Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - John Leach asked Sitka residents to continue strong mitigation measures for the next 30 days as they attempt to slow the increase in COVID-19 cases in the community.
Sitka is at a high alert status. Healthcare workers, first responders, and front-line medical workers are at risk.
Leach has directed all City employees to work from home whenever possible.
City buildings will remain open with limited services.
Leach urges residents to use the internet or phones to contact city services when possible.
"We've all needed to make personal sacrifices this year. Sitka has done an extraordinary job of keeping our case rate low. However, like most of Alaska, our alert level is high and our cases are rising dramatically," he added.
Leach urged residents to socially distance, wear masks, conduct business remotely, and to use curbside and delivery options at local businesses.
He also asked families to become creative and celebrate Thanksgiving differently and safer this year.