COVID-19 IN aLASKA
Information on COVID-19 for the public
While coronavirus (COVID-19) is new, preparing for responses to disasters is not. Hospitals and nursing homes conduct emergency preparedness training year-round, in each region and facility.
Hospitals and nursing homes treat patients with infectious diseases every day. There are protocols in place to care for these patients while ensuring the safety of staff, visitors and the larger community. Hospitals and nursing homes also share information and best practices and deploy specific strategies that work best for their communities. Currently hospitals are operating normally with planned procedures happening as scheduled.
What the public needs to know:
- Most cases of COVID-19 will not mean hospitalization, or even a trip to an emergency room. Hospital care is a precious resource that needs to be reserved for those with the most serious symptoms.
- Follow the advice of public health to prevent infection, these are common sense steps like washing your hands, not touching your face, staying home when you are sick, coughing or sneezing into a tissue and throwing that tissue away. Check out the Alaska DHSS COVID-19: General public what you need to know for more information.
- If you are sick, stay home and manage your symptoms as you would any cold.
- Continue to see your provider for regularly scheduled visits to address your other health care needs. Do not neglect your existing needs.
- Masks will not prevent you from getting the virus, but they can help prevent the spread of the illness because they stop big droplets from sneezes and coughs from becoming airborne or contaminating surfaces.
Information on COVID-19 for healthcare providers
ASHNHA is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We are currently acting as a central facilitator / channel to connect hospitals, nursing homes, and State of Alaska officials during this time of preparation, risk management, and surveillance of COVID-19.
From what we know now, most people who become infected with COVID-19 will not become seriously ill and will not need hospitalization. Those with serious illness may need hospital care, including respiratory support. Currently hospitals are operating normally with planned procedures happening as scheduled.
When there is threat of an illness that could cause a surge of patients, each individual hospital steps up its preparedness and coordination activities.
Current COVID-19 information:
If you have a suspected case, immediately report it to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology at 907-269-8000 or 1-800-478-0084 (after hours).