Ketchikan declares disaster emergency

    Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - The declaration impacts the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, and the cities of Ketchikan and Saxman.

    The declaration closes all administrative facilities to the public until further notice.

    They also closed additional facilities like the Borough White Cliff Building, the Borough Pat Wise Animal Shelter, City Hall, the City of Ketchikan Ports and Harbors, all Ketchikan Public Utility Offices, the Ketchikan Fire State #1 and #2, and the Saxman City Hall and Community Center.

    The public can still contact these offices via online and telephonic services.

    The closure of the facilities is designed to minimize interaction with the public and staff to reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.

    KPU also announced all customers will receive an increase in internet speed at no additional charge.

    They also recommend public gatherings be canceled.  They also urge the public to watch Assembly meetings online.

    There are no confirmed cases of the virus in Ketchikan.



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