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Seward Press Release #8: Local Outbreak

Post Date:06/26/2020 5:45 PM

PRESS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                          Release # CV-8

June 26, 2020

 

City of Seward Reports Outbreak for COVID-19

 

Seward, Alaska – Yesterday, a local Seward resident self-disclosed their positive test results on Facebook. In addition to this positive result, a second Seward resident also tested positive on the same day. The two cases are considered close contacts. Earlier this week, there was a third positive test, bringing the total active cases to three, and the cumulative total to seven.

 

The Public Health Department defines two or more cases as an “outbreak”. While this term may sound frightening, Seward residents can rest assured that response measures are in place.

 

Many local Seward businesses in the downtown area have taken proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of their employees and customers by closing temporarily. Those businesses include:

Seward Alehouse                                Seward Brewing Company

The Cookery                                       The Lone Chicharron

The Tufted Puffin                               Yukon Bar

Tony’s Bar

 

In response to this event, the Seward Community Health Center, located at 417 First Avenue, will be providing targeted COVID-19 testing on June 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and from June 29 – July 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Testing is recommended for anyone who visited the following businesses during these times:

·         The Seward Alehouse in Seward (215 4th Ave)

o   Sunday, June 21 or Tuesday, June 23 from noon to 7 p.m.

o   Monday, June 22 from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

·         The Yukon Bar in Seward (201 4th Ave.)

o   Tuesday, June 23. All hours.

 

The best and most proven way to avoid getting sick is to social distance, avoid group gatherings outside your “bubble,” use a face mask, wash your hands, stay home when ill, and get tested if you experience signs and symptoms. Additional information can be found at www.covid19.alaska.gov.

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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

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View all State COVID-19 Health Mandates at:  covid19.alaska.gov/health-mandates


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Seward Harbor and Travel Related STATE Mandates
STATE Mandate 017 - Independent Commercial Fishing Vessels
STATE Reopening Guidance - Charter Fishing Vessels
STATE Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan
Concerned You Have COVID-19?
COVID-19 Information Sources
211 Information
Coping with the COVID-19 Situation