Coronavirus Updates and Resources for Alaskans
- The White House encourages you to visit coronavirus.gov to learn ways to keep you, your family and your community safe.
- Information from the Municipality of Anchorage
- The Anchorage School District (ASD) is announcing a school closure, extending spring break for one week, for students. Detailed guidance for District employees will be released, March 13, 2020. Click HERE for more info
- An update from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
- Updates from the University of Alaska Anchorage
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
COVID-19: General Public
What you need to know
Resources for Alaskans from DHSS
- What can Alaskans do to prepare for the novel coronavirus
- What you need to know about the COVID-19
- Handwashing posters
- COVID-19 Traveler Information
Resources for everyone from CDC
- COVID-19 website
- What you should know
- Preventing COVID-19 spread in communities
- What to do if you are sick
- COVID-19 care: Instructions for self-quarantine
- Frequently asked questions
- Travel information
Resources for everyone from SAMHSA
- Taking care of your behavioral health
Tips for social distancing, quarantine and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak
- What You Should Know
- Talking with children
Tips for caregivers, parents and teachers during infectious disease outbreaks
- Coping with stress during infectious disease outbreaks
Prevention & Preparedness
Preventative activities Alaskans can practice every day:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you don’t have soap and water. Hang these handwashing posters around your home and workplace.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue you throw away after use or the inside of your elbow if you don’t have a tissue handy.
- Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose and eyes.
- If you begin to feel ill, stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
- If you have to go to the doctor, call ahead and make an appointment. This helps the provider’s office take steps to keep other people from being exposed.
- Routinely clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects.
Preparedness actions Alaskans can take before we see any cases of COVID-19:
- Whether for a pandemic, an earthquake, or some other disaster, Alaskans should have an emergency kit. Use the resources listed below to help you put together your kit and emergency plan.
- Stay informed. Follow updates from DHSS, CDC and other trusted public health officials, as well as from schools and your employer.
- Do your part to fight fear, stigma and misinformation which can only make the situation worse.
Online resources to help you prepare
- Pandemic Influenza Plan – Jan. 30, 2020
- Prepare your health website (CDC)
- Get Your Household Ready for COVID-19
- Preparing for a pandemic (DHS)
- Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (CDC)
- Planning Guidance and Checklists (CDC)