Sitka command releases wastewater COVID-19 testing report

    Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - This week the Sitka Unified Command discussed wastewater testing and mitigation efforts.

    Incident Commander John Leach stated Sitka has remained at Low Alert Level, praised the community, and encouraged everyone to remain vigilant and keep following mitigation guidelines.

    The City Wastewater Analysis Report came back showing undetectable traces of COVID-19.

    Wastewater testing is a reliable data set that shows the virus shed in the waste stream. It doesn’t mean there are not cases in town but should ease concerns about asymptomatic cases and it shows Sitka's mitigation efforts are the right ones.

    Go to to read the full City Wastewater Analysis Report.

    Sitka Unified Command urges citizens to remain diligent and practice proper hygiene measures, such as washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with others, and keeping your social circle small. In addition, stay home if you feel ill, wear a face covering when around others, and clean and disinfect objects and surfaces on a regular basis.

    Free COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic patients is available every weekend. Residents can receive a self-swab nasal test between the hours of 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday at the Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center Testing Site, no appointment necessary.

    Results are available in approximately seven days.

    For information on the local pandemic response, visit or

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