Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - The Ketchikan City Council has formally requested Gov. Mike Dunleavy work with the State Emergency Operations Center to enact a mandatory fourteen-day quarantine health mandate for all inter-state and intra-state travel.
The request would include appropriate testing upon arrival in Alaska based on what has been successful in Western Australia.
In their resolution, the council stated, "By implementing an effective mandatory travel quarantine now, Alaska can work towards eliminating community spread in a short time and our children will be able to go back to school, parents can return to work and life can return to a more normal scenario."
The council proposes the mandate includes arrival between communities in Alaska until it is demonstrated that community spread is no longer an issue.
Since the incubation period for COVID-19 is up to fourteen days, a fourteen-day travel quarantine with appropriate testing creates a secure safety net to keep the virus out of Alaska communities and the state.