From Sen. Bill Wielechowski <[email protected]>
Subject COVID-19 Update
Date March 17, 2020 2:08 AM
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March 16, 2020

Senator
Bill Wielechowski
State Capitol, Rm 9
Juneau, AK 99801
800-550-2435
907-465-2435
sen.bill.wielecho[email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
1500 W Benson #315
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-269-0120
Local Medical Facilities
Alaska Veterans Administration
1201 North Muldoon Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99504
Phone: (907) 257-4700

Providence Express Care - Tikahtnu
1118 North Muldoon Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99504

Patients First Medical Clinic
6307 Debarr Road Suite C,
Anchorage, Alaska 99504
Phone: (907) 333-7425

Urgent Care Medical Clinic
5437 E Northern Lights Blvd #1,
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Phone: (907) 333-8561

Vera Whole Health - (For Anchorage Municipal Employees)
1450 Muldoon Rd, Suite 100
Anchorage, Alaska 99504
Phone: (907) 313-7550

Mountain View Urgent Care
3521 Mountain View Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Phone: (907) 868-1105

Medical Park Family Care
2211 E Northern Lights Blvd,
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Phone: (907) 279-8486

Emergency Room

Alaska Regional Hospital
2801 Debarr Road,
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Phone: (907) 276-1131

Alaska Native Medical Center
4315 Diplomacy Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Phone: (907) 563-2662

Providence Medical Center
3200 Providence Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Phone: (907) 562-2211
Contact My Staff
Sonja Kawasaki
Chief of Staff
Office: 907-269-0120
[email protected]
Nate Graham
Legislative Aide
Office: 907-269-0120
[email protected]
Erik Gunderson
Legislative Aide
Office: 907-269-0120
[email protected]
Alexander Schroeder
Legislative Aide
Office: 907-465-2435
[email protected]
Contact Alaska's Federal Delegation
Senator Lisa Murkowski
Phone: 907-271-3735
Website [[link removed]]
Senator Dan Sullivan
Phone: 907-271-5915
Website [[link removed]]
Representative Don Young
Phone: 907-271-5950
Website [[link removed]]
Contact the Governor
Governor Dunleavy's Anchorage office may be reached at 269-7450, or e-mail him
at [email protected] [[link removed]]
Visit the state website
www.alaska.gov [[link removed]]
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The World Health Organization has officially characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.
President Trump has restricted travel to the U.S. from much of Europe, and Gov.
Dunleavy has declared a public health emergency. As I promised last week, I will
continue to post periodic updates on the national and local developments of COVID-19.
Officials in Alaska, and throughout the world are taking actions to curb the infection
rate and avoid over stressing our medical systems. Please be aware that many state
and municipal services are being limited or postponed.

Health Officials have been attempting to delay the COVID-19 peak in order to prevent
over stressing our medical systems.

COVID-19 In Alaska
On Thursday March 12, The Governor announced that Alaska has had a positive test
for COVID-19 in Anchorage. According to the Department of Health and Social Services,
the person was an international cargo pilot and was treated at Alaska Regional Hospital.
Alaska's chief medical officer believes that the individual took necessary precautions
to avoid contact with others and is not a risk to our community.
Municipality Of Anchorage
On Monday March 16th. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced that the following business
will be closed from Marth 16 - March 31st.

* Dine in restaurants.
* Bars and breweries.
* Gyms
* Bingo halls
* Theaters
* All library branches
* The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
* The Anchorage Museum
* George M. Sullivan Sports Arena
* Ben Boeke and Dempsey/Anderson Ice Arenas
* The MacDonald Center
* All recreation centers: Mountain View, Fairview, and Spenard
* Kincaid Outdoor Center (bathrooms will remain open to support outdoor recreation)
* Lidia Selkregg Chalet (bathrooms will remain open to support outdoor recreation)
* Mann Leiser Memorial Greenhouse
* All municipal pools: Bartlett, Chugiak, Dimond, East , Service, and West
Anchorage School District
The Anchorage School District (ASD) will be closed until March 30th. All scheduled
school days starting Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27 will be teacher
"non-contact days". Please contact the Anchorage School District for additional
updates HERE. [[link removed]]
University of Alaska
The University of Alaska [[link removed]]
has announced it will extend spring break, move classes to distance delivery, move
students out of campus residence halls and cancel large campus events due to concerns
about the worldwide spread of COVID-19.
Alaska Pacific University
Alaska Pacific University [[link removed]]
is moving classes online for the remainder of the academic term and canceling its
spring commencement. Students who graduate in the spring will be invited to participate
in the Fall 2020 commencement ceremony. Resident students have been asked to return
home for the remainder of the academic term and the Moseley Sports Center and the
Atwood gym will be closed to public use.

Symptoms
Symptoms of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can vary in severity from mild symptoms
to severe illness and death in confirmed cases of the disease. The following information
comes directly from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines.
Mild Symptoms

* Fever (100.4F or higher)
* Sore Throat
* Cough
* Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
Severe Symptoms

* Pneumonia
* Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
* Kidney Failure
* Death
Emergency Warning Signs

* Difficulty Breathing or Shortness of Breath
* Persistent Pain or Pressure in the Chest
* New Confusion or Inability to Arouse
* Bluish Lips or FaceIf you develop Emergency Warning Signs for the COVID-19 virus,
get medical attention immediately.

What to do if you are sick?
Follow the steps below: If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected,
follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your
home and community.
Stay home except to get medical care

* Stay Home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 can still spread the virus
and should isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities
outside of your home, except for getting medical care.
* Avoid Public Areas: Do not go to work, school, or other public areas.
* Avoid Public Transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride sharing,
or taxis.
To Seek Medical Attention

* Seek medical attention: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening
(e.g., difficulty breathing).
Call Ahead Before Visiting Your Doctor

* Call ahead: If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and
tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider's
office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
* Wear a facemask when sick: Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These
steps will help the healthcare provider's office to keep other people in the office
or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.
* Alert health department: Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state
health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated
self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department
or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness

* People at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 should contact their healthcare
provider early, even if their illness is mild.
Testing

*
If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community
where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call
your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They
will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment
for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves
at home.

Separate Yourself from Other People and Animals in Your Home.

* Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room
and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom,
if available.
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Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other
animals while you are sick with COVID-19just like you would around other people.
Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with
COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with
animals until more information is known about the virus.
* When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while
you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including
petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for
your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after
you interact with pets and wear a facemask. See COVID-19 and Animals [[link removed]]
for more information.
If You Are Sick
Wear A Face Mask

* If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g.,
sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider's
office.
* If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a
facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live
with the person who is sick should not stay in the same room with them, or they
should wear a facemask if they enter a room with the person who is sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

* Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.

Clean your hands often

* Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based
hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
* Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom;
and before eating or preparing food.
* Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty.
* Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based
hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and
rubbing them together until they feel dry.
* Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid sharing personal household items

* Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils,
towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
* Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly
with soap and water.
Clean all "high-touch" surfaces everyday

* Clean and disinfect: Practice routine cleaning of high touch surfaces.
* High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures,
toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
* Disinfect areas with bodily fluids: Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood,
stool, or body fluids on them.
* Household cleaners: Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label
instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning
product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as
wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
Discontinuing Home Isolation

* Stay at home until instructed to leave: Patients with confirmed COVID-19
should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary
transmission to others is thought to be low.
* Talk to your healthcare provider: The decision to discontinue home isolation
precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare
providers and state and local health departments.

Coronavirus Precautions
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should practice
social distancing. Social distancing is the practice of putting distance between
yourself and other people. COVID-19 can spread through respiratory droplets when
an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can be inhaled into the lungs,
so maintaining social distance from others is an effective way of minimizing your
chances of getting sick. In close contact, you should keep yourself six or more
feet away from others. In general, you should avoid, as much as possible, time spent
in public and in large gatherings.
CDC recommends avoiding large social gatherings of more than 10 people and going
to public facilities. Large public gatherings such as sports events, concerts,
festivals, conferences, receptions, fundraisers, etc. place people in a position
of high-risk exposure to COVID-19. Around the country, local and state governments
are temporarily closing public facilities. These facilities include restaurants,
gyms, and bars. In Alaska, Anchorage has just announced that restaurants, gyms,
and bars will be closing, so be sure you strategize supplies and resources for
home and personal use including food, water, disinfectants, etc. While doing so,
please take into account that many members of our community live paycheck to paycheck
and may not be able to purchase large amounts of supplies at this time. Whether
large social gatherings or public facilities have been closed or not, you should
avoid them as much as possible.
If you feel sick, have been around someone who is sick, or live with someone who
is sick, you should get tested immediately and take steps to begin self-quarantine.
Symptoms from COVID-19 can go undetected for up to 14 days. Whether you are exhibiting
symptoms or not, you unknowingly could be putting other people at risk of infection.
CDC asks anyone with the potential of being sick to self-quarantine. Self-quarantine
involves limiting socializing with other people and staying home instead of going
to work or school. If you live with other people, you should do your best to stay
in a separate room or living space. In the process of self-quarantine, if you exhibit
any symptoms contact your doctor, local hospital, and/or health provider for professional
advice on what to do.
Self-quarantine, wearing a facemask, washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching
your face, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and daily cleaning and
disinfecting ensures that you minimize your risk of becoming infected or infecting
other people.
Be Courteous and Considerate of our Friends and Neighbors in the Community.
If you go shopping in the next few days, please be considerate of all people in
our community. Refrain from purchasing an excessive amount of groceries, cleaning
supplies, or medicine. Many of our friends and neighbors live paycheck to paycheck
and cannot afford to go shopping or stock up on critical goods and supplies at a
moment's notice. The Port of Alaska and air cargo are functioning normally and
access to food, supplies, and medication to Alaska continue as scheduled.
Please feel free to reach out to my office for any additional information.
Warmly,
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