“The COVID-19 virus poses a threat to our communities, to each of us across the Northwest Arctic Borough and the world. We all have a role in protecting ourselves and each other. That is why it is essential that all our residents follow the mandates that are being addressed publicly to you. Please follow the “Hunker Down” and other Emergency Orders in place until further notice.” – Mayor Dickie Moto
Remember to take everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including:
- Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes or lung disease should avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. For more guidance, see the CDC’s People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19 webpage.
Symptoms include fever (>100.4°F), cough and shortness of breath and may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within
14 days of travel from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has traveled and is ill, you should:
- Stay home when sick
- Avoid contact with others
- Call and tell your medical provider about recent travel and describe symptoms
- Follow recommendations of your medical provider
- If you do not have a regular medical provider, Alaska 2-1-1 can provide more information and referrals to additional resources.
- Dial 2-1-1 or 800-478-2221 in areas without 211 access.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. For more information, see the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention