting higher. We’re doing fairly a little bit of testing every week. quantity of checks every day, fisheries checks coming again fairly shortly. Ought to see higher turnaround time
  • Is PMC doing something to beef up provides for testing with faculty opening? (Liz): We’re doing effectively with provides for symptomatic testing. Asymptomatic testing, can’t convey that in-house, these must be despatched out
  • Ketchikan has ordered a excessive quantity speedy testing machine, might that assist right here? I feel its nice, however don’t have the amount that we’d like. If they will solely do 300 a day, it’s an overreach to assist us. We’re on the checklist 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 obtained 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 workers, dwelling monitoring models, contract with airport testing
  • fifth doctor employed, is {that a} first for PMC? Sure, it hasn’t occurred no less than in latest reminiscence. Non permanent or everlasting? Proper now it’s everlasting. The pandemic shouldn’t be going away anytime quickly, so we have now a 12 months contract and can reassess after that.
  • Entry to care is down, it takes loads longer to schedule sufferers, carve time, make sure 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 accessible 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 coloration standing are we in? Yellow standing, as a result of enhance in circumstances within the state 

Erica Kludt-Painter, Superintendent

  • Lengthy, vital assembly final evening – large takeaways? Good participation from dad and mom and neighborhood members, good questions and suggestions. At all times appreciated. Good dialog with the board, wrapping our minds round scheduling, impacts on pupil, workers and households – dialogue on neighborhood general. We notice faculty performs an enormous position in households’ lives. It’s a difficult time. We recognize the borough granting the CARES Act funding for the varsity this week, provides, gear, expertise, to maneuver by way of this time. Hopefully on-site studying, and put together for what might occur, so may very well be distant
  • Board last 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, despite the fact that we’re in a inexperienced zone, we’re approaching with warning, work “by way of the bugs” and take time with youngsters. Plenty 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 onerous
  • Joe – It’s a neighborhood difficulty, employers have to contemplate as effectively. Symptom free campus means youngsters despatched dwelling, 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 have now a plan however notice will probably be totally 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 gradual.
  • Return to highschool August 31st for college kids
  • Hiring nurses or medical workers to assist? Positions posted now: custodians, paraprofessionals, Three instructor jobs posted. We’ve been speaking with PMC to entry nursing companies, for signs or take questions. We don’t wish 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 obtained $5k or much less of PPP, can apply. In case you obtained extra, and wish to return some, to succeed in $5k, you may. Nonprofits are eligible too. Additionally restricted entry allow holders, 2019 and 2020. Utility interval is open – akcaresonline.gov. Hyperlinks are on the Borough web site
  • Workshop on find out how to apply will probably be on the web site as effectively
  • PPP deadline to use is Aug 8, so right this moment is the deadline by way of your financial institution
  • Nonetheless ready on Congress to determine on PPP program – no deal reached but
  • Alaska Coronavirus Reduction Fund – apps due Aug 26
  • Domestically, folks in want of lease 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 packages – they’re providing lease reduction. Hyperlink to be posted on web site. 

The rest?

  • Karl: Petersburg is doing nice, maintaining case numbers low. Be vigilant, social distance, masks, wash fingers. It’s paying off. Open doesn’t imply over
  • Erica: Individuals surprise why we are able to’t open up, it’s vital we proceed to have low circumstances, maintain going, recognize 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 data on what meaning for small communities and for Petersburg. HHS is meant to difficulty pointers subsequent week. We all know: beginning Aug 11, non-resident vacationers should have a unfavorable check. No choice to quarantine. Which limits choices. Should show unfavorable, earlier than getting on the airplane. Plenty of questions on enforcement, who’s checking checks, a number of questions and never a number of solutions
  • For Alaska residents, there will probably be testing accessible. We don’t know what that appears like for Petersburg, might look the identical, or change to testing on the Medical Middle. Will maintain folks up to date
  • Make clear: not an choice to do a two-week quarantine, with out check? No, they have to current a unfavorable check, earlier than arriving within the state
  • Current unfavorable check earlier than flying or current on arrival? We don’t know, however we assume they will’t get on the airplane with out unfavorable outcomes
  • No new constructive circumstances lately, right? Sure, however testing is lagging, state labs are backlogged. State dashboard is lagging – final 2 circumstances of vacationers who got here by way of Petersburg and left, haven’t but been posted on the state dashboard – so notice, they are going to be posted quickly. However not new circumstances, 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 neighborhood 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 presently. I’ve seen these letters too, we’ll see if Meeting-members wish to take that up. I’m nonetheless engaged on an emergency plan. Gradual course of, taking time to land on finest strategy
  • Aquatic Middle has re-opened, some other services to be re-opened? Spotlight is the aquatic heart, Parks and Rec workers are engaged on a plan to open the gymnasium as effectively. Working with the varsity on that plan, to have the very best strategy for each entities to function. Coming quickly. 

Erica Kludt-Painter, Superintendent

  • Tonight the College Board can have a piece session on State pointers? Sure, Board assembly subsequent week to take motion on plans and pointers. It’s a difficult course of to work with Dept of Training, HHS pointers, work out pointers, it’s been a curler coaster course of this summer season. Tuesday we bought one other replace on steering, after submitted proposal to Borough on re-opening plan with funding request. Nonetheless, new steering requires trying once more on the plan. Low numbers in neighborhood is nice, however a number of crimson tape coming at us. So will probably be a slower begin than hoped. Logistics inside pointers is difficult, particularly having a strict, symptom free protocol for everyone. To attempt to stop any signs, testing, whole class having to quarantine. Difficult to coordinate small class sizes, workers, who’s within the constructing. It’s organizing the largest social gathering since March. 
  • We do suppose we’ll have an inexpensive schedule to begin. But when our numbers keep low, we are able to open faster
  • When’s the primary day of college? To be determined subsequent week. Probably finish of August. Lecturers come again Aug 18, want them to get acquainted with the protocols, and educating below these pointers, platforms and distance supply. Highschool is simpler, Okay-5 is tougher to show on-line. So academics can have skilled growth and coaching, together with on expertise, occurring first, then faculty will begin.
  • Significance of CARES funding from the Borough? Essential. We’ve to organize for all the things. If we have been simply distant, extra of a tech want. However we’re getting ready for each – in-person and distant studying – so academics and youngsters will probably be out and in of college, so we have now to have a great system in place from Day 1. So households and youngsters know what’s occurring, so shifting to dwelling to quarantine is deliberate for and folks know what to anticipate. Having each in-person and distant programs in place is costlier, plus we’d like extra folks. So we have now a number of goals and targets, 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 unfavorable check outcomes earlier than coming again to highschool? Sure, academics and college students all will probably be below the identical protocols. Should have a unfavorable check inside 72 hrs of arriving, or quarantine for 14 days. 
  • Signs heading into flu season – what if a pupil will get some type of symptom, what occurs? It’s difficult. The checklist of signs for covid might be generally discovered, so sure if youngsters have signs they’ve to remain dwelling. It is going to be difficult for youthful youngsters, should assist one another, with dad and mom having to work too. Bigger neighborhood dialog, with employers too. We would like as a lot time at school, however logistically difficult

Liz Bacom

  • 2123 checks – 29% of inhabitants
  • 2 lively circumstances – these have been guests, not residents, already left city and already introduced by borough
  • 259 checks pending 
  • Engaged on turnaround time 
  • New state testing necessities? Enhance testing wait instances? I don’t know, as a result of we have now a nationwide enhance in circumstances 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 vegetation? Going effectively, utilizing a special lab for them, making an attempt to check all symptomatic checks in our lab, can try this. 15 or so circumstances a day, hoping it wont go up
  • The rest? Keep dwelling when you’re not feeling effectively. Name the hotline. Even delicate signs, get examined simply in case. Testing is straightforward, painless, you swab your self. We wish to maintain it out of our city, so testing is how we do it

Karl Hagerman moreover:

  • Put up workplace understaffing scenario, concern with wait instances and backlog: EOC will probably be popping out with ideas and proposals for everyone
  • First suggestion: the submit workplace is open 24/7 – go acquire mail recurrently, so containers are clear for workers 
  • Suggestion on the lengthy line with restricted hours: stake line outdoors, so persons are not inside, increased COVID danger. 
  • Please put on face coverings, social distance as finest as potential. Essential as Alaska case depend spikes
  • Extra we do now, with no circumstances, the higher we’ll do, with the behaviors we all know and apply
  • Very impressed with PO workers’s work, should be affected person and sort throughout this time

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

Karl Hagerman, Petersburg Borough Emergency Operations Middle Incident Commander

  • 2 newest circumstances, already lengthy gone. They arrived on Jul 20, and bought on a ship and left city, and phone tracing is ongoing
  • These check outcomes got here again in Three days. Medical Middle 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 after they had friends/staff check constructive, why not this constitution firm? I’m not keen to share that data. We had good communication with Lodge and Seafood firms, they usually gave permission. We’ve not been capable of have contact with this constitution boat, and so haven’t bought permission (to establish them)
  • Constitution boat from outdoors 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 great place to be. Alaska shouldn’t be faring effectively. Plenty of discuss of asymptomatic circumstances. As these circumstances rise, it will increase the likelihood that weak individuals catch it. We don’t know all the things in regards to the virus. The extra circumstances, the upper danger of extreme affect, deaths. 
  • Hospitalizations go up, demise happens. We’re seeing that in different states and international locations. Have to reverse this pattern
  • 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 straightforward method that companies keep open, and we’re all protected. Nonetheless, the reply shouldn’t be straightforward. The political nature of masks has change into a bigger difficulty than the medical half. If we have been continuing on a medical foundation all alongside, masking would have been put in place way back. However we dwell in a democracy, and we’re listening to loud voices that don’t see the necessity, don’t wish to do it. I’m in favor of a face protecting, however the final choice is by the Meeting. And I don’t imagine there’s will on that stage.”
  • Face protecting alert throughout Alaska – really useful proper now, plus social distancing. 
  • Engaged on an general neighborhood protecting plan, with suggestions for mitigation. We’re doing effectively now, however as we noticed in Seward this week, it might 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 answer an emergency? Sure, we have now 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 Might 18, expired July 17, so non permanent 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 non permanent ordinance, lawyer recommends non permanent ordinance handed. Previous metropolis ordinance does permit the borough supervisor to function, tied to an previous emergency plan, which is outdated. Must be up to date.
  • Legal professional targeted on any violations of previous 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 nice, 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 may assist fairly a bit
  • Emergency ordinance is vital a part of the code, can amend to be much less contentious.
  • Authority over companies, neighborhood gatherings? Neighborhood plan would deal with that, no plan to enact mandate with out approval of Meeting. State mandates closed companies, colleges, 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 neighborhood plan will present some steering. Not mandates that trigger bother (to companies).
  • With small changes like masks and social distancing, we are able to maintain companies open, dwell by way of this. 
  • If folks comply with well being pointers, hopefully dwell by way of this

Liz Bacom with the Petersburg Medical Middle

  • 1817 checks – 26% of inhabitants
  • 2 lively, however not on the town
  • 286 pending 
  • Getting higher, nonetheless excessive quantity pending – from Airport, from cannery staff, asymptomatic testing 
  • Added one other lab, so hopefully enchancment in turnaround time 
  • Lengthy traces at Put up Workplace with shortened hours, any suggestions? Get your mail at any time. Use app known as Inform, to see when your bundle is there
  • Masking helps companies by maintaining customers secure.
  • If you’re 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 data and get examined if wanted.

Erica Kludt-Painter Superintendent of Petersburg College District

  • Met with medical workers and persevering with to work on protocols, steering, make all of it work.  
  • We’re heading in the right direction: new pointers for screening
  • New survey out – open and asking for responses
  • Going by way of responses, majority desires to assist as a lot in-person faculty as potential
  • Every little thing the neighborhood does to maintain danger low, faculty can have extra flexibility and choices for in-person faculty
  • Working by way of schedules, with decrease numbers of scholars collectively, low danger – fewer college students or extra workers and extra space – each choices. For instance, various days for lessons, 
  • Placing in a request to Meeting for CARES Act cash 
  • Extra persons are wanted to show smaller teams, additionally on-line. We’ve the expertise infrastructure to have households/college students study remotely.
  • We would like as a lot in-person instruction as potential, however issues might change (i.e. outbreak like Seward) and we have now to be ready to modify to distant studying. 
  • Hoping to get some potential 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: numerous packages to help, on useful resource web page
  • Congress is engaged on the following coronavirus reduction invoice – nonetheless negotiating, a number of points round unemployment funds, PPP loans, testing, funding for colleges and childcare. Seems a discount of payroll tax is not going to 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, until 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 aren’t any lively circumstances in the neighborhood! – a milestone. The circumstances beforehand introduced for this neighborhood these are recovered.

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

The borough is discussing subsequent steps, new paperwork submitted by Petersburg Medical Middle on further protecting measures in neighborhood and a plan for rising really useful measures if circumstances enhance. They’re discussing choices round a mandate vs pointers – leaning towards suggestions for masks, restricted variety of folks at gatherings, and so on. Hagerman says he is aware of persons are uninterested in mandates, conscious of pushback in the neighborhood. One notice, the inexperienced, yellow, orange and crimson system in place on the medical heart is just for the medical heart however the borough could look into an identical system for the neighborhood as an entire.

Petersburg Medical Middle’s director of nursing Jennifer Bryner:

The medical heart has 1619 checks accomplished, that’s 25.1% of the inhabitants examined. There are Zero lively circumstances and 310 checks 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 checks are being despatched to the identical lab and typically coming again faster than others. They’re various labs and different choices to enhance turnaround time. It’s a nationwide difficulty, big backlog

The medical heart can solely do two speedy checks at a time. It takes an hour to run they usually don’t have workers don’t have workers to do greater than 16 checks per day. So can’t do everybody as a speedy check. 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 effectively proper now however its a steadiness to have provides in the long term.

The medical heart is at present in yellow standing for its coloration system. It was crimson over the Fourth of July weekend with a rise in circumstances regionally and plenty of checks pending. They added a fourth coloration orange to their system and have been at that stage till final Wednesday. It is going to take a downtown in circumstances elsewhere in Alaska to get the medical heart again to inexperienced mild standing.

College superintendent Erica Kludt Painter:

The college 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 neighborhood members are giving suggestions and questions on faculty reopening.

Kludt-Painter says they’re arising with contingency plans and notice what seems to be good on paper could not play out in actual life.  She asks households to hold in and her objective is consistency. It’s simpler to loosen plans, than begin up faculty and have to modify to distance solely just like the spring. The subsequent spherical of pointers must be revealed in per week or so and distributed to households for suggestions

The Petersburg Financial Growth Council’s Liz Cabrera:

The Small Enterprise Administration’s Financial Damage 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 obtained CARES funding from different sources. They’re ready for brand new pointers.

Companies on the lookout for quick time period money – payroll taxes might be deferred till 2021. Enterprise ought to doc all prices, bills, staffing, and so on to use for brand new packages coming on-line. The newest 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 general 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 needed to make clear some confusion on the variety of constructive circumstances for Petersburg. The newest is a Petersburg resident in Washington state. That individual shouldn’t be in Petersburg however is counted for this neighborhood and won’t return right here till recovered.

In whole there are 6 resident circumstances and three non-resident circumstances. Of that there are two lively resident circumstances and two non-resident lively circumstances.

The borough meeting will meet Wednesday, July 15 at midday for its first common assembly of the month. To remark name in in the course of the assembly at 800-954-0633 or e mail [email protected] That assembly will embrace the second studying and public listening to for a everlasting ordinance on the borough’s emergency powers and obligations. 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 obtained going towards native companies – are different firms 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 robust (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 packages, just like the childcare program rolled out funded by the CARES Act. Regardless that Petersburg’s CARES cash is giant – $3.9 million – however not limitless, so contemplating many initiatives to make that cash go the furthest. Need to be strategic. Plan shouldn’t be flushed out but.
  • Some committee or EOC making that call? EOC command group 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 staff utilizing that program. Some homeless folks in April, none lately. Probably due to the short check turnaround we have been seeing. This system remains to be in place, if wanted.
  • Is it an possibility 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 will not be 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 season, are any cruise ships stopping? One remaining firm – Lindblad desires to cease in Petersburg in late August, with probably 9 port calls. That would change. They may cancel. Their plan was to cease just for provides, gasoline 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 circumstances? Are native circumstances capable of be traced as totally as earlier than? Can the Medical Middle 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 alter how typically they’re reaching out to folks – folks in quarantine with out signs will not be known as once more.
  • Is the state doing contact tracing for all Alaska residents and Alaskans outdoors 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 circumstances going up throughout the US, it’s so vital to recollect to take measures to guard your self and others – social distancing, put on a masks, keep dwelling when sick. They’re seeing extra people who find themselves asymptomatic spreading the virus. Simply assume you’re infectious, take precautions.

Petersburg Medical Middle

  • Matt Pawuk reviews 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 an enormous enhance in folks in search of checks? 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 effectively. Usually folks pleased we’re there, study in regards to the course of. Non-invasive, straight ahead course of
  • For Petersburg Medical Middle CEO Phil Hofstetter: would you prefer to see an outbreak plan? Sure, we’ve talked about this a couple of months in the past, and the concept 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 inbuilt flexibility. The uptick in circumstances proper now, is regarding. 
  • Pending checks, guests, new constructive circumstances – 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 number 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 College District superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter:

  • What’s the replace on reopening? There’s plenty of planning occurring, choices and prospects and necessities. They’re on the mercy of ranges of circumstances in the neighborhood. 470 college students, households and houses is difficult. Sending out a second survey to households right this moment, and assembly with the medical heart to speak by way of protocols, navigate well being data. Steerage from CDC, Well being and Social Providers, American Pediatrics, want to find out find out how to strategy all age teams. Request endurance, and it’s not a political dialog for the varsity 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 faculty
  • New data on the virus being airborne and significance of air flow? Sure, we’re so lucky. We went by way of the method final fall with a model new filter system, now implementing these upgrades. Our programs are in nice form. Water fountains in place too. Studying about dividers, making it sensible for college kids and faculty setting.
  • The college board could schedule a piece session for late July as soon as plans for reopening classroms are clearer
  • Query: If we’re testing cannery staff, can we develop that to folks (staff) 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, increased danger setting. It might be price trying into that concept for staff 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 functions by way of Aug 20 (new, who haven’t utilized but)
  • The Alaska CARES program is for companies and organizations who haven’t obtained different federal assist. They’re ready to see if eligibility modifications. She encourages folks to look it up, may need extra flexibility
  • The housing reduction program by way of the Alaska Housing Finance Company obtained 8000 functions and closed final week. Some residents are close to the highest of the checklist. They are going to be contacted by the Salvation Military for extra data. 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 by way of native financial institution and prolong 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 obtained debit playing cards, who haven’t activated it. If misplaced, they will change it. The borough web site has a hyperlink to photograph of letter, to be careful for.
  • State of Alaska: new data for enterprise – “COVID Aware” for employers on how they’re maintaining their staff secure. There’s a hyperlink on the borough’s web site.
  • The borough additionally has a survey for folks overdue on utility payments and wish 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 companies. Information approaching the borough’s web site 

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

Petersburg Borough Emergency Operations Middle:

*The EOC was alerted to a visitor at Rocky Level Resort who entered the neighborhood on the 29th of June and obtained a constructive COVID-19 check consequence yesterday.  Contact tracing is underway. It sounds just like the get together was largely self-guided and comparatively remoted. The chance from this explicit constructive case is pretty low. The person is at present in quarantine and can stay in isolation till they check unfavorable.  They’re extending their keep to accommodate the necessity to recuperate and check unfavorable. This example reveals the screening system is working and is in place for a purpose. The potential unfold across the neighborhood 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 type in Bellingham. Passengers should pre-test and have proof of their unfavorable consequence 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 check 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 dwell on the town year-round.  The transient workforce is well-tested, however the borough desires to supply some monetary assist for a testing program of the resident workforce (round 120 individuals).   The resident workforce is transferring across the neighborhood so there’s a danger of selecting up the virus in the neighborhood and bringing it into the plant. The EOC is seeking to assist assist the business by way of a testing program of this type.

Petersburg Medical Middle:

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

*Who is ready to get a speedy check? Airport associated journey checks 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 checks and constructive circumstances). For different testing, like when an individual has signs, they undergo the medical heart COVID hotline, and a doctor makes the willpower of what check must be completed. These with signs who’re examined are capable of have their checks pushed forward within the queue as the necessity for these outcomes is extra pressing.  If persons are sick they need to name the hotline, 772-5788, and be evaluated.

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

*Additionally, you actually wish to maintain your social bubble small and manageable. It hits a neighborhood onerous when a constructive case exposes giant 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 College District:

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

*Some data got here out lately from the American academy of pediatrics. How you can apply these suggestions whereas following the well being care steering from the state and feds is a troublesome query.

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

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

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

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

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

Petersburg Borough Emergency Operations Middle:

*This week there are some new sources accessible 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 an enormous data packet and letter to native lodges, mattress and breakfast, charters, accommodations, all the companies involved with out-of-state guests to Petersburg, to try to present these guests with the information they want, particularly with regard to interstate journey Mandate #10.  

*There’s one lively case of COVID-19 in Petersburg in the mean time. That one case remains to be remoted and quarantined, not but thought-about recovered.  Up to now, no different constructive check outcomes have been produced by way of the native fish processor office testing packages.

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

*All ferry vacationers using from, or to, Bellingham are at present required, earlier than boarding the ferry, to current a unfavorable check consequence from inside three days prior earlier than boarding.  

*Dave Berg known as with extra data about testing on ferries. Of us coming from Anchorage space, crossing the Gulf of Alaska, additionally have to get pre-boarding testing too. A listing of testing areas for ferry vacationers in Skagit Nation, Bellingham, Whittier, and Anchorage space is accessible 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 neighborhood has change into more and more illiberal of restrictions. Subsequently until there was extended neighborhood transmission in Petersburg, it could in all probability be onerous 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 also be contemplating the second studying and public listening to relating to the Emergency Ordinance.

Petersburg Public Well being Nursing:

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

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

*If you’re sick please, please don’t exit in the neighborhood.

Petersburg Public Well being Nursing:

*Native PMC testing numbers are 804 checks carried out, 699 unfavorable, Three recovered, and 102 pending, these increased pending numbers are associated to the elevated variety of asymptomatic testing. These numbers don’t embrace testing completed outdoors of PMC, such because the on-site testing completed by fish processors.

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

*Testing has been scaling up. PMC has obtained extra Cepheid cartridges from the state. Medical heart staff are actually being examined on an everyday schedule. PMC testing is ramping up for native seafood processors. And airport testing is going on, which is all placing loads stress on the PMC workers.

*Native asymptomatic testing is accessible by way of the COVID Hotline. Although testing shouldn’t be at present accessible on a drive-up, on-demand foundation. As testing sources are considerably being pointed at excessive danger populations together with assisted dwelling, first responders, and different native businesses.

*PMC desires to emphasise that, whereas utilizing facial coverings to guard your self and your neighborhood, 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 College District:

*The college district held its first digital stakeholder assembly final evening with a big, numerous group of neighborhood members. It was a dialogue of outcomes and developments that have been revealed from the information in the newest survey put forth by the faculties. The conversations have been nice. Good questions good feedback. It was useful for everybody to see the complexity that the faculties face.  We’re making an attempt to evaluate how a lot danger persons are keen to simply accept as the varsity district tries to determine find out how to get our packages working, understanding schedules and mitigation plans, with the objective being as a lot face-to-face instruction that the faculties can safely present.

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

*The Division of Treasuring and SBA introduced yesterday that they’ll permit 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 an entire crew might be counted in a single mortgage, however, there’s solely Four days left in this system. That raises the query of if that change might be utilized retroactively. That will rely upon 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 change these functions, 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 establish themselves to the IRS with a view to obtain that financial affect fee. The non-filer device is accessible 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 might be mistaken for unsolicited mail), so please test your mail rigorously if you’re nonetheless anticipating that fee.

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

From the Borough’s Emergency Operations Middle:

*Relating to the constructive case recognized yesterday by Trident’s office testing, the individual and their roommate in are each remoted and monitoring for no less than one other 14 days and each should check unfavorable for COVID19 earlier than they will begin work. As a part of Trident’s plan, their entire workforce is sequestered from the neighborhood all through the summer season, so even when this particular person is recovered they received’t be circulating in public.

*The U-turn on the North finish of Important Road deserves some remark. It’s a needed non permanent change associated to the outside screening stations for staff on the processing plant. This needed screening backs up the circulate 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 important to maintain that enormous workforce secure.  The u-turn will probably be re-allowed after the processing season is full.  There’s additionally an extra crosswalk partway up PFI hill. The plant helps maintain the neighborhood secure by way of their rigorous mitigation effort. It is a small needed change is a factor we are able to all do to assist maintain them secure, 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 type to the screeners on the airport. The EOC and Medical Middle is reaching out to lodges and charters to make it possible for everybody understands the mandates definitely 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 assessment journey declaration varieties, which each passenger should have, in addition to reviewing proof of unfavorable testing consequence. Then, these needing to obtain a check are directed to the following tent over the place medical heart workers are set as much as obtain a consent type from the passenger to undergo the check, after which the pattern is given to the medical heart for testing or delivery. The contract with the state to supply that service was formally permitted 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 present, no, the State shouldn’t be paying for intra-state journey testing on the airport.  The medical heart added, nevertheless, that anybody who has been travelling and is worried about having been uncovered to COVID19  can name the PMC 24-hour COVID Hotline (907) 772-5788 and prepare asymptomatic testing that method.

*A caller requested about lodges dropping of latest arrivals at shops for provides. There’s a risk that these arrivals have proven that they’re lately examined with a unfavorable end in hand. Through which case, they might be clear by the present state mandate to flow into in the neighborhood.  If arrivals don’t have that latest unfavorable check consequence, they should get a check and quarantine till these outcomes affirm they’re unfavorable. EOC would favor that the lodge homeowners make preparations for the native staff to do the purchasing for provides prematurely and have the guests get the fishing license forward of time on-line, and so forth, to assist deal with that publicity concern from the neighborhood.

*A caller requested about the opportunity of 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 explicit efficient possibility in the mean time.  There’s a pilot program in growth on the State of Alaska. Petersburg is on the checklist of communities excited by being concerned, so it might change into accessible for testing Petersburg wastewater within the comparatively close to future.

From the Petersburg Medical Middle

*Newest testing numbers from the PMC lab embrace 597 checks administered, 37 checks pending, and three recovered. There’s one lively constructive case in the neighborhood, however it’s price noting that checks administered by fish processing employers will not be included within the PMC lab’s testing numbers.

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

*There isn’t any price to passengers for the swab or lab work. That obligatory check’s price is roofed by the State, and that goes for the voucher-provided second check, too.

*A caller needed 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 airplane was a bit crowded however folks have been distancing as a lot as in a position. Then coming by way of the airport, turning within the journey varieties was fairly clean.  She had hoped to get a check 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 needed 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 remains to be important.  Time and distance is the best potential prevention conduct.  6 to 10 ft outdoors with out a masks is really useful, however, indoors, when extra persons are concentrated in uncirculated air danger goes up quick.  Cleansing excessive contact surfaces is vital

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

*PMC is rising workers testing, which is vital since they spend a number of time with essentially the most weak 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’ve to evolve with it and should keep type to one another irrespective of how robust opinions is likely to be.   

The Petersburg College District: 

*The survey that went out and has had a very good return charge. We recognize the suggestions and feedback. We’re transferring ahead with the dialog and planning for a stakeholder group, together with a cross-section of neighborhood members, to assessment these survey outcomes and listen to issues from the neighborhood relating to what the autumn will appear like on the faculty.   

*With robust opinions on all sides about what the faculties ought to do, it makes it fairly difficult. As at all times we ask for endurance whereas we work by way of it, making an attempt to do our best to supply a high quality tutorial packages for Petersburg’s youngsters, together with your assist and suggestions, throughout 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. That they had initially indicated no enterprise who had obtained any CARES Act funds can be eligible to use, however they’ll change that and open eligibility for companies who’ve obtained lower than a complete of $5,000 from PPP or EIDL cash.  And in the event that they obtained different CARES act funds similar to unemployment funds from municipalities, they may nonetheless have eligibility. That’s a constructive change for some companies on the town, who will now be eligible. PEDC will get that data out in regards to the new software to make use of as quickly because it’s accessible.  

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

*And the PPP has a brand new, simpler mortgage forgiveness software, with hyperlinks accessible 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 Might.  That could be a little increased 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 have been round 9%, which was on the upper finish for Petersburg. For Might in 2019 unemployment was at 8.1% in Petersburg.

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

* These packages are altering, increasing and contracting quickly. The Borough web site is the best method to keep as present as potential about these modifications to packages for companies.

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

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

Petersburg Borough Emergency Operations Middle:

*The EOC was capable of meet the airplane 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 quick discover, and, since then, the pool of staff providing these screenings to incoming passengers has stuffed out extra. There’s somebody greeting arriving passengers as they arrive by way of the terminal’s outside gate. These touring throughout the state can bypass the screening tent.

*There’s not but testing accessible on the airport. Arrivals from out of state or out of nation fill out their journey declaration type, and current a unfavorable check from inside three days of boarding their flight, then obtain a voucher for a second check to be taken inside 7 to 14 days of arriving. Those that have arrived with check outcomes are urged to reduce interplay in the neighborhood till their second check produces Unfavorable outcomes. Those that don’t have a check readily available are required to quarantine till their native unfavorable outcomes come again. If they will’t do a check 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 permitted protecting plan their firms have already laid out.

* Up to now the interactions have been good. The overwhelming majority of individuals perceive what the mandate says and what it means. Not less than on the airport they’re following by way of 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 number of religion in Alaskans and our guests to go by the distinction system, and we are going to simply learn how that works over time.

*Relating to the borough opening up extra regionally and closures associated to potential COVID-19 exposures. We’ve developed a coverage that claims if we have now a priority a couple of potential an infection or publicity we are going to briefly shut down. We’re working with the medical heart to develop insurance policies which may confidently shield the protection of staff and the general public whereas persevering with to supply companies 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 in search of approval from the Meeting for the acquisition of these trailers. Nancy Berg known as in to counsel 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 similar to these, so choices are restricted they usually’re could also be a wait.

*The emergency ordinance which established the EOC is about 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, similar to giant scale pure catastrophe, there can be a construction in place to reply shortly 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 neighborhood pool will reopen. There’s an anticipated reopen date of August 15th. Staffing for Parks and Rec, particularly together with lifeguards for the pool, is among the present roadblocks to opening Parks and Rec services.     

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

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

*Utility window closes on June 26th for Petersburg’s assist program for nonprofits and childcare suppliers. This web page comprises 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 modifications to the PPP meant to extend flexibility; that’s per latest motion by the US Congress and the President. Companies ought to look into these modifications and test with their lenders.

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

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

Petersburg Public Well being Nurse:

* Contact tracing is happening throughout the state and that’s maintaining 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 maintain your bubble small. You don’t wish to quarantine for 14 days when you don’t should.

*Relating to when there’s a constructive case recognized on a flight: state epidemiology determines on a case-by-case foundation by way of contact tracing who must be examined and quarantined, based mostly on bodily distance on the airplane and different contact with a person who later checks constructive. It’s case by case.

*When a enterprise is involved with a constructive case or suspected COVID publicity, there’s really useful CDC and state epidemiology steering about cleansing and shutting following publicity, however mitigation considerably comes all the way down to the enterprise’ discretion.   

Petersburg Medical Middle:

* Present testing numbers: 435 checks carried out regionally, 421 unfavorable outcomes, Three recovered circumstances, and 11 outcomes excellent.

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

*There are a number of logistics, particularly to make sure that procedures which fulfill state mandates are correct and reliable. It will be significant that native physicians are concerned within the course of, versus simply placing Dr. Anne Zink’s identify 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 sources to check the appropriate 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 heart is seeking to scale up testing means quickly by including a 4-bay Cepheid testing unit to the native lab.

Petersburg College District:

*College meals are occurring and summer season faculty plans are coming collectively fairly effectively.

*The areas colleges are speaking recurrently about determining actions and plans for the autumn. The admin group is assembly twice per week with the state.

*A neighborhood survey went out right this moment. The district desires 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 vital. As extra data turns into accessible from the state there are prone to be a couple of extra surveys in the course of the summer season.  Collaborating and involvement is invited and needed to determine what is going to work finest.  Here’s a hyperlink to the survey: https://docs.google.com/varieties/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 Middle:

*Relating to the newly issued provisions of the State’s Mandate #10 – testing rather than quarantine for vacationers:  We have been working below the belief that the state had a masterplan plan in place to contract with firms to return into communities and supply greeting/screening/testing companies 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 neighborhood, to make that testing occur.  We obtained that data three days earlier than the system was speculated to be in place on the airport.  So, we’re working onerous on it, making an attempt to determine what we are able to pull collectively on extraordinarily quick discover.

*Testing for arriving vacationers is not going to be in place tomorrow or this weekend.  The objective is to have testing accessible 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 unfavorable check 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 staff touring as a part of vital infrastructure workforce, together with seafood processers. These staff are nonetheless required to comply with their firm’s reviewed neighborhood protecting plan on file with the State.  

*The State’s up to date plan consists of vouchers for the second check 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 check.

*The mandate additionally extends to incoming passengers on the ferry system, in addition to some other type of transportation, personal planes or yachts, and so on.  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 checks are going to be accessible after they get right here, as a result of asymptomatic testing has not expanded very a lot within the decrease 48. The most effective we are able to say in the mean time is that an individual coming to Petersburg might want to plan on quarantine if they don’t seem to be capable of arrive with their unfavorable check consequence.

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

*Relating to 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 nice. Although there’s not a number of lively enforcement occurring throughout the state, because the State has opted to emphasise schooling over enforcement.  Penalties will come into play if there’s an outbreak and thru contact tracing it’s decided that one other individual’s illness or demise is created by somebody’s actions or inactions.

*The EOC continues to advocate practising social distancing and face coverings.

From the Petersburg Medical Middle and Public Well being:

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

*If an individual desires a validation on paper of their very own check outcomes they will request on from the PMC Lab, and PMC is engaged on a creating 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 danger 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’s a number of stress, however we’re all making an attempt to do the appropriate factor and react in the appropriate time-frame.

*Going ahead we all know that asymptomatic testing is ramping up.  It’s vital that we do that the appropriate method. And it’s vital to do not forget that a check is only a snapshot in time.  

*The information reveals COVID has a a lot increased demise charge than influenza. It will be significant that individuals not low cost it. Predictive fashions are continuously altering based mostly on testing availability and outcomes, which differ dramatically by space. Throughout the USA, roughly half of the counties, largely in rural areas, wouldn’t have testing accessible in any respect. The Alaska Division of Well being has dependable details about testing, and in Petersburg we have now good testing functionality.   

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

* We wish to articulate that we don’t have all of the solutions. It is a scenario that’s evolving and it’s important for us to be clear about working to maintain up with speedy hearth modifications … Of us have to be versatile of their mindsets and stay type … We’re doing the very best we are able to to supply the very best data accessible because it comes ahead.  

From the Petersburg College District:

*College is out. Lecturers are almost completed, and the remainder of the district workers are working with pointers from the State and are working to determine what the plan for the autumn will appear like.

*Pointers for the autumn are coming collectively, associated to low-medium-and excessive danger ranges, with parameters designed to be aware of situations in every neighborhood.  That publication is out and accessible for folks to learn.  

*A lot of the steering does advocate maintaining social distance house and persevering with masking.

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

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

*Summer season faculty 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. Up to now, so good, in creating these protocols.

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

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

From the Petersburg Borough:

* The prevailing State Mandate #10 [quarantine for interstate travel to Alaska] is prolonged by way of midnight Friday.  At which period it’s changed by a brand new mandate from the state requiring a unfavorable COVID check consequence from inside Three days of boarding the airplane to Alaska or on the airport upon arrival. If no check is accessible for incoming passengers, the 14-day quarantine is required.

*Sadly there nonetheless isn’t an entire lot of steering out but from the state relating to these modifications 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 modifications from the state don’t seem to have an effect on the workforce safety plans and the protocols which have established for staff 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 are able to all do is be type and respectful to at least one one other, in order that we are able to all get by way of this the very best we are able to.

*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 totally different areas.  We’re hoping that opening the harbor restrooms will probably be a great factor for everybody down on the water.

*Additionally, if anybody is on the lookout for work, as an important 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 known as AK Cares simply got here on-line a couple of days in the past and they’re at present accepting functions. Of us are urged to look rigorously at these functions; for instance, companies which have secured funding from the SBA’s PPP, EIDL, or different federal funding packages below the CARES Act will not be eligible to use. However companies are urged to assessment the eligibility necessities and, if certified, apply ASAP. These help grants are first come, first served.  

*Additionally vital to notice, the applying for forgiveness of the PPP loans has been launched.

*Senator Murkowski has introduced that she is going to try so as to add some further funds for fisheries companies that weren’t capable of entry PPP funding.

*Relating to the direct funds from the IRS, when you haven’t filed a tax return within the final two years and aren’t receiving sure advantages similar to Social Safety or sure Veterans advantages, then the IRS doesn’t have the mandatory data to ship your Financial Influence Fee. The IRS web site is the place you may present the main points essential to obtain that fee.   

From the Petersburg Medical Middle

*Present testing numbers: 320 checks carried out, 296 negatives, Three recovered, and 21 checks pending outcomes. PMC has been rising asymptomatic testing with a view to work out among the processes to satisfy the wants of the neighborhood.

* PMC at present has a Cepheid fast turnaround testing machine, with a certain quantity of cartridges, round 250, particularly allotted for fisheries staff, 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 as a result of sharp uptick in circumstances throughout Alaska this week. The numbers statewide have nearly doubled from final week.  The standing means some limitations are in place associated to sure appointments, similar to prevention appointments which will have to be rescheduled or supplied through telehealth.

*Crimson standing can be triggered by an outbreak of two or extra circumstances in Petersburg or if a workers member of the medical heart examined constructive. The willpower of statuses has some flexibility, with consideration given to ranges of circumstances in areas surrounding Petersburg in addition to the speed and nature of hotline calls.

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

*Keep lively and wholesome whereas sustaining social distance. Get outdoors 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, Might 29, 2020:

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

*We’ve been working with a variety of 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 neighborhood’s wants. We’re voluntarily lowering the capability of our ships by 25 %. Meaning we are able to unfold passengers extra within the eating room and conduct smaller group excursions.

*The 14-day quarantine is about 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 workers earlier than they get on board. Passengers will submit a check consequence 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 recurrently medical screenings on board, which can embrace temperature checks and test of signs. If they’ve both they are going to be examined, both by way of checks we will probably be carrying with us or they check onshore someplace.

*Passengers do plan to get off the ships. It is a crucial a part of the financial affect to the communities. We’re working carefully with the communities for that to be completed 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 international locations.

*If somebody has a constructive check 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 might work on contact tracing with folks they’ve been involved with on board. Passengers who haven’t been involved with the individual can be allowed to proceed on their cruise until it was medically essential to quarantine everybody.

*We’re seeing a number of demand for Alaska and we have now extra demand because the 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 Middle:

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

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

*Greatest focus is on our asymptomatic testing and our provides in order that we are able to 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 predicted.

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

*We might 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 you have the virus it’s not going to worsen by rebreathing the air in your individual masks. If in case you have the virus rebreathing the air in a masks received’t make the individual sicker.

*You wish to be sure you’re utilizing a correct masks that’s made from breathable materials. There’s little danger 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 secure so that you can put on a masks, you may test together with your supplier.

*Maintain 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 critically. They’re very critical about working safely and that the communities, passengers, and crew are all secure. One factor to recollect is that plans are nice however the comply with by way of is what’s vital.

*It’s actually anyone’s guess as as to if or not the state will prolong 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’s going to imply for people who find themselves at present below quarantine. Hopefully, the state would deal with these particulars.

*CARES Act funding for the borough will probably be restricted to Covid associated issues. The borough is making an attempt to establish what that may very well be. One factor that it may very well be, which is a pretty big quantity for us seems that funding for any public security may very well be used. That will release different normal 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 practising.

Petersburg College District:

*I do know there’s a number of nervousness when it comes to what it seems to be like within the fall. I do know everyone desires 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 may very well be extra protocols in place that would assist make faculty simpler. Bear in mind, nobody desires faculty to look “regular” greater than we do.

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

*Meal service this summer season is continuous however supply particulars are totally different than throughout faculty.

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

Different Useful Data:

*Anyone can get examined who has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, problem respiration, 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 might be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Put up Workplace is short-staffed and has decreased counter hours M-F, 1-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough pointers for the submit workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, await folks to go away an space earlier than you enter it.

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

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

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive danger people ought to keep away from the submit workplace altogether. Please get another person to test your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to test your mail you may e mail: [email protected]

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

Petersburg Medical Middle:

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

*There’s a number of ramping up across the state of asymptomatic testing and we’re speaking about how we are able to do it right here. As areas are rising their asymptomatic testing, they’re figuring out new those who have the virus. We are attempting to retain extra testing provides right here.

*Our medical workers has created a crimson mild, yellow mild, and inexperienced mild coverage. For instance, if there aren’t any circumstances within the city, we’re at a inexperienced standing and can permit some people who find themselves working off website to return in and supply some out-patient companies. We might nonetheless be maintaining social distance.

*How you can open safely takes not solely the folks working on the constructing but additionally the individuals who come and go from the ability. Excessive contact areas want common cleansing, greater than as soon as a day. Loos have to be cleaned extra recurrently. Social distancing at six ft is vital and facial coverings are additionally nonetheless really useful. There might be droplets that land on surfaces and masks can stop that from occurring.

*Signs might be very, very delicate. Typically folks don’t have any fever and typically 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. If in case you have 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 might be worrying 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 presently.

*If somebody is feeling suicidal they will 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 effectively and they’re confidential. True North Counseling at (907) 650-7292- and Petersburg Psychological Well being Providers (907) 772-3332.

Petersburg Borough:

*The college district did an excellent job with the commencement parade and ceremony Tuesday evening. It was a mix in-person and digital celebration. In mild of the robust go that the seniors have had this 12 months, it was very nice to see the variety of folks in the neighborhood 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 in the neighborhood is trying like. A giant a part of the governor’s plan is the non-public accountability of people. There’s a giant expectation by the state for everybody to proceed washing fingers, staying 6 ft aside from others, carrying a facial protecting when you can’t keep aside, and cleansing surfaces recurrently.

*Borough Meeting will probably be discussing the harbor mandate, particularly relating to cruise ships. There are cruise ships wanting to go to in June and the borough ought to make sure that that they will comply with native and state mandates. Our objective 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 in the neighborhood. The foyer of the police division is opening. Public Works will open its foyer quickly. The library will in all probability be open in a couple of weeks.

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

*There’s a number of deal with the State for incoming fish processing staff. The Borough’s EOC (Emergency Operations Middle) is continuous to work with native processors and they’re actually making an attempt onerous to maintain their workforce wholesome.

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

Petersburg College District:

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

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

*We’ve little or no thought of what the autumn will appear 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, problem respiration, 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 might be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Put up Workplace is short-staffed and has decreased counter hours M-F, 1-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough pointers for the submit workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, await folks to go away an space earlier than you enter it.

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

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

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive danger people ought to keep away from the submit workplace altogether. Please get another person to test your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to test your mail you may e mail: [email protected]

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

Petersburg Medical Middle:

*Everybody in Lengthy Time period Care was examined for COVID-19 this week: 11 residents and 45 workers. Nobody had signs. All however one check was unfavorable and one remains to be pending.  We wish to develop that type of testing to extra teams like first responders and seafood staff. However we simply don’t have the provides for a better stage of testing for asymptomatic folks. We’re trying on the highest danger folks and that’s Lengthy Time period Care.

*The primary message from the State in the course of the work session on Wednesday was about planning. Internally on the hospital we’re a coloration standing—crimson, yellow, inexperienced—relying on what’s occurring. The neighborhood can use that type of alert as effectively and element what every stage means for most of the people.

*There’s 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 will go 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 weak folks in the neighborhood.

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

Petersburg Public Well being Nursing:

*Erin Michael is accessible to assist companies work out find out how 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, enhance your social bubble rigorously, maintain it small.

Petersburg Borough:

*Trying on the particulars of the State’s Section Three and 4. Some state mandates are actually 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 few months. Social distancing at 6 ft, when you can’t, put on a facial protecting, wash your fingers.

*The menace remains to be there so people have to be accountable.

*Companies are answerable for making an effort to guard their staff and patrons that come by way of the door. There are particulars on-line about what companies must 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 remains to be in place.

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

*Workers 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 choices.

*The borough’s division heads are arising 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 in all probability received’t be like regular years.

Petersburg College District:

*The reopening of companies within the state doesn’t have an effect on the varsity now. The commencement ceremony on Tuesday would be the similar. The steering from the State for colleges 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 varsity’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.

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

Different Useful Data:

*Anyone can get examined who has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, problem respiration, 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 might be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Put up Workplace is short-staffed and has decreased counter hours M-F, 1-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough pointers for the submit workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, await folks to go away an space earlier than you enter it.

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

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

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive danger people ought to keep away from the submit workplace altogether. Please get another person to test your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to test your mail you may e mail: [email protected]

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

Petersburg Medical Middle:

*PMC has collected 251 samples for COVID-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 244 unfavorable, Three recovered, and Four check pending. 

Updates on testing capabilities:

–If you’d like a check you must nonetheless name the COVID hotline 772-5788 or the clinic. The state has mentioned they want PMC to extend its testing capability. We’re creating an asymptomatic testing however will not be able to roll it out but. We’re restricted by the testing provides which are supplied.

–There must be no cost to the affected person. They are going to invoice insurance coverage but when it doesn’t cowl it there will probably be no price to the affected person.

–Take a look at outcomes are coming again now in about three days.

*On Might 18, some federal steering got here out to the state on find out how to open up long run care services. There’s a number of planning on doing earlier than we open up totally. We’ve 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 normal public locations. Visiting may look somewhat totally different. It is going to doubtless require distancing and facial coverings.

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

*There’s federal steering by way of this system Play Each Day on find out how to safely develop 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 wish to take part they will register by way of the borough’s web site and submit questions. It’s a part of the UAF ECHO program.

*State plans to totally reopen Alaska companies and public services this Friday at Eight a.m. for locations like gyms and libraries. Particulars for the reopening on Friday must be popping out Thursday nevertheless it’s unclear if native municipalities can have totally different plans. It seems to be just like the state remains to be anticipating social distancing in public. We don’t know all the main points of how the Governor envisions this to occur. We don’t know if all communities can reopen in a special or slower method. We aren’t certain if the Governor is anticipating each neighborhood to comply with this. There’s a truthful quantity of steering that we’d like from the state so the borough can provide that data as much as native companies.

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

*Relating to sports activities, the ball fields are a Parks and Recreation facility. It’s onerous to say how the Little League season will proceed. Till Parks and Rec has a great plan to open their services, it’s going to keep closed.  

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

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

*SBA launched the PPP mortgage forgiveness software. 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 damage loans. It is going to be on a primary come first serve foundation. The functions come on-line Thursday and they’re going to begin the accepting functions on Might 26. The grant quantities are between $5,000-$100,000 based mostly on eligible bills.

*Nonetheless accepting functions for the PEDC aide packages. Might 22 is the deadline for the gross sales tax rebate program and the PPP incentive grant program.

Petersburg College District:

*Lecturers time will probably be completed this Friday for the varsity district.

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

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

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

*Don’t but know what the beginning of college will appear like. Every little thing remains to be on the desk. There are a number 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, problem respiration, 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 might be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Put up Workplace is short-staffed and has decreased counter hours M-F, 1-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough pointers for the submit workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, await folks to go away an space earlier than you enter it.

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

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

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive danger people ought to keep away from the submit workplace altogether. Please get another person to test your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to test your mail you may e mail: [email protected]

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

Icicle Seafoods (Julianne Curry)

*Icicle has shaped an organization process drive 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 permitted. The plan consists of (however isn’t restricted to):

–working as a closed campus. Workers that dwell on the property have to stay on the property always apart from designated which are conducting vital enterprise off website.

–All staff are topic to each day temperature checks.

— Quarantine plan for all incoming staff. Seasonal staff by way of Seattle are solely allowed to journey as soon as they obtain unfavorable outcomes

–Guests are solely enterprise vital and full needed paperwork.

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

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

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

*We’ve related 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 wish to work hand in hand with them. We’ve plans in place if a employee turns into sick.

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

*We will probably be adhering to state mandate 17 and ensuring that business fishermen have a signed type 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 are able to higher maintain 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 obligations.

*We might like to have further native assist this summer season if anybody desires to use for a job come up with the native workplace.

Trident Seafoods (Shannon Carol)

*The well being and security of our neighborhood, staff, and fishermen is our precedence.

*Trident has had their operation plan permitted by the State. It’s a dwelling doc and it’s topic to vary as we adapt to altering finest practices and on the bottom well being situations and testing expertise and availability. We welcome neighborhood suggestions on the plan. Plant Supervisor, Dave Ohmer might 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 staff go to work.

–Each 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 dwell at dwelling 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 neighborhood.

–fishermen will keep on their vessels throughout off hundreds

*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 Might 19th after which once more on June 4th.

*We plan to totally adhere to state well being mandate 17 for business fishermen and processors, Mandate 17. It’s definitely a requirement and we will probably be adhering to it. I feel they did a very good job and included business suggestions in creating it. It’s a vital element of maintaining everybody secure.

*We’ve a number of work to do as we head into the salmon season however we’re dedicated.

*We’ve isolation protocols in place if an worker turned sick.

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

Petersburg Medical Middle:

*PMC has collected 186 samples for COVID-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 182 unfavorable, Three recovered, and 1 check pending. 

*Dr. Tuccillo is volunteering with the Borough’s Emergency Operations Middle giving enter on neighborhood responses to COVID. Dr. Tuccillo has been evaluating the plans that the native seafood processors have in place for this summer season’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 in the neighborhood. If there are lively circumstances 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 are opening up if wanted? It’s type of like watching the climate whenever you’re out on a ship and realizing whenever you’re going again in to port.

*The state and borough work session remains 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 delicate ones must be thought-about.

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

Petersburg Borough:

*Watching state mandates for modifications 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 among the finest provisions within the state to stop the unfold.

*Encourage vacationers coming into city can get native COVID data on-line at Petersburg’s COVID-19 data 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 want that to occur for Petersburg to have a profitable summer season.

*There are a couple 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 obtained 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 remains to be in place. However that would change.

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

Petersburg College District:

*The parade route will probably be introduced subsequent week for the Might 26 commencement ceremony. It is going to be 7 p.m. somewhat later than we first deliberate.

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

*Can be providing summer season meals all through the summer season. It is going to be pared down from what it’s been this spring however greater than what we’ve completed in previous summers.

*Faculties within the state are additionally utilizing a inexperienced, yellow, crimson type of standing system just like the hospitals. Training practices will rely upon what the standing of COVID is in the neighborhood.

Different Useful Data:

*The State has relaxed necessities for who might be examined. Anyone can get examined that has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, problem respiration, 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 might be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Put up Workplace is short-staffed and has decreased counter hours M-F, 1-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough pointers for the submit workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, await folks to go away an space earlier than you enter it.

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

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

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive danger people ought to keep away from the submit workplace altogether. Please get another person to test your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to test your mail you may e mail: [email protected]

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

Petersburg Medical Middle:

*PMC has collected 186 samples for COVID-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 175 unfavorable, Three recovered, and eight check pending. 

*The work session scheduled for subsequent Wednesday, Might 20 at 1:30 p.m. is a chance for the neighborhood and meeting to listen to from the State on the most recent data on the coronavirus. The assembly will probably be open to the general public on-line. It is going to present data to plan for the long run. What are the presentation types of this virus? For companies, what are the dangers elements for opening?

*Contemplating find out how to safely see sufferers for routine visits and non-urgent remedies.  

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

Alaska Public Well being Nursing:

*Encourage everyone to put on masks. You possibly can doubtlessly save a life in case you have the virus and simply don’t comprehend 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 vital to maintain six ft 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 airplane, boat, or automobile. Journey for different communities off the street or ferry programs are nonetheless restricted to vital private wants or for important enterprise. This mandate solely issues journey throughout 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, accommodations, or boats. Nonetheless, the state regulation does permit for vital infrastructure and important staff to go away the quarantine website to carry out work important to their enterprise. Past that particular work, persons are supposed to stay of their quarantine website.

*Journey declaration varieties are nonetheless speculated to be stuffed out by folks touring to Alaska and changed into the state on-line by way of the state’s web site. If somebody was discovered to not have stuffed out a journey type, penalties may very well be enforced in a while if something have been to occur like an outbreak of the virus.

*Alaska Airways is saying that journey varieties have to be stuffed out.

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

*All people must determine for themselves on masking. The Emergency Operations Middle remains 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 can maintain us all more healthy. In case you can not meet social distance by six ft or larger you must put on a masks. It’s a signal of respect to others. It might be an actual disgrace to see our numbers escalate if we calm down too quickly.

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

Petersburg College District:

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

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

*Subsequent Thursday, Might 21, is the native scholarship bulletins on-line. It’s often in the course of the commencement ceremony.

*Tuesday, Might 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 an everyday fall despite the fact that there may very well be some limitations

*Deadlines for well being physicals have been prolonged

Different Useful Data:

*The State has relaxed necessities for who might be examined. Anyone can get examined that has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, problem respiration, 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 might be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Put up Workplace is short-staffed and has decreased counter hours M-F, 1-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough pointers for the submit workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, await folks to go away an space earlier than you enter it.

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

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

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive danger people ought to keep away from the submit workplace altogether. Please get another person to test your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to test your mail you may e mail: [email protected]

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

Petersburg Medical Middle:

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

*Engaged on the asymptomatic means 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 are able to open safely.

*The second wave of the virus that persons 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 consultants put out details about COVID and clothes. COVID can typically stay on clothes and surfaces for hours or days so watch out of the way you deal with clothes. Nonetheless, 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’s some confusion about what companies have to comply with. There are a number 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 remains to be lively. Mandate 16 necessities are additionally lively. Which means the statewide keep at dwelling order has been lifted. Nonetheless, important companies nonetheless should comply with the six ft of social distancing requirement. Facial coverings will not be required in important companies however they’re strongly really useful by the State for anybody who can not social distance. The state’s regulation 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. Might 20 at 1:30 p.m.

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

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

*Some business fishermen could not wish to adjust to State mandate 17 requiring them to signal a type 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 potential fines.

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

*The IRS has introduced that Might 13 at Eight a.m. is the final probability for folks to supply direct deposit data to the IRS for financial affect funds in any other case you’ll get a test within the mail. Veterans or others who didn’t file a tax return, you should go surfing to the IRS and inform them the place to ship your test.

*Companies opening up, there are good sources on the Petersburg COVID web site for maintaining workers and clients secure.

*SBA’s Financial Damage Loans remains to be solely accepting functions from agricultural associated companies, which does embrace business fishing and seafood processors.

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

*The native enterprise reduction packages by way of PEDC is accepting functions for native companies by way of 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 might be examined. Anyone can get examined that has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, problem respiration, 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 might be emailed to: [email protected]

*The Petersburg Put up Workplace is brief staffed and has decreased counter hours M-F, 1-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-Four p.m. Borough pointers for the submit workplace:

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, await folks to go away an space earlier than you enter it.

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

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

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive danger people ought to keep away from the submit workplace altogether. Please get another person to test your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to test your mail you may e mail: [email protected]

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

Petersburg Medical Middle:

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

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

*Nearly all of folks in Alaska who’ve examined constructive for the virus are between the ages of 20-60. They’re those which are out in the neighborhood. 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 weak a part of the inhabitants.

Alaska Public Well being Nursing:

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

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

*Methods that 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 weak inhabitants.

*Anybody is in a weak inhabitants ought to proceed secure measures despite the fact that companies are opening again up. That doesn’t make them much less weak.

*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, in keeping with age and gender.

Petersburg Borough:

*Taking part in compensate for particulars on what State Mandates have modified. Section 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 companies, private care companies, fishing charters, gymnasium and health facilities, and social and spiritual gatherings, swimming swimming pools, bars, theaters, and extra. The attachments have a number 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 Middle and pool shouldn’t be opening but however the borough is contemplating find out how 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 price?

*Instra-state journey has totally different necessities than out of state vacationers coming in. Individuals in Petersburg will not be required to have a 14 day quarantine if they’re touring to bigger communities. Nonetheless, small communities can have their very own legal guidelines. If fishermen have to journey by way of a small neighborhood to get to fishing grounds, they need to test with the communities earlier than touring.

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

*If seasonal staff do get sick, that data will probably be shared with the neighborhood.

*Work session subsequent Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. between the borough and the State’s high medical consultants. Residents can take part through Zoom. They are going to talk about the way forward for testing and different outlooks. KFSK will see if it may be broadcast dwell.

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

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

*The borough’s COVID-19 web site has good data for companies on find out how to reopen. It consists of indicators for companies that they will submit.

*No good numbers on the affect of unemployment till the tip of Might.

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

Petersburg College District

*Solidifying plans for commencement. It’s not excellent however the very best they will do now. The scholars have had nice concepts to assist plan it. They need the neighborhood collaborating in a parade route, Might 26 from 6-7 p.m. They are going to launch a route and they want folks to yell and honk and

*Nonetheless making an attempt to work out the main points of reentering faculty within the fall. The district is working with the State on these particulars.

*There are a couple of weeks of college left.

Different Useful Data:

*The State has relaxed necessities for who might be examined. Anyone can get examined that has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, problem respiration, 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 might be emailed to: [email protected]

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

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, await folks to go away an space earlier than you enter it.

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

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

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive danger people ought to keep away from the submit workplace altogether. Please get another person to test your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to test your mail you may e mail: [email protected]

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

Petersburg Medical Middle:

*PMC has collected 167 samples for COVID-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 154 unfavorable, Three recovered, and 10 checks 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 general 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 delicate or obscure. Keep away from different folks if you’re sick.

*That is nursing week and a shout out to the wonderful nursing workers. 2020 is the 12 months of the Nurse. If a nurse, attain out and inform them that you simply recognize them.

Alaska Public Well being Nursing:

*State has launched suggestions for seniors and methods to scale back your danger on the State’s COVID webpage. It makes ideas on how seniors can have family and friends enable you to out since you are at increased danger of doubtless dying from COVID.  It has ideas for lowering your danger as a lot as potential.

Petersburg Borough:

*The native facial protecting mandate expired Might 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 examine the place they examine the virus in waste water. Another communities and international locations are utilizing it as a method to gauge the quantity of virus in a neighborhood.  Emergency Operations Middle Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman, mentioned they’re trying into it however nothing definitive but.  “It may very well be doubtlessly one thing for Petersburg to gauge the place we’re at so far as realizing the extent of COVID-19 in our neighborhood.”

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

*Subsequent Wednesday there will probably be a piece session with the State’s principal well being consultants in regards to the virus. It’s a Q and A video convention the place the borough and medical heart leaders can ask the State consultants questions, which can assist the neighborhood make choices in keeping with the State’s finest data. What ought to the neighborhood pay attention to? What’s the long run plan the neighborhood must be interested by?

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

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

*SBA Financial Damage 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 present the one financial institution on the town accepting functions is Alps. First Financial institution and Wells Fargo have a backlog and aren’t taking new functions.

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

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

Petersburg College District

*Shout out this week to Lecturers and Workers Appreciation Week

*Proceed to work by way of the main points of determining a significant commencement plan. There’ll doubtless be a neighborhood 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 may occur within the fall with the beginning of college. It’s doubtless that the faculties received’t be on a standard schedule. They’re excessive danger, medium danger, and low danger 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 might be examined. Anyone can get examined that has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, problem respiration, 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 might be emailed to: [email protected]

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

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, await folks to go away an space earlier than you enter it.

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

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

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive danger people ought to keep away from the submit workplace altogether. Please get another person to test your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to test your mail you may e mail: [email protected]

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

Petersburg Medical Middle:

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

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

*We’ve had two neighborhood circumstances 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, mentioned, “I hope that the meeting will no less than make it a advice to the residents of Petersburg to make use of the very best pointers from the State and the federal authorities–the CDC–so far as find out how to stop the unfold.”

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

*It is extremely vital 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 check to be paid for. There isn’t any cost for COVID testing if somebody can’t pay for it.

Alaska Public Well being Nursing:

*It’s actually vital that individuals take this critically. If in case you have been examined, you should act like you might be constructive till medical suppliers let you know that you’re not. Meaning self-isolating.

*The State put out plans for households with youngsters. It seems to be at getting ready in case a dad or mum 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 Middle is NOT recommending an extension. The EOC strongly believes in face coverings however they received’t advocate extending the mandate. Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman, mentioned, “Right now, we’ve had a number of dialogue on the EOC in regards to the face protecting mandate. We perceive that it’s very controversial. So, presently, I feel that I cannot be recommending that we prolong 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 remains to be going to be that face protecting is extremely really useful as a method to stop unfold of the virus to others however the controversial nature of the mandate and the unfavorable consideration that it’s obtained 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 choices on their very own.”

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

*Well being Mandate 17 from the State of Alaska relating to 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 find out how to deal with transient vessels coming by way of Petersburg.

*Nonetheless asking folks to social distance however you are able to do that whereas nonetheless getting outdoors and revel in it this weekend. Please maintain being secure, keep six ft aside, put on face coverings when applicable, and wash your fingers.

Petersburg College District

*Right this moment is College Lunch Hero Day. Shout out to the workers doing lunch deliveries.

*It’s also Principal’s Day right this moment. Thanks to Rick Dormer and Heather Conn for his or her constructive 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 dwell parade of kinds labored out.

*Having a number of conferences with state management and making an attempt to get a have a look at what subsequent 12 months may appear like. It’s probably not useful for teams of younger youngsters. We’re hopeful that we are able to do issues safely with small teams and particular person college students within the fall.  Additionally, inventive methods of doing summer season faculty.

*Excessive College glacier survey—It is going to doubtless be the primary time that the survey is not going to occur as a result of there isn’t a method to do it with social distancing. Not less than it received’t be by helicopter. It might probably 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 might be examined. Anyone can get examined that has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, problem respiration, 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 might be emailed to: [email protected]

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

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, await folks to go away an space earlier than you enter it.

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

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

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive danger people ought to keep away from the submit workplace altogether. Please get another person to test your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to test your mail you may e mail: [email protected]

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

Petersburg Medical Middle:

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

*There are extra checks being completed in Petersburg as a result of the State of Alaska has expanded the checklist of signs that qualify somebody for testing. We’re utilizing the speedy testing machines. We’ve extra choices for testing in home however they’re nonetheless sending checks out to outdoors labs for affirmation.

*There isn’t any plan for random, asymptomatic testing. There isn’t any capability in PMC’s lab to try this.

*It’s actually vital that cash shouldn’t be a barrier for testing. Testing is free when you don’t have insurance coverage that can pay for it or when you haven’t reached a deductible for insurance coverage. An infection Prevention Manger Liz Bacom mentioned, “It is a public well being emergency. It is a widespread drawback and we wish to check as many individuals as we are able to in order that we are able to reduce the unfold in the neighborhood.”

*If you’re recognized as a part of contact tracing there isn’t any price for testing. If you’re recognized as an individual who was involved with somebody who’s constructive, it’s thought-about a part of the State’s investigation and there’s no cost to the affected person.

*Sitka had a constructive case in its long run care facility however they don’t understand how as a result of they have been on lockdown for six weeks. The takeaway from the Sitka story is that if your residents will not be going outdoors, you may assume that it’s your workers that’s bringing it into the ability. Nurse Supervisor Jennifer Bryner mentioned, “You must be extraordinarily cautious that you’re following all of the social distancing and hygiene situations that the State and native authorities is asking us to do as a result of we all know that we’re those to convey it to the weak.”

*Speaking a couple of planning doc for the neighborhood about future plans; type 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 vital to know how this virus presents itself. Individuals have a special expression of the an infection. That’s the reason the checklist of signs checklist is rising as a result of there’s such a wide range of signs. It casts out a broader internet for screening the neighborhood in order that it doesn’t work its method 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 constructive affect on slowing the unfold.

*Please keep dwelling in case you have any signs, even the delicate signs. Employers please ask your workers to go dwelling if they’ve any signs. Encourage them to name the hotline for medical steering. The CDC web site has a self-checker device 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 might be examined. Anyone can get examined that has ANY of the next signs: fever, cough, shortness of breath, problem respiration, 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 type 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 staff, and first responders. It’s not for a brand new individual coming to city with out a plan for housing. It’s for individuals who check constructive for COVID-19 and don’t produce other choices for safely isolating. It’s not a homeless shelter, it’s a response to a selected want to assist shield the neighborhood.

*It’s essential for the neighborhood to proceed to do the very best that it might probably. We have to assist one another. It’s not straightforward to proceed this manner however it’s vital.

Petersburg Financial Growth Council:

*Asking people to use by Might 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. If you’re a enterprise that has already utilized, the gross sales tax rebate is increasing to incorporate February and March.

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

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

*Direct funds from the IRS, that’s an internet device solely. There isn’t any cellphone quantity to name presently. In case you don’t file taxes since you are receiving Veterans advantages or one thing else, then you have to go surfing and inform the IRS that method.

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 might be emailed to: [email protected]

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

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, await folks to go away an space earlier than you enter it.

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

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

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive danger people ought to keep away from the submit workplace altogether. Please get another person to test your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to test your mail you may e mail: [email protected]

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

Petersburg Medical Middle:

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

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

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

*Antibody testing shouldn’t be being completed at PMC. Proper now, there aren’t any plans to begin. 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 constructive with antibody doesn’t imply that you simply don’t should comply with different security measures like social distancing and facial protecting.

*Individuals shouldn’t put on rubber gloves to guard themselves from the virus. Gloves stop folks from washing their fingers recurrently and from utilizing hand sanitizer. The virus survives on surfaces and one other floor is a rubber glove. An infection Prevention Supervisor, Liz Bacom, mentioned a rubber gloves is a vessel for transferring the virus. She says persons 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 by way of droplets within the air.

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

*Plenty 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 or not it’s a gradual unfold? What are the issues that we wish to do in Petersburg to stop this from spreading? What are the factors for the unfold? What are among the testing capabilities that we have now?

*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 seems to be at sheltering homeless folks and healthcare staff 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 non permanent and particular to Covid-19. It addresses the 35 individuals who don’t have a house in Petersburg and if they’re constructive, they don’t have anywhere 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 lease 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-about renting to the homeless inhabitants. First Responders and healthcare staff are additionally included within the mandate as a result of they’re excessive danger. If they will’t quarantine away from others at dwelling, they may have another choice—Tides Inn.  There’s already a regulation 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 regulation remains to be on the books whether or not or not it’s on this new mandate. Incident Commander for Petersburg Emergency Operations Middle, Karl Hagerman mentioned the objective of the mandate is to provide folks a alternative. “We’ve no intention, zero intention of forcing folks to do that until it’s a fully egregious case; any person 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 constructive circumstances exhibiting up in Petersburg. Petersburg shouldn’t be by way of the pandemic.  There’s a number of planning occurring now with the hope that an outbreak doesn’t occur.

*Individuals can not get checks if they need for a sure enterprise sectors like fishing. There will not be sufficient checks within the state.

*If persons are outdoors and might preserve social distance, there’s not a strict requirement for carrying facial coverings. Face coverings are required when you can’t be six ft from different non-household members.

Petersburg College 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 colleges about what they’re doing.

*Speak about this summer season. There is likely to be some alternative for some group instruction for college kids who may want some catching up.

*Speak across the state about what may occur this fall if we’re nonetheless below this steering with out a vaccination. Perhaps some methods of staggering schedules and having youngsters are available in at totally different instances.

*The plan is to get all of the expertise units again from college students on the finish of the varsity 12 months.

Different Useful Data:

*State pointers have modified about who might 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 normal query about Covid-19 at 772-5545

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

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

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, await folks to go away an space earlier than you enter it.

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

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

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive danger people ought to keep away from the submit workplace altogether. Please get another person to test your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to test your mail you may e mail: [email protected]

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

Petersburg Medical Middle:

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

*There are about 155 cartridges for the speedy testing machines in Petersburg. There isn’t any method 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 determine if folks with signs have to be examined for Covid. Nonetheless not testing folks with out signs. Not testing healthcare staff who wouldn’t have any signs.

*It’s unclear if a seasonal employee checks constructive for Covid in Petersburg can be counted as a neighborhood case. Nonetheless, the constructive check consequence would nonetheless be reported to the neighborhood.

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

*Individuals shouldn’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 by way of canines or cats however it is suggested that in case you have Covid you ought to be remoted from pets so the virus isn’t transmitted on the floor of their fur.

*The most effective prevention for Covid-19 is carrying a facial protecting and staying six ft away from others.

*Following the mandates and what it seems to be like for PMC. Internally, we’re nonetheless on lock down standing. Watching and ready what’s occurring in the neighborhood and state to see what Covid goes to do. Somewhat nervous about incoming seasonal staff.

*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 maintain one another secure.

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 are opening. Native companies will not be required to provide the borough plans.

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

*Shifting ahead with the borough mandate that requires companies which are bringing in staff from out of city to carry out important companies. (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 assessment of these enterprise plans.

Petersburg College District:

*Working by way of hiring for some positions.

*Getting some steering from the State for commencement. Plan to speak to the Commissioner of Training 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 might 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 pointers have modified about who might 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 normal query about Covid-19 at 772-5545

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

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

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, await folks to go away an space earlier than you enter it.

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

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

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive danger people ought to keep away from the submit workplace altogether. Please get another person to test your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to test your mail you may e mail: [email protected]

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

Petersburg Medical Middle:

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

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

*With the reopening of some companies, it’s extra vital than ever to put on facial coverings. The native mandate remains 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 weak 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 weak folks will stay remoted as a result of they’re excessive danger.

*Accessible to work with companies on find out how to display screen staff, which might embrace taking temperatures. Recommends that companies contemplate screening for signs and temperatures.

*Return to the fundamentals:  Keep dwelling when 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 companies, and private care companies 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 will e mail [email protected]

*Petersburg’s facial protecting mandate remains 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. Nonetheless, the facial coverings don’t change social distancing. Individuals nonetheless have to social distance within the shops by six ft as effectively. Attempt to perceive that the shops are below stress to satisfy the present calls for.

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

*The explanation 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 College 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 workers. It’s a bit carrying and we’re doing extra outreach to households. There’s a sense of loss about some issues that may’t occur but additionally inventive interested by alternative ways of doing issues.

*Over 600 meals a day are being delivered day by day to youngsters. Meals will proceed into the summer season in some type however it may look somewhat totally different from what’s occurring now.

*There aren’t any definitive solutions but in regards to the subsequent faculty 12 months beginning in August. Nonetheless understanding how the summer season will appear 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 pointers have modified about who might 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 normal query about Covid-19 at 772-5545

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

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

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, await folks to go away an space earlier than you enter it.

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

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

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive danger people ought to keep away from the submit workplace altogether. Please get another person to test your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to test your mail you may e mail: [email protected]

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

Karl Hagerman, Petersburg EOC Incident Commander:

* The Governor’s Workplace is taking some motion to begin 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 data been launched but, so we don’t know the precise particulars. However from the press convention yesterday, it seems to be like it could be Section-one of reopening that would come with companies like hair salons and barber outlets, with some tight restrictions in place, similar 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 begin with folks no less than ten ft 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 Section-two scheduled for Might 8th.   We’ve been monitoring the state’s web site for extra data, however nothing particular accessible 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. Certainly the State is aware of that with public assembly notification necessities native governments can’t reply all of a sudden. Clearly Petersburg hasn’t been in a position to answer the survey and presumably different communities haven’t been capable of provide their native recommendation both… however the Borough is assembly right this moment, and hopefully we can 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 business. 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 may 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 Middle CEO:

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

* Between seasonal staff arising… and among the dissension from masking practices… from the PMC facet, we must be beginning to put together for folk presenting to the ability COVID constructive. Primarily based on the way in which this virus progresses, in my thoughts, we now have to go from prevention, to managing sufferers with COVID, which was actually what we needed to keep away from.

Laurie Miller, Petersburg Medical Middle Lab Supervisor:

* There have been 93 samples collected. Outcomes embrace: 79 unfavorable, one recovered, one constructive, 12 nonetheless pending.

* We’ve began the validation of the speedy 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 thus far, beside the repute for false negatives, is the shortage of reagent. Proper now Abbott has no projections about when extra reagent will probably be accessible to the State of Alaska. So we wish to make sure that the reagent we have now in Petersburg can be utilized in a significant method.

Liz Bacom, PMC An infection Management:

* There’s a submit on the Petersburg Medical Middle Fb web page about DHSS suggestions for making a masks with or with out a stitching machine. There are straightforward methods to make face coverings. They do assist and we recognize everyone on the market carrying them.

Jennifer Bryner, RN, Director of Nursing:

 *How you can deal with your masks:  

-Initially, 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 you should take a sip of water or no matter, contact the masks from the perimeters or loops, not the world you’ve been respiration on.

-It’s best to by no means push the masks beneath the chin or let it grasp.

-If it turns into damp or dirty it must be discarded or washed if reusable. We advocate washing with a scorching water cycle day by day.

-Saved in a paper bag (or one thing related) when not carrying it, somewhat 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

* Relating to the second confirmed constructive in Petersburg:  based mostly off the investigation, there wasn’t any signal of latest journey or shut contact, so that might counsel neighborhood transmission.  Neighborhood is classed as an unknown contact, not identifiably associated to journey, and never associated to a different recognized case. So, regardless of intensive interviews, we’re unable to find out particularly the place the transmission of the virus befell.

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

* There are companies which are at present open, important companies which are taking precautions. Plenty of companies in all probability might try this if they’re following the protocols, however I’m not a enterprise individual, I’m extra on the medical facet. They would want a great plan in place to make it possible for their clients and their workers stay secure. 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 ft for no less than ten minutes.  

* It is extremely vital that we keep vigilant. In pandemics there’s something known as a second wave that may occur after restrictions have be lifted. Typically that second wave of infections is far increased than the primary wave.  Please be vigilant and comply with the suggestions. If we maintain 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 College Principal

*A survey was lately despatched out through e mail. We’re encouraging suggestions in regards to the workload at dwelling. What’s working effectively or not, and so on., making an attempt to get suggestions from households.

*Some households are feeling that it’s an excessive amount of at dwelling, 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 dwelling in addition to those that are working full time and struggling to seek 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 in the neighborhood 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 faculty and highschool, working with counselors, and all college students ought to proceed to test their emails.

* Right this moment is Administrative assistant day. We’ve to provide 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 arising 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 median 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 functions turned in when the funds ran dry.  In order quickly as funding turns into accessible, these functions will probably be submitted and the cash will begin drawing down straight away. Anybody who has an curiosity on this must get their paperwork collectively straight away and be prepared to use the second banks are accepting new functions.

* So far as receiving the latest particular person stimulus, the IRS has a web site, to place in your direct deposit data, and hopefully velocity up receiving that if one hasn’t obtained it but. If you’re 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 accessible for individuals who want to use and get data.

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

Highlights from KFSK’s Each 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 mainly requires anybody going right into a constructing open to the general public, working in a constructing with coworkers, or outdoors of a constructing in shut proximity with others, when social distancing isn’t potential, must put on a facial protecting.

There’s a number of masking steering on the web and hyperlinks on the Borough’s web site for numerous totally different choices.

Exceptions to the mandate exist for individuals who can’t put on masks for medical causes, together with   younger youngsters below two, and people with continual respiration 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.

While you come into contact with others outdoors your family, that’s whenever you wish to put a facial protecting on to guard them from what you is likely to be unknowingly carrying.

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

We’ve been listening to a number 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 outdoors staff to the Borough, in addition to to the State as was already required.

Phil Hofstetter, Petersburg Medical Middle CEO:

We’ve obtained some testing gear from the state. We lastly did obtain these yesterday.

Plenty of our methods are issues which were carried out in pandemics prior to now. The one factor that’s altering from the previous is the provision of lab testing.  The native lab group deserves to be acknowledged for the experience and talents they supply within the medical heart.   

Liz Bacom, PMC An infection Management:

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

The speedy testing models from the state have arrived

This machine shouldn’t be as delicate because the gold commonplace methodology accessible on the State’s lab. The brand new native check could be very correct for testing Positives, however the machine shouldn’t be as delicate in producing unfavorable checks, so unfavorable 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 unfavorable when it was really a decrease stage constructive.

The turnaround time for the native check is similar day, doubtlessly lower than an hour.  

Pets and COVID19:  there’s not a number of proof of whether or not pets can carry and transmit COVID19.    There’s secondary transmission potential, for instance, by the use of the droplet transmission on the surface of the canine’s coat.

Jennifer Bryner, RN, Director of Nursing:

The brand new constructive consequence doesn’t change practices at PMC, we have now been working below the sensible assumption that there was COVID in the neighborhood for the previous month or so, by masking, handwashing, screening, limiting entry to sufferers with vulnerabilities similar to Long run Care.  

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

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

If in case you have been examined and are awaiting outcomes you ought to be isolating inside your private home.

Droplets are the very nice items of moisture produced by talking, yelling, singing, forceful respiration, coughing, and sneezing.

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

Erika Kludt-Painter, Superintendent of Petersburg College 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, e mail Dormer or Cabral for the password. Similar factor tomorrow for Center College.

Contemplating numerous inventive concepts for commencement.

Working by way of applied sciences points within the elementary faculty.  Large shoutout to the elementary academics, college students and households for making all of it occur.

Additionally hiring to fill positions which are opening up attributable to retirements.

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

Karl Hagerman:

On the second native constructive case: pushed out phrase in regards to the second case as shortly as potential, however didn’t use a code-red announcement, simply to keep away from over-using it. However not a lot different data is accessible in regards to the case.

Investigation is at present underway relating to neighborhood unfold or not.  Erin has been in shut contact with the state and new data may very well be coming in any time.

Three proposed mandates are into account tonight at this night’s Borough conferences. Over thirty letters have been submitted to the Meeting a lot 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 probability of being unable to satisfy social distancing necessities inside sure companies or settings, is why facial coverings are really useful.

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 ft, it’s best to have a protecting on.

One other proposed mandate requires all companies with staff coming in from outdoors the neighborhood to submit their plan for receiving staff in a secure method.

Anybody who desires 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 Might 5, a two-week interval the place we’re asking folks to knuckle down and assist everybody out.  The main target is flattening the curve.

Erin Michael:

Goes by way of the interview data from the constructive case, and the state epidemiologist group is sorting by way of that data now.  

Primarily based off of knowledge proper now, from the state, there’s not at present data that ties this case to journey or to an in depth contact to a secondary case.

Neighborhood unfold is what it’s known as after they interview a supply they usually can’t decide the origin of the publicity. It may very well be an asymptomatic contact. The time period doesn’t imply the an infection is spreading throughout the entire neighborhood, however it successfully means the reason for publicity is as of but unknown.

Extra data 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 ft of a constructive case for no less than ten minutes, or if one has been coughed or sneezed on by a COVID constructive particular person.  

All people must be taking the precautions which were urged all alongside. Social distancing, protecting nostril and mouth, staying as wholesome as potential, so we are able to all make it by way of as ache free as potential.

Phil Hofstetter:

The best way we handle and consider the virus must be extra neighborhood based mostly somewhat than focusing in on an individual. The truth of the virus is that many individuals are asymptomatic. The chance is that some persons are simply nice and others could also be not nice, and it’s not tremendous clear who’s going to have an particularly adversarial response. There have been circumstances 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’ve to take a look at squashing the virus first. And it’s harmful to speak about simply concentrating on people who find themselves recognized to actively have the virus. It’s extra vital to apply the established practices, and to suppose with kindness. As a result of anybody can have the virus.

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

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

We nonetheless don’t understand how lengthy the illness is lively in a system.  Because of this we depend on knowledgeable epidemiologists. 

We’ve the distinctive alternative to sort out this factor. There must be no purpose why we are able to’t do issues higher than an enormous metropolis.

Jennifer Bryner:

Put on masks to guard others. We all know it is a droplet transmitted virus, so after we discuss, 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 carrying 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, find out how to we shield ourselves? That’s the place the hand-washing, the washing high-touch areas, the staying dwelling, 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 rather straightforward to do and can be utilized wherever.  It doesn’t restrict your means to do what you should do. It’s a fairly straightforward factor to do for the larger 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 simply 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 house to guard the employee and the sufferers. They’re modified often, and fingers are washed earlier than and after each use.  If, in the neighborhood, persons 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 by way of a cloud of droplets.  Use hand hygiene. Don’t contact your face. It’s actually vital.

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

Laurie Miller

81 whole checks, 74 negatives, 1 recovered, 1 constructive, and 5 outcomes awaited.

The state has despatched two speedy checks, however neither has arrived but. As a result of they have been despatched out through fedex. There isn’t any replace when these will really arrive.

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

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

We’ve 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 oldsters 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, you should e mail for contact data

Meals are nonetheless going effectively. It’s a great routine for teenagers. A process to interrupt up the day and go outdoors.

Ebook distribution additionally went effectively.

We’re in week 4. And are nonetheless speaking by way of plans for commencement.

Liz Cabrera:

There are speculated to be these checks going out.  Direct funds have gone out to those that had that arrange. If you’re ready for yours, the IRS has a method to test the place your fee is.

In case you obtain Veterans advantages, or haven’t filed taxes attributable to your revenue, you should go surfing and full a type so the IRS is aware of the place to ship that fee. 

So far as paycheck safety mortgage program, and financial damage loans from the SBA, they ran out of funding this final week.  A deal could be very shut in congress to place extra money into these packages, and hopefully there will probably be further funds accessible. There are literally thousands of functions at present ready in line already.  If you’re excited by these packages and haven’t filed but. Get your functions prepared proper now, so to get in line straight away 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 it’s important to apply after which doubtless get turned down, after which as soon as its all up and working you might be speculated to obtain assist get these funds.

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

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

PEDC has a gross sales tax rebate program accessible now, with an internet software on the sources web page of the Borough’s web site; that rebate program is open and accessible proper now.

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

Petersburg Medical Middle:

*Up to now, PMC has collected 76 samples for Covid-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 67 unfavorable, 1 constructive (recovered), and eight checks pending. 

*The low variety of constructive check outcomes present that what Petersburg is doing is working. PMC Nurse Supervisor, Jennifer Bryner, mentioned, “Actually the very best prevention is to don’t have any publicity and I’m actually pleased with our neighborhood for working so onerous on limiting that and I feel that we might have actually good outcomes and maintain folks effectively if we’re keen to work collectively.”

*The borough’s proposed masking mandate may appear 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,” mentioned PMC CEO, Phil Hofstetter.

*The virus is spreading by way of folks which are asymptomatic. Individuals have it and don’t comprehend 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, mentioned “What they’re discovering is that the very best viral load, the very best variety of viral particles which are current in an individual who’s infective, is simply earlier than they begin exhibiting signs or the very early phases 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 lively circumstances. Masking is a method to assist shield the neighborhood when you can’t preserve a distance. The entire thought of carrying a masks is caring about others.

*Aged residents at dwelling and people residents in long run care rely upon others to exit for them. The care givers or members of the family or mates might change into contaminated and convey it again to the weak folks even when they’re making an attempt their finest. Nurse Supervisor, Jennifer Bryner, mentioned, “It’s actually our objective to have a very low stage of neighborhood 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 after they’re asymptomatic. An infection Management Director, Liz Bacom mentioned, “There are too many circumstances of wholesome those who succumb to this.”

*Nonetheless ready for the speedy check machines from the federal authorities. There was a hiccup in delivery and it’s taking longer than first thought. The speedy check machines will not be as delicate as the standard swabbing so unfavorable check outcomes will nonetheless should be swabbed and despatched away.

*Telehealth goes effectively; physicians are seeing some sufferers by way of video conferencing.

Public Well being Nursing:

*Transmission comes from droplets within the air.

*Masking is really useful from the federal stage. Masking is regular throughout the nation. Public Well being Nurse, Erin Michael, mentioned, “It’s an vital 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 relating to Covid-19. One of many mandates is about obligatory face coverings when persons 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 Might 5. It might be operated on an honor system; there will probably be no fines or arrests. The explanation 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 outdoors 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 outdoors 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 companies.

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

*Members of the general public can present testimony on the proposed mandates or different agenda objects by way of 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 below the state mandates or these which are 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 must 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 have been processed within the State of Alaska. Small Enterprise Administration ran out of funds. They don’t seem to be accepting new functions, 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 ought to be getting the cash within the account this week or subsequent.  Hyperlink on the borough web site to supply direct deposit data. Non-filers have to fill out data on the place to ship the cash.

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

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

Petersburg College District:

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

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

*Ebook cellular has accomplished two weeks.

Different Useful Data:

*State pointers have modified about who might 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 normal query about Covid-19 at 772-5545

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

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

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, await folks to go away an space earlier than you enter it.

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

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

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive danger people ought to keep away from the submit workplace altogether. Please get another person to test your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to test your mail you may e mail: [email protected]

Different Useful Data:

*State pointers have modified about who might 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 normal query about Covid-19 at 772-5545

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

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

–Be affected person, observe 6 ft. social distancing, await folks to go away an space earlier than you enter it.

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

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

–Individuals over 65 and different excessive danger people ought to keep away from the submit workplace altogether. Please get another person to test your mail. To get assist discovering somebody to test your mail you may e mail: [email protected]

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

Petersburg Medical Middle:

*Up to now, PMC has collected 74 samples for Covid-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 67 unfavorable, 1 constructive (recovered), and 6 checks pending.  

*As soon as somebody has had the virus and not checks constructive 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 Might.  PMC CEO Phil Hofstetter mentioned they are going to be ramping up Telehealth, phone, case administration processes and making an attempt to take a look at what they will do safely. “Probably the most at-risk for coronavirus are healthcare staff 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 number of unknowns in regards to the virus, it’s solely been round for months, there are nonetheless no good therapy plans. PMC CEO, Phil Hofstetter mentioned 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 concept of “herd immunity” which might be letting the virus run by way of the youthful inhabitants whereas isolating the older and weak inhabitants to guard them. (The concept being that the virus would flow into and finish) PMC CEO Phil Hofstetter mentioned there’s not sufficient understanding about what the virus does contained in the physique but to make any willpower like that. Younger persons are dying too. There are a number of specialists on this planet recommending a delay technique to permit time to know 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, despite the fact that Petersburg isn’t as populated, it doesn’t have the sources 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 relating to Covid-19:

-Mandate on obligatory face protecting when persons 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 companies.

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

*Members of the general public can present testimony on the proposed mandates or different agenda objects by way of 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 College District:

*Proceed to work by way of 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 inventive concepts from the scholars

*Doing outreach with households on the grade faculty. Need 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 folks can attain directors.

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

Petersburg Medical Middle:

*Up to now, PMC has collected 71 samples for Covid-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 63 unfavorable, 1 constructive (recovered), and seven checks pending.  

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

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

*The neighborhood might nonetheless have Covid current despite the fact that PMC hasn’t had a constructive check lately. Nurse Supervisor, Jennifer Bryner mentioned, “There are nonetheless folks getting into the neighborhood and it may very well 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 terrified of the criticism.

*If in case you have any signs or are ready for check outcomes, please keep dwelling. Isolate in your house and keep away from different members of your family.

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

*Suggestions for Masking:

–Masks within the well being care setting must be handled as infectious (PMC workers deal with them very rigorously)

–everybody ought to rigorously 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 in the future

–one thing is healthier than nothing on the subject of masking, the tighter the weave the higher for stopping droplets going out, double layer masks are suggested if you may get a selfmade masks made

–nonetheless have to maintain six ft of separation even when carrying a masks

–don’t contact your masks or face when carrying 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 stop 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 varieties stuffed out and despatched to the state

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

*The Public Nursing workplace is serving folks over the cellphone when it might probably. Some issues they will’t do through 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, mentioned, “Simply because you might really feel nice doesn’t imply that you could be not have the an infection as a result of there are a big share of those who they’re seeing don’t ever have indicators or signs or they’re so delicate that they don’t even discover them however they may very well be doubtlessly spreading that to people who might get actually sick from this.”

Petersburg Borough:

*There isn’t any enforcement for people who find themselves breaking state mandates. Borough Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman, mentioned persons are policing themselves now. “The State doesn’t have a great enforcement system in place for his or her mandates that they put out and so we’re counting on the distinction system an amazing 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, mentioned 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 number of new folks coming into the neighborhood to catch and course of the fish which are so vital to us.”

*Native seafood processors have submitted their plans to the borough for managing out of state staff. Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman mentioned their targets are to try to segregate seasonal workforce from the neighborhood as a lot as potential over the course of the summer season. “Individuals ought to really feel assured that our processors are doing what they will to plan and put together for the inflow of staff that they want, that all of us want.”

*Instrastate journey for important staff is allowed and doesn’t require a quarantine. Nonetheless, companies which are 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 laying aside that kind of labor that isn’t vital presently.

*Borough meeting has a gathering Monday evening and there may very well be Covid matters lined. The borough is creating 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 mentioned, “We can not mandate that they quarantine however we are able to management the usage of our services.”

Petersburg College District:

*Shifting together with center and highschool on-line. Figuring out that the varsity 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 gaggle setting however the faculty will probably be doing one thing totally 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 remains 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 dad or mum boards for the center and excessive colleges. Data will probably be shared by way of faculty bulletins being mailed out to folks.

*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 nevertheless 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 companies and helps with meals deliveries within the evenings.

Highlights from KFSK’s Each day Coronavirus Present—Tuesday, April 14, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Middle:

*Up to now, PMC has collected 69 samples for Covid-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 63 unfavorable, 1 constructive (recovered), and 5 checks pending. 

*PMC is ready on a speedy testing machine within the mail (Abbott testing machine). There will probably be limitations to how the machine will probably be used at PMC. They don’t seem to be 100 % correct and won’t decide up very mild circumstances of Covid-19. The machines will probably be used as a screening device for contact tracing. For instance, PMC might quickly check members of the family of a Covid affected person. PMC will nonetheless should ship out swabs to labs as they usually would. Swabbing is way more delicate in figuring out the virus. PMC Lab Supervisor, Laurie Miller, mentioned, “This isn’t going to open up testing for everyone. You may’t simply come by and get swabbed and get a right away unfavorable. . . The testing cartridges are additionally very onerous to return by so we are able to’t check everyone which may wish to get examined.”

*Flip-around instances for regular testing remains to be about three days for checks despatched to a state lab and about eight days for checks despatched to the personal firm, Quest, which has a backlog.

*Nationally, there could also be speak about opening up economies in some areas. Nonetheless, Alaska’s timeline is lagging behind different states by a number of weeks. Maintain doing what you’re doing. We’re not seeing a number of circumstances in Petersburg, which suggests 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, mentioned, “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-Might 2. Individuals can register on-line for $20 and obtain a reflective Buff headwear or you may run for enjoyable. Choose your individual course. Put up 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 objective 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 varieties turned in to public well being in individual as of Friday. Different vacationers mentioned they might be filling out the required state varieties on-line.

Petersburg Borough:

*Making an attempt to decipher the most recent 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 unravel that with not an entire lot of luck but. I assume the excellent news is that Petersburg was already considering alongside these traces and has been engaged on a plan to supply non-congregate housing and shelter.”

*Haven’t recognized of any vacationers coming into the harbors from out of state that have to fill out state journey declaration varieties. Different vacationers coming into the harbors would nonetheless want to take care of social distance. Borough Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman mentioned, “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 type 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. Prospects 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 onerous to know what the affect of Covid-19 has completed to the borough’s finances. Hagerman mentioned, “We in all probability received’t know the total affect in opposition to our finances for fairly a while.”

Petersburg College District:

*First digital faculty board assembly is tonight at 6 p.m. KFSK will probably be broadcasting the assembly dwell. Individuals also can take part within the assembly by getting a password from the varsity district.

*Within the assembly the varsity board will probably be going over a spring finances revision. Sure finances objects 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 expertise. 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.

*Just a few academics have submitted their resignations: Ms. Wallace and Ms. Dahlberg.

*Megan Litster will probably be permitted as a brand new faculty board member taking up the vacant seat left by Mara Lutomski’s resignation.

Highlights from KFSK’s Each day Coronavirus Present—Monday, April 13, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Middle:

*Up to now, PMC has collected 66 samples for Covid-19 in Petersburg. The outcomes are: 60 unfavorable, 1 constructive (recovered), and 5 checks pending.  

*Ready on two speedy testing machines to reach in Petersburg from the nationwide inventory pile. The machine ought to be capable to give Covid leads to 20 minutes however is probably not used for each check. 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’s any change you may cross paths with others and keep 20 ft distance from others as a substitute of the standard six ft. This goes for actions like working, mountaineering, biking as a result of your respiration is heavier and wind can carry moisture droplets by way of the air.

*Specializing in schooling this week: maintain social distancing, keep dwelling, 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 checks to assist outline “recovered” however there’s a scarcity of testing in Alaska in order that’s probably not occurring right here.

Petersburg Borough:

*The State of Alaska issued amendments to its mandates that clarified that Petersburg shouldn’t be thought-about a small neighborhood 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, mentioned “Really, they weren’t good modifications for Petersburg tightening issues down . . . it soundly positions us as a bigger neighborhood and restricts our means to take additional motion if we’d like.”

*Since Petersburg is formally thought-about 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 speculated to fill out a state traveler declaration type both in individual or electronically. The varieties are taken to the Public Well being Nurse Workplace on the town after which forwarded on to the State. Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman mentioned, “It’s a course of that’s, I might say, removed from excellent. It doesn’t permit very a lot native comply with up. It depends on the distinction system for the vacationers which are coming in to Petersburg.”

*Craig has had two circumstances thus far 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 neighborhood of Craig had rules in place to stop fishermen from coming into the neighborhood. Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman, mentioned “Plenty of boats from Petersburg that have been down there have been successfully quarantined whereas they have been on the grounds; they weren’t involved with the neighborhood.”

Psychological Well being:

*Nervousness and stress proper now could be completely regular. Petersburg Psychological Well being Providers Director, Susan Ohmer, mentioned, “It’s a standard response to a really distinctive scenario.”

*Shifting focus outdoors of your self might be useful throughout worrying instances. Reaching out to others, connecting to them in secure methods, might be a good way to alleviate stress.

*It’s okay to be much less productive than you thought you’d be when this all began.

*Construction is sweet, maintaining 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 may help. Even scheduling time to fret, it might probably enable you to be extra productive since you don’t have to fret on a regular basis.

*Our physique reacts to Covid stress the identical method it perceives different threats. PMHS Director, Susan Ohmer mentioned we reply physiologically the identical as if a lion’s chancing us or we have now 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 provides 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 College District:

*Gearing up the primary digital faculty board assembly Tuesday evening so faculty board members and others will probably be assembly through video convention. It is going to be broadcast on KFSK as regular and members of the general public con contact the varsity district in the event that they wish to converse below folks to be heard. There’s a password to get on the video convention.

*Trying on the commencement plans, making an attempt to work with college students and households and the Advisory College Board. Need to make it a particular ceremony even when it might 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 are preloaded.

*Ebook cellular began final week and it has been successful thus far. You may order books on-line on the colleges’ web sites or you may e mail librarian Carissa Cotta.

*Spirit week occurring within the digital world at center and highschool.

Highlights from KFSK’s Each day Coronavirus Present—Friday, April 10, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Middle:

*Subsequent week can be the earliest that PMC’s
speedy check machine may very well be used. Petersburg was awarded a speedy check machine
from the State. The machine is meant to be in transit now however they don’t
know when it’s going to arrive. When it does arrive it should be examined within the laboratory
earlier than it may be used. The machine ought to be capable to give leads to 20 minutes.
The machine comes with a sure variety of cartridges that should be refilled so
it doesn’t permit for limitless checks and is probably not used for each check. It
will probably be considered one of PMC’s testing choices.

*Up to now, PMC has sampled 62 folks for
Covid-19. The outcomes are: 53 unfavorable, 1 constructive (recovered), and eight checks pending.
 

*PMC is planning for an overflow
hospital ward for constructive Covid sufferers on the faculty gymnasium if the hospital was
full with Covid sufferers.

*Home made masks must be made with double-layer
thick cotton material. Pockets are nice for well being care staff to allow them to add
filters.

*Some folks shouldn’t put on masks: youngsters
below the age of two shouldn’t put on masks or people who find themselves unresponsive or can not
take away their masks or have bother respiration.

Public Well being Nursing:

*The CDC has new suggestions for outdoor
actions. In case you’re doing bodily actions outdoors, like biking, mountaineering, singing
and working, put on face masks that cowl your mouth and nostril. Additionally, keep 20 ft
away from others (not simply 6 ft).

*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 scorching water. If hand washing, use scorching water and
cleaning soap.

*If that is your first time making use of for meals
stamps, money help, or Medicaid you may apply by e mail, fax, (or mail however that’s
loads slower). You too can take a photograph of your software and e mail it in to
the district workplace. After they’ve obtained it you may name the workplace in Ketchikan
at 1-800-478-2135 and inform them you wish 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 obtained your software. As soon as your software 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 check outcomes
you should be in quarantine till you get them. Even when your outcomes are
unfavorable, you must keep in quarantine when you nonetheless have signs. In case you
nonetheless have signs you must probably get examined once more. (The check may need
been completed earlier than the virus might present up within the outcomes.)

Petersburg Borough:

*The Governor has issued one other mandate
closing all colleges for the 12 months.

*The Governor prolonged Mandates 11 and 12
by 10 days relating to 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 with a view to shield everybody. The explanation 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 speedy testing cartridges for the brand new testing machine
that’s on its method to city; additionally, extra PPE for native medical workers. Stanton Gregor
mentioned 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 understand how lengthy it will final. Nervousness lives within the unknown so it’s additional
onerous 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 secure issues that
really feel good and do extra of it.

*True North Counseling is continuous with
counseling on-line with secure HIPAA permitted conferencing. Don’t be afraid to
attain out to them or Petersburg Psychological Well being Providers in order for you assist.

Petersburg College District:

*Faculties will probably be bodily closed till
the tip of the varsity 12 months per a brand new mandate by the State that was introduced Thursday.

*Right this moment 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 faculty board assembly coming
up subsequent Tuesday, April 14. It is going to be the primary digital faculty board assembly
completed on-line with faculty board members and workers. 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 wish to.

Highlights from KFSK’s Each day Coronavirus Present—Thursday, April 9, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Middle:

*Petersburg will obtain speedy testing machines that ought to
have a 20 minute turn-around time for checks. The neighborhood has been chosen by
the State to obtain the machines. PMC’s Lab Supervisor, Laurie Miller, mentioned, “We
wouldn’t have the machines but. And we still-once we get them-have to validate them
and do the entire lab-techy stuff . . .Till we get the machines right here there’s
not an entire lot we are able to do besides be excited.”

*Up to now, PMC has sampled 56 folks for Covid-19. The outcomes
are: 48 unfavorable, 1 constructive, 7 pending.  (These numbers are decrease than yesterday as a result of
the outcomes reported on Wednesday’s each day present have been inaccurate)

*State pointers have modified about who might 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, mentioned, “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 in case you have any questions, please name PMC’s
24-hour hotline: (907) 772-5788.

*Everybody ought to put on a masks after they exit of their
houses.

*Data and proposals in regards to the virus modifications shortly.
Typically it’s onerous for folks to maintain up from each day so be type and have
empathy for others.

Petersburg Borough:

*Social distancing on the grocery retailer is essential.
Workers on the retailer are working onerous and clients ought to do their half to
social distance. If it’s important to store within the retailer, go by your self, and store for
per week’s price of provides at a time. Additionally, make the most of the free supply
service and curb-side pick-up that each Buying and selling Union and Hammer and Wikan are
providing.

*Prospects at any enterprise must be carrying masks.

*The borough is rolling out its personal masking coverage. They
hope to have masks to all staff by the tip of the week.

*If somebody checks constructive and doesn’t want fast
medical care, they’ll return to their residence. The borough is engaged on a
state of affairs for individuals who check constructive which are additionally homeless.

*The borough encourages the neighborhood to be type to at least one
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 type
phrases.

*The Petersburg Fireplace 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
might be dropped off outdoors the door on the hearth corridor.

Petersburg College 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 method the free meals
exit.

*The college district is distributing about 650 meals a day,
M-F. The meals service is engaged on potential meals on the weekends too.

*It’s vital to consider inventive methods to take care of social
distance with mates however nonetheless keep linked. That may occur on-line. The elementary
faculty college students are having a spirit week studying problem the place youngsters gown up
in costumes whereas studying after which submit their photographs on Fb.

*Excessive College and Center College have been utilizing laptops for distance
studying for about two weeks. Attendance charges are near 100 % for
most lessons. Speaking with workers can also be vital, says Principal, Rick Dormer.
“College seems to be loads totally 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 totally different method of doing faculty regardless of nonetheless utilizing all
the instruments we’re all acquainted with.”

Highlights from KFSK’s Each day Coronavirus Present—Wednesday, April 8, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Middle:

*PMC has sampled 62 folks for Covid-19. The outcomes are: 51
unfavorable, 1 constructive, 10 pending.  

*Well being care staff are essentially 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 decreased interactions amongst staffing;
monitoring folks going out and in of affected person care areas. They’re sending folks
dwelling who can earn a living from home. They’re additionally making a Crew A and Crew B in every
division that doesn’t cross paths in case somebody does change into sick.

*PMC desires to be as self-sufficient as potential 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 answerable for contacting all potential
contacts for any Covid sufferers. Petersburg’s Public Well being Nurse, Erin Michael,
has already contacted potential contacts for Petersburg’s one case.

*The State considers contact to a Covid individual to be:

–being involved with the sick individual contaminated with Covid inside
six ft for no less than 10 minutes

–being involved with secretions with a sick individual
(coughed on or kissing)

–dwelling in the identical family as an individual with Covid

–caring for an individual with Covid

–the timeframe varies however sometimes two weeks from the
onset of indicators or signs

*Isolation vs. Quarantine in keeping with the CDC:

–Isolation is the place you might be separating a sick individual with
the contagious illness from people who find themselves not sick

–Quarantine is the place you might be separating or limiting 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 remains to be on the early phases of Covid circumstances. Alaska is
weeks behind the Decrease 48 so we are able to study and enhance our responses from what
different states are going by way of.

Petersburg Borough:

*Applied a masking coverage for all borough staff however
it’s going to take time for all staff to get masks as they change into accessible. The
borough is getting masks to the police and different public staff first.

*Sandy Dixon has been getting first responders (EMS, police,
hearth volunteers) prepared for responding to Covid circumstances. They’ve devoted an previous
ambulance only for responding to Covid sufferers.

*The State is asking regulation enforcement to try to keep away from
arrests as a lot as potential and as a substitute educate the general public. Incident Commander,
Karl Hagerman, mentioned, “It creates one other difficulty for us, in fact, if we have now
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 potential.”

*Nonetheless ready for suggestions from the State about State
mandates 11 and 12. The borough is asking if it might probably implement stricter journey
pointers than what the State has in place.

*Hand washing stations have been put in close to Hammer and Wikan
grocery, the submit 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 Middle.

Petersburg College District:

*Chrome books, which is a sort of laptop computer, are being handed
out right this moment to all college students grades 3-5.

*Stedman Elementary College is contacting households that do
not have Web and is making an attempt to assist get them on-line.

*Stedman Elementary College is in search of suggestions from dad and mom
about how the space studying system is working at dwelling. Principal Heather
Conn mentioned, “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 information is on the market; the analysis
is on the market.”

*Lecturers are utilizing totally different sorts of communications with
dad and mom together with texts, emails, cellphone calls, and Fb. If communication is
not working for fogeys, please let the varsity know.

Highlights from KFSK’s Each day Coronavirus Present—Tuesday, April 7, 2020:

Petersburg Medical Middle:

*PMC has sampled 49 folks for Covid-19 and has obtained 43
outcomes again thus far. One has been constructive, 42 unfavorable and 6 are nonetheless
pending.

*Petersburg had its first confirmed constructive over the
weekend. They’re speaking with the State loads about preparations for future
sufferers who may want care.

*PMC is doing each day stock checks are being completed for PPE,
private protecting gear.

*Making an attempt to get the phrase out to the neighborhood about social
distancing and quarantining. PMC is contemplating the main points of out-of-state
seasonal seafood staff coming to city.

*They’ve been having a couple of points with the 24-hour
Coronavirus hotline (907) 772-5788 due to points with among the cell
cellphone carriers. In case you go away a message somebody will name you proper again. In case you
can’t get by way of in any respect, name the hospital as a substitute and they’re going to 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 largest message PMC desires to share proper now could be that everybody
ought to assume that they’ve Covid-19 and that others they’re round have it
as effectively. That may lead folks into good social distancing and disinfecting
practices.

*Public Well being is in control of investigating contacts for
any constructive check consequence outcomes. There’s a Public Well being workplace in Petersburg
that’s following native circumstances.

Petersburg Borough:

*The Parks and Rec Division have closed playgrounds and shelters
round city. Incident Commander, Karl Hagerman mentioned, “Playground gear is
very onerous to scrub and maintain clear and in addition to shelters the place folks can
congregate out of the climate. That actually is counterintuitive to attempt to maintain folks
aside. . . It’s not something that we needed to do, it simply is smart 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 constructive check consequence confirmed up in
Petersburg on Sunday, the borough issued a press launch and despatched out a code
crimson alert to residents who have been within the system. The borough is encouraging
folks to join their code crimson alerts by way of hyperlinks on the borough’s
web site. You may select to obtain texts, emails or each. Nonetheless, the borough
doesn’t anticipate to ship out alerts each time somebody native checks constructive.

*There’s a contact investigation occurring by state well being
officers for individuals who have been probably involved with the contaminated individual. Contacts
are thought-about individuals who have been inside six ft for no less than 10 minutes.  

*The borough remains to be ready to listen to again from the State as
as to if or not the borough can prohibit vacationers greater than what’s in State
mandates. Proper now, the State’s language permits for seasonal seafood staff coming
in from out of State to quarantine for 14 days whereas on the job at a seafood
processing plant. They’re speculated to social distance whereas working below 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 mentioned, “They actually trigger a number of bother within the waste
water system. They clog pumps and different gear. It’s simply a lot better when you
use flushable wipes to sanitize any areas in your houses, please simply put these
within the trash.”

*Charge will increase for utility clients that have been scheduled
for this spring are actually on maintain.

Petersburg College District:

*A brand new faculty board member, Megan Litster, has been
permitted. She’s filling the seat left vacant by Mara Lutomski who resigned. The
time period goes till the October municipal election.

*Subsequent week’s faculty board assembly, Tuesday, April 14, will occur
remotely by way of video conferencing.

*The faculties have closed the playgrounds. Superintendent,
Erica Kludt-Painter, mentioned, “That appears logical at this level.”

*Computer systems for elementary faculty college students are scheduled to
be deployed this week. Dad and mom must be looking out for data from
their academics about that.



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