Sitka urges residents to shelter in place

    Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - The Sitka Emergency Unified Command said the move will help contain the spread of COVID-19.

    The Unified Command said the pandemic has created a public health emergency that threatens to overwhelm the health system and economy of the community.

    They strongly urge Sitka citizens to hunker down and shelter in place, only go to the grocery store if healthy and for a short period, continue to wash hands and practice social distancing staying at least six feet away from others.

    They urge citizens to stay home from work if possible, and recommend non-essential businesses close for 14 days.

    Anyone with symptoms is asked to call the SEARHC COVID Hotline at 907-966-8799 or the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-613-0560.

    The also urge citizens to follow mandates and guidelines set by the state.  More information can be accessed at coronavirus.alaska.gov

    Anyone picking up or dropping off passengers at the airport are asked to use curbside pickup and not enter the terminal.

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