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COVID-19 cases rise over weekend, school moves to remote learning

 

September 23, 2021

The Petersburg Medical Center reported 28 positive COVID-19 cases Tuesday morning with 24 test results pending.

Two cases were identified over the weekend and seven were reported Monday while one case is no longer active.

The Petersburg School District release a statement Tuesday morning announcing Mitkof Middle School and Petersburg High School will move to remote learning for the rest of the day. Stedman Elementary School remains in person.

School officials are conducting contact tracing for cases identified in the school.

The school's risk level remains high and PMC's risk level remains elevated according to the Petersburg COVID-19 Dashboard.

PMC urges people to notify close contacts if they are positive as Public Health may not be able to quickly notify close contacts because of the high number of cases across the state.

More information can be found about post exposure here:

https://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/epi/id/pages/covid-19/nowwhat.aspx#23whatnow

If symptoms develop, PMC says to stay at home. Children should not attend school or daycare if they develop symptoms and parents are encouraged to use the Centers for Disease Control self checker here:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/coronavirus-self-checker.html

Walk up testing will be available Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at PMC next door to Public Health.

Travel testing is available at the PMC emergency room entrance Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Additional times for pop-up testing may be announced.

People with symptoms are asked to call the COVID Information Line at 907-772-5788 to schedule a symptomatic test through the clinic.

Test requests may also be submitted online at http://www.pmcak.org.

PMC requires those testing to wear a mask over the nose and mouth and socially distance.

Those who are vaccinated and are a close contact should test between three and five days after their last exposure.

Those who are unvaccinated and are a close contact should test after six days have passed since their last exposure.

Those who are quarantined and are not symptomatic can test during asymptomatic testing times.

People engaging in social gatherings where social distancing could not be achieved are urged to follow the above guidelines.

All three vaccines are available at PMC, Public Health (907-772-4611) has Pfizer vaccines available and Rexall Pharmacy (907-772-3265) has a limited supply of the J&J vaccine.

Vaccines and tests can be scheduled by calling the COVID Information Line.

 

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