Muldoon Community Assembly, our Board of Directors, Elders and Deacons unanimously and fully support the United States Center for Disease Control’s guidance.
Following are the current recommendations, March 13, 2020, for Alaska. Please read them thoughtfully and comply.
Maybe of most importance and urgency is the requirement to “stay home if you are feeling sick.” For the sake of all those who love you and those you love, please summon the grace to self-isolate if you are not feeling well.
Issued March 13, 2020
By: Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska
DHSS strongly advises that all Alaskans read and comply with the following CDC guidance for workplaces, schools, homes, and commercial establishments:
Practice good hygiene:
- Stop handshaking – use other non-contact methods of greeting.
- Clean hands at the door and schedule regular hand washing reminders by email.
- Create habits and reminders to avoid touching your face and cover coughs and sneezes.
- Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly.
- Increase ventilation by opening windows when able.
Be careful with meetings and events:
- Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible.
- When videoconferencing not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces.
- Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings.
Special travel considerations:
- Assess the risks of travel including the location and rapidly changing events.
- At risk individuals and communities with limited health care infrastructure or high-risk populations should considering limiting all non-essential travel.
Handle food carefully:
- Limit food sharing.
- Strengthen health screening for staff working with food and their close contacts.
- Ensure staff working with food and their close contacts practice strict hygiene.
Special consideration for businesses:
- Use booking and scheduling to stagger customer flow.
- Use online transactions where possible.
- Consider limiting attendance at larger gatherings.
- Promote tap and pay to limit handling of cash.
For transportation businesses, taxis, and ride shares:
- Keep windows open when possible.
- Increase ventilation.
- Regularly disinfect surfaces.
- Encourage social distancing during rides.
If you don’t feel well:
- Stay at home if you are feeling sick.
- Do not go to work, out in public or around others if you have a fever and for 72 hours after your last fever.
- Consider staying at home if you have a sick family member in your home.
Households with sick family members are recommended to:
- Give sick members their own room if possible, and keep the door closed.
- Have only one family member care for them.
- Consider providing additional protections or more intensive care for household members over 65 years old or with underlying conditions.
Households with vulnerable seniors or those with significant underlying conditions:
Significant underlying conditions include heart, lung, kidney disease; diabetes; and conditions that suppress the immune system.
- Have the healthy people in the household conduct themselves as if they were a significant risk to the person with underlying conditions. For example, wash hands frequently before interacting with the person, such as by feeding or caring for the person.
- If possible, provide a protected space for vulnerable household members.
- Ensure all utensils and surfaces are cleaned regularly.