© Alaska Public Media 2020. Both are vast, sparsely populated states that are isolated from the rest of their country’s population centers. ANCHORAGE (AP) — Travelers coming to Alaska must be tested for COVID-19 before boarding a plane to the state or submit to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, Republican Gov. The state says anyone tested on arrival is to quarantine until they receive a negative test result. “I think it’s absolutely necessary that we kick the curve in the teeth and we eliminate the curve and we get our life back,” Bergeron said. (SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - A new positive COVID19 traveler case announced Monday brought Ketchikan's traveler total to 7. Because of close or secondary contact to the infected person, a public utility office will be closed for at least two weeks and many city department heads and employees are self-quarantining and working from home. I am too, but we are prepared for this,” Ketchikan Emergency Manager Abner Hoage said in video to the community Wednesday night. Under the state rules, one is not to leave a quarantine location except for medical emergencies or necessary medical care. Alaska’s 14-day coronavirus quarantine mandate is strict on paper: Come to Alaska, go straight to your home or quarantine lodging and stay there for … “I wouldn’t want a single port of entry. The person’s positive test was received Tuesday, and the person is now in isolation ad checked on daily by public health nurses. “Because you may get what you asked for.”. “I want the Blueberry Arts Festival. Bergeron also wants students in classrooms as much as possible, with in-person school resuming five days a week next month. Western Australia’s border is closed. Mike Dunleavy told reporters last week he’s asking Alaskans to voluntarily comply with the state’s 15 mandates. There have been 12 COVID-19-related deaths involving Alaskans. Ketchikan has reported 24 cumulative positive cases. Supporters say they were inspired by successes abroad. The person arrived in Ketchikan Saturday and underwent testing for COVID-19. That was a common question, and the state generally hasn’t enforced its health mandates with fines or jail time. In Western Australia, travelers arrive in the hub community of Perth and quarantine for 14 days with two rounds of COVID-19 testing. “Just by enacting something, it encourages compliance,” she said. Eight of these individuals are symptomatic and one is currently asymptomatic. This individual arrived in Ketchikan on Saturday - June 13th, was administered a COVID-19 test at the local traveler testing site, and was instructed by the test collector to quarantine until receiving test results. Jun 1, 2020. “I just think as a council, you should be aware of what you might be asking for,” he said. Beef up quarantines for people entering the island community. But supporters didn’t see enforcement as a particularly pressing issue. So far, Seaver says state officials have declined to share that information with the city, citing medical privacy laws. Lingít Aaní Káa Kei Nas.áx̱ Haa Yoo X̱’atángi. Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. He said he didn’t want to use a “heavy hand” for enforcement. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. “Because this individual did not quarantine after arrival to Ketchikan as directed, there is potential of a wide community spread of COVID-19,” a statement from the city says. Council member Sam Bergeron brought the proposal forward. I wouldn’t want permission to come here. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. Ketchikan and other Southeast communities, though, are not allowed to write their own rules for travelers. August 12, 2020 by Eric Stone, KRBD - Ketchikan. The Ketchikan’s City Council narrowly passed a resolution Thursday asking the governor to mandate a two-week quarantine for all travelers, both in-state … That means you have to apply for a permit to enter. I wouldn’t want things that Australia does that I probably wouldn’t do,” Sivertsen said. “I know many of you are angry, hurt, disappointed, and even scared about the impact this may have in our community. Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - There were nine new COVID-19 cases identified in Ketchikan on Wednesday through the drive-up testing clinic. He said there is testing and personal protection equipment available. The individual was informed of the positive test result Tuesday - … A spokesperson for the governor’s office said in an email Friday that he’s not aware of any forthcoming changes to the state’s travel protocols. “Because frankly, it’s rather nonsensical if we don’t know who these people are that are supposed to be following these rules,” Seaver said during Thursday’s meeting. “That being said, I think we do need a paper trail and something to protect our community if we did need to walk down that road,” she said. City officials are advising anyone who attended gatherings in Ketchikan where social distancing wasn’t followed or if someone who recently traveled was in attendance to consider self-quarantining for 14 days and to get tested if symptoms like a cough, fever or difficulty breathing develop. Ketchikan city officials want quarantine information, but the state won’t release it, ‘Pure gold, a true fisherman’: Venerated Yukon-Kuskokwim elder remembered, Dunleavy says restaurants and other retail businesses can reopen Friday, Initiative to overhaul Alaska elections jumps to narrow lead after Thursday’s ballot counts, Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, November 12, 2020, Kotzebue man accused of murdering brother, injuring housemate in knife attack. Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - There were nine new COVID-19 cases identified in Ketchikan on Wednesday through the drive-up testing clinic. Just by having that blinking thing that tells you that you’re supposed to slow down, people slow down.”. Ketchikan emergency officials recently warned of potential community spread following a high-profile case of someone breaking quarantine and attending a string of parties. The council ultimately voted 4-3 to forward the request for stricter travel restrictions to the governor’s office. Ketchikan’s top pandemic response official, Abner Hoage, said he supports a two-week quarantine for all travelers coming to Ketchikan, but he cautioned against using Western Australia as a model. That’s because of a state health mandate. There are parallels to Alaska. “Just from a legal standpoint, if we ever were to pursue enforcement, having a mechanism to prove that they were supposed to be under quarantine — and therefore weren’t — would be something solid,” said Emily Chapel, Ketchikan city council member, during a meeting last Thursday. And those strict travel rules have allowed authorities to ease many restrictions — even allowing some 22,000 people to pack a football stadium a few weeks ago. They’re asked to give some basic information on arrival: name, recent travel history and the physical address where they’ll spend the next two weeks in quarantine in case they’re infected with the coronavirus. Even a weak mandate would be better than going without quarantines, argued Council Member Emily Chapel. Mandate 18 says communities on the road and ferry systems can’t restrict in-state travel. And that’s a concern. “And so we’ve seen that with those little — I’ve mentioned this before — those little speedometer things. In fact, it’s at low risk. A risk analysis tool put out by Ketchikan’s emergency operations center says the area isn’t on the edge of an uncontrolled outbreak. Only then can they continue on to smaller communities — not unlike what many rural Alaska villages require. So Ketchikan’s request is addressed to the state, which can restrict travel. Mayor Bob Sivertsen said those aren’t things he’d like to see in Alaska. Out-of-state travelers will soon need to show proof of testing within 72 hours of boarding and fill out paperwork. Some council members said the stricter travel rules are unnecessary — Ketchikan just isn’t seeing that many coronavirus cases.

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