ADDITIONAL INFO AND RESOURCES
Advisory: Seward has one positive test for Coronavirus
CITY OF SEWARD MODIFYING OPERATIONS:
Seward, Alaska - In line with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services precautionary guidelines on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Seward is taking the following actions, effective immediately:
Seward Department of Motor Vehicles - Closed until further notice. All driving tests have been cancelled. Questions can be directed to Mandi Jacobs at (907) 224-4031.
Library & Museum - Closed to the public and volunteers until further notice. All appointments and room reservations are cancelled. The Library & Museum will be accessible via phone at (907) 244-4008 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org between the hours of 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday during this closure.
Director Valarie Kingsland can also be reached at email@example.com. Library loans can be renewed as long as needed. All library overdue fines for Seward items will be forgiven while the facility is closed, including the month of April, as is our annual tradition for Library Amnesty Month. Library holds have also been suspended until further notice.
Utility and Harbor Payment Counters - In-person billing and payment counters at the Harbor Master’s Office and City Hall are temporarily closed. Payments will be accepted by mail, online, by phone, City drop box or Harbor drop box. Customers will still be billed for harbor, water, wastewater and electric services. Past-due balances will continue to accrue if payment is not made, which may result in service termination after full service resumes. Water service will not be terminated during this period. Public health and safety is the City’s highest priority. Given the critical importance of personal hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the potential for economic disruptions that may present our customers with unique financial hardships that may affect their ability to pay on time, we feel this action is necessary and appropriate to ensure that no one is without water service at this critical time. Work that would require City personnel to enter a customer’s home is being suspended except under emergency circumstances. Utility Counter (907) 224-4050, Harbor (907) 224-4350.
Electric Department – Walk-in service at the Electric Department office has been temporarily suspended. Questions and applications will be accepted by mail, online, or by phone. The Electric Department may be reached by phone at (907) 224-4073 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. The Electric Department will continue working to meet the community’s needs.
Community Development Department - Walk-in service at the Community Development Office has been temporarily suspended. The City asks that questions and applications be accepted by mail, online or by phone. Community Development may be reached by phone at 907-224-4049 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Community Development will still be working to meet the Community’s questions, concerns and applications. We thank you for your continued patience.
Fire Department Service Counters - In-person drop-in visits to the offices at the Fire Department have been temporarily suspended. Permit applications may be submitted by mail or email. We are also still available for building/construction consultations by telephone at 907-224-3445 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Work that would require City personnel to enter a customer’s home is being suspended except under emergency circumstances. This suspension includes fire and life safety inspections of lodging establishments including Bed and Breakfast establishments until further notice. Required building inspections at commercial and residential sites will proceed as long as social distancing can be maintained. All emergencies will continue to be answered as normal with precautionary personal protective measures taken.
Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session - CANCELLED – Will be rescheduled
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. @ City Council Chambers
Topics: “Comprehensive Plan review: Land Use” and “Discuss crosswalk (walkable murals) application process”
Seward Parks & Recreation - We will provide notice here regarding any program changes or cancellations due to the coronavirus situation. For now, all recreation programming for the remainder of March has been canceled. We have NOT canceled any programs or events occurring later on in the calendar at this time (e.g. events scheduled in late April/early May).
AVTEC - Out of an abundance of caution and in our effort to help interdict any spread of the COVID-19 virus, AVTEC is closing the Student Service Center and Gym to the public, effective at close of business today. It will remain closed to the public until March 30, and thereafter depending upon how this issue plays out. AVTEC is monitoring the situation in concert with the Commissioner's office, and the Governor's office. We will update our blog on www.avtec.edu as more information becomes available. If you have any questions, please review our website at www.avtec.edu
MORE SEWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS & CLOSURES:
Boys & Girls Club - Clubs will remain closed until March 21, 2020. It’s important that you know the safety and protection of our community's children is the number one priority of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula. We are doing everything possible to keep our Club members, staff and volunteers protected from the COVID-19 virus. Recently, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has closed the schools for all children.
We, as a long-standing policy to be in line with current safety and health issues in the community, are following suit. It is important to note that we are working alongside with the School District to ensure we can reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. Our Clubs will remain closed until March 21, 2020. At that time, we will re-evaluate if we are able to re-open. During that time, we will be thoroughly cleaning, disinfecting, and restocking sanitation supplies to prevent possible exposure or spread of the virus. This closure ensures all kids, staff, and volunteers are safe when the Club reopens. Should this date change upon the need for additional precautions, we will update you with this information immediately as we fully understand the implications our closure has on both your child and family.
In the meantime, we are advising all our Club staff, families and youth continue to take preventative measures as recommended. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Administrative Office via phone or email. 907-283-2682 and firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to update you with any new information.
The Boys & Girls Club will be providing bag lunches free for children in the community. To complement efforts in the community to ensure the children in the Seward community are fed, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula will be preparing lunch bags for youth who need them starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
To be prepared for the number of meals we will need, we would ask that you contact Maggie Wilkins at 907-491-1084 or fill out the sign-up form below. This information will allow us to plan for the needs of our youth in the Seward community. We do not wish to know the names of the children or the family- only that there is a need and how many children have the need.
To stick with the guidelines of social distancing there will be a pickup table between the hours of 12 pm and 3 pm at the TYC building on the alley side of the building.
Alaska SeaLife Center - To support public health efforts in the best interest of our community and our staff, the Alaska SeaLife Center will close temporarily to the public beginning Monday, March 16 - Tuesday, March 31.
Kenai Fjords Tours - It is our commitment to keep our guests and staff safe, so we have made the decision to temporarily pause our tours starting tomorrow, March 17 until April 1. We appreciate your support and send strong wishes for health and well-being to all of you.
On Thursday, March 12, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz issued an emergency declaration in response. There is currently one confirmed case in Anchorage.
All public civic, cultural, and recreational facilities in Anchorage will be closed through March 31. This means canceling or rescheduling meetings and events at the Egan and Dena'ina Centers.
The Municipality of Anchorage has announced the closure of dine-in service for food or drink at bars, breweries, and restaurants. Read the announcement.
The closure is effective March 16 at 5 p.m. through March 31 at 11:59 p.m.
The closure does not affect grocery stores or retail.
The Mayor’s Emergency Order includes a ban on all events and mass gatherings with 50 people or more starting at 5 p.m., Monday, March 16 until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31.
The Government of Canada has barred cruise ship calls on all Canadian ports through July 1 at the earliest, prohibiting vessels carrying 500 people or more. This will affect Alaska sailings to and from Vancouver, and ships calling on Canadian ports as part of Alaska cruises.
MORE LINKS, TOOLS & RESOURCES BELOW:
City of Seward Alerts & Advisories through Nixle (free service)
Text the zip code 99664 to the number 888777 to sign up
City of Seward Clerk's Office - Facebook (follow for press releases)
Providence Hospital Online Self-Assessment Tool
Getting your household ready
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
ATIA Corona Virus Guidance
U.S. Chamber Corona Virus Toolkit
Alaska Small Business Development Center
Red Cross tips/supplies list
OSHA on preparing workplaces for COVID-19
U.S. Food & Drug Administration
The Foraker Group
Alaska Daily News: List of Events Cancelled Across the State
Advisory: Seward has one positive test for Coronavirus
Dear Nixle User,
For Immediate Release Release # CV-5
March 18, 2020
City of Seward Has One Positive Test For Coronavirus
Seward, Alaska – On March 18, 2020, City of Seward officials, in conjunction with local healthcare representatives, announced there has been one positive test confirmed for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The individual had been traveling out of the country, and self-reported and self-isolated when mild symptoms appeared. The State of Alaska Department of Health & Social Services is currently interviewing the individual and contacting people who may have had interactions with the individual.
The importance of taking measures to “flatten the curve” cannot be emphasized enough. This means that we all must do our part to help mitigate the spread of this virus so that our healthcare professionals are not overrun. Employers are strongly encouraged to allow employees who have returned from travel out of state or out of country to stay at home for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms if they are well, and to allow any employees who may show signs of any illness to remain at home in an isolated environment. Anyone experiencing symptoms should immediately self-isolate at home and make arrangements with friends or family to assist with obtaining groceries or medicine, as necessary.
Every individual is encouraged to practice safety measures to mitigate the spread of this virus. If you have to run errands, do so only when you absolutely have to; until then, stay home. Maintain at least a 6 foot distance from others when you are in public, as much as possible. Wash your hands before and after visiting a public location.
Healthcare officials in Seward have reported they have adequate resources to address the current situation, but stress that it is important to call ahead if you think you need to be seen by a healthcare provider.
www.providence.org -Take a self-assessment test to determine if you should seek medical attention.
211 – call with COVID-19 questions.
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2:12 PM (25 minutes ago)
All lifts for March 18 forward have been canceled. Beginning March 17th, the City of Seward has moved to a Level III Emergency Operations level in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At such time, all non-essential personnel were instructed to stay home for the immediate future. All City offices with the exception of Public Safety have been closed to the public or to appointment until April 24th or until otherwise determined.
Until this operations level has been lifted or reduced, please be patient as remote responses will be used for the duration.
Thank you in advance,
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City of Seward employees sent home
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - Seward, Alaska
All City non-essential personnel were sent home as of 1:00 p.m. Tuesday and until April 24, 2020 or further notice.
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For Immediate Release Release # CV-4
March 17, 2020
City of Seward Declares Public Health Emergency
Seward, Alaska – At noon today, the City of Seward officially declared a Public Health Emergency at a Level III Incident, in response to the Coronavirus. City Manager Scott Meszaros sent the declaration letter to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce and then immediately stood up a Virtual Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
As of 1:00 p.m., all City non-essential personnel were sent home until April 24, 2020, or until further notice. The City will pay all personnel at their regular wages. All City buildings, offices, and facilities are closed to the public for the same duration, with the exception of the Police Department window at City Hall. All essential personnel will continue to work inside the City facilities and have been instructed to continue exercising caution and maintain compliance with CDC guidelines. Essential personnel may be reached by phone or email.
All City-related travel has been cancelled, and all work sessions and meetings of the Planning & Zoning Commission, Port & Commerce Advisory Board, and Historic Preservation Commission have been cancelled through April 24, 2020. The Seward City Council will meet at its regular meeting on March 23, 2020 to ratify the declaration and to conduct time-sensitive business related to COVID-19.
A public information line has been set up for the public to ask questions or provide information. Messages left on the line will be automatically forwarded to the City’s Public Information Officer for handling and response. The public information phone number is (907) 224-4015.
The City’s Virtual Joint Information Center (JIC) with community healthcare agencies and other community representatives will continue to meet; virtual meetings have been increased to three times a week. Reports and updates will be provided to the public regularly.
Kenai Peninsula Borough
In a statement provided by Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, “The administration fully supports the prevention measures being implemented throughout the borough. Alaskans are resilient in times of adversity. Let’s do our part and practice the CDC guidance to slow the possible spread of infection on the Kenai Peninsula. Please take every precaution to care for yourself and loved ones.”
Effective Monday March 16, 2020 at 5:00PM, Mayor Pierce has approved the recommendations to activate the Kenai Peninsula Borough Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) for all departments and thirteen service areas. The Borough Office of Emergency Management Incident Management Team (IMT) has been activated to support the rollout of the COOP to limit public access and to ensure employees’ safety during these times to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID19). The administration will make every effort to maintain government services to the public; we are asking residents to help too. Call or email the borough for assistance and limit your exposure or to individuals that may be at risk of exposure.
First Responders: All Fire & EMS departments and Office of Emergency Management administrative offices are closed to the public. Fire service and medical treatment will continue to be provided. However, every precaution will be made to ensure responders’ safety. Borough fire stations include Anchor Point Fire & EMS, Bear Creek Fire, Central Emergency Services, Kachemak Emergency Services, and Nikiski Fire. These departments will continue to function under the current Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, state recommendations and area hospital/healthcare providers’ protocols.
FIRE & EMS NOTE:
• The Nikiski Fire Department will continue to provide potable water to area residents. Be mindful of new directional signage and instructions from attending staff.
• All volunteer firefighter trainings, community emergency response team trainings, borough-sponsored workshops and activities are suspended until further notice.
Other facilities are closed to the public, but staff will report to work. The public may still call these facilities for information during regular hours of operation:
Donald E Gilman River Center 907-714-2460
Homer Annex Public Resource office 907-235-9837
Maintenance office 907-262-4011
North Peninsula Recreation Service Area 907-776-8800
Purchasing & Capital Projects Office 907-714-2260
Roads Service Area Office 907-262-4427
Seldovia Sea Otter Community Center (CLOSED)
Seward Annex Public Resource office 907-224-2001
Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area office 907-224-3340
Solid Waste Office 907-262-9667
Solid Waste Facilities: The Central Peninsula Landfill and transfer sites will continue to be open to the public during normal hours of operation. Each site may have specific protocols for waste transfer. Be mindful of new directional signage and instructions from attending staff. The hours of operation for all sites are located at https://www.kpb.us/swd-waste/about-solidwaste
Road Service Area: Borough-owned roads will continue to be maintained using existing contractors.
Borough Administrative Building (144 N. Binkley Street): The administrative building will provide limited, restricted access to the public. Visitors are asked to conduct borough business through emails and phone calls.
BAB NOTE: Please use the drop box located by the main front doors to deposit payments. You may also pay property taxes and special assessments online. Follow the directions for online payments at https://www.kpb.us/finance-dept/property-tax-and-collections
Purchasing & Contracting will notify bidders to conduct bid kick off meetings using video and audio conferencing options.
Borough Clerk Notification Regarding Public Meetings: All service area board meetings, Advisory Planning Commission meetings and Anadromous Waters Habitat Protection Group meetings postponed until further notice. The Clerk is currently evaluating alternative ways to conduct public meetings that do not require a physical location. Future public meetings will be properly notices when they resume.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Current Guidance: The borough will continue to support the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS) and CDC guidelines using Facebook @KPBalerts, www.kpboem.com and www.kpb.us
DHSS online and phone resources to the public:
DHSS information call number 2-1-1. For Alaskans who live in areas where 2-1-1 can't be accessed, please call 800-478-2221.
DHSS Social Media: Facebook page @alaska.dhss and Twitter page Alaska_DHSS
DHSS dedicated webpage with current guidelines: coronavirus.alaska.gov
Central Peninsula Hospital – Soldotna, AK webpage: https://www.cpgh.org/corona
South Peninsula Hospital – Homer, AK webpage: https://www.sphosp.org/
Providence Seward Medical Center – Seward, AK webpage: https://www.providence.org/
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has a dedicated webpage for staff, students and families: https://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/students_parents.aspx?id=41540