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November 15, 2020Governor Issues COVID-19 Outbreak Health Orders

November 15, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has issued a series of COVID-19 Outbreak Health Orders following the issuance of the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration effective November 16, 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the State of Alaska. The COVID-19 Health Mandates issued under the March 11, 2020 Disaster Declaration are replaced with the COVID-19 Outbreak Health Orders (Orders), including four new Orders on Telehealth & Courtesy Occupational Licenses; Virtual Meetings & Electronic Communications for Boards; Online Raffles & Prize Drawings; and Intrastate Travel.

Effective November 16, 2020 at 12:01am, the following COVID-19 Outbreak Health Orders are issued under the new disaster declaration:

Order No. 1, Suspension of Regulations and Statutes, suspends certain regulations and statutes to allow agencies to best address the COVID-19 emergency. Allowing businesses and

Order No. 2, Telehealth & Courtesy Occupational Licenses, authorizes telemedicine, access to licensees from other jurisdictions, and flexibility to certain licensing boards.

Order No. 3, Virtual Meetings & Electronic Communications for Boards, allows business to be conducted virtually and via electronic communications for boards of corporations, non-profit, and ANCs.

Order No. 4, Non-Congregate Sheltering, provides FEMA reimbursement eligibility for temporary sheltering and quarantine.

Order No. 5, Critical Infrastructure, provides guidance for critical infrastructure workers in Alaska. Appendices with specific guidance for the following industries: commercial fishing, independent harvesters, and seafood processing plants.

Order No. 6, International & Interstate Travel, provides guidelines for residents and non-residents traveling into Alaska.

Order No. 7, Online Raffles & Prize Drawings, allows charitable gaming permittees to conduct raffles, lotteries and other contests online.

Order No. 8, Intrastate Travel, specifies the limitations on community restrictions, and that Critical Infrastructure must be allowed to travel into rural towns, but follow safety plans; defines critical personal needs for residents that need to leave communities; and implements a testing strategy and protocols for individuals traveling from road system communities to off-road system.

Intrastate Travel Guidance

COVID-19 Outbreak Health Order No. 8 provides clear guidance and requirements for travel between communities located off the Road System or the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS).

Beginning November 16, 2020 at 12:01am:
Local communities are permitted to enact travel restrictions to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Beginning November 21, 2020 at 12:01am:
Travelers in a community on the Road System or the AMHS for less than 72 hours are recommended to test for COVID-19 5 days after arrival at final destination and follow strict social distancing until negative results are received, or follow strict social distancing for 14 days at final destination if no test was taken.

If a traveler is in a community on the Road System of the AMHS for greater than 72 hours, they should get a molecular COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to travel to a community off the Road System or the AMHS and should not commence travel until a negative test is received. If return travel cannot be delayed until the test result is available, the traveler must follow strict social distancing until they receive a negative result.

Anyone who is currently infected with COVID-19 must not travel to a community off the Road System or AMHS until they are cleared from isolation by a medical professional.

Asymptomatic people who have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days are exempt from travel testing.

Additional information on the new COVID-19 Outbreak Health Orders can be found here: https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/November-16-Disaster-Declaration-Fact-Sheet.pdf.
All COVID-19 Outbreak Health Orders can be found here: https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-order/.

September 16, 2020Alaska Travel Mandate

The State of Alaska Health Mandate 10.1 – International, Interstate, and Intrastate Travel – Order for Testing, Self-Quarantine, and/or Strict Social Distancing effective 12:01 a.m., Aug. 11, 2020 applies to all persons entering the state of Alaska, whether resident, worker or visitor. This mandate applies to all forms of travel (land, sea, and air). Children 10 and under are exempt from the testing requirement. However, untested children traveling with a parent or guardian must remain in the same status for the same duration as the parent/guardian (self-quarantine and/or strict social distancing).
Requirements for Alaska Resident Travelers – Interstate and International: All travelers who are Alaska residents and are arriving in Alaska from outside the state must comply with one of the following options:
Option A. Pre-travel molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 with negative results: the resident traveler may arrive with proof of negative test results from a test taken within 72 hours of departure;
i. All travelers with negative results from tests taken within 72 hours of departure must follow strict social distancing:
1. For 14 days after arrival into Alaska or until they leave Alaska, whichever occurs first; OR
2. Until the traveler receives negative results from a second test taken between 7-14 days after arrival.
Option B. Pre-travel molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 without results: the resident traveler may arrive with proof of a test taken within 72 hours of departure.
i. The resident traveler must self-quarantine, at their own expense, until results arrive.
ii. The resident traveler must upload results to the Alaska Travel Portal, regardless if negative or positive.
iii. All resident travelers with negative results from tests taken within 72 hours of departure must follow strict social distancing:
1. For 14 days after arrival into Alaska or until they leave Alaska, whichever occurs first; OR
2. Until the resident traveler receives negative results from a second test taken between 7-14 days after arrival.
iv. If the molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 result is positive, the resident traveler must remain in self-isolation at their own expense, they must contact State of Alaska COVID Reporting Hotline (1-877-469-8067) and cannot travel until cleared by public health.
Option C. Receive Molecular-based Test for SARS-CoV2 upon arrival:
i. If a resident traveler (age 11 or older) arrives in Alaska without proof of a negative test result, or proof of a test taken within 72 hour of departure, the resident traveler may obtain a molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 upon arrival in Alaska at no cost.
1. The resident traveler must self-quarantine, at their own expense, until results arrive.
2. All travelers with negative results from the arrival test must follow strict social distancing:
a. For 14 days after arrival into Alaska or until they leave the
state, whichever occurs first; OR
b. Until the resident traveler receives negative results from a
second test taken between 7-14 days after arrival.
Option D. Quarantine for 14 days after arrival into Alaska (no test required).
i. The resident traveler must self-quarantine, at their own expense.
Option E. If employee has travelled outside of Alaska for less than 24 hours.
i. No test or quarantine is required.
ii. Resident traveler will self- monitor for 14 days after arrival for any symptoms, even mild ones.
• BSNC employees located outside of Alaska should confer with their supervisors regarding travel, local health mandates and how they apply to their respective worksites.
BSNC continues to closely monitor the guidelines provided by the CDC and state health officials regarding the pandemic and will provide updates including on BSNC’s COVID-19 public resource webpage at www.beringstraits.com/covid-19-update/. However, any employee who is travelling for any reason is also required to check the health mandates for both the location they are travelling to and in Alaska upon return. We are happy to answer any questions you may have via email at health@bsnc.net.

June 2, 2020BSNC Employee Travel

BSNC cares deeply about the safety of our employees and recommends employees to postpone or not travel, if possible. However, we do understand that some travel might be operationally necessary depending on client needs. If a client requests travel, please forward a written request from the client to your supervisor in order to help comply with individual state laws prior to departing.

Lower 48 residents: BSNC employees located outside of Alaska should confer with their supervisors regarding travel, local health mandates and how they apply to their respective worksites.

Alaska residents: Health Mandate 10.1 – International and Interstate Travel – Order for Self-Quarantine is extended to June 5, 2020. The purpose of this mandate is to control the ingress to Alaska from outside localities in order to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. All people arriving in Alaska, whether resident, worker or visitor, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for illness. Arriving residents and workers in self-quarantine should work from home, unless you support critical infrastructure.

Upon arrival in any community in Alaska from another state or nation, you must:

1. Proceed directly from the airport to your designated quarantine location, which is the location identified and affirmed by you on the mandatory State of Alaska Travel Declaration Form.

- If you are a resident, your designated quarantine location is your residence.
- If you are a visitor or worker, your designated quarantine location is your hotel room or rented lodging.

2. Remain in your designated quarantine location for a period of 14 days, or the duration of your stay in Alaska, whichever is shorter.

- You may leave your designated quarantine location only for medical emergencies or to seek medical care.
- Do not visit any public spaces, including, but not limited to: pools, meetings rooms, fitness centers or restaurants.
- Do not allow visitors in or out of your designated quarantine location other than a physician, healthcare provider or individual authorized to enter the designated quarantine location by Unified Command.
- Comply with all rules or protocols related to your quarantine as set forth by your hotel or rented lodging.
- If you are required to self-quarantine and there are other individuals in your residence, hotel room, or rented lodging, you are required to comply with social distancing guidelines.

TRAVELER DECLARATION FORM: https://ready.alaska.gov/Covid19/Documents/TravelForm/COVID-19-Health-Mandate-010-Travel-Declaration.pdf

BSNC continues to closely monitor the guidelines provided by the CDC and state health officials regarding the pandemic and will provide updates including on BSNC’s COVID-19 public resource webpage at www.beringstraits.com/covid-19-update/. We are happy to answer any questions you may have via email at health@bsnc.net.

May 14, 2020BSNC Employee Travel Guidance

BSNC cares deeply about the safety of our employees and recommends employees to postpone or not travel, if possible. However, we do understand that some travel might be operationally necessary depending on client needs. If a client requests travel, please forward a written request from the client to your supervisor in order to help comply with individual state laws prior to departing.

Lower 48 residents: BSNC employees located outside of Alaska should confer with their supervisors regarding travel, local health mandates and how they apply to their respective worksites.

Alaska residents: Health Mandate 10.1 – International and Interstate Travel – Order for Self-Quarantine is extended to May 19, 2020. The purpose of this mandate is to control the ingress to Alaska from outside localities in order to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. All people arriving in Alaska, whether resident, worker or visitor, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for illness. Arriving residents and workers in self-quarantine should work from home, unless you support critical infrastructure.

Upon arrival in any community in Alaska from another state or nation, you must:

1. Proceed directly from the airport to your designated quarantine location, which is the location identified and affirmed by you on the mandatory State of Alaska Travel Declaration Form.

1. If you are a resident, your designated quarantine location is your residence.
2. If you are a visitor or worker, your designated quarantine location is your hotel room or rented lodging.

2. Remain in your designated quarantine location for a period of 14 days, or the duration of your stay in Alaska, whichever is shorter.

1. You may leave your designated quarantine location only for medical emergencies or to seek medical care.
2. Do not visit any public spaces, including, but not limited to: pools, meetings rooms, fitness centers or restaurants.
3. Do not allow visitors in or out of your designated quarantine location other than a physician, healthcare provider or individual authorized to enter the designated quarantine location by Unified Command.
4. Comply with all rules or protocols related to your quarantine as set forth by your hotel or rented lodging.
5. If you are required to self-quarantine and there are other individuals in your residence, hotel room, or rented lodging, you are required to comply with social distancing guidelines.

***CLICK HERE FOR TRAVELER DECLARATION FORM***

BSNC continues to closely monitor the guidelines provided by the CDC and state health officials regarding the pandemic and will provide updates including on BSNC’s COVID-19 public resource webpage at www.beringstraits.com/covid-19-update/. We are happy to answer any questions you may have via email at health@bsnc.net.

March 23, 2020COVID-19 Self-Quarantine

People who are traveling back to Bering Strait region villages from Anchorage or the Lower 48 are advised by health authorities to quarantine themselves for 14 days. You may not show any signs or symptoms of the COVID-19 virus for up to 14 days and it is important to keep our communities healthy and the spread of the virus contained. We must all take responsibility and do our part to protect our Elders and keep our communities well.

Anyone in the Bering Strait region who is concerned they may have the COVID-19 virus is urged not to visit their local clinic. Instead, please phone the Nurse Call Line at (907) 443-6411.
Statement from the Aurora Inn & Suites, a BSNC Company

The safety, comfort and well-being of our guests, hotel employees and our home community of Nome remain the Aurora Inn & Suites’ highest priority. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aurora Inn & Suites has taken precautionary measures to protect guests, employees and the public. The BSDC Board authorized staff to close the Aurora Inn & Suites.

• The Aurora Inn & Suites has stopped accepting new reservations, effective immediately.
• The Aurora Inn & Suites is reaching out to guests with upcoming reservations to postpone or cancel their reservations.
• For guests with existing reservations, the AuroraInn & Suites will allow changes or cancellations without a charge.
• At this time, entrance to the Aurora Inn & Suites is restricted to guests with current reservations and hotel employees.

The cleaning protocols and health and safety measures that are in place at the Aurora Inn & Suites are designed to address a broad spectrum of viruses, including COVID-19.

Stampede Car Rentals is also no longer accepting reservations, effective immediately.

The Aurora Inn & Suites looks forward to resuming normal operations when the time is appropriate. Our hearts go out to the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event. The Aurora Inn & Suites will keep the community of Nome informed of any changes in circumstances. We thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate the uncertainties this pandemic has caused.
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