The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services issued new guidelines for Alaska travelers returning to the state.
People who have traveled to places where the novel coronavirus has been spreading or there has been sustained transmission — including South Korea, China, Iran and much of Europe — within the last two weeks are considered higher risk and should not go to work, school or public places for two weeks. These people should isolate themselves from everyone, including household members, for that duration of time.
People returning from everywhere else, including the rest of the United States, should talk to their employers before returning to work. These travelers are considered “medium risk” and should watch for symptoms and practice social distancing.
Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and MSC have suspended operations of all cruise ships. Norwegian Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Celestyal Cruises, Windstar, Viking and Virgin Voyages interrupted service.
Providence Alaska Medical Center is partnering with Alaska Native Medical Center, Alaska Regional Hospital and Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center to offer free drive-through COVID-19 testing for people with a clinical referral.
The testing is available beginning Monday, March 16, at 4115 Lake Otis Parkway, near the intersection of Lake Otis and East 42nd Ave.
Chugach Electric will not do any disconnects. The lobby at the utility will also be closed.
Van Tran, open.
All City-related travel has been cancelled, and all work sessions and meetings of the Planning & Zoning Commission, Port & Commerce Advisory Board, and Historic Preservation Commission are cancelled. The Seward City Council will meet at its regular meeting on March 23, 2020 to ratify the declaration and to conduct time-sensitive business related to COVID-19.
Alaska Folk Festival, April 13-19, canceled.
Alaska Summer Showcase, March 28, canceled.
Anchorage Daily News Alaska State Spelling Bee, March 25, postponed.
Anchorage Museum North x North Festival and Critical Futures Creative Conference, April, postponed.
Cama-i Dance Festival, March 20-22, postponed.
ComFish, postponed from March 25-27 to Sept. 17-19.
General Federation of Women’s Clubs all meetings, luncheons through June canceled.
General Federation of Women’s Clubs 1915 Re-Creation of the Pioneer School House in April canceled.
General Federation of Women’s Clubs Alaska state convention, May 21-23, canceled.
Gold Medal Basketball Tournament scheduled for March 22-28 cancelled.
St. Patrick’s Day Ceilidh at Hard Rock Cafe, Tuesday, March 17 postponed.
TBA Theatre’s “Hello, Dolly,” March 20-29, postponed.
University of Alaska all gatherings of at least 25 people until March 31 canceled or postponed.
Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference and Forum, April 2–4, canceled.