CITY OF VALDEZ
PUBLIC HEALTH MANDATE # 001
Amendment No. 1
To prevent or slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our
community, the City of Valdez hereby amends Public Health Mandate # 001 as follows:
All entry into Valdez: If you are arriving in Valdez from a known community with
positively identified COVID-19 infection, you must:
1. Self-quarantine and maintain appropriate social distance from others (about 6ft) for 14-days from the date of your last arrival in Valdez.
2. Contact your employer and self-quarantine for the entirety of that 14-day period.
The City of Valdez hereby adopts all State issued health mandates and will enforce
such mandates in addition to local mandates.
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE EXCEPTION: If you work in an industry classified as “critical infrastructure” by the State of Alaska , in their March 27, 2020 Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure as amended on April 10, 2020 (Attached as Exhibit A) or other State issued health mandates, it is the expectation that every attempt will be made by you and your employer to comply with this 14-day self-quarantine requirement and that appropriate steps are taken to protect workers and the public from the spread of COVID-19.
If you work in an industry that is not listed above but believe that your position qualifies as a critical infrastructure position, you may petition the City Manager for a determination of whether you are bound by this mandate.
HUNTING AND SPORT/PERSONAL USE FISHING EXCEPTION:
Pursuant to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) Press Release (Attached
as Exhibit B) sport and personal use fishing remains open. Fishers and hunters entering Valdez must comply with social distancing guidelines, local health advisories, and all guidelines on restricting movement to essential activities.
The City understands the difficulties this mandate may present, but we are committed to the health and welfare of our community, and to control the spread of the new coronavirus in Valdez.
To those affected by this mandate, you are encouraged to enlist the assistance of family, community support groups, religious organizations, and others to retrieve mail or obtain groceries or necessary goods or materials. Delivery or curbside service may be available through local businesses and organizations or by messaging the Valdez Neighbors Facebook page. Valdez Neighbors can also be reached by calling (907) 255- 6277.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. See attached
infographic for more information. If you are experiencing symptoms please call ahead to your medical provider, the public health clinic or hospital for guidance and screening. Please let the provider know your travel history over the last 14 days and if you have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Telemedicine options are available for patient care at both local physician offices. Those with mild, non-life-threatening symptoms should remain at home in isolation to prevent spread of illness to the community. Please follow instructions of your medical provider; they are in place to keep you and our community safe.
This mandate is effective April 21, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. This mandate shall remain in effect until May 20, 2020 unless otherwise provided by a vote of the City Council.
(Updated Critical Workforce List)
CLICK HERE for Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order, (Formerly “Attachment A”), Amended April 10, 2020
(ADFG Press Release Re: Sport Fishing)