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Seward Community Situation Report for May 8, 2020

Post Date:05/08/2020 3:37 PM

City of Seward

COMMUNITY SITUATION REPORT

May 8, 2020

 

This Community Situation Report is intended to keep the community of Seward aware of resources available to them while being challenged with restrictions placed upon them due to the Coronavirus.         

Updates indicated in RED

 

For the latest information on Health Mandates, go to

https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-mandates/

 

HEALTHCARE

 

Public Health

 

  • New testing guidelines issued by state, lowering the threshold for symptomatic testing; also new guidelines for asymptomatic testing in congregate residential settings
  • Public Health is responsible forinvestigating all contacts related to positive test results
  • Call 335-3400

 

 

As of 5/6/2020, 207 tests have been performed in Seward which includes Providence Seward,

Seward Community Health Center, Chugachmiut/NorthStar, and Glacier Family Medicine.

 

 

Providence Hospital

 

  • Drive-thru testing every Wednesday from 6-7 pm; must have doctor’s order to receive test
  • AVTEC approved as an overflow/alternative care site (24 bed capacity)
  • All patients and staff in facility are wearing masks (Universal Masking)
  • Call 224-5205

 

 

Seward Community Health Center

Updated

  • In-person wellness and routine visits being conducted in the mornings, including pediatrician appointments; same day appointments for acute care are provided in the afternoons

    · Performing drive-thru testing daily and on-site; call for info 224-2273

  • Patients with potential COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated from other patients
  • Scheduled in-person and telehealth appointments with all providers Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; call 224-2273
  • Screening every patient at the door
  • All patients and staff in facility wearing masks (Universal Masking); masks provided upon entering facility
  • FREE 15-minute mental health screenings via telemedicine with Michael Craytor, LPC; he’s available for virtual drop-ins Tues-Thur, 12-2pm; log onto www.sewardhealthcenter.org (click 'telehealth login' button, scroll down and select Michael Craytor's picture)
  • Sliding Fee discount applications, Medicaid financial assistance (including Medicaid apps.) and payment plans are available. We can also help you apply for Public Assistance.
  • Call 224-2273 to schedule an appointment or for more information

 

 

Providence Seward Rehabilitation Services

Updated

  • Open for all therapy services
  • Telehealth options available
  • Hours are Mon – Fri from 8 am – 6 pm
  • Call 224-2800

 

 

Seward Mt. Haven

 

  • In keeping with new state guidelines for asymptomatic testing in congregate residential settings, all new/returning residents are automatically tested upon admission
  • Doors closed to visitors
  • Call 224-2900

 

 

Chugachmiut/NorthStar

  • Performing drive-thru testing
  • All patients and staff in facility are wearing masks (Universal Masking)
  • Doors closed to visitors
  • Call 224-3490

 

 

Lacuna Family Medicine and Dr. Jerald Flynn

  • Doors are locked
  • Telehealth options available for established patients
  • Call 491-0645

 

 

Glacier Family Medicine Clinic

 

  • Available to provide businesses with on-site employee screening upon request; call for info
  • Open for business ; call ahead if you are experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus; testing is available for patients with symptoms
  • Call 224-8733
  • Information regarding antibody testing available at www.sewardsnews.com

 

 

Advanced Physical Therapy

  • Open for patients with medical necessity, in accordance with state mandate
  • Limit of 5 people in the clinic at all times
  • Telehealth options available for patients
  • Call 224-7848

 

 

SeaView Community Services

  • Telehealth services are running smoothly with lots of people accessing mental health and substance use counseling/therapy successfully. Continuing to accept clients. Call 224-5257 M-F, 8am – 5 pm for appointment.
  • 24/7 Crisis Line continues – Call 224-3027
  • Free mental health/substance use screenings available by calling 224-5257 for appointment
  • Recovery Housing has ONE opening for those struggling with substance use. Call 224-5257
  • SeaView received significant funding from the Alaska Mental Health Trust to support delivery of behavioral health services for those affected by COVID-19
  • Also received funding from the Seward Community Foundation for basic and other behavioral health needs
  • Additional behavioral health support funding is pending and additional is available upon request for basic needs
  • Working on surge planning for clients and staff

 

 

Dr. Michael Moriarty, DDS

 

  • All staff in facility are wearing masks (Universal Masking)

· OPEN by appointment only for exams, cleanings and emergencies

· Tele-dentistry available

· Enhanced protocols in place

· Mon -Thurs 8 am – 5pm and Friday 8 am – 3 pm

· Call 907-224-3071, or after hours 907-362-3456

 

 

Fjords Dental Clinic, LLC

Dr. Jack Hamilton, DDS

 

  • Offering tooth removal, including wisdom teeth and root canal therapy
  • Services are limited to emergencies only
  • Call 224-2200 for an appointment; after hours call 252-0039

 

SUPPORT SERVICES

 

Independent Living Center

  • Office closed to the public
  • Phones answered Mon-Thurs from 9 am – 3 pm, and Fri from 9 am – 12 pm; call 224-8711 for assistance
  • Taxi vouchers available
  • Donations for Community Closet have been suspended
  • Equipment loans have been suspended

 

 

Qutekcak Native Tribe

  • Closed to the public
  • Phones answered Mon-Fri from 10 am – 2 pm; call 224-3118

 

 

Homeless Connection

  • Coordinating with Love, Inc. to create a solution for a homeless shelter
  • Homeless population is considered higher risk

 

 

The Closet Ministry

 

  • Gently used clothing for adults and children available
  • Call 224-5617

 

 

Sustainable Seward

 

  • Electronics Recycling collection event usually held in May has been postponed until the fall; please hang onto those electronics and do not throw them into the trash
  • sustainableseward.org

 

 

Senior Center

  • Individuals over 60 years old can sign up for Meals On Wheels
  • Sign up to have your grocery shopping done for you
  • Call 224-5604

 

SCHOOLS & MEALS FOR STUDENTS

 

KPB School District

Updated

  • Graduation will be May 19th
  • “Get-It and Go” free meals for students, Monday-Friday. Call 907-714-8890 to sign-up or change your options
  • Distance/remote learning instruction for all grades will go through the remainder of the school year

 

 

Boys & Girls Club

  • Serving bag lunches Mon-Fri from 12-3 pm on alley side of Teen & Youth Center (TYC)

 

 

AVTEC

  • Facility closed for students and the public
  • Buildings are locked; call 224-6159 to make an appointment

 

FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE

 

Orange Bike Delivery

 

· Open Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri, Sat from 11 am – 9 pm

· Open Sun from 2 – 9 pm

· Closed Wed

· Call 422-0679 or order online at orangebikedelivery.com

· Delivering take away food from local restaurants

· $5 in town delivery/ $6 out of town

 

GROCERIES & SUPPLIES

 

Safeway

  • One-way aisle traffic – arrows at end of each aisle indicate which direction to walk
  • The number of shoppers inside the store is limited to a maximum of 160 people, excluding staff; access the liquor store through the main store entrance
  • Customers who bring their own bags are requested to bags their own groceries to minimize exposure for the cashiers
  • Store hours 6 am – 10 pm Daily
  • Special shopping time reserved for elders, pregnant women, and compromised immune system individuals from 7-9 a.m.Tuesdays & Thursdays

 

 

Pharmacy at Safeway

  • Hours, Mon-Sat 9 am – 7 pm PLUS special Pharmacy hours on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7-9 am to coincide with Safeway’s special shopping reserved hours
  • Prescription delivery is available; requests received by 1 pm will be delivered the same day; call 224-6960 to sign up

 

 

Seward Marketplace

  • Open for business
  • Store hours 7 am – 9 pm daily

 

 

Frontier Trading Post

  • Open for business
  • Store hours 9 am – 6 pm daily

 

 

He Will Provide Food Pantry

  • Accepting donations – call Mike to arrange drops at 769-1395; donated items are put through a stringent cleaning process before being re-distributed to the community; only unopened items can be accepted
  • Open Thursdays from 3-6 pm; pre-filled bags of food being delivered outside the facility
  • Questions or concerns contact President Mike Little at 769-1395

 

 

J&R Fisheries

  • 10# minimum order is waived for local sales
  • Phone, text or e-mail orders only; phone 224-5584; text 907-500-8415
  • Will arrange customer pick-ups or delivery options
  • www.jrfisheries.com

 

 

Knots So Fast

 

  • Open 11:00 – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday
  • Phone or text orders accepted
  • Call 362-1471
  • Call ahead to make arrangements for porch pick ups

 

 

The Fish House

  • Open Mon-Sat from 8 am – 7 pm
  • Offering curbside pickups on telephone orders
  • Call 224-8286 or 224-3674

 

VETERINARIAN

 

Elizabeth DeCastro, DVM

  • Peninsula Animal Wellness Services, LLC (PAWS)
  • Licensed to perform telemedicine consultations
  • Medications can be delivered if needed
  • Call 491-0596

 

 

Matt Hall, DVM

Updated

  • Office hours by appointment only; call 224-5500
  • For emergencies, call (907) 274-5636 or (907) 562-8384

 

 

AUTOMOTIVE

 

Eddy’s Auto

  • Open by appointment
  • Call 224-5823

 

 

Terry Tires & Lube

  • Open by appointment
  • Call 224-5505

 

 

No Sweatt Auto

  • Open by appointment
  • Call 422-2940 or email nosweattauto@gci.net

 

 

Hertz of Seward

 

  • Open Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Vehicle rentals available for both local and Anchorage returns
  • Call 224-4378

 

LAUNDROMAT

 

Sip ‘N Spin Laundromat

  • No more than 5 people in the building at one time
  • Laundry vouchers can be redeemed Mondays from 12 – 4 pm; laundry must be on site and done during this time
  • Sundays reserved for elders over 60 and anyone with compromised immune system

 

POST OFFICE

 

Post Office

 

  • Requesting citizens to limit number of people inside building to no more than 10
  • Packages & certified mail holds extended up to 30 days; if you need longer, call to make arrangements; call 224-3001
  • Maintain 6 foot distance from others- stripes on the floor indicate safe distances when standing in line for counter service

 

BUSINESSES & SERVICES

 

Chamber of Commerce

Updated

  • Assisting businesses with obtaining PPE
  • Helping to identify and overcome barriers for businesses to get up and running again
  • Urging everyone to complete the 2020 Census
  • Mount Marathon Race has been postponed; 4th of July Festival is still planned
  • Call 224-8051

 

 

GCI

  • ALL customers coming into the store must wear a face mask or covering
  • Open 10 am - 2 pm Mon-Fri; limit of 2 customers at a time
  • Call 1-800-800-4800

 

 

TelAlaska

  • Office closed to visitors
  • Call 224-5224 for service
  • Help Desk available 24x7 at 1-888-570-1792

 

 

TLC Business Services

  • Office closed to public, but business is continuing as usual
  • Call for information or drop instructions 224-8019
  • Tax prep, bookkeeping, accounting, payroll

 

 

Seward Insurance Agency

  • Office closed to public, but business is continuing as usual
  • Call 224-7370or email sewardinsurance@ak.net

 

 

 

Alaska Waste

  • Hazardous Waste Collection Day event scheduled for May has been cancelled; next one will be in July
  • Normal pick-up and drop-off operations
  • Call 907-262-9667 for info or email solidwaste@kpb.us

 

 

Kenai Fjords National Park

 

  • Exit Glacier gate is open for vehicles all the way to the park entrance at head of Resurrection River
  • Park will open to vehicles May 22
  • Public use cabins and toilets are closed
  • Call 422-0500 for information

 

 

Alaska SeaLife Center

Updated

 

MILITARY & VETERANS

 

American Legion

  • Call Mike Calhoon at 224-5440 for info

 

 

Seward Army Resort

  • Closed

 

CITY/BOROUGH INFRASTRUCTURE

 

Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area

  • Office closed to public
  • Phones answered Mon-Thurs 9 am – 3 pm; call 224-3340
  • Email spresley@kpb.us or hcinereski@kpb.us
  • Updates available at http://kpboem.blogspot.com

 

 

Alaska Railroad

 

  • AKRR work crews will be coming to town to work on the tracks; crews are fully prepared to adhere to health mandates and AKRR health and safety protocols
  • Passenger train Coastal Classic will start running between Anchorage and Seward on July 1st

 

 

Port Operations

  • Princess Cruises (includes Holland America) canceled all Alaska Gulf cruise and cruise tours;Holland ships were scheduled to dock in Seward weekly (on Sundays)
  • CDC modified and extended No Sail Order for all cruise ships by at least 100 days starting April 9 through July 20
  • Working with US Coast Guard on port continuity protocols
  • Vessels are fully informed of travel mandates and quarantine requirements

 

 

KPB Annex in Seward

 

  • Tub of KPB forms outside Third Avenue entrance; including PFD forms
  • Office closed to public, but business is continuing as usual
  • Phones answered 10 am – 3 pm Mon – Thurs

 

CITY OF SEWARD

 

City Offices

 

  • City offices and buildings are open
  • Employees wearing face coverings
  • Sneeze guards installed at utility counter

 

 

Harbor

 

  • One customer in office allowed at one time
  • Sneeze guard installed at customer counter
  • Fish cleaning stations are open; alternate stalls are closed to allow for social distancing
  • New information released by governor related to Charter Fishing and Commercial Fishing Vessels. Go to https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-mandates/ for more information.
  • Incoming vessels check in and observe quarantine restrictions
  • S Float has been designated as a vessel quarantine area

 

 

Community Library Museum

Updated

  • Libraries, Museums and Archives are included in the State Mandate 016 Phase 2 Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan
  • Phased reopening plans and procedures are being updated to meet mandate requirements and establish practices and protocols, and secure what we need to protect staff and the public.
  • We will ease into reopening and begin non-contact and limited services as soon as possible
  • Details and updates will be posted to www.cityofseward.us/libmus
  • Open phone hours continue and move to Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm on May12. Director Kingsland will still be available by phone and email on Mondays.
  • ALL library loans extended from May 15 to June 30
  • Overdue fine amnesty for local collection continues throughout closure
  • Free 24/7 WiFi outside the building, no password

 

 

Parks & Recreation

 

  • Municipal campgrounds are open by reservation only
  • Alternate campsites have been closed to allow for additional social distancing
  • Contracted janitorial services in place for public restrooms
  • Events cancelled until further notice

 

 

Laundry Vouchers & Shower Tokens available up at:

· SeaView Community Services

· Qutekcak Native Tribe

· Seward Community Health Center (see Frances Azzad-Smith)

· He Will Provide Food Pantry

· American Legion

 

NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS

Seward Prevention Coalition

 

 


If you want to have an update on any location not listed here, please send an email request to clerk@cityofseward.net and we’ll include them in the next report. Reports will be sent on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons until no longer needed. If you wish to sign up for the City Clerk’s email distribution list, send an email request to clerk@cityofseward.net.

 

For more information

 

Alaska Dept. Health & Social Services          www.covid19.alaska.gov

 

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention     www.cdc.gov

 

Governor Dunleavy Mandates                        https://gov.alaska.gov/home/covid19-healthmandates

 

City of Seward                                                www.cityofseward.us

 

Nixle                                                               www.nixle.com

 

Coronavirus Rumor Control                           www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control

 

Have concerns about people or businesses breaking mandates? Send an email to investigations@alaska.gov.

 

 

 

City of Seward Virtual Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Contact Information

 

            EOC Public Information Line                     224-4015

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City of Seward COVID-19 Response

A Community Message from Seward City Manager Scott Meszaros

The City of Seward is adopting the phase-in plan for reopening the State of Alaska and its individual communities.  Beginning April 24, 2020, the State of Alaska begins phase 1-A of its “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan.”  The terms of this plan and its impact on Seward businesses can be found in State of Alaska Public Health Mandate 16, which is posted on the City website at www.cityofseward.us [see below].

As many Seward businesses move towards opened doors this weekend, please remember that our community remains vulnerable to COVID-19 and we must all continue to do our part to reduce the risk of infection among Seward’s residents and its visitors. 

In preparation for the City’s own reopening of public facilities and City offices, the City extended public facility closures until May 3, 2020. The City administration and staff will be working diligently to develop a responsible reopening plan for City offices before May 3rd. The purpose of such a plan will be to ensure the public health and safety when entering City-owned and operated facilities, as well as to protect City employees from COVID-19 exposure. 

While the City of Seward remains optimistic about the State of Alaska’s “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan,” we will continue to diligently monitor the progression of COVID-19 within Seward and the social distancing and other measures necessary to combat it.  I would also like to express my sincere gratitude on behalf of the City to all the businesses who have submitted mutual aid agreements and/or posted business protocols and measures on their entrances.  Your collaboration and excellent corporate citizenship are essential during these difficult times. 

Thank you for keeping our residents and visitors safe.

Scott W. Meszaros, CM, CMC

Seward City Manager

 


City Public Information Line

Call 907-224-4015 for more information or to ask questions.  Messages will be responded to.

 


City of Seward COVID-19 Emergency Documents

REVISED CITY OF SEWARD TEMPORARY OPERATION RULES AND PROCEDURES REGARDING THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY (pdf) (revised 4/23/2020)

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All State COVID-19 Health Mandates issues by the Governor can be found at:  covid19.alaska.gov/health-mandates

 


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Seward Harbor and Travel Related STATE Health Mandates
STATE Health Mandate 017 – Independent Commercial Fishing Vessels
STATE Health Mandate 016 – Charter Fishing Vessels
STATE Health Mandate 016 – REOPEN ALASKA RESPONSIBLY PLAN
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