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Press Release #2: Seward Preparations Continue for Coronavirus

Post Date:03/13/2020 5:30 PM
PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                         Release # CV-2
March 13, 2020

Seward Preparations Continue for Coronavirus

Seward, Alaska - City of Seward officials met today for the second time with community healthcare and other representatives to continue discussions regarding preparations for safeguarding and preparing the community for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) activity in the community. 

Seward residents can be assured that the City is taking proactive measures to plan and coordinate the mitigation and response to this public health concern. The situation is evolving daily, and City officials, healthcare representatives, and community representatives are staying in close contact with state and federal authorities for the most current information.

The most important message for the citizens of Seward and the surrounding area is to slow down and be mindful of your own behavior. Take personal responsibility for mitigating the spread of this virus by following these simple guidelines: maintain a six foot distance from anyone who is sick, thoroughly wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home if you do not feel well, and regularly clean frequently touched objects and surfaces. Regular soap and water is very effective against this virus when applied thoroughly.

For citizens interested in taking a self-assessment, Providence Hospital released an online self-assessment tool that is available at www.providence.org. Citizens can also call 211 to obtain a free healthcare screening from medical professionals. If you suspect you have been exposed or feel like you have flu or cold-like symptoms, especially if accompanied by a fever, please call ahead to your healthcare facility and speak with a nurse before visiting a clinic or hospital. 

Local Information & Updates

City of Seward – maintaining normal operations 
Providence Seward & Mt. Haven – allowing visitations with some limitations
Seward Community Health Center – maintaining normal operations
Chugachmiut/NorthStar – ramping up support for home care patients
Seaview Community Services – staff travel cancelled; client travel restricted to essential 
Alaska Railroad – passenger trains running with increased cleaning protocols
AVTEC – maintaining normal school operations; some large events have been cancelled
Chamber of Commerce – working with ATIA; J1 Program suspended until May 11, 2020
Seward schools are closed through March 20, 2020
Seward Senior Center is closed through March 20, 2020

Contacts & Information:

Providence Hospital Online Self-Assessment Tool
www.providence.org 

CDC Guidelines
www.cdc.gov 

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
www.coronavirus.alaska.gov 

City of Seward Alerts & Advisories through Nixle (free service)
Text the zip code 99664 to the number 888777 to sign up

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