City of Kodiak News Release No. 5
For Immediate Release – March 16, 2020
City of Kodiak Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – No. 5
Emergency Services Director Urges Residents to Be Informed about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Kodiak, Alaska — As of March 16, 2020, as of today, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in Kodiak. Because there is yet no vaccine or medication for this virus, personal hygiene and social distancing are the only measures that can protect our community. If you are sick first call Public Health at 211 or Providence Nurse Hotline at (907) 212-6183 and follow instructions.
Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (6 feet) from others when possible. Individuals and families should plan to stay home and plan activities in places where people do not cluster, such as going for a hike.
The Emergency Services Council (ESC) will be holding a live forum on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm. This forum will be live-streamed. We are working on different venues to bring this to the public. The forum will be available on the internet to watch after it airs.
The ESC met this morning at 7:30 am to discuss facility closures. Below is an update from the City and Borough.
City of Kodiak
The City is closing the following facilities to the public: The Harbor Master’s Office and Fisherman’s Hall, Public Library, Teen Center, and Baranof Ice Rink. Please call the respective department telephone numbers for assistance. Employees are continuing to work. Essential services are not interrupted.
Future City Council meetings may be transitioning to conference calls. If so, the intent is to continue to broadcast live on KMXT radio.
Kodiak Island Borough
The public is encouraged to call or email staff located at the City and Borough offices at 710 Mill Bay Road. A counter is being installed at the main entrance. The public will not be allowed to wander into the building. A telephone and list of employee contact information will be available at the counter and contact information for all Borough services and functions is available on the website at www.kodiakak.us.
Future Borough Assembly meetings will be transitioning to conference calls. The public will still be able to listen to the meetings on KMXT.
The Touch Tank is closed.
The Landfill will continue operations, but salvaging is postponed until further notice.
The Kodiak Island Borough School District is working on a plan to feed all children between 1 and 18 years old. Food will be available for pickup in front of the High School’s main entrance. Pickup hours are between 9 am and 1 pm Monday-Friday.
The Kodiak Area Emergency Services Organization is working daily with federal, state, and local partners including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor any changes. The City of Kodiak is requesting residents refrain from purchasing more of an item then you or your family may need. We are a resilient community with a reputation of coming together in times of need. Local stores continue to receive weekly supplies.
We urge the public to remain calm, stay informed by reliable news sources, and we will continue to share more information as we are updated at the state and federal level.
For the most updated information on this outbreak please visit the CDC website. For further information, contact Francis de la Fuente, Public Information Officer at 486-8000