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PMC warns of community spread of COVID-19

 

The Petersburg Medical Center is advising residents to get tested early if experiencing symptoms amid community spread of COVID-19.

The Petersburg COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated to reflect that there are eight active cases in Petersburg as of July 22. Seven of these cases are Petersburg residents while one is a non-resident.

PMC says that recognizing symptoms early on and getting tested helps their ability to treat COVID-19 illness. Free asymptomatic testing is available and can be scheduled by calling the COVID Information Line at 907-772-5788.

Those requiring ambulance transport who are experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms are asked to let the 911 dispatcher know that when they call.

882 new cases were identified in Alaska last week, an increase of 140% from the previous week according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. This rise has likely been caused by the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 across the state.

According to PMC, over 95% of hospitalized patients in Alaska are unvaccinated. Vaccines can be scheduled by calling the number above.

The Center for Disease Control advises people to continue taking precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 by continuing to wear masks at public indoor locations, social distancing, and regularly getting tested.

 

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